As moms, we are drawn to the word “simple.” We love our children, but they complicate our lives with their unpredictability. Simplicity is our goal when we cook, clean, organize, and it’s also an important factor in choosing our wardrobe. Throughout the day we put our family first with little left for ourselves. So much is required of us mamas, and responsibilities pile up on our shoulders. We have to let some things go in order to stay as balanced as possible.
One of the first things we neglect in motherhood is our personal style. For a mom who stays at home, the daily uniform consists of yoga pants, comfy slippers, and messy buns because our bodies need comfort and flexibility to be able to chase, swing, and cuddle our littles. The working mom’s attire is whatever can be thrown together in a frenzy before heading out the door. Outdated, multi-sized clothes fill our closets and our nicer, more appealing clothes get pushed further back to make room for cozy sweatshirts and flannel button-ups. We should feel good in what we wear, and if we don’t, there is a simple way to help!
Our kids don’t have to be the only ones keeping up with the trends. If you don’t feel good in the yoga pants anymore, consider starting a capsule wardrobe! You may have heard this idea before from the many capsule wardrobe pins listed on Pinterest. I started a capsule wardrobe in the fall of 2015 and haven’t looked back! Since then I did a winter, spring and summer capsule and my closet has never been tidier and getting ready in the morning has never been easier!
The key to a capsule wardrobe is to have fewer clothes and higher quality options that are versatile enough to mix and match to create a variety of outfit options. Start by purging your closet of the old clothes you haven’t fit into for years or the ones you think may come back in style years later (they probably won’t), and make room for a simple, longer lasting wardrobe you adore!
To be successful with a capsule wardrobe takes commitment and creativity.
- Commitment: Don’t spend your money on additional items of clothing when you feel tempted. Stick to the capsule you created, trust your creativity, and buy accessories instead if you need to change your look.
- Creativity: Putting outfits together in a variety of ways takes creativity. The basic clothes are the canvas and the accessories are the paints. Together they create works of art!
Remember, you need a lot less than you think! We only ever wear a select few items in our wardrobe anyway, so let’s be intentional and create a simple wardrobe that we love!
Keep an eye on sales and find promo codes to help offset costs, but don’t buy cheaper quality items just to save a buck, because these clothes need to last.
To help you get started, the graphic below says all you will need for your fall capsule wardrobe. If you work outside the home, you will need to revamp this list accordingly. In addition to this list, write down what patterns and textures of clothes represent you the most! Don’t buy a copied version of the wardrobe we have here. Pick pieces that you love and want to wear.
This experience is all about honoring and representing who you are. A simple wardrobe makes more space to see the real you!
Here are some examples of how to fill your capsule wardrobe!
Tops: Madewell (t-shirts), Everlane, Nordstrom (black long-sleeved top)
Bottoms: Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, Target
Dress: Modcloth, Everlane (classic black)
Jackets: Nordstrom (leather jacket), Urban Outfitters (classic trench), Modcloth
Bags/Shoes/Accessories: TOMS, Target, Noonday Collection (scarves), Nordstrom (black flats)
If you plan to do a capsule wardrobe this fall, share your experience with us with this hashtag: #LAMcapsulewardrobe