My Spring capsule wardrobe is complete. I used one of the bonus rules, and worked on my little collection through the first week of April. Before we get to the actual how to, I wanted to look at how capsule wardrobe is defined. It sounds like something out the The Jetsons, but it’s pretty simple.
Capsule Wardrobe Defined
- a collection of clothes and accessories that includes only items considered essential
- a person’s basic collection of coordinating clothes that can be used to form the basis of outfits for all occasions
- a set of clothing, normally around 24 items, which can be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of outfits.
Each of those definitions came from a different dictionary-ish website.
Project 333 definition of a capsule wardrobe: A small collection of 33 including clothing, shoes and accessories built for use during a 3 month period of time.
It’s my intention to have 4 capsules, one for each season, with items overlapping for each. Not each item is essential in terms of survival, but essential in the name of minimalist fashion.
Now that I only use one small side of my closet, whenever I am creating a new collection, I hang the pieces that I know I will keep on one side, and the maybe’s on the other. If the maybes aren’t put into the mix, out the door they go.
How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe
Make a list of how many of each item you think you will need. I didn’t know for sure, but this is where I started:
1 Laptop/Camera Bag
1 Dress pants
2 Light Sweaters
1 Button Down Shirt
1 Trench Coat
33 Total Items
Mid-March, I started finding my pieces to match my list. On Friday, April 1st, it was 70 degrees. I pulled out one of my lawn chair, set it up on the deck and sat in the sun thinking about how fun it would be to wear a spring dress and start with a new collection.
On Sunday, I woke up to nearly a foot of snow covering my chair and everything else.
I know I can expect some varying temps. I know I will be cold some mornings and hot on some afternoons. Between now and June 30th, I think there will be a range of 50-60 degrees. I’ve built just the wardrobe to handle it. I know some of you live in very hot or cold weather, but I think 33 items is enough.
Make a list of 33 numbers, yep 1-33 with a blank space next to each, and start adding your items.
Here is what I ended up with
- Black Purse
- Black Dress
- Ivory Dress
- Gray Dress
- Black Skirt
- Sequined Skirt
- White Capris
- Gray Dress Pants
- Rose pullover sweater
- Emerald green open cardigan
- Ivory Blazer
- Black Blazer
- Black Tank skinny straps
- Black Tank wide straps
- Orange Tank
- Light Green Tank
- White short sleeve button down
- Light Blue pinstripe long sleeve button down
- Soft denim long sleeve button down
- Blue/white stripe shirt
- Black V-neck short sleeved shirt
- Black wrap shirt
- Black sweatshirt
- Black flats
- Black sandal heels
- Purple Heels
- Flip Flops
- Recreational shoes
- Black Raincoat
- Bracelet husband gave me for 5th wedding anniversary
- Bracelet from Sayulita
- Necklace that my sister gave me
35? Seriously? I am the founder of Project 333, master of the minimalist closet, and I end up with 35? This is not Project 335. So what goes? I need your help. Please take a look at the list above and let me know what you think I should dump. Leave a comment below. Please don’t ask me to give up my very non-essential sequined skirt. If you let me keep it, I promise to share pictures.
Join me and create your capsule wardrobe for the next season of Project 333!
please note: This was originally posted in Spring 2011.