So I went through my closet this past weekend. I picked out a capsule wardrobe. I combined all seasons together. So I have long sleeves and sweaters but once I paired down they will be put away for the season.
Once I got my separate capsule wardrobe out from my regular clothes I realized not everything went together. I put this up to my weight gain of four dress sizes when I went on medication for my chronic migraines. I needed clothes. I needed anything that fit. I needed anything that would cover my stomach.
I went from store to store in search of clothing that fit, that I liked and didn’t make me look like a grandma. I remember my paternal grandmother. When she was in her late 60’s she wore plus size clothing. Frankly, it was awful. She would wear these red and orange medallion pants with a stripped top. Not because she was colorblind but she had difficultly finding clothing that fit and went together. While the clothing industry has changed slightly, it is still difficult to find things. Much of the plus size clothing I find is for office work. I like to dress up, but don’t need a whole wardrobe of suits. Much of the casual stuff is limited to tshirts and blue jeans.
Then take into consideration the time of year. You have more choices in Fall and Winter than you do in Spring and Summer. Then where to shop, the type of stores. When I mean the type of store I don’t mean plus size vs Misses size. I mean teenager vs older woman vs career woman vs a little bit of everything. Then take into account the sizes and the price point and you see there is really slim pickings. Perhaps, the capsule wardrobe will help me with that. I won’t feel like I have nothing to put on.
What do I wear now? I buy things from LLBean Catalog, Eddie Bauer Catalog, Landsend Catalog, JJill, Chicos, Christopher and Banks, Dress Barn, Lane Bryant, Maurice’s and sometimes New York and Company.
Here is what I have chosen for my capsule wardrobe:
Blue Jeans (navy)
A button down shirt (Navy) short sleeve
Jean jacket ( Blue)
T-shirts short slv (Navy) (Black) (Grey) (Teal) (Green)
Cardigan (Navy) (Black) (Grey) (Teal) (Green)
Long Sleeve Tshirt (Navy)*(Grey)*
Dress Pants (Black)
V-neck light knit sweater (Black)*
Black Lace Shirt (Black)**
Casual Pants (Grey)
Tweed Skirt (Black)*
Spring Summer Dress (Green)
Leather Jacket (Brown)* **
Button down shirt (white)
Print shirt (Navy)
Print Skirt (Black)
**Need to purchase item
What do you think? Do you have a capsule wardrobe? What is in it? Have you gotten rid of the other clothes or keeping them for a bit. I’m keeping mine to see if I like this. Let me know your story in the comments below.