New year, new focus: a capsule wardrobe?

When I began this blog about a year ago, my goal was to test, try, and review all the products that cross my path. The “Case of Consumption” name comes from my love of things…make-up, clothing, shoes. Since having my second baby back in June, and since my husband received orders to Italy (where homes are much smaller than my Texas abode), I’ve been re-thinking the amount of stuff in my closets. Let’s be clear about two positive points: (1) I’m not the type to shop myself into debt and (2) I’m far from hoarder status. I’m just kind of over the rush of adding quantity to my home.

So the question becomes this: is a capsule wardrobe my answer? Honestly, I don’t think so. In case you haven’t been hipped to the term, a capsule wardrobe is a bare-bones collection of clothing articles that can be mixed and matched. Some who have moved to a capsule wardrobe are strict, limiting themselves to 10 items. Others are a bit more lax, focusing on creating a smaller, more neutral wardrobe with accessories to pop their ensembles a bit. I’m a collector, so the idea of ditching several of my favorite pieces just so I can boast a 10-item closet makes absolutely no sense at all.

Still, do I really need 150 pairs of shoes? Do I really need 20 pairs of jeans? Is a pair of 5-inch platform wedges smart since I’m chasing a 5-year-old and 6-month-old? The answer is probably no. So here’s where I’m embarking on a new focus for my blog. This year–preferably before we leave the boundaries of the U.S.–I’m going to re-think my needs and pare down my closet. As of now, January 4, I’ve already purged 20 pairs of shoes, my entire maternity wardrobe, and a slew of accessories that have gone unused for several years. Now I’m down to the hard stuff. What do I use? What will I use? What makes sense for me to own? These are the types of questions I’ll tackle.

What about you? How are you feeling about the number of items in your closet? Have you pared down to a capsule wardrobe? I would love to know. Visit me on my Facebook page and let’s chat!

2 thoughts on “New year, new focus: a capsule wardrobe?

  1. I hear you. I’m not a capsule person, however I did pair down a lot, especially things seen as close doubles. I made a list of what I had and what I needed which helped so much for when I want to shop. I got rid of 4 of the 5 plain black crew neck t-shirts since I had a habit of buying them. Found I didn’t have any with a vneck right now, so that went on the list. I’m currently only rotating 3 pairs of jeans, a dark straight leg, black skinny and dark blue skinny. I just wear them the most to be honest and the fit on some of the others just wasn’t right. I do rotate my hangers which helps me go through my clothes easily and I’m pretty happy where my wardrobe is, even more since it is a lot smaller.

    And hey, if you have some awesome shoes you need to purge let me know, you know what I’m always up for!

    • I thought about you on a few pairs but I just wasn’t sure. I’m at the point now where I’m contemplating my Frye collection. I know Ebay is a pain in the butt, but I kind of hate to donate $400 boots. I’m also trying to do some trend speculation. I mean are my lace-up, heeled Villager prairie boots going to come back? If they were another brand, I would purge them. Since they’re Frye, I’m not so sure.

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