I have one big goal this week (outside of the usual) and that is to create a capsule wardrobe.
The idea - outlined here - is to get down to your most basic, beautiful & favorite pieces of clothing, and get rid of all of the rest. I mean, what's not to love.
Financially it means spending less on fewer things, though those things may each be pricier than what you'd normally buy.
In other words:
Kick-ass pair of jeans + white tee + dreamy soft sweater = $200
As opposed to:
Shirt that looks cute on rack but not on + jeans that are just a little too short but you wear them because you feel guilty + itchy sweater that was on sale + muffin top jeans from college because that used to be cool & you've left yourself in your 20's + button down that you used to love and are hoping will fall in love with again someday = $200, plus you hate wearing it all.
My plan is to spread my favorite, favorite clothes onto my bed. Then I'll go through all of the rest and decide whether it needs to go into a box for giveaway, summertime, or the maybe box. The maybe box is for the stuff I'm truly not ready to get rid of but don't love. Because, on occasion I do re-fall-in -love, or lose weight, or gain weight, or change my mind.
But here's the thing about the maybe pile - aside from a few pieces which might hold true sentimental value - the feel of a swingy, simple closet greatly outweighs the rare feelings of getting-rid-of regret. Plus, let's be honest, you CAN replace most items of clothing if you feel that strongly about them.
Plus, like a blank slate, once you've got a small, great wardrobe, adding and subtracting becomes a lot easier. My idea is to buy fewer pieces each season.
Another great way to approach it is to ask yourself what you'd pack in a carry-on bag if you were going away somewhere hot or somewhere cold. You probably have your answer there.
If I had to begin with five pieces it would probably look something like this: gray tank top, white/gray/black long sleeve tee, soft, versatile sweater, the best fitting jeans I could find + ballet flats. (Wednesday I'll do the shopping list for this...list).
Have you ever thought about doing a capsule wardrobe? I'm so excited. After that? I'm eyeing my jewelry. Don't you wear, like, 20% of what you own?