Capsule Flexibility

2018-03-04 Snow

A week is a long time in the world of the capsule wardrobe 😊

Last week, I wrote that spring was almost within touching distance. This week, here in the UK, we’ve been plunged back into winter again, thanks to a heavy snowfall.

And that’s exactly why I like to have flexibility within the framework of a capsule.

Many people like to start their spring capsule on 1st March and to be honest, I was looking forward to doing that myself. But I’m not taking out my lighter clothes when it’s snowing outside!

I often read about people adapting the idea of a capsule wardrobe, tailoring it and changing it to suit themselves. I think that’s great and it’s also my approach. I love Project 333 but Courtney Carver always makes the point that it’s an experiment, not an exercise in suffering! So, I like to customise it to suit my lifestyle.

I’m okay with having one capsule that could last for 4 months and another that may only last for 7-8 weeks. I’m okay with having 33 pieces in one capsule but maybe 37 or 38 in another. (Funnily enough, I rarely seem to go below 33 pieces!). I like to read about other bloggers who don’t include shoes or jewellery or accessories. It means they’ve cared enough to really think about it and then decide what suits them best.

I think it’s a pity when I read of people abandoning it, because it became too much of a constraint. I can see how that could happen very easily. But that’s where the customising comes in – my version of a capsule will not be yours and vice versa.

So, while I’m really looking forward to spring and a change around in my clothes, I’m going to be practical as well. It’ll keep for another week or so.

For now, I’m glad of my cosy sweaters, my boots and thick socks and my huge scarf that could double as a blanket (and has done so in the icy office temperature when the heating failed!).

Have you adapted an approach like this? I’d love to know. Have a great week 😊


  4 comments for “Capsule Flexibility

  1. Lisa | Simple Life Experiment
    March 5, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Funny that the weather can backflip like that. We had the same here; it was getting cooler and then…heatwave! That’s wonderful that you have found flexibility in your capsule creation, Lorraine. It’s great that you use the capsule in a way that fits in with you, rather than seeing it as a restriction. I think this speaks volumes about the different approaches to minimalism in general. For those who approach it with the idea that they aren’t doing it right unless they’re depriving themselves, it can surely only end in misery. For those who approach minimalism – or any alternative lifestyle, I would imagine – with a sense of fun, flexibility and curiosity, there is so much more to be gained!

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    • March 5, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      Hi there Lisa, you’re right – it’s such a shame when minimalism can be seen as a restriction, rather than a gateway. It’s all about the flexibility and finding what works best for your own lifestyle. Good luck with that heatwave!! Lxx

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  2. March 5, 2018 at 12:54 am

    Here we also had a fleeting taste of spring, only to be dumped on this weekend with a giant snow storm. It makes sense to keep you capsule for as long as the weather is suitable for it. I stopped myself from starting a capsule many times because I was afraid to commit to all the ‘rules’. It’s a really nice feeling to realize that you can create rules that fit your life. Or you don’t have to live by any capsule rules at all! It’s totally up to each individual. That’s part of what draws me to it, being able to make my own decisions, and decide what works for me. Good on you for finding that flexibility!

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    • March 5, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Steph 🙂 It’s so easy to get caught up in the ‘rules’ and overlook the bigger picture. I must admit, I really welcomed the framework and I still find it very useful. But I do treat it as a framework and that makes it easier to stick to. At the end of the day, it has to work for me. As you say, it’s all about the flexibility! Lxx

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