The Capsule Wardrobe Experiment

The Experiment

You might have already heard of capsule wardrobes or Project 333, but if not here’s a breakdown of the experiment.  It’s basically a minimalist style of living where your wardrobe consists of only items that you truly love.  Project 333 is pretty intense as you can only have 33 items for 3 months, and that includes clothes, shoes, accessories, and jewelry!  Exercise clothes, pajamas, and under garments are not included.  Needless to say, I’m not going that extreme.  I have decided to make a capsule wardrobe instead.  A capsule wardrobe is based around the same principles as Project 333, but it’s not so intense.  Every three months, you change out your capsule wardrobe based on the season.  During the three months of the capsule wardrobe, you DO NOT shop. I repeat, YOU DO NOT SHOP.  That sentence alone gives me heart palpitations because I’m always online shopping or browsing.  I never buy that much, but I spend a significant amount of time browsing websites.  One of the objectives of the capsule wardrobe is finding contentment in what you have and putting your energy towards other, more important things.  Another objective is living with less but buying better quality items that will suit your capsules for years to come.  I know I always find myself buying things just because they are on sale and I kind of like them.  With a capsule wardrobe, you become very specific about what you want/need and your shopping becomes more precise and less spontaneous.

My Wardrobe Breakdown

I made my capsule wardrobe out of the following items:

  • 3 Pairs of Jeans- 1 Black, 1 Light Distressed, 1 Dark Flare
  • 2 Pairs of Leggings- 1 Black, 1 Faux Leather
  • 2 Skirts
  • 3 Dresses
  • 4 Tees
  • 2 Tanks
  • 2 Sleeveless tops
  • 10 Tops
  • 9 Sweaters and Cardigans

That’s 37 items minus shoes and accessories, which I specifically chose to leave out because one step at a time people.  I won’t be shopping or browsing (at least trying not to browse!) until my birthday, March 30. Wish me luck!  I’m excited to see what I learn over the next three months!  If you’re interested in hearing more about this experiment, check out this podcast by Jess Lively and Caroline Rector!

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