Capsule Combinations

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My first foray into the world of Project 333 was in autumn 2015.   I felt quite anxious about attempting it but thought I’d give it a go. I selected clothes for my workwear capsule and then some for my casual wear capsule. So 2 capsules, each of 33 pieces. 66 pieces felt quite limited (!) – about a third of my overall wardrobe. I had FOMO before I even started!

I decided to do the trusty hanger trick – having all the hangers facing one way but turning them to face the other, after a piece had been worn. After the first season, I reviewed my wardrobe. I was taken aback to see how many hangers remained turned the other way.

This was one of my first light bulb moments!   I hadn’t worn all 66 pieces, then! Who knew?!

So, I tried again the next season, carrying the learning from the previous season forward. Clearly, I had selected too many pieces, so I cut both capsules down to 20 pieces each. But this didn’t give me enough combinations and I got frustrated quickly. Mixing and matching is the cornerstone of the capsule wardrobe.

It was about this time that I read that Courtney Carver, founder of Project 333, was coming to London in April 2016 as part of her Tiny Wardrobe tour – so I went to hear her talk. She outlined the same dilemma – when she first started Project 333, she still worked in a corporate environment. But, her solution was to slightly dress up her casual clothes and dress down her work clothes. And – most significantly of all – nobody noticed.

So, the next season, I stuck to 33 pieces but I moved away from having two separate capsules. I was far choosier with my selection. Each piece needed to earn its place and be worn in different ways. This was the biggest step I took in realizing what my personal style was and what gaps I had in my wardrobe. You know those items called basics? Yeah, they’re called that for a reason!

2017-10-15 White tee

This tee-shirt is a good example of a basic. It’s plain white, so goes with everything, but has a little bit of detail on the shoulders and neckline. It’s not sheer (important for work), the cotton is soft and it’s very comfortable. It looks presentable under a jacket or with a skirt/trousers. But it also looks great with jeans or a denim skirt for a more dressed down look.

2017-10-15 Navy jacket

I feel this jacket makes me look quite presentable at work but it also dresses up jeans and a tee-shirt. You get the idea …..

So every season, I have just the one capsule, with carefully chosen items. I never want to go back to my over-crammed wardrobe and endless choices. I feel far more content with less now. Have a great week 😊

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  10 comments for “Capsule Combinations

  1. October 15, 2017 at 8:54 am

    I keep forgetting about the basics too, just focusing on the special pieces a lot.. This was a nice reminder to make sure to have them in my closet too. x

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    • October 15, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Hi Lise, thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, you’re absolutely right about the special pieces. I would give them lots more time and attention but overlook the basics, which I would wear ten times more frequently! Enjoy your day 🙂 Lxx

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  2. October 15, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Blazers/jackets with jeans is so acceptable now in so many situations. Even puts us all on the edgy side!

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    • October 16, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Hiya Laurel, agree with the blazer and jeans look, you see it everywhere now – but it’s literally the first time I have ever thought of a look of mine being edgy! I like it!!! 😉 Lxx

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      • October 16, 2017 at 1:12 pm

        I have no idea of your age, but at over (way over) 50 I need the edge!

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  3. October 16, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    To be welcomed at any age, quite frankly!! 😉

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  4. Brian Murray
    October 16, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Hi there Minimal Lol .Enjoyed the article especially the bit about turning the hangers around for clothes you have worn , and upgrading your casual clothes and making work clothes more casual. I will expect you to only need a very small suitcase for any upcoming trips ! See ya soon Minimal Brn

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    • October 16, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      Hi Minimal Brian, thanks for reading 🙂 Glad you found some of the tips useful. Hope you’re not going to scrutinize any luggage too closely 😉 Lxx

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  5. Donna
    October 23, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Hi Minimal lol
    enjoyed your article, I may just start looking at the inside of the wardrobe 😯scarey! would you have a link on where can I get the info on the “basics”of the wardrobe please?
    thank you 😊

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    • October 23, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Hi Donna, many thanks for reading and commenting 🙂 You’ve posed a very interesting question about ‘basics’. I honestly think they will vary from person to person so it’s really what you think you will reach for and get most wear and versatility from. I’ve outlined a couple of my basics above but I would also add jeans, boots, black trousers, cashmere/merino wool sweater and black top to my list, because they form the foundation of my wardrobe. You may find something different. It may be worth experimenting and keeping a tally of which clothes you wear most often, as chances are, they will form your basics! Having said that, there are some excellent blogs on capsule wardrobes and basic such as Caroline Rector’s Unfancy, (http://www.un-fancy.com/), The Daily Connoisseur (https://dailyconnoisseur.blogspot.co.uk/), A Small Wardrobe (https://asmallwardrobe.com/category/wardrobe/), The Anna Edit (https://www.theannaedit.com/category/style/) and Anuschka Rees from Into Mind published a book called The Curated Closet (https://anuschkarees.com/curatedcloset/) that has a whole section on basics. I hope you find this useful, Lxxx

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