PHEW! I spent multiple hours yesterday reducing my wardrobe from hundreds of pieces to around 50. What a crazy task. It took me so long I watched (listened to, really) 12 episodes of Beverly Hills 90210. I will blame Beverly Hills 90210 if my wardrobe ends up looking distinctly like something fresh out of the 1990s.
Alright, besides watching TV, let’s talk about how I did it:
1. I started by opening that graphic of colors I made and going through all my clothes and taking out anything and everything that matched one of the colors on my chart. I grouped items together by like color, which is what you can see in the photo above.
2. Once I was done sorting by color, however, I was still way, way over my target of 37 pieces of clothing. So then I went through the clothes that remained and tried on every single thing. Trying clothes on, and really looking at them in the mirror is super important to check how something really fits and looks on your right now. Ask yourself, “if I was trying this on in a store now, would I buy it?” Or would you say “this is too frumpy, too lumpy, too tight, too big, too worn, too old, too young?” Anything that doesn’t gel right now is out. Marie Kondo suggests holding each thing and asking: “does this spark joy in me?”
Sometimes it’s hard to determine on your own if clothes look good on you: I get that. My friend Kerryn and I used to do this thing where we’d make all the easy decisions ourselves, and take the hard ones over to each other’s houses and try them on in front of each other. Have you got a stylish and honest friend who could help you do that?
3. What should you do with the clothes that don’t make the cut? Here’s my thinking: anything that is excluded from this wardrobe because it’s the wrong season or the wrong color, I put down in the basement in storage. They will come in handy next time I’m making a capsule wardrobe. But if there are things that I have never worn, or barely worn, things I regret buying, or things that are just never going to fit? They are going to be consigned at my local consignment shop. Things that need repair go to the sewing box, and anything that is too worn out I can’t repair? You know, stained or pilled to the extreme? It’s time for them to be retired from closet land forever.
Now I’m left with 63 items of clothing that could possibly make the final round for my capsule wardrobe. Some more culling will need to take happen before I’m done. Unfortunately (and kind of unbelievably) I don’t have one item of every color on my clothing chart: I owned no crazy fur or shiny silver or that jelly-like purpley-pink. I also have very few skirts. But that’s okay, I will deal with that later and everything I have hanging in my wardrobe right now is awesome. And oh boy, do I feel like a giant weight has been lifted out of my bedroom. Next step, to build the capsule!!