Stressful mornings are still a thing for me. I am so done with being stressed and cranky in the mornings because I don't know what to wear. A few weeks ago I decided to try my hand at doing a capsule wardrobe again. Inspired by the capsule wardrobes of Style This Life and The Garment Life, I felt like I could do it.
If you're not familiar with a capsule wardrobe, it's where you pick out a select number of clothing items and wear them for a certain amount of time. Some popular capsules are seasonal (like SimplyLiv&Co's Spring Wardrobe), and month long mini capsules (like Paige's 21 Day Capsule &
Karen Rambo's mini capsule). Recently I have seen "10x10 challenges" pop up on my Instagram feed, where you select 10 items and wear those for 10 days. Something small like this seemed a perfect for me right now.
My previous attempts weren't perfect, so I took the time to really get it set up right. I tried on all my clothes and got rid of the items I wasn't 100% satisfied with. And by "got rid of" I mean I gave away the clothes I didn't like and put everything else away in my closet. My capsule, along with all my layering tops, went into my tshirt drawer so everything I needed is in one location. I didn't have to look at any of my other clothes. I didn't have to think about my other clothes. This was key for me because there was nothing else to distract me from my 10 selected items.
Included in my capsule were: pants x2, long sleeve tops x3, tanks/tees x5. When picking out the tops I made sure that each top was paired up with at least two of the long sleeves, that way I had more than enough options and variety. Also, I didn't put a limit on my under shirts for layering or shoes, which helped keep my outfits from getting boring.
I can say, hands down, this was a success. Every day I felt great, confident, and my mornings were significantly less stressful, more streamlined, and less rushed. This in turn helped my attitude throughout the day because my mornings were good. My outfits felt fresh everyday, even towards the end, and I felt I have a new appreciation for every single one of these items.
Once my ten days were up I found my mornings getting slightly stressful again, so I have gathered up another set of 10 items like and this morning I started another 10x10 capsule (which you can check out on my Instagram). The clothes I picked out for this new capsule are more casual and less fancy. It all fits my uniform perfectly so I think this one will go as well as the first 10x10 capsule. Although... I did at white tshirts which I don't typically like wearing because I don't think they look flattering on me. But this is a challenge right? I'm going to either find way to wear them, or find confidence to wear them.
Have you ever tried doing a capsule wardrobe? Did you enjoy it? Do you have any tips on how you keep your outfits fresh and exciting? ♥