Step 1 to Creating a Capsule Wardrobe: Cleanout

If you have been following along on my Instagram, you know that I have been working on trying to establish a capsule wardrobe. Since I live in NYC, space is a very valuable asset and I quite frankly was growing out of my closet.

Everyday when I would go to get dressed, I would be frustrated because I had “nothing to wear”… I’m sure you have probably said this to your self before too. I had so many pieces that I didn’t know where to start.

I decided to take a step back and think about how to make my wardrobe more efficient. These are things I came up with:

• What outfits/pieces fit and feel best?

• What color scheme do I want my wardrobe to be/ what colors do I feel most comfortable wearing?

• What is my style? I wanted to brainstorm what type of pieces I favor.

• Are there any items I have had for years that I have grown out of or aren’t fashionable anymore?

• What pieces haven’t I worn in more than 1 calendar year? If the items are seasonal, did I wear them at all last season?

I wanted to keep only items that were comfortable, my style, colors that were neutral to my palette (with a few statement pieces outside of that like my Lilly Pulitzer pieces) and that were in good shape.

You may be surprised, but these few constraints helped me narrow down my wardrobe drastically. I had a lot of clothing in storage that was supposed to be seasonal to change out but I realized there were a lot of pieces in storage that I hadn’t worn since I was in college. After I made a pile of all of the pieces that didn’t fit my set constraints, I looked in my closet and was surprised by what I saw. Everything looked very put together and I was already putting outfits together in my head.

The important thing to me is that I donated my old clothing to people who needed it. My mom welcomed a lot of my unwanted clothing with open arms and the items that she didn’t want were then passed to my cousin who recently had a baby and is starting to build a post baby wardrobe. What little was left after she picked through, my aunt snatched up. It was such a good feeling to know that my old pieces were going to be loved again by someone new!

Once my items were donated and I was left with the bones of my new capsule wardrobe, I organized the pieces by category and hung things together. All of my dresses, jumpsuits, and skirts hang next to all my pants, which are next to all of my tank tops, then tops and tees, then long sleeves, then outerwear. On the other side of my closet I keep my business appropriate wardrobe and special occasions dresses. Seeing my closet like this is so refreshing.

That is about it for step 1! Step 2 will be all about how I am starting to build up some pieces that I am lacking in my wardrobe.


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