What is it about the term ‘capsule wardrobe’ that captures our attention? I think it holds such appeal because it’s like a magical feeling of ‘once you’ve got that sorted, you’ve got life sorted’. I may be overstating it, but it certainly feels that way.
I’m on Courtney Carver’s ‘Be More with Less’ (I almost typed in ‘Be Less with More’ which really is the same thing isn’t it?) mailing list and she sent out an email about the next round of Project 333 which starts on the 1st of October.
Project 333 is a capsule wardrobe idea where you choose 33 items to wear for the next three months (October to December). It’s quarterly/seasonal so that you change out as the weather changes. I’ve dabbled in Project 333 before, but never followed it properly.
Strictly speaking, the 33 items should cover everything you wear including accessories and footwear, however it’s not meant to be a torturous test, in fact it’s meant to liberate you. So I’m going to go for 33 items of clothing.
Why I’m telling you this before I do it is because I want public accountability that I’m going to actually do it properly this time. Not chicken out and just keep wearing the same old things in my closet (which is probably less than 33 items rotated if I counted).
I think I will actually have increased variety in my outfits by doing this challenge, because it will make me think more about what I wear, because the truth is I’m pretty lazy and can happily have a handful of outfits that I wear each day
When I’ve sorted out my 33 items – by the 1st of October – I’ll share my choices with you. It’s spring here in New Zealand so I will be bringing out my warmer weather clothes, but it still won’t be hot until after Christmas probably, so it’s my shoulder-season/trans-seasonal wardrobe.
Here are all the benefits I am looking forward to with having a capsule wardrobe:
Ease of getting ready in the morning
Feeling like I’m all organised, not just getting dressed, but in life!
A roadmap for the season ahead – no surprises
Seeing straight away if I have a full wardrobe for the season or if I need to fill some gaps
Feeling like I am that chic and elegant woman who plans her wardrobe out
Having a colour-coordinated mix-and-match selection
Checking that everything is comfortable and in good order so I can focus on other
things such as my writing instead of wardrobe mishaps
Being more creative in my choices and actually wearing some of my lovely pieces that I often pass over because they’re ‘too good/delicate/fancy’
Yay, I think I’ve really talked myself into it this time!
Are you a capsule wardrobe convert, or do you prefer to wing it? Please share, and also I’d love any tips on how to make it easier. I want this to be a fun and enjoyable exercise!