Regular readers will know I’m a fan of the capsule wardrobe – a limited number of pieces that I can mix and match easily, in a workable, flexible way.
I’ve moved away from having ‘specifics’, that is a top that only goes well with one skirt. Or trousers that I can only really wear for a particular occasion. Or shoes that only take me from a restaurant to a taxi and back again because no normal human could walk in them. You get the idea …
But it’s important that when you have fewer clothes, they must be the ‘right’ clothes – for you and your life. When you have a capsule and are deliberately limiting the pieces, if not the choices, then it’s essential you’re honest with yourself.
Do you ever read those lists that describe the top ten pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe? Or the key items that no woman should be without? (I don’t think I’m being sexist here – I rarely read similar lists for men!!).
I used to love these lists – they seemed like a blueprint to have the ultimate capsule. But I don’t believe in these lists any more – and honestly, I miss their magic. How reassured I used to feel when I read them. I felt the perfect capsule was within touching distance.
The thought behind them is indeed sensible and I find that if I come across a list like this now, chances are I’ll have a few of these items in my own capsule. But there is really no substitute for figuring out for yourself what you need and, crucially, WHY you need it. It takes clarity of vision about your life, a knowledge of your personal style and an honesty about your body shape and size and what works best on you.
For example, you will always find a white shirt on these lists and twenty ways to wear it. I long … I yearn … I crave a white shirt! I have bought many over the years but never wore them because (a) they just don’t suit me and (b) I never reach for them because of (a). Either they don’t sit right or they gape or they look too formal on me …. But I have a friend who will throw one on with jeans and look amazing and then wear it with a suit and look elegant. A white shirt is just not me but that’s okay. I have found the right clothes for me. Fewer clothes means more intentionality of choice, that’s all.
Have a great week 😊