This is going to be a long post as I am caught up on the thread.
Welcome karaishere - I've done the opposite of putting things in storage. I got rid of my underbed box and pared down until everything fits in the space that I have. I find it helps me a lot because many items cross seasons and I can see everything I have at one time. It has definitely helped to pare way way down on the amount of clothing I own (my estimate is that I got rid of about 80% of my clothing).
To be honest, the stuff I boxed are the long sleeve shirts, warm sweatshirts, a pair of flannel lined jeans, trouser style jeans (I only wear them fall- early spring), and thick woolen socks. The clothing that can cross seasons is still out in my closet. All of my shoes are still out too, even though I wouldn't wear boots in the summer. :) I also plan to purge again when I add the cool weather clothing back in this fall and store my summer shorts, dresses, and tanks (maybe). Of course, I may feel differently in the future once I get the hang of wearing from my current capsule and put everything back in.
One thing that has helped me when I go shopping is to bring a list (I actually make an Excel spreadsheet) of my current clothes. One column is pants, another column is tops, the third is sweaters/jackets. This exposes the weak points and helps me buy things that will help fill the gaps.
I love this idea! I am going to do this and also add notes on what didn't work or was missing, so that I know what needs updating the next season. I find shopping to be frustrating and I think having a plan will help me. :)
Has anyone come across any blogs with real life examples (pictures) of capsule wardrobes created using someone's existing clothing? A lot of the blogs I see have beautiful assemblies of color coordinated pieces that are great to look at but my immediate reaction is 'oh, that's so nice but there is nothing like that in my closet so I need to go shopping".
I just did my first capsule wardrobe! I followed the instructions from here:
I exempted my formal gowns from the capsule as they are rarely worn, but I do need them because we go on a free cruise once a year, which requires formal attire. They can hang in the back of the closet where they won't bother anyone.
I really love the idea of it, and it makes me absolutely not want to go shopping at all, which is great.
Yep. This is what I was going to suggest. I'm following her planner steps for my capsules. I think many of her clothes she had at the start of her capsule journey, but she does add new pieces each season (and links to similar items on her blog for the people who do want to buy). A lot of her clothes carryover between her seasonal capsules as she rotates. She also posts her outfit combinations from her capsules. Her capsule planner is about working with what you have (and love) first, then shopping to fill in the holes.
There have been mention of "work horses" for your wardrobes - the pieces you go to over and over - maybe the most comfortable, or basic, or match everything - What are the pieces for you?
Blue jeans (or jean shorts in the summer) and two comfy nude bras. There is never a week where those don't get worn. ;)
What items did you use to love that you've now parted ways with?
Anything you used to swear by and maybe love that you've let go of - for whatever reason? Any particular items or style of items?
A few casual blouses that I used to wear all the time 4 years ago, and some work cardigans/sweaters that I don't wear because I rarely travel for work these days. When I do travel for work, I always reach for my less colorful neutral cardigans anyway.
Has anyone tried out the online consignment shops like Twice or ThredUp? I cleaned out about 2/3 of my closet and I have quite a few items that are well known brands that are in good condition. I know they don't pay much, but it would still be something.
I haven't heard of those. I will definitely check them out for the clothes that I'm purging that are in good condition. Why not try to make a few bucks on clothes that I was already planning to donate anyway? I've been considering trying out Poshmark to sell a few items too. It's kinda like ebay, but for just brand name clothes.
Finally, I think I've done the color analysis thing online previously and got two different results (spring vs
summer...and there was some sort of warm vs cool thing - I definitely have a warm skin tone). Just now I'm coming up as a 'spring' on the Color Me Beautiful website. Makes sense because I have light brown hair with golden undertones and I naturally gravitate to those coral, blue, and blue-green shades in my closet (see attached swatch). I also like gray on me and am aware that I look better in cream (hello, wedding dress) versus white. Although I still wear white because cream tees are hard to find... It looks like I'm breaking the rules by wearing black though. It's just so convenient as a bottom color!