Hello sweet readers! Long time no write!
At the beginning of May, despite not officially participating in the #May30x30, I decided to log my outfits for the entire month as an experiment to see how much of my closet I’m actually wearing. I don’t have a strict numbered list of items and my last count in February had me with somewhere around 60 items in my ENTIRE wardrobe (this includes items I intend to sell / donate, seasonal wear and formal wear) and I really loved about 30 pieces that I counted as my capsule.
I used Excel and Stylebook App to help track my outfits, which I started using a while back when I started wearing business casual to my new job and didn’t want to repeat outfits for once a week programming and meetings with upper management, which is a deep irony because I repeat outfits all the time now #capsulewardrobelife.
I didn’t put any parameters on myself to only use “x” amount of piece–just grabbed whatever I felt like each day to see what my habits are like without a specific challenge in place. Please enjoy my efforts to arrange things in a visually appealing way with no background in photoshop.
Tops – 12
Plum Top: 6 White Tank: 1
Beige Top: 4 Striped Top: 1
Tradlands Tee: 3 Rust Top: 1
White Button Up: 3 White Ruffle: 1
Black Tank: 3 Peach Tank: 1
Beige Button Up: 2 Express Top: 1
Bottoms – 8
Madewell Jeans: 12 Current Elliot: 2
Everlane Pants: 4 Madewell Shorts: 1
Ann Taylor Skirt: 3 White Skinnies: 1
Linen Skirt: 3 Guess Shorts: 1
Dresses – 3
Ann Taylor LOFT: 2 Dressember: 1
Dressember / Elegantees: 1
Shoes – 8
Liz Claiborne: 10 Strap Sandals: 2
Sandals: 7 Black Sandals: 2
Brown Flats: 4 Black Heels: 1
Black Flats: 4 Sneakers: 1
I have to say, even though I religiously preach the ease and convenience of a capsule wardrobe, I was still amazed to see how consistently I reach for the same items again and again (though I had quite a few tops that I only wore one time and honestly could have gone without if I wanted to push myself). With 12 tops, 8 bottoms and 3 dresses, I wore a total of 23 items this month. Living in Florida means that the opportunities to layer comfortably are few and far between—you’ll notice I don’t have any layers at all which is due to it being a cool 90 plus degrees each day now. I also know some capsule wardrobe ladies don’t include shoes in their item counts, but if I did, I’d land right at 31 items.
I guess I really could have participated in #May30x30 but it’s nice to know what I’m actually reaching for! I ordered a clean out bag from thredUP and I can’t wait to send off some of my unworn items so someone else could give them new life. I think I’ll keep using the Stylebook app too, it’s so helpful to track your closet and wears! I wish I had started it at the beginning of this year but better late than never!
How was May 30×30 for you all? Do you track your wear counts at all?