Some include outerwear, some don’t…usually PJs and workout clothes are not included. Some people include jewelry and sunglasses, some don’t. Bottom line, the “rules” of a capsule wardrobe can vary a lot, as do most things “minimalist”. It is always best to personalize them. You are unique, after all.
There are a couple reasons I like the idea of a minimal wardrobe…
1) When I was first bitten by the minimalist bug, I did a pretty severe pruning of my wardrobe. I donated a good 1/3 of my wardrobe.
2) Decreasing my wardrobe was awesome, because after the pruning, everything I pulled out of my closet looked good on me and made me feel awesome.
3) Because of reason 2, getting dressed in the morning was much simpler. None of that putting something on, deciding it didn’t look good and hanging it back in the closet. If I didn’t think it looked good, it was no longer in my closet to begin with!
4) Just like reason 3, getting dressed in the morning was much simpler, because there weren’t nearly as many choices.
My wardrobe is fairly minimal in comparison to that of many of my friends and even what it used to be. However, I find things have a way of sneaking in…that great sundress you found for a steal at $5, the skirt your friend gave you because it didn’t quite fit her…the sandals you found buried in the hall closet that you forgot you owned. New stuff comes in, stuff gets worn and decisions need to be made on what stays and what goes. Committing to a capsule, means you are less likely to shop, unless it is to specifically replace something in the capsule. Ex, if you are committed to only 33 items, you will shop less and think long and hard before buying anything new.
It seems like a capsule wardrobe would be fairly easy if you live in a consistent climate. For myself, thinking of a spring wardrobe, I’m reminded that today I am wearing shorts and a tank top, while just 4 days ago I was wearing long pants, a sweater, wool blazer and 2 pairs of socks. This makes planning a capsule wardrobe a bit difficult. I worry that the concept is too rigid. I wouldn't want to exclude clothes I love just to hit an arbitrary number. However, because I love the idea, I don’t want to poo-poo it. Maybe I just need to remember that my goal is not minimalist…it is enoughalist.
What would I put in my Spring capsule? Without looking in my closet, I did a quick listing of pants, shorts, capris, long sleeve shirts, sweaters, t-shirts, tank tops, dresses/skirts, jacket, shoes, scarves….my quick and dirty number is 60. That seems like a respectable number considering that I have to dress for 40F – 90F, work and casual. I’m sure I’m forgetting about awesome pieces of clothing that I will want to include, but that’s okay. I think I will take a look and see where I am now…and then decide where I want to go. I'm sure I'm currently above 60 items, but maybe some of those need to go? I shall see...
Do you own so much you feel like you never have anything to wear? I challenge you to check out one of the blogs or books below and take a closer look at what’s in your closet. And please, share your thoughts on the size of your wardrobe in the comments below.
Tracy Martorana is a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, Meditation Instructor and Herbalist...hoping to inspire you to live your life from a place of Holistic Wellness.