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Lessons Learned : The Great Capsule Wardrobe Experiment



I am so thankful I did this project. I don’t think I did it very well, but I learned SO much about myself, my style, and my spending and shopping habits. I wish I had done it years ago.

First of all, I broke the no-buying rule. It was too hard! Especially when I’m traveling. I couldn’t resist buying a pair of pants at an incredible boutique in Portland. And when I went to Palm Springs I added some items to my “vacation capsule” (I’m calling it a thing.)

The good news is that trying to maintain a capsule wardrobe forced me to stop my impulse/stress shopping. In the past I didn’t realize I had been doing this. When I had to purge my closet, almost EVERYTHING I got rid of had been an impulse buy.

Now I’m trying to think of clothes in categories. For example, I know I have a weakness for baggy tops, but how many do I really need? Usually I just wear my favorite. So now I feel better equipped to make smart purchases.

Things I learned about my style — I like simple things. I get tired of patterns and too much color. I like minimalism. Pencil skirts or a super tight fit don’t work on my long and lean body. Volume works for me. I love the way high waisted pants make me feel, but I get tired of wearing them all the time.

Lastly, I realized again how much I gained from paring things down. I like spending less time getting dressed. Especially having a child, I LOVE having go-to outfits in my closet for my everyday life that I know I feel good in. The simplicity is freeing.

I don’t know if I’ll follow the capsule wardrobe again to the T, but I’d love to figure out how to apply some of the principles to my closet. I want to have an intentional wardrobe. Just like with every area of my life, I’m striving to spend less time on what doesn’t matter, so I can focus on what really does. Like this little lady. She’s my world right now, and I like it that way.




Photos by the amazing Ashley Kelemen | Hair + Makeup by the ever gracious Melissa Hoffmann



1 comment on “Lessons Learned : The Great Capsule Wardrobe Experiment”

  1. Well, after contemplating this type of things for a while, I finally did it!!! I didn’t think i had too many clothes to begin with, but after going though my closet, I had more than I thought. I’m akso surprised by how many clothes I have that I don’t love… that I never really loved, really. This was quite an eye-opening experience. You can check out my blog post at 🙂

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