Capsule Wardrobe Part 3 - Transitioning through different seasons.
Hi again friends! This weekend we are back in Pennsylvania for a wedding and it just feels good. There's just this feeling that I get when I'm back in my home state...it's indescribable but it definitely feels like home. Anyone else feel me on this?
In prior posts we've talked about what a capsule wardrobe is, finding your personal style, and I've also shared the pieces I'm most excited about for Spring, and how I styled the pieces I ultimately ordered for Spring! Today I wanted to share with you some tips on how I transition from season to season with my capsule.
1. Each time the season transitions, go through your entire closet.
I realize this sounds like a lot of work. But the great thing is - once you cultivate a capsule wardrobe with a less-is-more mentality, it really shouldn't take more than an hour or so! So for instance, now that the weather is HOPEFULLY finally warming up in Boston, I'll pull out each winter sweater/shirt/bottom and see how much I actually wore it. I'm at the point now where it's extremely apparent when I haven't worn something enough. And in that case, I set it aside for either a Goodwill donation run, or for Thredup (which is a great way to get a little bit of money back for clothes that you may have loved in the past, but aren't anymore!). Once I've set aside the items for donation/sale, I spritz some laundry spray on my clothes, and tuck them in a clear drawer under my bed for the next year.
2. Determine the pieces that you'll transition to each season.
These are your capsule basics that regardless of the weather, you're consistently going to have on hand to wear. For me, this includes a basic white/black/nude tank, white/navy/black t-shirt, and a couple of classic loose cardigans in grey and cream. These items I will always wear regardless of the weather, so I have a special spot in my "capsule" for them. Figure out the things that you incorporate regardless of the season and set them aside!
3. Pull out your next season's capsule from the prior year and try everything on.
This one is huge for me. I don't know about you guys - but there's nothing worse to me than clothing that makes you feel bad about yourself. You know what I'm talking about - items that pinch in the wrong places and overall just make you feel less than fabulous. So before I put my items for Spring into my closet, I'll try everything on and make sure the fit is still amazing and that I still really love the piece. As I mentioned above, I keep my clothes from other capsules under our bed in a clear container and that works well for me.
4. Hang up your new capsule!
I will happily admit that this is an unnecessary step, but I love to organize my new capsule wardrobe and make sure that I'm using uniform hangers (nothing drives me more crazy, ha!) when I'm putting my "new" wardrobe away. Admittedly it doesn't stay this way for long, but I love to have a fresh start for at least a week or two. Also, once you have your capsule up, it's a great way to see if there is anything missing.
And those are my tips! I hope that this was somewhat helpful in describing how to "turn over" your wardrobe.
Do any of you have capsule wardrobes? How do you like to transition from season to season?