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Less, then Lovely

A weekend viewing of The Minimalists new documentary appropriately titled, Minimalism, spurred a renewed vigor to purge the unnecessary things in our home. Sunday afternoon found my husband cleaning out his side of the closet and chest of drawers. By national standards we already own much less than the average American, nonetheless… We still want… Continue reading Less, then Lovely

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My Fall Capsule Wardrobe 

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It was spring. I began doing what I always do in spring—purging. This time however I wanted to approach it differently. I wanted to make it more lasting. I wanted to create simplicity in my life.

I’d recently begun reading Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying UpI love the premise of only keeping items that Spark Joy. I liked it so much that I wrote about it in one of my debut posts Simple Lovely. I even went as far as to fold and arrange my clothing according to the KoMari method. It worked. It made getting dressed easier, lovelier.

Then summer hit.

I have a love/hate relationship with summer. I love the heat and laying on hot sand beaches. I love swimming in the Pacific ocean. I love surfing early in the morning and taking long walks under the star-lit sky. I love summer…in California.

I’m a California native, and summer in Cali is the stuff of my youth, I’ve spent countless hours on the beaches of Southern California wearing little more than a bikini and pair of boardshorts. You know, summer clothing.

But now I’m a Utah resident. And summer here is different, drier, pointedly void of the Pacific ocean. So, walking around in a bikini where there is no ocean feels a little…awkward. In truth I don’t really own summer clothing. I own maybe two pairs of shorts (because I hate shorts) and a few summer dresses.

I reverted to living in yoga pants and tank tops, practically avoiding all the clothes in my closet because I would just sweat in them anyway.

Now here is fall, a true lovely leaf-changing weather-cooling fall. In California we basically have two seasons, off-season summer, and summer summer. But here we have a full four seasons. It’s amazing and life giving. I fall more in love with Utah with each season.

This year I’ve decided to take my KoMari living to the next level and embrace the Capsule wardrobe, I blame and thank Pinterest. I hate thinking about what I’m going to wear, when basically I wear the same uniform over and over again. I’m really a jean and tee-shirt girl that at some point felt like I had to grow up and wear things other than jeans at tee-shirts. Silly me. After studying and researching the premise of a “Capsule” wardrobe I decided it was for me.

I’ve come to understand that I can still be a jean and tee-shirt girl, but just a slightly more grown up version. I’ve traded in my holely old jeans for 3 pairs of well-fitting Paige Verdugo ankle jeans, a pair in black, light blue and dark blue. I have several super soft Madewell vee-neck tees.

The name of the game here in Utah where the weather can change like my toddler’s mood is layering.

To my collection I’ve added about 5 different wrap sweaters of varying lengths and pattern. Most are black, grey, or creme—my standard colors. I have two Fall skirts that can be paired with any of these tee-shirt/sweater combinations and several pairs of tights for layering. Additionally I have 2 button down flannels that can be layered over any of my tee’s and under most of the sweaters, and two sweater dresses that can be worn with or without leggings. I have one denim henley that I wear the heck out of and a few other graphic tees.

“For some people, getting dressed is a delight, a way to tell the world who they are, a creative and inspiring process. Some people get a little charge of energy from the pure variety of what they buy and put together and wear. I’m finding that I get a little charge of energy knowing exactly what I love and what I don’t, and being clear about the two. I’m more inspired by a near-uniform, a narrow set of parameter that make me feel most like myself.”                          -Shauna Neiquist, Present Over Perfect 

My foot wear in also simple, a pair of black Nike flex which are fantastic for travel, a pair of brown Roxy motorcycle boots, grey Clarks ankle boots, brown over-the-knee riding boots, a brand-new pair of black and green checked Sorels picked up at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, and finally a pair of super cute Hunter boots, a gift from my awesome sister.

If I need to add color to my outfit I grab a soft scarf (I own about 10) or a fun piece of jewelry. Although more often then not I wear the same necklace that my Grandmother gave me when I graduated High School layered with a dainty geode that my other sister gave me for my birthday. Did I mention I have awesome sisters who give awesome gifts?

Altogether I have about 40 items in my wardrobe. I do not count undergarments, socks, accessories or outter-wear in my wardrobe count. Packing for trips is now incredibly easy, as well as daily dressing. I pretty much always feel cute and comfortable.

For m0re dressy occasions I have a simple LBD stored in a garment bag which can be dressed up with pearls or fresh accessories. This all makes life a little easier, so that I can focus on that things that really matter to me.

Thus far the capsule has proven itself. I would like to add a pair of gold or grey flats to the mix eventually, I’ve been eyeing a pair of Bronze Tieks but still gasp at how expensive they are. I’m a huge believer in quality over quantity, so from this point forward I will only add items of quality to my capsule.

How about you? What are your closet organization secrets?