The Ever-Tempting Capsule Wardrobe

For a while now I have been kicking around the idea of creating a capsule wardrobe. I am in awe of those who have managed to reduce their full wardrobe down to a bare minimum of pieces.

My closet has been thinned and the dresser gone through a few times over the last year. I am preparing to do so again soon.  So, I have been contemplating the subject yet another time.

It seems that I should be able to manage this. I am fashionable by no means. I don’t collect shoes, and I don’t often buy new clothes for myself. It wouldn’t be difficult to manage with the wardrobe that I’ve got with no worries of pining for the latest styles and accessories. So, what’s the issue then? Well, there actually are a few things that have me stumped.


For example – we live in the North East where we experience all 4 seasons – during which we require different types of appropriate apparel. Another thing is the fact that I work in an office, but my personal style “at home” is very sporty and relaxing… I’m talking yoga pants and hoodies or flannel shirts, jeans and tennis shoes, or boots.  And I do own exercise clothes which I, personally, consider to be vital to my motivation and attempts at maintaining a regular exercise routine.

Some may argue that you can just wear a t-shirt and shorts, which is fine, but it is still another piece of clothing – so, why not? Anyway, my point here is that I don’t desire to have a capsule wardrobe, and be getting sweaty by exercising in business attire, because I will only “allow” myself so many articles of clothing.

7AEED3C6-7EF9-4BC3-BE7D-27D3AC0D0FFEAnother set of wardrobe consider-ations that have me stumped are my 5 gardens. I spend a good amount of time in the warmer months working hard and getting soiled in my extra “work” clothes that are ok to ruin.

So, while loving the idea of a simplified wardrobe, I think that what you do is simply a matter of personal taste. That’s the beauty of a simplified life – there are no requirements. There is no contest. A simplified life can look many different ways. And each new endeavor that you take on to simplify should reflect your own personal style and values.

So, if you are young, fashionable and living in a downsized city apartment, a capsule wardrobe may be just the thing for you! Go for it! And let me know how it goes.

776DF8E4-1F81-4555-AA4A-45C420FBA9FBOn the other hand, if you are a rural suburban mom experiencing all four seasons, who works in an office, attends fundraising functions, drives the carpool, does volunteer work, and gets dirty on the weekends while decluttering the garage, hiking in the woods, or shlepping a wheelbarrow and shovel… maintaining a few smaller wardrobes with select items just might work for you.

So don’t be discouraged. Assess what you have, what you can live without, and what is essential in your wardrobe. Then dig in!


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6 thoughts on “The Ever-Tempting Capsule Wardrobe

  1. Nice focused post. We’ve just started a downsizing experiment by living only on the ground floor of our 3 storey home in U.K. Cotswolds. After a few structural alterations via a local building firm, decluttering our wardrobes was the biggest hurdle. Personally I was “vicious” and removed every jacket, shirt, trousers that I just knew I hadn’t worn in 6 months. Then I split everything into two seasons, summer and winter, only bringing into the “capsule wardrobe” the winter stuff and leaving summer clothing upstairs. I had 5 sacks of clothing for the charity shop! Still not finished though, when summer comes I’m sure I’ll find winter stuff not worn so ….. out it will go!

    1. Thank you so much for your helpful comments Dr. B. What an awesome challenge to dwell on only one floor of your home. I would love to hear how that is working out for you and your family. As for the wardrobe, it sounds like the capsule idea has been a success! Please do update when summer comes.

      1. Hi, all is fine so far… except for the occasional apocalyptic debate over what gets thrown out! My first post on the adventure is here and the second episode goes out tonight. I have 5 posts lined up and will continue the series into the new year. I tend to keep going on a theme if people follow and support, otherwise I just regress to my political rants!

      2. I’m off on a semi-tangent myself. Supposed to be following through with my SIMPLE posts, but got through M or P and keep writing in between about other subjects! But always related to simplicity. I will be sure to read your posts. Thanks for the link! Best!

  2. This is something I need to consider. As I am likely embarking on a move, having less things to lug back to Michigan with me is an exceptionally appetizing idea. Especially given that my body type has changed and most of my formal clothes neither fit me nor appeal to me. Anything in my closet probably hasn’t been worn in over a year. I have a tub of old shoes I never wear because I don’t know why I can’t just throw them out. I need to purge and simplify many a possession in my apartment. For being me and a cat, you wouldn’t believe how little space we have.

    Not to mention until I get settled in a new job and place of my own much of my possessions will be relaxing in a storage facility. I’m going to use this post as motivation. If only I could sell these clothes instead of having to donate them all. Not for selfish reasons but so I can afford the impending move hahaha.

    1. Thank you for your comments Kelley. There are resale shops you could check out – maybe make a few dollars for your move, or put them on Craig’s list. It might be worth a try. Also, not sure what shape your old shoes are in, but shelters are definitely looking for warm, dry shoes this time of year. Glad you found this post inspiring. 😃

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