As I’m nearing the end of my sophomore year, I can see those blissfully free summer months on the horizon and I can’t wait. I’ve decided to spend this summer working on my personal life – balanced eating, healthy exercise, and minimalism. For the last two weeks of the semester and the first few weeks I’m at home, I plan to dress using a loosely labeled capsule wardrobe. It loosely fits the definition for a few reasons, the first of which being that I am keeping a somewhat massive amount of clothes on rotation. I’m also not including most accessories (apart from bags) because I already wear very little jewelry and similar items.
I’m craving some simplicity in these last few weeks in Boston and this also seems like a way to start packing my clothing in anticipation of move-out day.
How I Started Planning:
This morning, I decided that it was a great time to put together a capsule wardrobe. I started off in my bullet journal by laying out a color scheme: black, white, grey, beige, pink, and green. Then I moved on to lay out which kinds of clothing will be included in my capsule and what would not. For each category, I listed my favorite articles of clothing that fit into the color scheme. I had a lot of blank space left so I also added a few “uniform” combinations of clothes, which should help me to use the clothes in my capsule to actually dress myself. I’m not an artist, so the illustrations are purely for fun.
Next, I solidified my plans in an Excel spreadsheet (which I intend to print out in color and paste in my bullet journal). I narrowed down some of my selections and color-coded for the heck of it.
Finally, I decided to use Photoshop to put together a collage of my selections. I looked up pictures of the clothes from the stores’ websites, screen-shotted, and put them into the file.In this step, I also further refined my capsule wardrobe (i.e. took the loafers out because when am I going to wear those anyway?). I added a pair of shoes my grandmother bought me for my birthday and I put the four bags I’m currently rotating through at the bottom for balance. Follow the link for photos of the clothing I will be using for at least the next month.
So, these are the clothes I’m going to be working with for the next few weeks. I decided to exclude weather gear as well because Boston weather is unpredictable, especially in the spring time. I hope that this adds a touch of simplicity to the end of the semester and inspires me to declutter even more as I move home for the summer!