4.11.17

I Tried Living Out of a Capsule Wardrobe for a Month / UNO


I'm not fashionable. 
I buy 90% of my clothes second-hand. 
My closet is full. 
Yet I still have absolutely no idea what to wear in the morning.

Lately, I've been inspired by the minimalist lifestyle based on articles I've read, videos I've watched, and lifestyle blogs featuring so much cleanliness and white. I'm *slightly* OCD when it comes to organization, so I'm not particularly surprised that I'm fascinated by the minimalist movement. I'm the girl that organizes my closet by color, style, and fabric FOR FUN.
(I know. Heaven help me, please.)

I think personal fashion is cool. I wish I was better at it / had $$ to invest in a wardrobe of things I like instead of wearing stuff I bought back in 2010 when I thought tight buns were cool. My body has changed a lot after losing a bunch of weight due to breastfeeding, so a lot of my clothes don't fit me anymore OR they don't accommodate the fact that I'm petite yet nursing. *facepalm*

I've gone through my closet at least twice last month, trying to weed out the things I never wore. Still, a bunch of half-worn items adorned the closet rack "just in case" I ever decided to wear them.

THEN I HAD A CRAZY IDEA.

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TBH, I wasn't planning on creating a capsule wardrobe. 

But I came to the realization that there were few specific pieces of clothing that I actually wear on a regular basis. They were all the same muted color scheme, and they were all pretty versatile (AND SIMPLE.) After musing about this over my daily eggs, I decided to pack up the rest of my wardrobe in order to "create a wardrobe" out of what I already owned. In the spirit of thankfulness this month, I thought it was especially fitting to be content with what you have and make it work. Maybe by eliminating things - instead of adding things - I'd feel like I had a fresh start on my collection of clothing. 
(plus, I don't like spending money. so, what other choice do I have? lol)

I LOVE perusing on Pinterest and seeing all those capsule wardrobes and the cute little racks of clothes that all color coordinate and hang so perfectly. #MyOCD So, I knew without a doubt that this was the direction I wanted to try out.

Since I stink at styling clothes, I thought I'd help myself a bit by following a few simple rules for keeping or packing away an item of clothing:

{1} It matched the color scheme
{2} It was something I wore regularly
{3} I could only keep three pieces of specific clothing types (bottoms, tees, blouses, etc.)
BEFORE THE PURGE.
It actually doesn't look so terrible, because I have all the clothes shoved to one side. #lifehack
(Excuse the model in the diaper.)

Farewell, clothes. See ya next month! 
(guess who found all the hangers!?)

Oh my gosh, you guys.
I was feeling so good about everything until I hung it all up and looked at my bare closet. 
(it was beautifully minimal, of course. but still.)

I hate to admit how worried am I about this project...because it's embarrassing for me to acknowledge how clothes can sometimes control of how I see myself. AND - there's always starving people in Africa who are lucky enough to have one outfit. But here I am freaking about my #FirstWorldProblems of trying out a capsule wardrobe for a month.
Pathetic. 
(but I'm also justified in freaking out, because I totally have no sense of fashion, whatsoever. so. help.)

This is pretty much all I kept out, plus a few pieces I added later that day. For an extra boost of confidence, I washed and ironed everything (I even mended a hole!) so it would be ready for day one. yay!

One thing I am genuinely curious about: will my laundry be less? (um, please?)

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DAY UNO
I literally stood in front of my closet in despair. Since I was staying at home all day, I just went for something comfy and low key. But I *did* step outside my comfort zone by wearing black on black (which I consider an heinous offense, but Pinterest said it was okay)

Whatever. It was comfy and no one was there to judge me except Ella and Aidan (who went out of his way to say how pretty I looked that day. lol.)

WILL BETHANY DIE? WILL BETHANY SUDDENLY FIND HER STYLE? WILL BETHANY'S CLOTHES LAST AN ENTIRE MONTH WITHOUT BETHANY STAINING/RIPPING THEM TO SHREDS? (probably not.)
Stay tuned, my friends.

Until then, be thankful and try something new. ♥

Cheers!
Bethany

8 comments

  1. I absolutely love your color scheme and sense of style! This looks promising -- and clutter-free!!!

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    1. Well, at least someone does! I'm already missing my red plaid. :|

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  2. well no matter what you say, I think you've got style. PLUS YOUR CLOSET IS SO CUTE. My to do list legit says "organize cloths" no joke. So now you've inspired me

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    1. Aweee. Maybe there's hope for me after all! AND ISN'T IT CUTE? Our master bedroom is so weird...instead of a big closet, there's just two teensy ones off to the side. But it turned out PERFECT because I'm so OCD and Aidan could literally care less. :P

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  3. BETHANY YOU CAN DO IT I BELIEVE IN YOU. ;)

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    1. I knew I could count on you for encouragement. :)

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  4. Oh I'm excited to follow along! Another one of my favorite bloggers is doing this too & if I had a little more variety maybe I'd give it a try but I'm pretty much already on a limited wardrobe lol! And also: question! (You know me, always asking hahaha!) Where is your gorgeous purse from????? Love the color & size & cross body strap!!!

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    1. Oh, fun! What's the link to her blog? I wanna stalk her project, too! :) And ISN'T THAT THE CUTEST PURSE EVER? My sister got me it for Christmas one year so I could replace my tattered purple bag I'd had for a couple years. haha. She found it at Francesca's!

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