6 Reasons A Capsule Wardrobe Might NOT Work for You

posted by Andrea | 05/5/2015
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If you’ve spent any amount of time reading blogs or browsing social media lately, you’ve probably heard a lot about “Capsule Wardrobes”.

As many of you know, a capsule wardrobe is one where you have VERY limited articles of clothing (usually around 40 pieces total — including shoes, but not including undergarments, pj’s, etc.). The idea is that all the tops and bottoms coordinate with each other so you can make many different outfits and achieve numerous different looks with only a few items taking up space in your closet.

I’ll be honest, the idea is absolutely THRILLING for me!

I love reading about other people’s journey to a super minimalist wardrobe. I enjoy flipping through before and after pictures of their closets. I’m inspired when I see how many different outfits they can put together with so few pieces of clothing. And honestly, I’ve even shared a few posts about capsule wardrobes on my Facebook page recently.

HOWEVER… I do not, in any way, intend to create a capsule wardrobe for myself. Not because it’s a bad idea, but simply because I don’t feel it’s very practical for me at this point in my life.

If I had to guess, I’d say that for most people, a capsule wardrobe isn’t easily do-able for a variety of reasons. Yes, every one of us COULD get by with only 40 articles of clothing if our lives depended on it. Our ancestors did it for hundreds of years, and I know I could easily purge the majority of my closet if I absolutely had to… but I don’t have to 🙂

If you share my infatuation with capsule wardrobes… but at the same time, you’re frustrated with your own bulging closet, I think today’s post will be encouraging for you!

6 Reasons a Capsule Wardrobe Might Not Work for You:

1. If you live in a region with varying climates.

Many of you know that I live in Michigan — land of the BEAUTIFUL 4 season changes every year. I absolutely love living in the Midwest and don’t foresee us moving any time in the near future. Even if we did move to a new house, there’s almost 0% chance we would move out of West Michigan unless it was for an amazing job or for health reasons.

That said, Michigan can easily be 90’s and crazy humid for weeks at a time in the summer, rainy, muddy, and cold in the spring, cool or warm in the and fall, and down-right frigid in the winter with 3 feet of snow and a sub-zero windchill.

For those of you who can relate to these climate changes, you know that just 10-15 tops is NOT going to cut it. There are days in the winter when I’ll literally wear a long sleeve shirt with a light-weight sweater over top and then a heavier cardigan over that because I’m just so freezing cold! But those same sweaters aren’t touched for months at a time in the spring, summer, and fall — depending on what the weather is like.

2. If your weight is fluctuating.

Since February of 2011, I have been pregnant, nursing, pumping, or some combination of those 3 EVERY SINGLE DAY of my life — and I have many more months to go 🙂

I’m not saying this to complain — but rather to share that as a pregnant, then nursing, then pregnant and nursing, then just pregnant, then pumping, then pregnant again person in my 20’s, my weight has fluctuated more in the past 4 years than I care to think about.

Since I’ve been pregnant in 3 different ‘seasons’ (gotta love that Michigan weather) and been postpartum / nursing / pumping in all 4 seasons, my clothing needs have been different for each baby so far. I have been fortunate to borrow most of my maternity clothing (or make due with my non-maternity clothing) and you better believe that I wore the same pair of jeans for about 6 weeks straight when nothing else fit after Simon was born!

However, I have still had to fill in with a few extra pieces during each pregnancy and after each baby — if for nothing else than to just do something nice for myself (instead of wearing clothes that didn’t fit or flatter my current figure).

I know there are MANY of you out there who can relate to my situation… and many others who deal with fluctuating weight for any number of reasons.

While I certainly don’t want to encourage you to keep every single article of clothing that has ever fit, I also don’t think it’s reasonable (or responsible) to toss an item the moment you gain or lose 5 pounds and it no longer fits perfectly.

While I personally try to purge anything that is more than 2 sizes “off” for me, I do keep at least a couple items in various sizes so I have something to fall back on if that baby weight comes off a little slower or packs on a little faster than the previous time 🙂

3. If you have a more difficult body to work around.

I didn’t know quite how to word this one — so I hope it doesn’t come across as offensive 🙂

Basically, what I’m trying to get at is that almost every single person I’ve seen blog about their capsule wardrobe has been very “average size”. And even for myself, when I shared my mix-and-match wardrobe, I think one of the main reasons I was able to make that work is because I am somewhat “average” in my height, weight, build, body structure, etc.

My one “difficulty” is that I have an extremely LOOOOOONG torso, which often makes finding shirts and sweaters extremely difficult for me. I have to try every shirt on — and even with the longer “tunic” styles, they often hit me at an odd spot, which makes them much less flattering.

