Everyone and their mother has created a 'capsule collection.' It's not a bad thing. No, quite the contrary actually. I am huge believer in less is more. However, I do think some comes from trend, rather than from honest intention. So let me begin by explaining our journey to absolve our lives of the unnecessary.
We live the American dream: 2.2 kids (the dogs account for the .2), bought a house when we were 25 (minus the white picket fence), and have filled the house, with memories....and stuff. Fast Forward 5 years, the addition of the second kid, 2 businesses, one promotion, one car, and one life changing event. In December of last year, Kristian was involved in a pretty terrible bicycle accident. That first night, as I sat in the hospital waiting room as they took Kris in for Brain scans, knowing that he had shattered his entire right side of his face and that there was some sort of brain injury, I thought about how I cared about nothing other than him coming home and being a father to our children. That is all that mattered. When he came home, our kids went to stay with their grandparents for 3 weeks as he couldn't handle noise or risk of being touched on the face. So I (eventually we) had 3 weeks of a very quiet house, and three weeks to weed through our life. What mattered. We both agreed, we could sell the house and everything in it and not care one bit.
Out of that time, was born a desire to be more intentional about our spending, that lead to being more aware of our eating habits, and then led to being more aware of our impact on the community (both wide and narrow) that we live in. In this series I will focus on the closet/fashion side (cooking has never been my strong point!)
I mentioned on instagram that I now have 15 pieces* in my closet and truly love each one of them. It's true. Its also true that 15 is not a magical number. It is what works for my lifestyle. I am simple by nature. Since high school I have always felt most comfortable in jeans (overalls!) and a white tee. I feel like as I have come into my 30's I have just upgraded and refined that. But not before, I walked through every fashion trend along the way. So how do you know what you love? Take an afternoon and go sit at an outdoor plaza, grab a cup of coffee, and watch. What is your eye drawn too? Who do you look at thinking 'I like that style' and even more importantly 'they look effortless'. Because the truth is, once you find your comfort zone, it is effortless. You will notice that your eye is drawn to similar styles, over and over. For me, it is someone who is wearing basics, and wearing them well, and stands out because of their accessories (hats, shoes, sunnies, jewelry...not a purse gal though, but thats just me). *This clearly does not include underroos, work out clothes, pjs, or shoes.
Once you can nail down what your comfort zone is, you can move forward with simplifying. Also, if you are avoiding getting dressed everyday with leggings and oversized tees, you haven't found your comfort zone. That doesn't count. I speak from experience, not criticizing. Used to live in work out clothes, because it was easier than not feeling good in regular clothes.
Another good place to start is by exploring the fast fashion world and the impact it has on lives. This was a huge motivator for me, and I know we can't all champion every cause, but this is mine. And it never hurts to educate yourself, even if you aren't ready to make the changes. I suggest watch The True Cost, available on netflix. It only skims the surface, but it is a worthwhile view.
I will try and document 30 days of outfits (in a row) so you can see how I utilize the 15 pieces to feel like I am mixing it up a little. A couple things to remember: 1.) people don't notice you nearly as much as you think they do. So don't be afraid of people thinking "she wears the same thing everyday". 2.) the more minimalistic in nature your wardrobe is, the less people will notice repetitive wear. For example, if I wore a bright orange and yellow, ruffle flower top two days in a row, people may notice. If i wear a white tee with jeans one day, and a skirt the next, nobody will notice one bit. 3.) The reality is, it is not what other people think. Focus on your feelings not what you perceive others to think. This shift alone, will have a positive effect. 3.) Have fun with it.
Wearing: (Piece #1) Self Made, loose, low back tank (which happens to reverse). (piece #2) Black, skinny denim. These are old free people, and I will wear them until they wear out, but over the next couple weeks/months I would love to look more into ethically produced denim. If anyone has any leads on great brands, pass them along.