As I've learned about what a capsule wardrobe is I've found it interesting seeing what works for different people. What's meant to simplify life while getting dressed takes time and a lot of planning ahead. Some forms lend to lots of shopping which again takes a lot of planning. Other forms invest in pieces that will last. It's all about what works for each person.
On the surface a new closet every 3-4 months sounds like fun but the more I've thought about it, I've seen it as overwhelming. It seems like a person's hobby would be next seasons collection and while a lot of people might find it really fun, it doesn't seem for me. So for this experiment, my capsule wardrobe is going to be based more on the idea behind the Susie Faux's original capsule wardrobe which included
To edit I am choosing:
Blouse- I picked two a simple one and a little fancier one. Express Button Up Essential Shirtand Express Black Sheer Chiffon .
Skirt- J Crew Factory Pencil Skirt in wool or cotton
a Coat or Raincoat-Luella Slim Longsleeved Windbreaker
a dress- Ann Taylor Loft Tulip Quilted Flare Dress
a bag- Madewell Classic Tote
Activewear- New York & Company Lounge Slim Joggers
I learned a few things planning a capsule wardrobe First, it is hard and takes thought. I asked myself a lot, is this piece classic? Too trendy? Will I like it down the road? Are these colors boring?
My intention has been to build solid staples that will last many years. I see now that's not accomplished in one shopping trip or even one season. It likely would take years.
The worries about always have to wear nuetral colors were unfounded, too. Had I chosen a capsule wardrobe that changes every season it may have been an issue but staples pieces need to be neutrals. Neutrals go with everything and are a foundation. Color, pattern, and texture are accents and leave the door open to change in a capsule wardrobe. Accents are the sprinkles on a cupcake.
A large part of a capsule wardrobe is being true to yourself and your lifestyle. Just because a piece of clothing is considered classic doesn't mean it's automatically something you have to have. I kept looking at pullover sweaters thinking about how that's on Susie Faux's list and would be common in a lot of people's wardrobes but I never wear a pullover sweater. Why would I start now. There are a few types of cardigans Id wear, that's my type of sweater and what I chose.
Same with stockings, belts, and evening wear. They are not something I would wear often so they aren't part of my capsule wardrobe. However, activewear is something I wear often. The not to capsule list says no workout clothes but activewear doesn't mean you're wearing it to exercise.
Bottom line is a capsule wardrobe has its limitations. There isn't one list of items every person should have. We all live in different climates and different tastes in clothing. It isn't easy to seamlessly create and it isn't for everyone but it's a fun experiment (if only in your mind) to help narrow down your style.