Mini Capsule Challenge: Wardrobe Selection

With the #20item21day Mini Capsule Challenge starting in just a few days I thought I would share the progress I’ve made on choosing my items so far and some of the choices that still need to be made.

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I think I have it a little easier because my wardrobe is already thinned out for my current capsule, so I only have to consider those 35 items. I know it can be a bit overwhelming to try to narrow your closet down to 20 items, but remember it’s only temporary. I keep finding myself wrapped up in trying to choose this item or that (the first 18 items were so easy, the last couple are tricky). I just remind myself that it’s 3 weeks. Only 3 weeks. My life will be ok if I pick the “wrong” item for 3 weeks. And is there really such a thing as a wrong item? There may be an item that seems best, but when it comes to actually pairing it with the other items, you find it isn’t as versatile or you don’t like it as much as you thought. Then, it’s a learning experience about your wardrobe, your likes and dislikes, and your personal style, which I’d call a win.

Here’s a breakdown of what I think will be in my mini capsule:

Tops (10):
  • Chambray shirt (because it goes with everything)
  • 2 or 3 long sleeve tees
  • 1 or 2 short sleeve tee (I’m debating between a burgundy long sleeve and my Less is More graphic tee)
  • 1 turtleneck chunky sweater
  • 1 more lightweight sweater
  • 1 cardigan
  • 2 jackets/blazers
Bottoms (6):
  • Bootcut/trouser jeans
  • Skinny jeans
  • Black jeans
  • Joggers (for weekends)
  • Thick leggings
  • Skirt or gray jeans (I will evaluate the weather forecast closer to the capsule to see if a skirt is a good option. I bought the gray jeans from Thred Up recently for my spring capsule, but am thinking of adding them early – they’re so versatile. Is that cheating?!)
Shoes (4):
  • Cognac ankle boots
  • Leopard flats
  • Sneakers
  • Debating between my black or nude lace up flats or my taupe booties with a shorter heel (this will probably also depend on the weather forecast)

One thing I’ve learned is not to skimp on the number of bottoms you include. My instinct is always to add more tops for variety, but having a number of options for tops and bottoms that go well together goes a lot further in creating different looks. See my old post about capsule math about how many outfits you technically could make from a capsule if you’re items mix-and-match well.

I love Andrea’s pep talk, especially the line “If you’ve never done a capsule, now is a great time to dip your toe in! Do it! Let’s be effortlessly stylish folks together who have more time on their hands to do and more closet space and breathing space in our lives.” Yes!!

How is your capsule planning going? I am so excited by how many are participating and I can’t wait to see your outfits and the outcome at the end of 21 days!

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      1. Ali,
        You’ve got plenty of time!! 😉 I know I had a smaller pool to choose from, but most of the items were pretty obvious!
        Can’t wait to hear what you pick,
        Paige

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