I’ve had some, admittedly cautious, enquiries regarding my capsule wardrobe lately and thought it may be useful to chat about some of the most frequently asked questions. This is how I apply the idea of a capsule wardrobe to my lifestyle but there are numerous options out there.
What exactly is a capsule wardrobe?
To me, it’s a small collection of clothes, carefully chosen to complement each other for easy mixing and matching, that are appropriate for the weather and season. Generally, fewer clothes will mean higher quality items to ensure they last, as they will be worn more frequently.
How many times a year do I change my capsule?
I do it seasonally, although in the UK, I’ve noticed my spring and autumn capsules tend to be very similar. So, 4 times a year, approximately every 3 months.
Should there be a specific number of items?
It honestly depends on what works for you and your lifestyle. I was originally inspired by Courtney Carver’s experiment on dressing with less, which she calls Project 333 – i.e. you choose 33 items for 3 months – to include all clothes, shoes and accessories but not sleepwear, underwear or loungewear. I think it provides a fantastic framework, but you can adapt it to suit your own lifestyle.
Two blogs that I find hugely inspirational are A Small Wardrobe and Unfancy. The writers show how a capsule can be adapted and made to work to suit an individual and their own lifestyle and requirements.
Do I buy a new capsule at the beginning of each season?
No! I carry clothes forward from capsule to capsule so I don’t have 132 items in my wardrobe i.e. 33 x 4! I have between 70 and 80 – it tends to fluctuate a bit.
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Do I have any colour in my wardrobe?
I found this an odd question until the person explained that they thought a minimal, capsule wardrobe had to be black, white and grey! There’s no doubt I have a lot of these colours and therefore they’re very easy to match. But I couldn’t do without some bright colours in my wardrobe and accessories are a great way to add colour too.
Do I ever feel deprived?
Truthfully, no. Instead, I feel a great sense of freedom. I’ve extra time in the morning – it literally takes me about 5 seconds to decide what to wear. It’s much easier to pack when I travel. I shop less and therefore spend less. More time, more clarity, more money and more freedom does not feel like deprivation!
So, there you go! Hope you found it useful. If there are any more questions about capsule wardrobes or how I apply the principles to my lifestyle, I would be delighted to respond to any comments below. Have a great week 😊