If you’ve been following along with my Capsule 101 series, then you’ve read about the whole process here, and Phase 1 “The Purge” here. And you probably have a pile of clothes you aren’t sure about, so today, let’s focus on those guys.
If you feel you need support on this one, get a girlfriend to come over, or just pour a glass of prosecco. It really isn’t that bad, I promise. The goal of this exercise is to divide this (likely large) pile of not sure items into keep it or donate it.
The first thing you will do is try on every single item in the pile. While you have it on, make sure that it fits you properly and that there aren’t any weird holes / stains / snags, etc. If there is something wrong with the item that cannot be repaired, it must go into the toss/donate pile. If the item just doesn’t fit right, set it aside and we will handle those items in an upcoming phase.
If the item fits you nicely, is in good condition and is flattering, then you must truly consider it. Is this something you will wear? Is this an item that you love but doesn’t fit into your lifestyle? If you are uncertain, this item probably will not fit into your new capsule. But I don’t necessarily think you need to get rid of it either. For instance, we all have cocktail dresses or date night outfits. These outfits are perfectly reasonable to keep but might not necessarily make their way into your capsule wardrobe. Depending on your space constraints, keeping these items is not an issue as long as they are something you will eventually wear (if you are like me though and need a new dress for every occasion, you will probably benefit from saying goodbye to any dresses you will not wear again).
In addition, you will want to be critical of whether the piece fits into the rest of your wardrobe. If you aren’t wearing an item because you have nothing that matches it, then maybe the item isn’t a good candidate for keeping. Capsule wardrobes require that everything coordinate to make getting dressed (and life in general) easier. If you have a lot of pieces that do not coordinate, you are not solving the issue of “I have nothing to wear today.” Try to keep to neutral patterns and colors for the time being as you begin go build out your capsule. These basic wardrobe pieces will be beneficial to you going forward, and remember that you can always add color & interest with accessories (earrings, scarfs, belts, hats, etc.) and even with shoes (everyone loves a good red shoe).
Once you make it through all the items, you should have a good inventory of what type of clothing you wear regularly and what is flattering to your body (your body today, not your “if I lose 10 lbs body”, trust me, if you lose 10 lbs, you will want to treat yo’self to a new outfit anyway).
In the next phase, we will take a look at what items you have in your keep pile and if there are any holes that need to be filled to built out a good capsule wardrobe.
Thanks for following along!