One of my sisters is very tall and has a difficult time finding pants that are long enough, and I have a couple of friends who are very pear shaped and also have issues with pants, shorts, and even skirts.

Broad shoulders is another biggie for women as it makes buying shirts more tricky… and I’ve heard that the cute shoe selection for anyone bigger than a size 10 is basically non-existent 🙂

I’m not a fashion expert, but to me, it seems like many of the current fashions are geared towards women with “straight” figures as opposed to curvy figures. Fortunately for me, my figure is quite straight (minus the bulging belly right now) so it has actually been easier for me to find flattering styles the past few years. That said, I know there are many women who have been more frustrated than ever with the styles offered in stores — if that’s you, then you’ll probably find it quite difficult to create a capsule wardrobe.

4. If you don’t know what styles flatter you.

This is usually the biggest problem for most women — or maybe I’m the only one. We see all the new fashion trends in magazines and on TV, and we want to wear them. So even if we don’t have the right body type (see #3 above) we try to squeeze ourselves into these clothes that are supposed to be fashionable… but end up looking awful on us.

For me, working with a stylist last fall was definitely money well spent. She really opened my eyes to what styles and colors looked good on me (I’ve been wearing skinny jeans every since!) and helped me to realize why I liked certain articles of clothing and why I didn’t like others.

Now I know to stay away from certain fabrics, certain types of clothing, and certain “cuts” of clothing that just don’t do anything for me.

However, if you do NOT know what styles flatter you, it would be very difficult to create a capsule wardrobe with pieces of clothing you’ll enjoy wearing over and over again.

5. If you’re on a tight budget.

Obviously, creating a brand new wardrobe from scratch is going to cost money — possibly a lot of money. I realize there are potentially a few items in your current closet that would work for a capsule wardrobe, but often times, the concept of a capsule wardrobe requires a “fresh start”.

I’m not saying it’s not worth spending the money — but it IS something that prohibits many people from creating that ultra minimalistic capsule wardrobe.

Unless you have unlimited funds to spend on clothing, it just doesn’t make sense to me to spend a large sum on new clothing UNLESS you have a very steady weight, you know exactly what styles and colors flatter you, and you know how to work around any body “obstacles” to find the pieces that are the perfect fit for you.

6. If you’re a fashionista.

If you are someone who really enjoys staying current with the latest fashion trends, a capsule wardrobe would be almost impossible for you — unless you were willing to buy and purge on a weekly basis to keep your wardrobe to a minimum while still buying all the latest trends.

As I’ve mentioned MANY times before, my “one thing” is homemaking — cleaning, organizing, decorating, cooking, gardening, etc. So I’m much more likely to buy something fun for my house, a new kitchen gadget, or plants for my yard than I am to buy new clothing. At the same time, if your “one thing” is fashion, you would feel SO suffocated if you were only allowed to have a few items of clothing — because clothing is one of those things that makes you feel happy.

Striving for a capsule wardrobe would most likely rob you of much of that joy and fun in your life — which totally isn’t worth it in my opinion!

Although I most likely will never have a true capsule wardrobe, I will always continue to strongly advocate for having a neat, organized closet and purging those things that don’t fit or make you feel great. I know from lots of personal experience (and working with hundreds of organizing clients over the years) that having a neat, organized closet filled with clothing that fits and flatters you is MUCH more doable for the average person than having only the minimum necessities a capsule wardrobe allows.

That said, if you have a capsule wardrobe, WAY TO GO! That’s awesome — don’t change just because I said it’s most likely not possible for the majority of women.

I will continue reading about capsule wardrobes and drooling over the minimalistic closets, appreciating them for what they are — but I also will NOT let myself feel bad for having more than the bare essentials in my wardrobe.

And I don’t think you should feel bad either! 

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  1. Sandy

    04/02/2016

    It wasn’t until the last ten years or so that I realized I’ve lived with a “capsule wardrobe” all my 60 years. When I was a child I doubt I ever had more than 12 items in my “wardrobe”, and two of them were school shoes and Peds. The rest of the time was spent barefoot, running around my rural Florida playgrounds. Laundry was done on Mondays, hung out to dry early, and ironing was done on Tuesday. I don’t remember much housework because there was no clutter. I can’t imagine having to deal with too many clothes.

