I like the idea of a capsule wardrobe. I like it is minimalistic. It probably works great for working people and anyone wanting to start on reducing their clothes.
But for myself, I lean toward and practice a ‘uniform’ or very basic wardrobe. or my new term is elemental or basic wardrobe. I don’t own any dresses. Wait, I have one black dress that is a J Jill traveling material, I bought on eBay when we were going to Florida last year and needed a dress for an evening event. Actually, once there, I realized I didn’t need it at all, but since it doesn’t take up any room in my closet, I ‘ve kept it.
So I have this one sleeveless dress,( kinda a longish straight design). Then what I wear daily is either dark jeans, black Ponte( a stretch material) pants, a medium colored pair of jeans, black T-shirts, white t-shirt, denim button-down shirts (3) all Old Navy. I have 3 light zippered sweatshirts in black, grey, dark purple. One white button down shirt also Old Navy. I need some black sweaters but haven’t purchased any yet.
Remember, I live in a moderate climate so I only have one North face polar fleece. No rain coat or winter coat. I have a pair of Birkenstocks, a pair of Naots, an old pair of Keens I haven’t worn in a while, and my North Face hiking shoes that I wear daily for my walk and to go to the gym. They are almost 2 years old so that’s on my list to buy. Also, a pair of Dansko’s I wear occasionally.
I have 3 black shirts I wear as overshirts.
So that’s it besides my gym clothes. I don’t change my colors seasonally but in the summer generally cut my oldest jeans and wear as shorts, plus I have a pair of white capris.
Typically, I’ll wear jeans, black shirt and then an overshirt.
- 1 pair of black pants
- 4 pairs of jeans,( 3 dark and 1 medium)
- 3 black T-shirts
- 1 white T-shirt ( Everlane, which now is my favorite new T shirt)
- 3 light weight sweat shirts
- 1 North Face jacket
- 2 black and white striped shirts
- 1pair of navy blue dressy pants ( haven’t worn in a while so I’ll need to see if I need these).
- 2 navy blue T-shirts from Target
- 1 black velvet top I wear at Thanksgiving and Christmas
- 2 navy Old Navy shirts that I use when I’m painting etc.
- Plus my gym wear, 4 pairs of pants/capris depending on the season.
I’m trying to add some grey T shirts and navy blue from Everlane when I can afford it next.
That’s it so, try a new approach to your clothes. Figure out what colors you like and try and keep it to just 3 -4 main colors. I don’t really use accent colors but a lot of people do in a ‘uniform’ type wardrobe.
So is this boring? Not for me, i love the simplicity of knowing what I’m wearing and it keeps me from being distracted or indecisive about what to wear.
Everyone’s life journey is different so depending if you’re a young parent, professional, etc, that will help you decide what you need in your ‘uniform ‘ basic wardrobe to be.
I’m going to call this elemental clothes.
2 thoughts on “Beyond a capsule wardrobe”
I need to do a serious closet purge. I think at this point I’ll wait 18 months until I retire. That will eliminate a lot of clothes. I like to follow along with your de-cluttering, it’s motivating.
You could start small by getting rid of things that don’t fit well or you don’t like or wear very often. Since you still work it’s just a matter of time till you can get rid of work outfits. That’ll be exciting!!