Simplify 2016 is a new, monthly series designed to provide practical tips for how to live joyfully and fully in a busy world. First up, let’s tackle our closets.
New year. New month. New season of Project 333. I last talked about my experiences with a capsule wardrobe back in 2014 when I first started. I’ve been doing one every season since, but I did eventually change my starting dates. Texas weather just doesn’t fit with standard seasons, so wardrobe planning can really not make sense in some months. I now set my seasons beginning in March, June, September, and December.
Here are some of my tips for getting started and sticking with a capsule wardrobe:
- Designate time when you feel your best. If you’re going to be going through and sorting and trying things on, make sure you are ready to accurately critique your closet’s contents.
- If you’re not sure about something, it’s okay to hold on to it. I put maybe items I am not ready to part with in my 33, and if I don’t love how I feel when I wear it, out it goes. A new item may replace it, but usually I just end up with less than 33 pieces.
- Don’t get hung up by the number. If you end up with 21 or 34 or even 40 items, it’s okay. As you wear through things, you will figure out your style, your go-to items that you gravitate towards over and over. And yes, some things will still go unused, even with just 33 items. Go ahead and take those out at the end of the season and find them a new home.
- Build a wardrobe of your favorite things. If it only goes with one other item, if you bought it because you thought you should have it, if you just don’t feel your best when you wear it, get rid of it. Why spend the whole day wearing something that doesn’t make you feel like a rockstar? We work best and act as our best selves when we are confident and feel good about our bodies and our appearance. So set yourself up for success in the morning. It will be worth it.
- It’s okay to keep shopping, but ask yourself, Do I love this more that what is already in my 33 items? Anything that comes in should replace what goes out. So make sure it sparks joy.