    Fortunately, I discovered my style early and never was swayed by the trends of any time period. Slim, dark deniims, pants, or shorts, bold tee’s occasionally layered with a long-sleeve tee, graphic printed tops and tee’s, and fitted jackets or tight cardigans. Always with a simple heeled boot or pump as the occasion required. I have one black pencil skirt, just-in-case. With the other items I have, I can turn it into a cocktail outfit or something more formal. Heck, I took my entire wardrobe on a month long trip that included an Alaska cruise and two formal nights. My “formal” item was a see-through green and turquoise floaty tunic worn over a black tank top and black ponte pants, plus ankle boots. It was trendy and perfect for a cruise, weighed less than 2 ounces, and scrunched up without wrinking in my suitcase. I prefer to have extra accessories like statement jewelry, scarves, and belts to extend a minimalist capsule wardrobe–even while pregnant and lactating for seven years.

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  2. Sandy

    05/23/2015

    Andrea, THANK YOU for #6! I have been hoping to find someone who would put into words exactly why the cspsule wardrobe idea has not worked for me. While not talented enough with color and design to consider myself a true fashionista, the fact of the matter is I love variety. I love trying different styles and color combinations (and I also live in Michigan.) Yes, I spice up my wardrobe with scarfs, but I can’t wear a scarf every day of the year, especially on those 90 degree days. I had a coworker once who had a capsule wardrobe of high quality clothes, and after seeing her in the same two pink flowered skirts for six months I wanted to rip them off her and burn them. Ugh!! I decided I have to embrace my love of variety and color rather than feel guilt over it. That being set I am not a hoarder. I follow the rule of one in, one out and force myself to stick to it. I buy alot of used clothing because I can indulge a whim without breaking the budget, and of course I have heavy duty higher quality basics (black pants, blazer, etc.) that I spend more on. I love my wardrobe! It is a rainbow of color and different styles – bohemian, chic, fun, flirty, casual – a true minimalists nightmare!

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — well I’m certainly NOT a fashionista as I enjoy wearing the same old “boring” things all the time… but I have many friends who just love variety. Even if they know they will probably only wear something 1 or 2 times a year, it’s still worth it for them to keep it.

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  3. Liz

    05/10/2015

    Andrea,
    I was actually shocked that you did NOT have a capsule wardrobe! You are so organized that I was sure this was a thing for you. Actually, looking at the picture you included with this post, you are well on your way to a capsule wardrobe – I see how you have used the same clothing item more than once to achieve a different look! I have to agree with so many of the points that Megan posted above – you don’t have to have 1 capsule wardrobe for the entire year. You bring pieces in and out as the season changes and your sizes change, too. I have embraced this concept and as another comment was made, I suffer from much lest decision fatigue. I also live in a four season climate, and I start each season by placing all my hanging clothes on the hanger, and hanging the hangar backwards. After a month I take a look at all the backwards hangars and determine if any more clothing can go. By the end of the season I have a really honest conversation with myself as to what is still hanging backwards and why I haven’t worn it. If there is a good reason, I keep it or out it goes. As the seasons change and we hit “shoulder” season here (spring/fall) when the weather can vary greatly, I gradually put away one season and bring out another. I don’t limit myself to a specific number, but I have a goal in mind. Having a capsule wardrobe doesn’t mean you have to replace everything in your closet; this year I invested in new, quality made dresses. Next year, I probably won’t have to do that as I invested in quality and items that flatter my figure that should last me a few years. (I’m past the pregnant/newborn/nursing baby stag but I remember what that was like so I did have a bit “extra” in my closet during those years). I also maintain two capsule wardrobes – one for my job (work outside the home in a business casual environment) and one for my evenings/weekends. I have opted to not include swimsuits, coats, undergarments, jewelry, cocktail/evening wear, or pajamas in my capsule wardrobe. Believe it or not, even eliminating those categories, you can pare down substantially !

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  4. Megan

    05/07/2015

    I love that the heart of this post is to free people up from any pressure to follow the trend of capsule wardrobes, but I think the capsule wardrobe concept has been a little misunderstood by many here! I recommend checking out http://www.un-fancy.com for what a capsule wardrobe is, how to start building one, and why you would even do it. She really emphasizes that capsule wardrobes should be very flexible and should serve you and your stage of life (not that you should serve the “Great Capsule Wardrobe”). I highly recommend her wardrobe planner especially!

    I live in Michigan (a region with varying climates), my weight has been fluctuating a lot recently (I have two boys, ages 3 and 1, with another baby due in September!), I didn’t know necessarily what styles flatter me (before trying to do some capsule wardrobes), and I am on a tight budget. I just want to add another opinion that says that these six reasons are not necessarily reasons to forgo the CONCEPT (at least) of a capsule wardrobe! “Un-fancy” (a capsule wardrobe blog, http://www.un-fancy.com) defines a capsule wardrobe as ” a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear.” That is do-able for all six scenarios listed on your blog! (It just might take a little longer for them to execute it well).

