A few weeks ago I watched a Netflix documentary called The Minimalists. While, for a number of reasons, I wouldn’t put it on my ‘fave-documentaries-of-all-time’ list, I did love the main idea that most of us are living with too much and that there are many benefits associated with choosing to live with less!
When I think of living with less my mind immediately turns to clothes. I know that I have way too many clothes (WAY more than I actually NEED) and yet somehow I always feel that I need more. How is it that I can look into an overflowing closet and think “I have nothing to wear”!?! I’m sure that I’m not alone in this. When I was in London in March I made a comment to my mom about how quickly the stores were changing their clothes. We had been in one store on Monday and returned on the following Friday and it looked like the entire store was filled with new products! Items that had been displayed at the front of the store on Monday were in piles at the back by Friday! It was CRAZY! One of the clerks said “There used to be 2 seasons in fashion- spring/summer and fall/winter. Now there are 52 weeks of fashion! It changes all the time!”
Hmmm. It’s pretty much impossible to keep up with a fashion industry that’s changing each week. And when I really think about it…. I don’t WANT to waste my time/energy/money trying to keep up! Perhaps if I became a clothing minimalist- living with a fewer number of clothes- I’d appreciate the items that I do have more and would wear each piece more often! This thinking lead me to Pinterest where I started “researching” capsule wardrobes!
That’s why it was serendipitous when my mom was asked to be the special guest at the women’s group at our church called Take-A-Break last week. The topic? Dressing well on a budget! She enlisted me to help. In the spirit of living with less, and following a budget, we decided that she should present a 10 x 10+ capsule wardrobe to the ladies! A 10X10 capsule wardrobe is where you use 10 pieces of clothing (excluding shoes/accessories) to create 10 or more unique outfits!
I was thrilled because it was an opportunity to figure out if creating a capsule wardrobe was something I felt like I could actually do!
We started off at Value Village! Here’s what we went in looking for:
We had lots of fun at Value Village looking for key pieces that would work in multiple ways and then going home and putting outfits together! We were SO thrilled with how many outfits we could make (14!!) and I couldn’t believe how cute the outfits were!
Check them out:
While I can’t say that I’ve overhauled my closet, purged all my clothes and have committed to wearing only 10 pieces of clothing for the month, I think this project was definitely a baby step in the right direction. Creating this 10 X 10+ capsule wardrobe definitely inspired me to be more creative with how I use my clothes and I’ve committed to using a day (or two) in June to go through all my clothes and start an intense purge! I’ll keep you posted on how that goes! :)
If you’ve always wanted to try a capsule wardrobe….I totally encourage you to give it a try!
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,