Hello you

Another day, another minimalism-related post for you. Today’s post is going to be centered all around clothing, shoes and accessories, basically all the good stuff. Or should I say rather the lack or minimal amounts of them? We’ll get to that in a second. Grab a cup of tea and get comfortable.

What is a capsule wardrobe?

I first learned about the whole concept of capsule wardrobes about one and a half years ago. As far as I know the blogger Caroline from Un-fancy (absolutely check out her blog here) started the whole movement by documenting her own experience of living with a small, intentional wardrobe by posting her style photos every day.

Her approach in a nutshell:

  • Dress with only 37 pieces* of clothing for three months (basically one season of the year)
  • AND: Not to shop during those 3 months.  Sounds adventurous, right?
  • To plan and shop for your next capsule during the last two weeks of the season
  • How much you buy is up to you but Caroline reminds us that less is more

Ok, now that we’ve got the whole definition down, you’re ready to get your own capsule experiment going. One last input provided by Caroline that I found really helpful to get the whole thing started was the Capsule Planner (you’ll find it here). It is a great way to reflect on your wardrobe, what type of colors, materials and pieces you are drawn to and if they match your lifestyle.

Why you should try it

Imagine a world without you standing in front of your closet desperately saying one of the following statements (btw total first world problem alert):

  • “I don’t have anything to wear” (even though your closet is technically full…very full actually)
  • “I don’t know what to wear”

The capsule experiment will help you in narrowing down your overcrowded wardrobe into just the items that really work for you, that you really like and that you will actually wear. So that the above mentioned scenarios will never happen again.

Sorted.

Why I kind of failed at having a capsule wardrobe

Sooo. I read everything about how to get started with my capsule wardrobe and I actually did (kind of) go through with it for about one year.

I marked four reminders in my calendar as to when I could shop again and I can’t tell you how I excited was I could shop again. Instead of dipping into the stores every once in a while, staying away from them and THEN going back in will make you more aware of what is on offer I found (as opposed to seeing it all the time).

Also, you will appreciate the clothes you have even more and it really makes your life a whole lot easier. Where I failed, however, was the amount (damn you tshirts, shirts and shoes, I just love you too much). I surpassed the number of 37 (I was more hanging around 100+ back in Switzerland). Still, when we moved here I managed to get to 56 (yay). It’s all small numbers and details that don’t matter in the end.

Happy to have talked to you (even though it was kind of a one-way conversation so far). Would love to hear your thoughts on the whole capsule wardrobe thing in the comments below. Do you have one? Would you consider creating one?

Have a lovely day y’all!

* Your 37 pieces should include: tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes. Your 37 pieces should not include: workout clothes, jewelry, accessories, purses, swimsuits, pajamas/loungewear, underwear, and the jeans you wear when you paint your living room.

5 Comments

  1. Ispyprettyplaces March 22, 2017 at 9:04 am

    I love this. I’ve been trying to document my minimalist capsule wardrobe process but living in countries where it’s hard to shop has somewhat slowed down the process. On the one hand I’ve got a very small wardrobe which I can use well as I’m in one season /climate here in Singapore. But I still struggle to find certain pieces to have a full on functional capsule wardrobe. Can’t wait to shop in London this summer! My shopping excursions have been reduced to once a year!

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    1. sandra.zottl - Site Author March 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      thanks for sharing! keep us posted on how your wardrobe evolves after London! Have a great day!

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  2. Laia March 22, 2017 at 10:21 am

    hahaha I had to laugh out loud so hard when I read “and the jeans you wear when you paint your living room”, Sandi!
    You know, I have been hearing about this whole capsule wardrobe thing for over a few months now and if at the beginning I found it cool and inspiring I never really considered getting one.
    However, the more I find myself out there with the whole fashion industry knocking on my door and the whole YouTube community bombarding us with so much trends that honestly, I feel the need to escape from and do the opposite, which is close the door to this spending trend and go minimal. Yep!
    Not to mention the freedom, relief, and overall great satisfaction you get when decluttering your house aka closet. And the liberating feeling in the morning when you know what to wear.

    In the end, after reading Caroline Joy (btw, great recommendation, love her blog) less is more and we all have our own style already so why follow trends that will pass and that you might dislike in a few weeks.. a trendy sweater looks crazy once the trend has passed and I tend to get bored of these weird trendy clothes.. while a minimal look you will never get bored of, it is easier to put together, also it is great for travelling with less stuff and I find overall you look prettier with a minimal look and even more stylish, rather than be decorated like a tree with some of this crazy trends. Get nice complements to cheer up your outfit!

    Sandi, now my request to you: please guide us all humble peasants through the challenging task of getting a capsule wardrobe! yay!

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  3. Ingrid March 23, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Great advice, I sort of have a capsule wardrobe but I think I want to do it more properly. Thanks for sharing! I have so many items I never wear, so I think it would help to minimise so that I simply have to wear those items.

    Ingrid | thatscandinavianfeeling.com

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