When you read the fine print about capsule wardrobes, though, there are often major wardrobe categories excluded, such as exercise clothes, lounge-wear, or evening wear. This leaves a lot of room for extra clothes!
The boundaries of a capsule wardrobe work well for me, so I recently decided to look at my entire wardrobe (all clothing, shoes, accessories...) as a collection of capsules.
Although counting the number of items in a capsule is arbitrary and not necessary, it makes decision-making easier and helps curb shopping impulses ("I'm already at my limit, I won't buy another pair of jeans."). So many people have successfully tried Project 333 now (33 items for 3 months) that I thought 33 items per season sounded reasonable. I extrapolated 33 over the year and decided to keep 132 pieces of clothing I loved and felt good in for my main clothing capsule. [This still sounds like a lot so I might pare it back further over time.]
"I decided to look at my entire wardrobe as a collection of capsules."
I used the KonMari approach* to cut down to this number and it was surprisingly easy. In fact, I found the approach a little scary in terms of how easy it was. Clothes and books that I'd had trouble making decisions on for ages were suddenly easy to place in the 'donate' pile!
Outside my main clothing capsule, I decided to carefully consider and build as many other mini-capsules as I needed for my lifestyle. I am now working on capsules for:
- Scarves and belts
- Swimwear (a couple of swimsuits, a sarong, a kaftan, a beach towel)
- Exercise and hiking gear
- Cleaning-the-house clothes
- Evening wear (a small selection of dresses and wraps to suit most dressy occasions)
In each area, I am aiming for the 'one and done' philosophy of style consultant Bridgitte Raes, who says that once you have an item that fulfills a certain function, you don't need any more. So, for example, if I find a great tailored black jacket, I then don't need more variations of what would essentially do the same job in my wardrobe. This should keep my capsules small.
* If you haven't heard of "konmari'ing" your possessions yet, it refers to a clearing and tidying method by Japanese author and cleaning consultant, Marie Kondo. She's brilliant!
What about you? Do you have a capsule wardrobe? Do you have more than one capsule?
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