Why create an intentional wardrobe?
Back in 2016, I started to think about my closet. I continue to wear the same items and never touch other items. Some of these pieces I have owned for over 10 years, but I haven’t worn them in the past 4 years (or longer). Not only has my body changes since I was at 14, I am also at an entirely different place in my life. I can honestly say the same thing about myself when I compare myself now to my 20 year old self. The clothes I wore in college, are not the clothes I want to wear as a 24 year-old young professional.
I began to clean out these clothes that I don’t wear and don’t need. After these clothes were donated, I looked at my closet with new insight. What if I began to buy pieces based on my wardrobe rather than just because I like this specific piece that I will never wear and doesn’t mesh with my other clothes. What if, I took the clothes I had left and created an intentional wardrobe?
Here’s why I am creating an intentional wardrobe.
- To streamline my mornings, which means less time deciding on an outfit.
- I don’t want to have a closet full of clothes that I don’t wear.
- To save money by not buying pieces that don’t fit into my wardrobe.
- i want useful pieces rather than an abundance of pieces.
Where to start with an intentional wardrobe.
Find a formula that works for you. Everyone is different, and everyone has different obligations. I currently work five days a week and do very little outside of work that I need separate clothes for. So, most of my pieces fit into the category of “work” clothes. I also have “fun” clothes such as cocktail dresses and beach attire, and “active” clothes. My goal is to fit my wardrobe pieces into these categories or capsules plus a few more. One of these is a category for basics, which I will go into more detail regarding as I go through this process. The second is an underwear category. Yep, we are going to get personal on this blog, but you can’t tell me these are items women don’t have an abundance of. Capsuling is a concept I don’t know a whole lot about, but I want to eventually get to a point where I have capsulized my wardrobe.
What I do know about capsuling is there are lots of different ways to create capsules. Some structures are based on a certain number of pieces per season, while others are based on lifestyle segments like mine. Remember to start with a plan that works for you. If you’re like me, and live in an area where there are really only two seasons, a seasonal wardrobe may not be the best for you. Also, don’t feel like you have to cut your wardrobe down to only a few items. A minimalist wardrobe works for some people, but it’s not for everyone.
The point of an intentional wardrobe is not the size of the wardrobe, but how useful the items are. This is why I started with removing the items I know are not useful and would not be useful in the future. Once these items were removed, I started to plan what I wanted the end result to be. Next, I’ll be sharing my long-term plan to the wardrobe I want.