Capsule wardrobe – one in, one out!

Folded workout clothes.jpgThere are a few stalwart guidelines around, that can help with intentional purchasing and maintaining a capsule wardrobe. An oldie, but a goodie, is the ‘one in, one out’ rule. So, if you buy something new, then you remove something you already own.

Straightforward, no-frills, no room for negotiation and easy to follow. It find it effective!

I’ve applied this to many aspects of my life, not just clothes. It’s a helpful mindset to have.

If I go shopping, I try to be intentional anyway. There’s usually a gap in my wardrobe due to an existing item no longer suiting me, fitting me or getting too worn, or a new piece is required. I usually, therefore, have an idea of which piece I will be removing.

I find it easier this way around i.e. knowing what I’ll remove, before I purchase a new piece. That way, it’s clear in my head why I’m buying something new and it helps with the intentionality of purchasing. Because if I have to remove a piece from my wardrobe, the replacement has to be a lot better and I have to want and love it more. Otherwise, what’s the point?

I’ve tried doing it the other way around and, for me, it’s lethal! So, I would buy something pretty or on sale or because it caught my eye and then I would have to angst about what to let go when I got home. I could easily end up in the ridiculous situation of investing in a jacket but chucking a pair of socks! I would have kept to the guideline but totally missed the point. Now, I try to apply this guideline with similar categories of clothes.

BC (before capsule), I wouldn’t even have tried to apply this – hence a wardrobe that grew and grew and left me with nothing to wear!

It makes me think harder and it makes me consider any new purchases carefully and this way, I buy what I truly love or need.

If you haven’t tried this, it’s a good rule to bear in mind.  Lovely Laurel at Little Black Domicile also wrote about it this week – she has a clever spin on it, though – check out her post here.

Have a great week 😊

  8 comments for “Capsule wardrobe – one in, one out!

  1. April 25, 2018 at 12:51 am

    I love the one in one out rule too. Not only because it keeps the clutter from accumulating, but you refresh your items at the same time by removing the old with the new! I’ve seen variations of this rule such as “one in two out” or “one in three out”, which minimizes your items. Great motivational post Minimal-lol 🙂

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    • April 25, 2018 at 8:51 am

      Thanks so much, April 🙂 If you’re starting the de-cluttering journey, then ‘one in – three out’ etc. would be a terrific way to start off – great idea! Lxx

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  2. April 23, 2018 at 7:04 am

    I agree that this rule of thumb is an oldie but a goodie! It makes so much sense to determine beforehand which piece is going, rather than afterwards. It’s too easy to cop out and not get rid of anything that way, or, as you say, get rid of something you actually need.

    You’ll be proud of me – I’ve really been cracking down on my wardrobe these last few months! I’m enjoying the practicality and easy decision-making that having less clothes affords. At present, my rule is ‘one out, none in’, but once I’m past this blitz, I’ll get back to the ‘one in, one out’ groove. I even floated the idea of doing a capsule wardrobe experiment past hubby and he offered to calculate and record all the outfit possibilities with some sort of numbering system on the coathangers (he’s a software developer…the ‘geek’ switch doesn’t get turned off when he gets home). 😂Bless his cotton socks.

    Hope your week is off to a great start, Lorraine! xx

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    • April 23, 2018 at 8:04 am

      Hi Lisa, gosh – you have been cracking on!! I hope you’ll blog about your experiences – that would be so cool. And if your husband could use his developer skills to do some analysis on the number of outfits – well, I love anything like that!! I read a book once by Wendy Mak called ‘The Capsule Wardrobe’ and she said it was possible to get 1,000 different outfits from just 30 pieces! It would be fascinating to see what your husband’s analysis would be on your actual wardrobe! That could be a whole series on your blog! Lxxx

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      • April 24, 2018 at 6:46 am

        Thanks Lorraine, I’ll have to work myself up to experimenting with a capsule then blogging about it!! And wow, 1000 outfits from just 30 pieces – that’s incredible, and also reassuring for someone like me who hasn’t taken the plunge yet! 🙂

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  3. April 22, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    We are indeed kindred spirits across the pond! Personally I pratice this both ways…and keep a list on my phone of what I need to replace always. I’ve made the mistake of tossing a favorite before I am sure the replacement can do the same for me. Another trick…I have had the same # of hangers for years which keeps me in check! Love the post!-laurel

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    • April 22, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      Hi Laurel, thanks as always for reading, commenting and all your support. Having the same number of hangers is genius! A very tangible way to keep things in check. Thanks for the tip, Lxx

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