|My closet as of yesterday|
When I started my own capsule wardrobe project, I looked to Project 333 for guidelines. In the back of my mind I wasn't sure how it was going to work out with reducing my closet to a finite number of items, but I wanted to give it a try anyway. I do love the premise behind The Wear Your Joy Project and wanted to see if I could integrate the two successfully.
I did like getting dressed with less and clear favourite items emerged pretty quickly. However, I found myself dreaming about some of the items that have been packed away in the back of my closet. I missed my Washi dresses, my Laurel/Anna hack dresses (2 in particular), and my navy leggings. It felt as though those joy-inducing items had been sacrificed in order to meet a numerical goal. I didn't like that.
So, yesterday I crawled to the way back of my closet and brought out the items that I had been really missing. And now my closet feels very joyful! All of my happy garments are there, smiling at me and waiting to be worn. All in all, I added less than 10 items to my summer wardrobe. Fall/winter items I had been missing were added to my more accessible off-season storage.
Even with the newly restored garments, it only takes up half of my closet. I love my colour palette of pink, navy, grey, and white, with bits of turquoise and black. My clothing is versatile and can often span multiple seasons. I love the idea behind capsule wardrobes and convertible clothing. I think dressing with a definitive palette and style is very clever as it makes shopping simple and cuts down on closet orphans and impulse buys. It reinforces the fact that I prefer handmade or thrifted items over RTW.
Limiting the number of items in my wardrobe just doesn't work for me. Like many of you, I have lots of moods to dress for (most often as some sort of grown up version of a ballerina) which require more than 33 or 37 items of clothing to make it work. I am no longer going to be (obsessively) counting hangers and stressing over how many items I have in my wardrobe. I am going to focus on two important points: 1) the joy factor of each garment, and 2) that they fit comfortably.
Now there's room for this beauty that my husband and daughter found me. In rayon jersey, no less.
I can't even tell you how much I love the Muppets. I am so looking forward to their new show this fall!
Now I'm off to download a copy of the Bettine dress. I have some gorgeous grey French Terry that I want to use to make a warm and soft fall/winter Bettine.