Capsule wardrobe – the missing element!

pexels-photo-296879.jpegFrom time to time, I get asked questions about capsule wardrobes. Now, this is a subject I could cheerfully talk about for hours on end, so I have to be careful not to become a capsule bore (apologies to those for whom this advice comes too late!).

I love talking about it but there are not nearly as many opportunities as I would like. Dawn, my friend at work, and I sometimes get a chance to chat capsule over the copier. And another friend, Sorcha, talks wistfully about it, as though it were a mirage, tantalising and just out of reach!

But I paused for reflection recently. A lovely subscriber, Mishmash Media Blog (check out her blog, it’s so lovely) commented that she would lovely to try out a capsule but hadn’t yet. I sympathised and said I, too, had found it daunting when I first tried.

Then I realised ….

When I talk about capsule wardrobes, I emphasise the rules, the structure, what you can wear, what you can’t wear ….

What I don’t talk about is the fun element!

I know, right?

Fun – well, when I have I ever uttered that f-word?!

So, I’m doing a real disservice to this brilliant concept. Of course, it’s useful to get your head around the framework and know what it’s about. Because only then, can you figure out how to tailor it to you and your lifestyle. But, once you’ve done that? It’s a blast!

  • It’s fun to be creative
  • It’s refreshing to change up your whole wardrobe every three months
  • It’s exciting to go shopping, with a specific list, to fill identifiable gaps
  • It’s liberating to experiment – to shrug if an outfit doesn’t work out and to do an excited dance in front of the mirror if it does (anyone else do this? Just me then? Ok!)
  • It’s cool to dress with different clothes, that you haven’t seen for months
  • It’s rewarding to think I’m doing my little bit for the environment and sustainability
  • It’s satisfying to save money
  • It’s hilarious when people compliment me on my ‘new’ clothing item and I know it’s a piece that’s lasted five years now!
  • It’s amazing to see how a pair of shoes can change up a whole outfit.

So, next time someone mentions capsules to me, I’ll go easy on the structure and amp up the fun! After all, if it was difficult or tiresome, I’d have given it up long before now. Have a great week 😊

  17 comments for “Capsule wardrobe – the missing element!

  1. July 30, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    I am doing a capsule wardrobe challenge in August. Doing Project 333 for three months seemed like too big of a commitment. One month sees like a good way to start out! Thanks for your inspiring posts.

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    • July 31, 2018 at 8:30 am

      Hi there, thanks so much for reading and commenting 🙂 Trying out a capsule for a limited time period seems like an excellent idea – best of luck with it. I’d love to know how you get one, Lxx

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  2. April 8, 2018 at 3:27 am

    Love this post, Lol. We don’t often speak about the fun parts of minimalism. Here is another one to add to your list (or at least it is definitely on mine). The joy of looking at your wardrobe as a whole and seeing the unity created by the styles, fabrics, colours or textures in it. The aesthetic pleasure created by a collection of items that have commonalities and compliment each other without visual disruption. It’s a feeling similar to viewing a satisfying artwork.

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    • April 8, 2018 at 10:29 am

      Hi there, thanks so much for stopping by. You’re absolutely right about the unity – it’s a pleasure to view my wardrobe as an entity, not just a collection of random pieces, bought without thought or intention. To see a curated selection of clothes is an aesthetic pleasure – I hadn’t previously thought of it as artwork so that’s a cool way of looking at it! Lxx

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  3. April 4, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Minimal-Lol, and your unfailing support, especially when it comes to shoes!!! Lxxx

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  4. Stephen Bunyan
    April 4, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Sweetie I loved this post. I like the bit about shoes!!! You can never have enoughx

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  5. April 4, 2018 at 12:36 am

    I always enjoy your capsule musings, Lorraine! I think the idea of shifting the focus away from structure and towards fun and enjoyment is really important when it comes to niche interests like this. When people think of minimalism (especially the ‘uninitiated’, so to speak 😊), for example, the emphasis is often on deprivation and getting rid of stuff. I like your reminder of focussing on what we’re gaining through the process (even if that is sometimes through getting rid of stuff). xx

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    • April 4, 2018 at 7:32 am

      Thanks so much, Lisa. Well, I need frequent reminders myself!! And at the end of the day, it’s not about getting rid of the stuff, it’s what getting rid of the stuff frees you up to do 🙂 Looking forward to your next podcast! Lxx

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      • April 4, 2018 at 8:34 am

        Absolutely! 🙂 Very much looking forward to posting my next podcast too – thank you for your ongoing support of that venture, Lorraine! I have recorded my next episode but my task is now to learn to edit the audio as there are a few pregnant pauses…it’s a steep learning curve, this one! 😛

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  6. April 1, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    What a nice approach to minimalism. It can be fun! I love shopping in my own closet. We can do the same thing in our homes. Move things around, use them in new ways, don’t get stuck in a rut. Repurposing is a great way to have fun.

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    • April 1, 2018 at 5:59 pm

      Absolutely, Laurel – couldn’t agree more! Lxx

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  7. April 1, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Yes, it is something I will try and does sound fun too. It is great to be creative with the clothes you already own. I think your suggestion about trying it out for a few weeks is an excellent idea. Thanks for the mention. 😗

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    • April 1, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      Hi there, thank you for the interchange of comments on the last post 🙂 – it made me stop and reflect a bit and that led to this week’s post!! Let me know if you try a capsule! Lxx

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  8. April 1, 2018 at 10:01 am

    This sounds like an awesome idea! What exactly is a capsule wardrobe though?

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    • April 1, 2018 at 10:11 am

      Hi Morgan, thanks for stopping by. There are many definitions but to me, a capsule wardrobe is a limited number of pieces, which can be mixed and matched, giving an unlimited number of outfits. I change mine seasonally, so that’s four times a year in the UK. The framework I use is called Project 333 (33 items for 3 months!) and was developed by a wonderful woman called Courtney Carver – I’ve attached a link to her blog https://bemorewithless.com/project-333/. I’ve been catching up on your blog and thoroughly enjoying it and it strikes me, that with your travels in the Navy, you probably have a capsule wardrobe without even realising it! Enjoy your day and thanks for reading, Lxx

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      • April 1, 2018 at 10:41 am

        Thanks for the explanation. I do in fact have a capsule wardrobe without realizing it! That makes me happy. Thank you for the reference I will definitely check out Courtney’s blog. And thank you for reading too, I appreciate the support 😊

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