Sarah’s Strategic Capsule Curation

This post is part of a Show & Tell series of posts featuring TROG readers and the capsule wardrobe-inspired changes they’ve made to their wardrobes and lives. Read all the posts in this series here.

Sarah writes:

My closet has always been small, at least compared to that of most of my friends. I love minimalism and tend to purge on a regular basis. However, before I found out about the Capsule Wardrobe concept, I would often stand in front of my closet feeling as though I had nothing to wear.

During this time I got pregnant with our first child, and while I did purchase a few maternity pieces, for the most part I simply wore my regular clothes, making them work by layering a long cami underneath my shirts and wearing a belly band when needed with my jeans. This was all well and good until our precious little boy was born and my body shrunk back to its pre-pregnancy shape, leaving my clothes looking quite baggy and stretched out! Now not only did I feel like my options were limited, but I was left with a closet full of worn out old favorites.

In the weeks after Carson was born, I discovered and immediately knew this was a route I wanted to take. On her blog, Caroline Rector shared her 37 piece wardrobe, which she updated season by season as needed. I chose to create an all seasons wardrobe, where I would have more than 37 pieces, and instead of changing things out every three months, I would wear the clothes year round. I live in upstate New York, where winter seems to last forever and a jacket still might be needed on a July summer night, so this seemed more practical.

As I replaced worn out items and added a few new pieces to my wardrobe as well, I made a Pinterest style board, where I pinned outfits I liked. Browsing through it, I was able to see specific styles I was drawn to again and again, along with new outfit combinations from pieces I already had in my closet but wouldn’t have nessecarily thought to pair together before. This made shopping —which is a chore for me— a bit easier. I was finally feeling a bit more put-together, my mornings weren’t wasted wondering what to wear… and then I got pregnant again.

I just entered the second trimester, and things aren’t fitting quite as well as they once had. This time around, instead of trying to make things work, I am going to be more intentional and invest in a few key maternity pieces that I plan to dress up with accessories like jewelry, hats, scarves and vests. I chose a simple color palette that will mix and match well, giving me many outfit combinations. I still have a few more pieces I would like to add, but I plan to do it slowly, giving me time to grow and fill out the items I already have. 🙂 I can already tell that I will feel a bit more polished and put-together this pregnancy, thanks to Un-fancy and the valuable lessons I learned from that blog!

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Fun fact: 9 of the 15 items pictured here were thrifted, and 2 were gifted (the rest I purchased new). I know a lot of people think that a capsule wardrobe is expensive, because in their mind everything is bought new at the beginning of the season, but it really doesn’t have to be that way!

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You’re an old pro at this, Sarah! Thanks for showing us your gorgeous wardrobe and telling us about your journey!

Check out Sarah’s blog, Come What May and find her on Instagram here. And if you found this post helpful or inspiring, leave her some love in the comments below!

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