Finishing off your Capsule wardrobe- A few tips to help pare down

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If you’re in the process of creating a capsule wardrobe, paring down your clothing to a minimal number of items can be a big challenge. For first timers it involves a dealing with the fear of missing some much loved items. You might be worried that your new capsule wardrobe just won’t work.

The tips below are based on the idea that you’ve already culled your wardrobe and are down to a pile of maybes and a few definites. There comes a point where you’ve culled the majority but it’s a real struggle to get down to that smaller number that truly makes it a capsule wardrobe.  Here’s a few tips that might just help make the final chop a little bit easier and lead to a wardrobe that is loved and appreciated…

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Does capsule wardrobing foster wastefulness?

Following my big shopping relapse which I accounted here, it was time to finalise my capsule wardrobe.

I took everything out of my closet, piled it on a chair. Then, one by one I put back the items I’d selected to rollover from winter to spring and neatly hung all of my beautiful new items to join each other side by side. I then toddled over to my spare room and busted into my stored items that are considered spring/summer collections with intentions of curating a few pieces to join the new capsule selection, making the most of what I already own.  Read More »

Minimalism Bust. The shopping ban was over and so she shopped! Up. A. Storm.

My dear OHH followers and newbies alike. Recovering shopaholics, shopping ban battlers… I must tell you something. For I have sinned!

Oh yes people, ohhhh yes! I have experienced a relapse of mammoth proportions!

See, my plan for capsule wardrobe rotation was as follows…

  1. Identify what to keep in my wardrobe from winter to spring
  2. Identify what to take out of storage for spring
  3. Identify the gaps that need filling
  4. Shop for those gaps, mindfully, intentionally and within a reasonable budget (erm, keyword here, just keep in mind… reasonable!)
  5. take everything out of the wardrobe, and mindfully curate the options and place back in the wardrobe a selected 30 to 45 pieces
  6. allow another week to trial the selection and edit further if needed
  7. lock down the spring capsule wardrobe by the 12th of September

I dutifully started this process and here you can read about what I chose to keep on from my existing wardrobe. And here you can read about the gaps I decided required a shopping venture to fill.

At that point, step3,  I was very confused to say the least. I didn’t desire or long for hitting the shops. Shopping felt so foreign after months of avoiding their glittery shiny new-ness! I felt very lost and very much like I’d forgotten how to shop! Lets face it, shopping for me in the past has been all about frivolity and fun. Lest be honest, I was pretty careless in the past! I wasn’t sure being mindful was something I could do when released “into the wild”. I feared failure, relapse and the unknown! The adrenalin and excitement of a shopping trip evaded me. Such an odd and empty feeling that I’d never felt about the possibility of adorning beautiful new items. I was scared and hesitant.

I scoured online stores, browsed some shops and couldn’t comprehend the spring fashions and how they would fit in my capsule, which was at the same time seemingly becoming old and tired. I hunted excessively online for “smart” items that were wearable, mindful and practical and fit my “gaps”.

I built up the courage, and with a work trip to Melbourne I had the a perfect opportunity to use some after work time to set out with my shopping list, and complete the feared purchases.  And here comes the accountability….Read More »

Spring Capsule Wardrobe gaps identified!

spring capsuleAfter curating my Autumn Winter capsule wardrobe, and choosing key existing pieces that will hang in there for my Spring , it became time to consider what I needed from the big wide outside world; aka the shops!

Pictured here are the winning pieces that will roll over from my Winter wardrobe through to Spring, some of which have been dug out of my storage options.

So, I plan to fill my identified gaps with a spot of forbidden shopping… my heart sinks with fear just thinking of it! Can you believe a once thriving shopping obsessed lady now fearful of a venture to the shops. “Can I do this?” I ask myself.

Here’s the shopping list:

1. Corporate pants

I started with 3 at the start of my winter capsule. With one pair ready for the trash, and another just uncomfy due to an odd length, I’m down to one. A new pair is on the list!

2. A corporate skirt. My winter skirt was a thick woolen a-line flare skirt. Time for a more summery replacement! Still loving the A-line flicky style though!

3. Spring Dress

A cute summer/spring comfy dress that’s easy to wear on casual daysRead More »

Preparing a Spring Capsule Wardrobe- What’s staying and what’s going?

It’s almost spring… and you know that means? Capsule wardrobe rotation time!

This is my first ever capsule rotation, and one thing I’ve learned is that rotation is a very different story to starting your first capsule wardrobe, that’s for sure.

The first time around, I was very focused on de-cluttering, clearing the way for my glory pieces to shine through and get the love and attention they deserve. It’s initially an intriguing new concept; living with less, a little scary and exciting all the same.

On the 19th of April 2015, I locked down my first ever capsule wardrobe, and enforced a strict and reasonably successful shopping ban. I was on a mission! I saved a bunch and shopped a whole lot less than what I had in the past. And I loved it. I loved living from my 40 items that whittled down to 33 after a month or so as I became more aware of what I wanted to wear and what I loved! I also became very used to not wasting time thinking about clothing, not having to make decisions about what to wear, and everything fashion related just became a whole lot easier!

So come rotation time, I became a little displaced. It was a scary thought to “break the rules” and shop for a few new spring pieces. To make decisions again and be faced with a world full of confusing choices, not just from my stored clothing, but potentially the world of scary and long time forbidden beautiful options in the shops. God forbid!

I was on such a roll I had contemplated to continue the shopping ban and shop from my own wardrobe. I’d gotten rid of so so much unloved clothing in my big declutter, I didn’t miss any of it, but I surely didn’t have as many spring options to choose from. So before I went ahead to make any brash decisions about what to buy, not to buy, whether to shop or not to shop, I took the first baby steps to weigh up my options…

1. Decide what’s staying

2. Decide what’s being stored away, trashed or donated

3. Decide what’s coming out of storage

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One Hundred Hangers is on Facebook! A closed community support forum!

Good afternoon One Hundred Hangers followers!

I have some exciting news! OHH is now on Facebook!

I’ve opted for a closed group forum, where followers, over shoppers, and capsule wardrobers’ can share experiences, ask all of those tricky capsule wardrobe questions and talk all things fashion, mindfulness, personal finance, shopping-less and wardrobe management! And you can do so in a closed group where only members can view and respond !Read More »