Building a Capsule Wardrobe

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For a while now, simplifying and streamlining my life has become a bit of an obsession. I think it started a few years ago, in 2012, when I discovered Karen Kingston’s Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui The immediate energy bump I experienced by tossing crap completely hooked me.

My greatest takeaway from the book was that employing feng shui allowed me to focus my time and energy on what really matters.  All objects have energy and unless it’s positive energy, it has to go.  It’s not as hippy dippy as it sounds.

There is a chair I dragged home from the curb (to “refurbish”) languishing in my office right now. I feel frustrated every single time I see it because I have to climb over it to get to my desk. As much as I love its potential and want to prioritize the project of reupholstering it, the truth is, it’s a drain on me because it’s 1.) in the way and 2.) a reminder of yet another crafty project I just don’t have time for anymore. That is the power of feng shui.

Since then, I’ve become obsessed with carrying this idea into my wardrobe via a capsule wardrobe. I found this great article on The EveryGirl that details what it is and how to build it if you’re interested. I also love Who What Wear’s How to Build a 5-piece French Wardrobe by Cat Collins, since she emphasizes purchasing quality basics. I think basics are the foundation pieces for effortless personal style.

Per Cat Collins…

A basic is something that…

1. I can wear this over and over and over again, until it falls apart
2. Goes with everything I already own
3. I pretty much can’t live without it
4. Is the glue that helps me keep the rest of my wardrobe together
5. Is made of a good material that will last for a very long time

The guidelines are fairly simple: First, make sure you have quality basics across all categories of apparel, and eliminate clothing from your wardrobe that you don’t wear, love, and love to wear. Buy new basics to fill any gaps, and remember quality over quantity. Second, limit your new purchases to five nonbasic items per season (once in spring/summer and once in fall/winter) that add a bit of personality and make your wardrobe feel current and fresh.

Are you up for the challenge of building a capsule wardrobe? I’ve been pairing back my closet and cleaning out in the hope of effortless style. I’ll keep you posted.

Top image via The EveryGirl

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