Why the Capsule Wardrobe is Not for Moms
Week One Favorite Pieces: Oversized Cardigan from Asterisk Boutique; Velvet Leggings (I would live in these if I didn’t hate doing laundry); Bomber Jacket c/o Mint Julep; Graphic Tees from Hudson Lillian Designs; Boots c/o Rockport
Wait, what? I know I know. It’s a shock that I’m coming out and saying this (especially given my last post) but it’s true. The traditional chose 28 pieces and wear it for 3 months version of capsuling is not functional for a mom. First off, if you limit your wardrobe so drastically, you’re cutting out some mom stay at home essentials like leggings and tees. Second, when baby spits up on your favorite shirt, you don’t always have time to pop it in the wash immediately. So, sticking to a number or set of clothes is really unrealistic. How then, do you keep your wardrobe functional and less overwhelming?
You create a mini-capsule and practice functionality and diversity in fashion. Before we get started on all that, what is a capsule wardrobe anyway? A capsule wardrobe is a way to streamline your closet to increase functionality and wearability in your closet. It helps you both weed out your old (rarely worn) clothes and focus purchasing for the future (I’m currently looking for two pieces: a chenille pull over and a camel cardi- give me a heads up if you find one!). It helps eliminate the overwhelming task of getting dressed in a closet full of nothing to wear, while encouraging functional fashion. It’s an ethical way to look at your style and it cuts clutter (which I’m all about these days). If you want to find out more, head over to Un-fancy – my capsule inspiration.
I wasn’t ready to dive in or commit to a capsule when I first became interested in them several years ago. Instead, last spring, I started doing week long style challenges that I call the 5×5 (fashioned after StyleBee’s 10×10 with a few tweaks- I don’t include shoes or outerwear in my number and I can only commit to five days of pictures and so the 5×5 was born- see the original 5×5 here).
As the New Year dawned, I found myself unimpressed with my closet. So many clothes, not enough hangers, and nothing to wear. How is that even possible? That’s when I decided it was time to try a capsule for a month. Not to confine myself and my choices but to really focus on getting dressed daily, exploring what styles and pieces work best for me, and to streamline my fashion choices in the future.
Here’s what I focused on (and how you can do it to):
Color: I chose neutrals because that’s what I prefer to wear. My favorite colors by far are tan, grey, and blush. I expanded it slightly to include black and blue. Later this season, I plan to add olive, which is also a favorite of mine. The benefits of a color palette include mixability (all the pieces are easily swapped around to give you many outfit options) and wearability (choose colors that flatter your skin tone and your lifestyle).
Style: Once I chose my color palette, I looked at my daily style. What types of pieces do I wear on a daily basis? Jeans, leggings, tees, and cardis needed to make up the majority of my mini-wardrobe. As much as I love dresses, their functionality in my life as a mom, is just not great during the winter especially. That said, they are my favorite thing to wear to make myself feel pretty. I wear them on the daily when weather allows and therefore a couple classic comfortable styles needed to feature a place in the wardrobe.
Life: What do you do every day? How do you feel. What makes you happy? Clothing is as necessary as food or water. It should not consume or overwhelm you. If you find yourself drowning in laundry with nothing to wear, there needs to be a change. I love getting dressed and feeling good about myself. I also love God, my family, and my life. I don’t want to feel sad or disheartened when I look in my wardrobe. I also don’t want to continue to accumulate stuff- wear once and throw away. That is not in accordance with God’s plan for life.
In my efforts to live life better, choosing a way to move forward with my wardrobe is important. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and bogged down by materialism, capsule wardrobing might help you too!
As you may have noticed, not all pieces were in my original capsule. In fact, the red sweater look was all lounge clothes. And, this is the key of the mom capsule- you have to be prepared for those days when you’re not going anywhere and you just don’t want to get dressed. It’s why I’ve had success so far- I’m not sticking strictly to pieces but colors, feels, and above all- comfort.