Capsule Wardrobe: Can I really do this?


About 3 weeks ago I came across the concept of having a capsule wardrobe. Yes, I may be a bit late to the party but better late than never, eh? I discovered it when I was on a YouTube video binge late one night. Clicking from one link to the next, I finally stumbled across the blog that really started the whole thing back in 2014 called ‘Unfancy’. The blog was created by a lady called Caroline who was a self confessed shopaholic and dare I say it, never had anything to wear despite the overflowing wardrobe. I have to admit, I definitely saw myself in her. I’m guilty of probably having the largest collection of clothes out of anyone I know. Don’t get me wrong I don't have a ‘Cribs’ worthy celeb walk in wardrobe thats probably bigger than my house, but I do have a ridiculous amount of stuff and that's about to change. P.S. - Am I showing my age with the ‘Cribs’ reference? 

Anyway, let’s get to the basics of what’s involved. The idea is to have a limited wardrobe with only 37 items which you absolutely love that can be mixed and matched to create enough outfits that will last 3 months as it changes up seasonally. This includes tops, bottoms, shoes and outerwear but it doesn't include handbags and accessories. Phew!! Anyone who knows me will know how much of a huge challenge this will be as I have so many clothes. I told my mum about it and she actually laughed at me and told me I’d never be able to do it! So I suppose it's time for the clear out to commence… Oh and one last rule after getting down to the 37 items… NO SHOPPING!!

13 bin bags later (yes I know this is crazy), I’m beginning to get to where I need to be but it’s still a work in progress. I'm at the stage where I have cut down the majority of my clothes and need a few staple pieces that will take me through the Autumn/Winter period. This and the transition period between seasons is the only point where shopping is allowed. 

If you've read my previous post about the Colour Elements Blogger Event I was invited to last week, you’ll know that I had a colour consultation with the lovely Karen who told me what colours work best for me. I’ll definitely be using some of the tips I learned from her when building my capsule wardrobe. If you'd like to check that post out or find out more information about Colour Elements then click here

I’m actually really looking forward to getting it finalised and getting those last pieces organised. Hopefully it’ll save me time and the stress of having nothing to wear with a wardrobe full of clothes. Plus, it should save me money as I won’t need to go shopping. It will hopefully encourage me to only buy clothes that will last, are versatile and will work well with the stuff I already have in my wardrobe. We've all been guilty of buying an entire outfit to go with a pair of shoes, surely that’s not just me?

Now I'm going to be honest and tell you that before I even start I'm going to cheat a little. My plan is to have my 37 items for my everyday wardrobe but keep an occasion wear and holiday section as although the items may not be appropriate at all times, I will still need them at some point for weddings, holidays etc… Plus I don't know how I could cut down my massive shoe collection. So the plan is to keep the stuff which I will want in the future but keep them stored away, and only have a limited selection in the current everyday capsule wardrobe. Maybe that's just a step too far and I'm really cheating but I’m just not ready to part with my huge shoe collection just yet.

I will be posting more updates on the capsule wardrobe once its finalised and as it changes up seasonally so keep your eyes peeled for that. Thank you so much for reading. Please let me know what you think of this idea or if you've tried it yourself let me know how you got on. Also you should check out for loads more information and tips on creating a capsule wardrobe of your own. 

Love always,
Charlene xx

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