    A capsule wardrobe usually just refers to having a smaller number of items in your CLOSET at a time, but there may be many more items that are in out-of-season/out-of-size STORAGE under your bed or in your basement! Also, many people do not include more formal wear (for wedding, funeral, etc.) in their capsule wardrobe “count”. For some people, it might be helpful to think of having a couple capsules (one work and one casual for instance) but needing two sets of types of clothing isn’t necessarily a reason to forgo the capsule wardrobe concept!

    For me this has meant that when I am pregnant I only keep my maternity clothes hanging in my closet and I try to keep the number to a minimum. I am not particularly strict about a set number, but a capsule wardrobe (to me) means that I only buy/keep the best of the best and that more clothing doesn’t necessarily mean more or better options. When I am nursing, I only have my nursing-friendly clothes out. In the summer, all my sweaters are stored away, and in the winter, I only have my warmest stuff out. In the transitional seasons, I slowly switch over my wardrobe, putting away my sweaters as the weather warms up and pulling them out again when it begins to cool down.

    Also, I would actually argue that capsule wardrobes are the BEST option for when your weight is fluctuating because as your sizes change, then you can switch out your one minimalist wardrobe for another… If I had a traditional sized closet for each season (pregnant, nursing, post-pregnant, winter, spring, summer, fall) – then I would need an ENORMOUS amount of clothes. Part of what set me on a journey to implement some of the concepts of capsule wardrobes was all the weight fluctuation!

    Andrea, I think by nature of your personality (how you love to keep things simple and purge often and not hold onto things you no longer want, use, need, or love), you actually already tend toward the principles of a capsule wardrobe! I think your post is great for freeing people from achieving some perfect “ideal” capsule wardrobe that won’t work for their lives. For someone like me, who does not naturally let go of things easily or naturally know what flatters me all the time, a capsule wardrobe has been such a freeing concept because it helps me think of my wardrobe as primarily a smaller closet with only things that I love and would wear every day (if given the chance) in any particular season. Then I am not as tempted to get bogged down with sub-par clothing choices or to feel like I “need” a certain style because it’s cute on someone else (even though it isn’t cute on me or doesn’t work for my stage of life). Having a “capsule wardrobe” (again I am not strict so I refer to my wardrobe as a “capsule” somewhat loosely) has actually helped me find what styles are flattering for me.

    Similarly, if you have a more difficult body to work around, then why not have a smaller closet with only things that flatter your body, rather than a larger closet with a bunch of “meh” options that don’t quite fit.

    Having fewer options in my closet at a time has been so freeing for me that I don’t want people to give up the concept of capsulizing their wardrobe just because one of these six reasons apply to them. Hopefully everyone can see that capsule wardrobes can actually be very flexible and even helpful for many of these scenarios.

    P.S. Andrea, thanks for writing your blog! I have read every entry for the past couple years and have learned so much. I’m just offering another perspective on capsule wardrobes for those maybe interested in learning more about them. 🙂

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  5. Patty

    05/07/2015

    Thank you for this!! Living in Minnesota makes having a capsule wardrobe pretty difficult. I tried last year and what ended up happening was just me clearing out my closet of old clothes. I wear basic tees with jeans or shorts, athletic skirts/shorts, etc… As a stay-at-home mom I find it tough to buy a dry clean only item that will only be worn for one season or another clothing item that will only be worn one season.

    I do like fashion, I do like to look put together but with our weather, capsule wardrobes just don’t work well for me.

    Again, thanks for this!

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  6. Jen

    05/06/2015

    Thanks so much for this post! I am absolutely fascinated with the capsule wardrobe idea no matter the number of items. However, I am really struggling to do it myself. Yeah, I probably only wear about 30 items in rotation at any one time (I work from home which really helps). I do like to change up what I wear when I do have to get dressed for a business trip or nicer event out. I keep my clothes for absolutely forever so if it fits and still has play with my style, I keep it and it gets brought out every so often. This is one way I keep my costs down is to buy stuff I’ll wear but keep it in good condition for regular rotation.

    I do need to go through and get rid of things that really don’t fit (pants are a real struggle for me). And get rid of things I really dont’ like. I am thinking if I do that, I’ll have a “capsule” that I love no matter how many items that is.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I feel the exact same way you do… I probably COULD get by with just 30 items, but there are occasions when I like to wear something different and I dont’ want to totally limit myself ALL the time.

    However, you better believe that after I (hopefully) drop this baby weight, I’ll be doing a big purge of anything and everything that no longer fits or that doesn’t flatter me!

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  7. Jessica K.

