Unless you've been living an internet-free existance for the past 3 years, you have likely heard of the capsule wardrobe trend. The term was coined in the 70s by boutique owner Susie Faux, who liked the idea of having just a few interchangeable classic pieces that can be worn in numerous different combinations. And then fast-fashion came around, and we got completely consumed by needing new stuff all the time, which has left a lot of us feeling gross, broke, and empty inside. The abundance of options can be a double edged sword (hello, shopping addiction), so the pendulum has swung back towards minimalism in the past few years, and many have embraced the Capsule Wardrobe as a way to fight the urge for more!more!more! and to simplify dressing each day.
After a few years of resisting this (I generally dress and style my clients this way and have an allergic reaction to rule-based group trends, go figure) but people kept asking me about capsule wardrobes. And then I changed sizes and realized that creating a brand new properly-fitting wardrobe was going to be too expensive to recreate. I liked the idea of only having the best versions of things I knew I would get a TON of wear out of, making my life simpler, and my style a little more streamlined. So I studied up, read the rules according to Unfancy (basically you stick to wearing only 37 items for 3 months and accessories, exercise, and loungewear isn't included) and put my own spin on it. I used the Capsule exercise as an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of what I really like to wear, why, and to hone in on my true personal style in an entirely new way.
Today I'm going to share a few of the things I learned from my month of limiting my wardrobe to 40 items (see, I can't even follow the 37-item rule), plus the key things to be mindful of if you're thinking of embarking on a similar style evolution.