I have some pretty stupendous clients. Some of them have decided to come alongside me as I attempt to use a capsule wardrobe for a whole month. We’re using the hashtag #colorgeekcapsule on social media, so if you’re not interested in a big old blog post, you can check out our progress on Instagram and Facebook.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
At its most basic, a capsule wardrobe is a small, usually seasonal group of carefully chosen clothing items. If you’re on a tight budget, or just want to reduce the amount of “stuff” in your life, a capsule can be a great choice.
What does this even have to do with PCA?
A Personal Color Analysis is incredibly helpful if you are considering a capsule wardrobe. Not only do all the colors in your season work with your body, they all work well with each other. Since a cornerstone of capsule-ing is creating new and fresh clothing combinations, knowing from the start that all the colors in your wardrobe will harmonize is comforting. Wearing a teal top with orange jeans? No problem if they’re both in your season! The same teal top can then be worn with khakis, a gray skirt, or even under a coral dress.
For our challenge…
- You must take a picture of all your items at the beginning of the month for accountability.
- You must take a picture of every outfit you wear each day.
- You may not repeat a bottoms/top/shoes combination for the whole month.
Truly, that was it! Some people chose to swap out certain items before starting, but the template for the item list was as follows:
5 pants, jeans, or leggings
3 short-sleeve T-shirts
2 long-sleeve T-shirts
5 blouses or pullover sweaters
5 cardigans or jackets
5 shoes, boots, etc.
Hosiery (socks, tights, etc.)
Outerwear (when not part of the “outfit”)
And there you have it! For the entire month of October, my team and I will be testing out a capsule wardrobe in our respective seasons and reporting back with our findings! I’m hoping this will help us all push the boundaries of PCA and discover what a tiny wardrobe can really offer.
Speaking of my team, I’d like to introduce them to you.
Alane, The Colorgeek
Season: Dark Winter
Personal Style: Snow White meets Twiggy
Why I’m taking the challenge: To push myself away from my more-is-more shopping habits. I’m excited to make some new combinations with my pieces, things I’d never otherwise put together! Also to limit the amount of black I put on my body. Seriously, my closet is 90% black. I am the biggest hypocrite ever.
Season: True Spring
Personal Style: Sunshine hippy chick
Why I’m taking the challenge: General minimization. I had to include stuff I can wear to teach, and I have 100 more tshirts so it was hard to choose. It’s going to be hard to wear dresses day to day so I might save them for weekends. Another personal rule was no lularoe, but I made an exception for my one Irma since its awesome, and nothing against lularoe, but I wanted to try to expand my horizons.
Season: Dark Autumn
Personal Style: Comfy, layered, and sophisticated?! (I’m tired of being told I look like I’m a 16 year old in the professional world)
Why I’m taking the challenge: I’m doing the challenge in order to play with the clothes I have and perhaps weed out clothes that I really don’t wear or don’t play well with others. I took liberty to adjust the list some to accommodate my job. Can I just say also #targetmeronavnecksforthewin?
Season: Soft Summer
Personal Style: Cute and Comfy
Why I’m taking the challenge: My style has to be really versatile because I spend my days doing a lot of different things. I could go from a meeting where I need to be dressed up to a dirty shop. My dress pants often end up with dust everywhere. I’m also a mom to a toddler boy, so again I like to look put together, but chances are I will end up filthy. Also, I don’t wear jewelry so I’m terrified of only 3 scarves as I collect them and have around 25.
Season: Soft Autumn
Personal Style: Personal Style: Preppy / girly / most of my clothes are from the Gap
Why I’m taking the challenge: I have a lot of fall clothes in my season, but I get stuck making the same outfits over and over. Plus I have a closet full of clothes I barely wear. So this might finally convince me to clean house.
Season: Bright Winter
Personal Style: outdoors-y with occasional influence from the Middle East.
Why I’m taking the challenge: I find it overwhelming to choose something to wear in the morning and I think narrowing the options will help create new outfits without lots of stress. I’m also excited to choose clothes exclusively in my season.
Season: Light Summer who likes to push the line to Bright Winter
Personal Style: Casual sophisticated with an edge
Why I’m taking the challenge: In building my wardrobe I’ve collected some items that I really don’t love. This is a great way for me to thin my closet while adding some very purposeful items.
Stay tuned for our end-of-the-month photo collages and thoughts! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #colorgeekcapsule!
All photos used with permission