It's the beginning of the year and we usually feel inspired to start fresh, clean up and get rid of the clutter...
In that spirit, simplicity is a big theme for us this year. Here at Calamarie we have been thinking about ways to simplify our work and our lives to focus on what truly matters and gain clarity about how to continue to move forward in a balanced and conscious way.
For many of us one area of chaos and clutter is usually our closet. Every morning women all over spend so much time and money going through endless outfits to find pieces that makes us feel beautiful and comfortable. It may seem as if the act of clothing is superficial but it is not, our clothes are a necessity as they protect our bodies from our environment and are also a reflection of ourselves. What we wear is visual and artistic expression of how we decide to show up in the world. Our purchases also have the power to change the world and we can choose to buy items that are thoughtfully made (eco-friendly, handmade, fair-trade etc) that can support the livelihood of people worldwide and the wellbeing of our planet.
Imagine if you could be more intentional in how you shop and build your wardrobe. Imagine if you could simplify your morning and easily choose what to wear. If you could free up your time and money, what could you accomplish instead?
Introducing: the capsule wardrobe.
What is a capsule wardrobe? It is a system for simplifying our lives and dealing with closet chaos. According to Courtney Carver of www.bemorewithless.com, it is "a small collection of 33 items including clothing, jewelry, accessories and shoes that encourage you to wear your favorite things every day (not the trendiest things, the most stylish things, or the perfect things … your favorite things).
Another favorite Caroline Joy at www.un-fancy.com, shares this simple definition: "It’s a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear. For Unfancy purposes, it’s a 37 piece wardrobe that includes tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes."
The idea is that all of the pieces work together and you have less pieces to chose from, therefore you have less decisions to make. You only keep items in your closet that are truly meaningful, making more room for other areas of your life. Simplicity = Joy
What is in our capsule? Here at Calamarie we like a mix of simple and bohemian, our wardrobe includes our favorite jeans and tops and classic pieces like a jean dress or a black dress with dash of fun. Depending on the season and the occasion we may have some floral tops and dresses with sandals or a chunky sweater and boots. We also rotate our favorite Calamarie necklaces and bracelets to add a bit of color and joy to any outfit. Here are some of our go to outfits....
Want to try your own capsule wardrobe? Here are a few resources to get you started: