Next Household Challenge: Capsule Wardrobe

Me and my friend Jody - we've been friends since junior high! And my sundress, which has been traveling with me since 2013, but which I decided to upgrade after this last trip, because it's getting old. 

Me and my friend Jody - we've been friends since junior high! And my sundress, which has been traveling with me since 2013, but which I decided to upgrade after this last trip, because it's getting old. 

You may have heard about capsule wardrobes, Project 333, or some other similar wardrobe-paring program. Even Drew Barrymore put her closet on a diet

But if you haven't heard, the idea is to narrow your wardrobe down to a small number of items, then only wear those things for a three-month season. Depending on who you follow, the number could be 33, 37 or any other number that works for you. 

Generally, the capsule wardrobe is expected to include to everything except workout wear and underthings. It does include outerwear, accessories including jewelry (except wedding rings), shoes, work clothes, clothes you lounge around the house in, etc. 

I'm going to aim for 33 items, because I don't accessorize much. I think I can get through three months without a bunch of jewelry. I wear a uniform at work, with company-issued shirts and my own jeans or pants, so that helps a little, although it also means a chunk of my wardrobe will be shirts I can only wear at work. 

Curious how to go about this? Here are some guidelines from Project 333, and here's another version from Unfancy. I've been thinking about what to include and what to leave out, so I hope the process will be pretty easy. I'll share what I keep later this week. And although this is a weekly challenge blog, I do intend to keep this up for the full three months (and post updates, although I've been terrible at updates lately!). 

What's the point of the capsule wardrobe? For me, it's to simplify. Despite the fact that I've gotten rid of what seems like a ton of stuff, including clothing and shoes, I still have a LOT of choices when I get dressed, as well as some clutter - things that don't fit right, or aren't quite right for other reasons - and I'd like to get rid of that. 

When we went on vacation at the end of May, I tried to take the minimum amount of clothing. My bag was half the size of my husband's. I rewashed a few clothing items over the course of the trip, and I ultimately wore everything at least once, which might be a first. I bought one t-shirt that supplemented what I'd packed, but otherwise, I had just what I needed and nothing more. 

Packing that way felt like a gamble, but when it succeeded, it felt great. I liked having fewer choices when I got dressed. I think I'll like it at home, too. 

If you've ever limited your wardrobe or successfully packed lightly, I'd love to hear about it!

 

Week 44: Household - Capsule Wardrobe