I've been intrigued by the idea of creating a capsule wardrobe for a while now. Nothing annoys me more than spending way to much time looking through all of my clothes and feeling frustrated because "I don't have anything to wear".
I've also felt a huge amount of guilt because of the amount of clothes and shoes that I own, most of which I don't really wear.
I've wanted to try a capsule wardrobe for a while and since we're moving in about two weeks I figured now would be the perfect time.
If you've never heard of a capsule wardrobe before, here's basically how it works:
1. You pick a certain number of pieces of clothing to wear. This number includes all outerwear and clothing (jackets, pants, skirts, dresses, sweaters, tops, scarves).
2. Your capsule wardrobe also has to include shoes and jewelry.
3. It's best to choose items that you can get a lot of wear out of. For example, don't choose too many fancy clothes or uncomfortable shoes.
4. Try to plan ahead and think of special occasions that may come up.
5. Choose a time frame to take your challenge.
6. Have fun!
I'm doing Project 333 and used Courtney's rules to choose my 33 items. My challenge is to only wear these 33 items between now and December 31st.
I've been doing this now for 5 days and so far, I really like it. Here are some of my observations so far:
1. It really has cut down on my time getting ready in the morning. My dresser drawers are almost empty.
2. I love that I am wearing different combinations of tops and pants than I ever have before because I have to. It's really forcing me to see which items really deserve to stay in my wardrobe.
3. I have noticed that I have to do laundry more often.
4. I'm not really tempted to shop for clothing. I used to check those deals websites every day. I don't really want to right now because I am an instant gratification shopper. I want to wear my new clothes right away and I can't right now, therefore I don't even want to look at clothes online or in the store.
5. My entire closet is packed, which makes moving a little easier.
I really feel like this challenge is helping me to save money right now because I'm not tempted to shop but it's also going to help me in the long run because I know that it will change my shopping habits and force me to shop for items I am really going to get a lot of wear out of.
Have you ever tried building a capsule wardrobe? How do you save money on clothing? If you are interested in other posts I've written about real life savings, visit here.