I’ve always been a huge fan of details. I know they’re not always the things that people notice, but man do they make me happy! For that reason, I had no problem spending a few minutes this weekend printing up some table placecards. Are they necessary? No; Will they be reused? probably not; But will it make me happy to see them on our dinner table? OF COURSE! For that reason, I had some fun this morning printing up these little placecards.
How I created my capsule: I started by removing everything from my closet and dresser (gasp!) Yes, the gigantic pile of clothing on my bed . .. and the floor . .. was very scary, but it had to be done! I had a donation pile, a pile I wanted to save for another season, and the pile I wanted to use for Fall. For my fall capsule I selected mostly neutral colors because I know they can be easily paired and accessorized (especially with colorful scarves!) The donation pile went out the door, and I’m currently storing all of my “keep for another season” clothing in a giant tub at the bottom of my closet. It was really important for me to get my non capsule items out of sight because I knew I would grab for them if I saw them which would defeat the purpose of this exercise. If you don’t have another closet or storage space to move your “keep but don’t use” items to, I would recommend hanging them up and putting a plastic/garment bag over them. This will keep them separated and out of sight, but still accessible when you need them for the next season.
I was able to make some obvious observations through this process, like the fact that I own too many cardigans and striped tops and have only one pair of jeans that I truly love, but I also reinstated some facts that I already sort of knew about myself but hadn’t called out any proof on, like the fact that I gravitate towards quality over quantity (it’s taken A LOT of time to get to that point). By making those two simple observations, I have something to work with while moving forward with clothing shopping and the way that I think about my wardrobe. I know that I can invest a little more money on a good pair of jeans or a nice cardigan because it’s something I’ll grab for year after year. I also realized the pieces I need to stay away from like basic tops that lose their shape/shrink after two or three washes . .. you know what I’m talking about- totally not worth it! Or the uncomfortable shoes that I think I’ll break in but always give up on when I realize its not worth the pain. Moving forward I hope to only purchase items I know I’ll wear for a long time and minimize the clutter. It’s a process, but I feel like I’m going in the right direction.
How about you? Have you ever put together a capsule wardrobe? Or this something you would ever want to try?
Even though our families were invited to Thanksgiving Dinner months ago I knew I would still be mailing out special invitations to everyone. I love invitations-I feel like they set the tone for a gathering, and I love an excuse to put my paper and pretty tape to use.
Mailed out on Monday morning. Better late then never, right? :-)
Supplies and Resources:
Fonts: Press Style by Gadino Otten and Simplicity by Vanessa Bays- Free downloads at dafont.com
Erica Hernandez brush set (purchased at twopeasinabucket.com a couple of years ago)
Washi Tape from Paper Source