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    Ruth Evenhuis
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Hobart Gal’s struggle with a Capsule Wardrobe

I really want to be a capsule wardrobe person, I do! I just can’t seem to make it work. I’m not here to berate this way of dressing/living, I just don’t think it works for me, at least for the moment.

If you’re new to the concept, a capsule wardrobe is a small, intentional and seasonal collection of clothes, shoes and accessories that you pick out of your wardrobe and wear for 3 months. Simple living advocate Courtney Carver is the queen of capsule wardrobes and I encourage you to check out Project 333 if you want to learn more.

It was the benefits of a capsule wardrobe that piqued my interest in the first place. Who doesn’t want to make mornings simple, reduce decision fatigue, have an uncluttered closet and figure out what matters? It felt like if I could simplify this part of my life, I could free up time, become a decisive person, spend more time in the morning doing yoga and drinking tea instead of creating a panick-induced nest of discarded clothing around my ankles each morning. Here’s why I can’t seem to stick to a capsule wardrobe at the moment:

 

The Tasmanian weather is just too unpredictable 

I’ll be the first to admit that this is a cop-out statement. I’m sure it IS possible with the right collection of clothes, but when trialling a capsule wardrobe in the past, the weather just kept throwing meteorological curve-balls. Perhaps winter would be a better season to trial a capsule wardrobe in Tasmania, rather than spring or autumn when the weather can range in temperatures between 4 and 34 degrees C. 

 

I have lots of gaps in my closet

My wardrobe is slowly becoming more ‘curated’, but it’s still a bit of a jumble. I have certain tops that only work with certain bottoms and those shoes that only work with those pants, making my clothing combination options limited despite having plenty of clothes.

If I wanted a very small, curated closet I’d probably have to purchase some hardworking basics to bridge the gaps. This sounds like a simple solution, but I don’t want to waste what I already have or have to get rid of clothes that I still wear, just not with many different outfits. From a sustainable and financial perspective, it makes more sense for me to make do with what I’ve got and purchase more ‘hardworking’ clothes as I need them. 

 

My body keeps changing

No, I’m not going through adolescence or pregnancy. Due to my health at the moment, my weight and body has been expanding and contracting (mostly expanding) in lots of small but unexpected ways. Things that looked great on me a few months ago really don’t suit my current figure. Because I’m in this state of flux, I’ve found it helpful to keep a variety of clothes. No two pairs of my jeans fit the same, which is a good thing for now. Hopefully in a year I can let go of some items and get others altered to fit me properly, but for now I think its best if I can work with what I’ve got.

 

Take home message?

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I love the concept of a capsule wardrobe and I can see how it would benefit my life but right now, it just doesn’t suit my needs. Right now I prefer to have a pared back wardrobe that has more options. Perhaps in a year I’ll find that a capsule wardrobe is more my thing.

Are you a capsule wardrobe advocate? Does it seem too hard? Would it make life a bit simpler? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below 😊.

  • Author avatar
    Ruth Evenhuis
  • DeclutterHobart GalIntentional livingsustainable fashion

Comments on this post (2)

  • May 23, 2018

    OH thank goodness you wrote that down and I’m not the only one who’s shape keeps changing (ever since becoming a parent, even though they’re not babies anymore) and I agree on climate variability especially in recent years. Remember when there was a windy season, around October as I recall?

    — Marta

  • May 23, 2018

    I totally understand where you are coming from! I am trying to at least purchase more consciously and only buy things that I know will fit with several other pieces on my wardrobe. I do well at keeping to my signature style, but it’s hard to be true to the capsule concept. I find that thinking about my purchases for a while before I buy helps, as I can think about similar items I might already own, how it fits with other items and will it fit in with my lifestyle. Pinterest has helped me focus what I need for each season….I just need to keep reminding myself and checking to see the gaps in my current wardrobe. Good luck!

    — Rachael

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