Nearly six-months ago I took the plunge into a hybrid of the capsule wardrobe concept. If you haven't heard of a capsule wardrobe I suggest starting here. While I love the concept of a capsule wardrobe - for our family, and our budget, setting up and buying a new wardrobe every season just isn't in the cards (even if it meant keeping those same four wardrobes for many years to come). So I took this model of having less in my wardrobe, but being more selective about higher quality pieces that last, and paired it down one step further.
I have one capsule wardrobe, a minimalists wardrobe you may say.
Just one wardrobe. For all four seasons. One wardrobe of approximately 40 pieces that includes pants, jeans, shorts, sweaters, shirts, blouses, shoes, and dresses (I do not include my workout clothes, undergarments, jewelry or outdoor apparel within my 40 pieces). It is truly a minimalists wardrobe and my hope is to share this fresh "hybrid capsule wardrobe" concept with you over the course of the next few months - starting today with the vision and heart behind my hybrid concept.
A Minimalists Wardrobe - The Vision + Heart
From the beginning, I loved the purpose of a capsule wardrobe, "A capsule wardrobe represents more time, more money, and more energy for the things in life that really matter". Simple right? We had just completed our sixth move in just under three years of marriage and I was feeling the woes of dragging so much stuff from one move to the next. More time, more money, and more energy for the things in life that really matter spoke to me. I wanted in, but I also knew it wasn't an affordable option for our family to toss out what we have and start building four separate wardrobes, one for each season, even with the intent being to utilize them for many years going forward. Hence my minimalist wardrobe was born.
The principals of a capsule wardrobe I knew undoubtedly could be simplified even further. And while I couldn't afford to build four separate seasonal wardrobes, I could still embody the mission behind the concept, I could still reevaluate how I view clothing in light of making time for the things in life that really matter.
I'm happy to say six months later (and three seasons later) into my minimalists wardrobe experiment I have yet to discover a week where a new outfit combination is not discovered. Furthermore I've found pieces that I truly love wearing day in and day out, every week, and I don't bat an eyelash that someone may have seen that exact outfit the week before. I feel confident in all of the 40 pieces within my closet and I feel free to curate my wardrobe regardless of the latest fashion trends. I feel free to say no and to say yes to pieces in their appropriate times, in light of what I've already been given. Most importantly, this experiment has freed our family to give and save more towards the organizations and goals our family has set forth as priorities. It's revealed an entirely new principal in stewardship that extends far beyond just our finances, but transcends into every possession we own and the way we choose to spend our time and resources.
Interested to learn more?
Join along every Wednesday (or close to every Wednesday) as I open up about our steps towards creating a minimalists wardrobe, our budget, the companies and quality products we value, and the shifting it's availed in our values. If you have any questions up front, share in the comments and I'll try to cover along the way!