In my last post, I talked a lot about being disgruntled with my last few makes. My solution was to spend a couple of evenings pinning, listing, and sketching. I’m happy to say that I think this whole capsule wardrobe thing could actually work!
Here’s what I came up with:
- Identify looks and palettes you like that will fit into your lifestyle.
- Compare them to the garments you already own and identify missing pieces.
- Make a list of all items that fit into the “look.”
- Add in everyday items like jeans, tees, and things you wear constantly.
- Categorize each garment by type (shirts, skirts, dresses, etc.)
- Identify how many of each type of outfit you need (going-out, work, lazy sunday, etc.)
- Start matching!
- Put everything else away in storage (or get rid of it if you’re that bold).
As you can see, I’ve got a pretty strong nautical vibe going on here, so I went with it. I identified my primary colors as:
I then thought about things I had recently bought or wear a lot and added them into the mix:
Finally, I identified a couple of gaps:
- Shorter skirts that I wouldn’t wear to work.
- Sweaters/tops to match printed dresses or bottoms
- Basic tees
- Dresses with a lining that won’t stick to my tights
In the end, I created 70+ outfits from 30ish items. I’m mixing both handmade and RTW clothes because I feel it’s just a more feasible option for me right now.
I don’t need a lot of new things, but I will:
- Make a black coppelia cardigan
- Buy a white blouse (FINALLY!)
- Make a red mini skirt
- Copycat a RTW jersey dress
- Make two “going-out” skirts
- Make two lined dresses
- Make a mustard circle skirt
All of the things I’m making/buying have already been accounted for in my 70 outfits, so I’m trying to stick to them. My plan is to work from this wardrobe until the end of April. I’ll be checking in with weekly outfit of the day updates. If nothing else, I’m thinking this will leave me with a clearer picture of my personal style and end some of the frivolous shopping for clothing, patterns, and fabric that never get worn.
Stay tuned! This should be fun!
This post contains affiliate links. I really did buy all that stuff with my hard-earned dollars, though, and I love it.