Preview: Actually having too many clothes can be stressful. Simplifying my wardrobe created some surprising changes in my life. Maybe less clothes would create a less stressful life for you too.
Sometimes simple living can take you places you never thought you’d go. I am not a fashionista. Not. At. All. My wardrobe usually consists of jeans and t-shirts. Running shoes or boots are my go-to footwear.
But I know I have too many clothes and need to look at simplifying my wardrobe. So imagine my surprise when I bought The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle this year.
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It contained a wardrobe basics class from Alison Lumbatis of Get Your Pretty On (GYPO). For some reason, I was very intrigued. I was tired of being frumpy, but didn’t know how to go about changing my clothing choices, especially since money is limited. You may have felt this way too.
I knew I had too many clothes I didn’t wear and that I needed to simplify my wardrobe. So I opened the course and was very surprised by what I saw. Allison recommends a capsule wardrobe.
If you don’t know a capsule wardrobe is, it is basically a mix and match wardrobe with a limited number of clothes that you wear in a variety of ways. She tells you what to buy and then shows you ways to wear the outfits. And she always tells you to shop your closet first, so that you aren’t spending money needlessly.
Would it work for me?
Well, I decide to try out some of her suggestions. I think a simplified wardrobe would help me stress less, but look more pulled together. Now I will say that she doesn’t cover every type of clothing you will need.
I still need some nice dresses, skirts, and slacks for church and of course I need my work around the house clothes that can get dirt and chicken poo on them. But for running errands and helping out at my boy’s schools, this was the push I needed to make some changes in the clothing I wear on a daily basis.
The course that came with the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle was the Stay At Home Mom Casual Wardrobe Basics Builder 2017. Alison sends you a list of everything you need. You start with 4 pair of jeans, 4 tops, a couple of jackets/sweaters and some accessories, purses, and shoes. Then, every day for several weeks, Allison will email you a new look using those clothes. She gives you some substitution ideas and even tells you where to purchase these items if you would like the exact item she shows.
Unfortunately the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is no longer available, but the Stay at Home Mom Casual Wardrobe Basics Builder 2017 is still available for purchase at Get Your Pretty On. Alison is also releasing a Summer style challenge starting today. She will show you what to buy and how to put outfits together from these items. You are free to shop wherever you like so you can choose your price points on the clothing that you need. Many items may already be in your closet! She will send you an email for 21 days with a new outfit based entirely on the capsule wardrobe.
Trying out a new style
I was totally surprised by how many things I had in my closet that I could use with the SAHM capsule. I did purchase a couple new pair of jeans that were a little more trendy than my old standbys, and a new necklace, but everything else came from my closet.
Also, I chose not to purchase the denim dress. I didn’t think I would truly wear it much but this hasn’t prevented me from wearing many of the outfits. Either I just skip that day and use a previous outfit or wear her accessories with jeans and a (nicer) white T-shirt.
The style challenge is not meant to be restrictive, where you can only wear what is shown. Rather it is meant to guide you in choosing outfits that work for you. I chose silver jewelry since that is what I prefer, and used a light gray open front cardigan instead of her olive jacket. (Olive isn’t my best color.) But again, I feel that Alison wants you to make the wardrobe work for you. If you won’t wear it, there is no need to have it!
Shown below are a couple of the outfits I put together using her SAHM capsule as a guide.
Shocking changes just by simplifying my wardrobe
The biggest shock of simplifying my wardrobe was how much better I felt about myself and how this carried over into other aspects of my life. I felt more confident out and about. Because I looked better, I ate better. Less sugar, more fruits and veggies. This allowed me to even drop a few pounds!
Now I’m not saying this will happen to everyone, but it was a surprising benefit to me. I also knew I could go into my closet and quickly find something cute to wear. No more trying on outfit after outfit to see if the pieces worked together. I was actually able to get ready quicker since I knew what pieces went together.
Interested in checking it out for yourself?
You can also sign up for a free casual capsule wardrobe basics builder shopping list. This doesn’t tell how to put the looks together, but it gives you an idea of Alison’s style to see if it would be a good fit for you.
Let me know in the comments: Do you have a capsule wardrobe? Is it working for you? I would love to hear your thoughts!