Okay...so we've purged our closets, we've sorted the items into piles, and we're ready for the next step in curating our capsule wardrobe! This next one is a bit like doing homework...but like the MOST fun homework ever! 😂 I'm not going to reinvent the wheel (at least not right now... 😏), so I'm going to share with you the amazing capsule wardrobe planner I've used for years, and then we're going to talk about how to move forward to actually choosing your capsule items!
I have to tell you, this is one of my very favorite parts of putting together my capsules...ORGANIZATION and PLANNING!! 🤓 Told ya. Nerd alert. I don't even care. It feels so good to have a plan, to know what I'm doing, to have a budget worked out, to know all the things! Using the free capsule wardrobe planner from the Un-Fancy blog, I get started on each season's capsule. It is an amazingly well thought out and easy to use tool so that you don't feel awkward and overwhelmed trying to figure out how to define your style with only a tiny number of clothes. This planner maps it all out for you, and, by the end, you come away knowing what you love, what makes you happy and feel beautiful, and what you still need in order to complete your capsule!
Like I said, I'm not going to reinvent the wheel when Caroline Joy of Un-Fancy.com has already compiled such an AWESOME (and free!) capsule wardrobe planner! Y'all...go check this chick out. She is totally my inspiration for living the capsule wardrobe lifestyle, and I'm so grateful my bestie Katie introduced the Un-Fancy blog to me years ago!
Some of my favorite sections in the planner are:
- A lifestyle pie chart so you can see exactly what types of clothes you need (i.e. are you in biz mode most of the time, or are you in casual mode?)
- Color planner: you map out your major colors that showed up in your "Love love love it" pile, along with some accent colors so you can curate a coordinating wardrobe that will come together easily every single time. (For example, this time around, my main colors ended up being denim and whites/creams, and then my accent colors were soft pinks, soft blues and cognac leather.)
- Nailing down the go-to pieces and go-to outfits...this REALLY helps reveal your style to see on paper what you consistently reach for in your closet. So helpful!
Something to avoid: the Shopping List and Budget sections...I'll tell ya why.
In my experience, everything about this awesome planner makes sense, except I always got stuck at the end when I'd hit the section on final shopping lists and budgets. It still felt like, ummmmm? Really? I'm ready to finalize NOW? I get that this section helps wrap up the Un-Fancy capsule planner, but, in my own experience, I think there are a few more (easy!) steps before feeling confident enough to finalize a shopping list and hit the stores for those final pieces you need to complete the wardrobe (if any).
Want to know my method and the next (way fun!!) step...?
Stick around--the next post in the Cotton Stem Capsule Series is headed your way!