(Note: This is a long and photo heavy post.)
February 26, 2015
Finding myself in purging mode after updating my Spring/Summer capsule wardrobe (Part One Here, Part Two Here, Part Three Here), it’s time to take a look at my accessories. For my Spring/Summer capsule wardrobe, it’s the necklaces, earrings and bracelets that are my focus. I don’t sport many jewelry accessories for my Fall/Winter capsule wardrobe (I’m a scarf and turtleneck gal) so these pieces come out to play during the spring and summer seasons. Now that my colors and color capsules have been identified (in Part Two) I can easily organize and purge my accessories.
Part One-Review and Edit
I started with 34 items, and here’s the breakdown:
Similar to Part One of my Spring/Summer Capsule wardrobe update, I began with reviewing and editing.
I asked myself 3 questions:
- Condition and Comfort-Is it damaged, tarnished, worn out, or uncomfortable to wear (scratchy, etc)?
- Wardrobe Colors-Does it fit within my color capsules?
- For duplicate items-Do I really like both or do I have a favorite?
These six items were purged from question 1.
Then I moved onto the harder part. I looked at the color capsules for my Spring/Summer capsule wardrobe (navy, white , black, turquoise, olive, ivory/tan, light blue and denim).
The denim and light blue were removed, since I don’t base accessories on my denim bottoms, nor the turtleneck poncho. That left me with navy, white, black, turquoise, olive and ivory/light tan to pair with accessories. Anything that did not fit into these color capsules were purged.
These seven pieces were purged from question 2.
Finally, I paired up the pieces I had left with the items in my wardrobe. And I asked myself the question, do I REALLY like both or do I have a favorite?
Seven pieces were purged from question 3.
I’m almost done at this point, I just need to review what I am keeping and purging and see if there’s anything that needs to be swapped.
Out of the to be purged pile I had one favorite pendent that I wanted to keep, it just needs a new chain, so I swapped it for a less loved piece.
After the purging I kept 14 items and here’s the breakdown:
Crunching the numbers:
I started with 34 items. I purged a total of 20 items within 3 steps, that’s a reduction of 58.8% of my accessories.
Part Two-Plan and Shop
Similar to Part Two of my Spring/Summer capsule wardrobe update, I continued with planning and shopping.
This is when I ran into something unexpected. I kept 14 items, and out of these 14, I have an accessory for each color in my Spring/Summer capsule wardrobe. This means I don’t actually have to shop for ANYTHING. Everything has already been matched up and there are no accessory holes.
Have you ever realized you did not need to shop?