I recently wrote about Project 333, which is a simple minimalist wardrobe challenge designed to help people create a capsule wardrobe. I’ve been dabbling with travel capsule wardrobes for years, but I’ve never created a strict minimalist wardrobe at home. My wardrobe is technically already very minimalist because I don’t have room for much. I share a double sliding wardrobe with Mr Smaggle and that’s all the space I have so, I work with it.
I thought I’d share my most capsule-y outfit today as a warm-up for the challenge I’m planning on doing in autumn. I’ve shared this dress so many times on the blog and on social media but it’s easily one of the best things I’ve ever bought. It’s not great for super hot days but it’s amazing for every other kind of weather. I can chuck tights on under it in winter and it looks ace with boots on super chilly days.
Dress from Marimekko
I mentioned capsule wardrobes very briefly in one of my new year’s posts but I’ve received an unprecedented number of emails about this in the last week asking for more information. I’m going to put together a minimalist wardrobe challenge soon with a checklist and some rules (don’t we all love rules?) but to tide you over, here are a few existing minimalist wardrobe challenges that might just float your boat…
The rules – 10 items, ten days
The rules – 37 items, 3 months, not including jewellery
The rules – 33 items, 3 months, includes everything but underwear
The rules – create a functional wardrobe you love that suits your style
The rules – create a capsule wardrobe per season
The rules – Don’t buy any new clothes for 30 days (or longer, try a year!) and wear only what is in your closet
The rules – 7 pieces, for 7 days, 7 different outfits
I’m brainstorming some ideas for a capsule wardrobe challenge but here some stumbling blocks I’m coming across…
- I don’t generally wear pants. I have one pair of jeans I don’t hate at the moment but capsule wardrobes are easier/harder when you don’t wear pants, therefore you don’t really wear tops either. There’s not as much mix and match potential with a capsule wardrobe full of dresses which makes it easier to capsule but it also makes you look more like you’re wearing the same thing every day.
- I’m an average to tall size 14 gal and capsule wardrobes are hard because my weight fluctuates. I have dresses that sometimes fit and sometimes don’t and I can’t guarantee I’ll be totally comfortable in the same stuff for a full three months unless I choose only stretch or jersey items.
- I live in Melbourne and our weather is crazy. It’s possible I’ll need a ski jacket in summer.
I’m planning on doing a seasonal wardrobe for autumn but I need to come up with some rules, I just think things work better with structure. Stay tuned.