My capsule wardrobe experiment is officially over, and it’s time for the full review. Grab a cup of tea and get comfy for this one, it’s detailed!
A Brief Goals Recap:
- Limit my wardrobe to 50 pieces (or less) for 3 months.
- Mix and match, trying not to repeat any exact outfits.
- Pack all unworn clothing away, and see if it’s easier to get rid of more clothing after 3 months of living with less.
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I LOVED having fewer choices in the morning. Almost everything in my capsule was easy to mix & match, so getting dressed in the morning was a breeze. I also came up with some solid outfits that I really enjoyed wearing.
Having less clothing also made laundry really easy! I hate doing laundry so in the past I was guilty of letting it pile up to the point that my laundry basket was overflowing. My clean bedroom is a fantastic side effect of this experiment, and confirmed my suspicion that owning less crap (in general) makes it easier to keep my house tidy.
I used an app to track my wardrobe for most of the experiment, and some of my most and least worn items really surprised me!
Most worn: (actual links to my items unless sold out)
- Allsaints Backpack. This was one impulse purchase that turned out to be worth it.
- Black Ankle Boots. They go with literally everything.
- Axel Arigato Sneakers. I drooled over these for months, bought and returned 2 budget versions, and couldn’t be happier I splurged on these.
- Black Moto Jacket. Another piece I put off buying for a long time, and I wish I had bought it sooner.
- Skinny Jeans. This one surprised me! I almost didn’t include them in my capsule, but it turns out I wear them a lot for balancing oversized tops and layering under my OTK boots.
- Everlane Loafers. I’ve had these for years already and they are still the perfect everyday flats.
- Mom Jeans. I love the feminine silhouette the ultra high waist gives.
- Sorel Boots. These basically replaced my rain boots and my old comfortable flat boots which were pretty worn out. A great investment for warm, dry feet in the winter without sacrificing style.
- Black Skinny Trousers. These were a c/o item I received this summer from Fabrizio Gianni and I honestly LURVE them. Perfect dressed down with sneakers or dressed up with heels (and they’re as comfy as leggings).
- Black Cashmere Sweater. Was there any doubt? I reach for this at least once a week!
- Gray Tee. This seems like a capsule wardrobe classic, but I didn’t wear it because it was just too damn cold… maybe more of a spring item for me.
- Short Sleeve Silk Blouse. Same story as the gray tee. Brrrrrrrr.
- Suede Jacket. I wore this a ton in summer, but it wasn’t a practical choice for fall in Seattle. I’m also wondering if the color no longer works with my wardrobe.
- Platform Oxfords. I actually lost these a few weeks into my capsule experiment and I didn’t miss them. I’ll take that as a sign that I didn’t need them in the first place… donate pile!
- Culottes. I actually really like wearing culottes, too chilly to enjoy them. I also wish they weren’t black, so I think I’ll buy a lighter color for spring.
- Red Suede Heels. This was probably my biggest regret, because now that the holidays are over I don’t even see myself wearing them. Lesson learned!
- Long Vest. I’ve wanted a long vest for SO LONG, yet I only wore it 3 times. I need to come up with some new outfit combos to try out with it.
- Denim Pinafore Dress. Another trend piece I just didn’t get much use out of… but the good news is I think it will transition nicely into spring.
- Sweater Skirt. Another one I wanted really badly, it was on my shopping list, and then… I just never wore it. Might have been another shopping mistake.
- Cashmere Joggers. To be fair I didn’t get these until my capsule was almost over. I’m still happy I own them and plan to wear them through spring!
I failed pretty hard at curbing my shopping. I think it was a combo of falling into old habits, and the fact that my capsule wasn’t complete when I started it.
This seems to be common among people who try out capsule wardrobes for the first time, and unfortunately I wasn’t immune to it. It was way too easy to talk myself into stuff that wasn’t on my list. So this is an area I still need to work on!
I’m going to try mixing things up… I’ll be blogging a 10 by 10 challenge (check out StyleBee because she nails these!), a few mini capsules for travel, and a really rad series about translating your personal style in your home decor. What else would you love to see on Classic In Gray?
My Real Life Closet Plans…
My wardrobe feels pretty complete at the moment and I’m not in a rush to overhaul it again. I learned a few valuable lessons about my style and my shopping habits, and I’m going to allow those go guide my future choices.
Now that I know I had more than I needed with 50 pieces, it doesn’t feel scary or restrictive to cut my wardrobe down further. After my capsule experiment ended I pulled out 2 more bags worth of clothing & shoes out of my closet. My goal is to limit off season/sentimental clothing only to what fits inside a carry-on suitcase.
So that’s it! Let me know if you have any questions, or if there are any topics (or challenges) that you’d like me to cover on the blog! Happy (belated) New Year to you BFFs 🙂
Photo credit: Brittney Hyatt