All of the forum talk of minimal dressing and capsules got me wanting to try it myself. I decided to do a 34-day capsule as a test, herewith described.
My goals: to learn about my existing closet, my dressing habits, my true lifestyle needs, and importantly -- what I don't need. After 3 years 7 months on YLF I have acquired a big wardrobe. I like a lot of my pieces too. But it's become too much, and the sheer choice overwhelms me now rather than makes me happy. So the capsule test has become my technique to help me edit plus determine a wardrobe count, then to practice one in, one out so I don't end up with the 200-300 pieces I have now (an estimate).
I started with a lifestyle assessment of the next 34 days. Why 34 days? Because it's a manageable test amount for me, and also lets me build a new capsule for September, where I have different activities planned and the environment changes. I used un-fancy.com's wardrobe planner, and it made the exercise quick.
Lifestyle Needs for August
Colors for August
Work (11 pieces):
Pictures - to give you an idea
1 -- Typical casual, at home outfit for August. Avg. temps are 95 F, the day I took this picture it was 102 F.
2 -- Smart casual
3 -- Work outfit
Next -- lessons learned.