Tuesday, 20 January 2015

My Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes. The pared-down ideal everyone's been talking about for the last few years, so few of whom are able to actually reach those lofty heights of actually liking all of your clothes. I am definitely one of those people who looks in my closet, clothes rack visibly dipping down in the middle from the weight, and say 'I don't have anything to wear!' This is a lie of course. I have plenty of things to wear. The problem is I either don't like it, or it doesn't fit well, or it's uncomfortable, or it's not my style at all but I'm very sentimental about it, or I like it but it isn't flattering, etc, etc. So for 2015 I'm finally dealing with it. I'm going to stop buying cheap trendy clothes I don't need, and I'm building a capsule wardrobe.

For those who are unaware, a capsule wardrobe is (taken from here):
  1. a collection of clothes and accessories that includes only items considered essential
  2. a person’s basic collection of coordinating clothes that can be used to form the basis of outfits for all occasions
  3. a set of clothing, normally around 24 items, which can be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of outfits.
Get it? No futzing around deciding what to wear in the morning, and always looking stylish? I'm into it! Now this collection I've made isn't 24 items - it's 30, including some things that I already own. Some people use 33 as a guideline, and change their wardrobe season to season. Living in Scotland, I don't think I'll be doing that - the only difference between Winter, Fall, and Spring is how many laters of outerwear I wear, and for the few days in summer it's warm enough my jean shorts will do fine. I'm not a 'summer dresser' anyway. I also haven't included coats (already own all I'll need) or occasion dresses (very rarely relevant). So now that that's all out of the way, a list of my capsule wardrobe picks:

1. Checked shirt
2. White shirt
3. Striped breton top ✓
4. Black tee ✓
5. Grey turtleneck
6. Black camisole
7. Black bodysuit (for layering under jeans and trousers)

1. Black shorts ✓
2. Camel skirt (had one, loved it, gained too much weight, no longer fit :( )
3. Short black skirt ✓
4. Black midi skirt ✓
5. Blue high-waisted jeans ✓ (sans ripped knees, which wasn't on Polyvore)
6. Black high-waisted jeans 
7. Trousers with a pattern

1. Striped tunic ✓
2. Chambray shirt dress 
3. Cream sweater dress

1. Tartan/red gilet
2. Black blazer ✓

1. Black heels ✓
2. Black chelsea boots ✓
3. Black flats ✓ (although they're fairly worn out)
4. Red loafers
5. Brown ankle boots

1. Black scarf
2. Tartan scarf
3. Daniel Wellington watch
4. Pearl necklace
5. Pearl earrings
6. Any crystal statement necklace ✓

Am I immediately going to go out and buy everything I don't have? No. Am I going to throw away everything that isn't on this list? Of course not. I will never give up my massive scarf+gloves+hats collection. Never! What I will be doing though is slowly paring down my wardrobe, donating things I don't wear -- and hopefully this list will make it easier for me to do that. I'll also not be buying any clothing or accessories that don't fall under this list, to stop myself from making impulse purchases I can't afford.

What do you think about my list? Am I missing anything glaringly obvious? Do you subscribe to the capsule wardrobe concept? Let me know!

1 comment:

  1. This is a really nice concept to follow for the wardrobe as their are variety of things and clothings that you can mix and match.