“So, my summer project is to organize my clothes. Have you ever heard of a capsule wardrobe?,” Crazy Amy asked me on a recent run.
“No, what’s that?”
“It’s a pairing down of your seasonal clothes to thirty items or so that you can mix and match for any occasion.”
Hmm, I thought to myself. Kinda like Garanimals for adults! [Yes, I’m dating myself but I love the concept of mix and match items since I am no fashionista myself.]
I could definitely dig this project because it appeals to me on so many levels: decluttering and simplifying my life.
And, the fewer decisions I have to make in the morning when I get dressed, the better. Remember my recent blog post about decision fatigue?
I did some research on capsule wardrobes that night in bed. There are thousands of posts on Pinterest alone on the subject.
The concept boils down to keeping your wardrobe simple and practical, adding fun pops of color through accessories or accent pieces.
In other words, your base wardrobe pieces stay the same and you swap out the accent pieces to add the pizzazz.
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I am inspired with the capsule wardrobe concept. And the best part is that most of my wardrobe is already color coordinating anyway with base colors of navy, white, and black with accent colors of (you guessed it) pink and crimson.
Soon I will have another load of clothes I rarely wear to take to the consignment store (oh, the dreaded consignment store and the walk of shame back to the car again with my rejected clothes) and Goodwill.
I think I just found my summer project.
Kristen “Simplifying My Life” Marks