    05/06/2015

    I like the idea of the capsule wardrobe. As someone who works in a office, on the computer, working 8-5, I really do not need to “dress to impress.” Having a capsule wardrobe would definitely make getting ready in the morning. Currently, I’m 8 months pregnant, so it will something that I will have to start post pregnancy.

    What I do now though is that at the start of a season, I make it a point to wear/rotate through every piece of clothing that I have for the season to see if I still like it, or if it still fits. If I decide that it’s time to donate, I add it to the donate pile. At the end of the season, I donate all my clothes.

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  8. JoDi

    05/05/2015

    I find capsule wardrobes interesting too. I have quite a few clothes, but I bet if I counted the ones I really wear all the time in one season, it probably wouldn’t exceed 40 items by much. And that’s even though I work full time outside the home in a “business casual” environment and am involved in volunteer and religious activities that require dressing up so my wardrobe has to be varied. I’ve never tried to pare things down to a specific number because my closet has plenty of room and is orderly, but I do like the idea of having a reason to get rid of the things I know I’m keeping because I “should” wear them but probably won’t for one reason or another! LOL

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  9. Beth

    05/05/2015

    I too am FASCINATED with the idea of a capsule wardrobe. I like to think I’m working towards one not in the sense of a strict number of items but getting rid of items that don’t belong. Things that don’t fit really well (I’m petite and used to make do with things that weren’t petite – no more!), things I don’t love and therefore don’t really wear. It is a long term goal though because of fluctuating shape/size with pregnancies and breastfeeding and because of budget. I’m not a fashionista so the idea that everything in my closet would coordinate with other pieces and that there’d be fewer decisions (fewer pieces) is exciting!!

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  10. Cathy

    05/05/2015

    I’ve noticed a lot of capsule wardrobe posts online lately too. I think it works better for people who are really into clothes. I admire how creative people get but its not for me. I’m more like Steve Jobs. He apparently wore the same outfit everyday and owned several pairs of the same turtleneck and jeans. I’m happier wearing the same uniform every day and its one less thing to think about. There is a theory, called decision fatigue, that making too many decisions can make it harder to make any decisions, so removing decisions from your life can ease stress and help you focus on what’s really important.

    I hate dresses and skirts and most blouses. I really only like jeans/khakis/yoga pants and tee shirts and cardigan sweaters. I do have lighter and heavier ones for the extreme temps, but I can wear most of my clothes most of the year. I could easily get rid of some of but I also do a pretty good job of rotating through them.

    That said, if it works for people, great, good for them!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, I definitely have a similar pattern of clothing I wear on a regular basis — it’s very similar to yours too. Jeans or yoga pants, tank tips with a cardigan over top 🙂

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  11. Avia

    05/05/2015

    You shared my thoughts exactly. I too have been really intrigued with a capsule wardrobe but I also live in a 4 climate part of the country and have had two pregnancies etc. in the last 2 & 1/2 years. During my second pregnancy I wanted so badly to do a big purge but I held off since you really never do know what sizes you’re going to need after pregnancy and what is going to work for breast feeding. I’m really glad I didn’t. I really like what Jennifer had to say about capsule wardrobes and perfectionism. I hadn’t thought of that before but I think what she is saying may apply to me also. Good food for thought.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes, I liked what Jennifer said too — I can really see how something like creating a capsule wardrobe could bring out the negative side of perfectionistic tendencies.

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  12. The Busy Brunette

    05/05/2015

    I love your topic today! I am definitely not a minimalist when it comes to my wardrobe, though I do try to be in all of the other areas of my life. I just can’t when it comes to clothes – I love shopping and fashion too much! Plus, my weight has definitely fluctuated since I had my son five years ago, both from pregnancy and just from getting older.
    I love your blog and am a faithful reader. Thanks for providing me with great daily reads! Have a great Tuesday!
    Oh, and I’d love to guest post on your site if you’d ever be interested. I could even do a topic like – “Why I Don’t Have a Capsule Wardrobe”! 🙂
    “The Busy Brunette”
    http://thebusybrunette.blogspot.com/

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  13. Jennifer

    05/05/2015

    I share your fascination with capsule wardrobes, and I think the idea can offer a lot of good tips for the average person (don’t keep things you don’t like, think strategically, prioritise fewer items of better quality over many of poor quality, etc.). However, I’ve come to the conclusion that for me right now a capsule wardrobe isn’t what I need or want.

    One reason for me is that I think my motivation for doing it would be partly from perfectionism. Yes, there is something very satisfying about a perfect collection of equally loved clothes, which all work together for all occasions, about feeling awesome in your clothes every day. But I think that it’s unlikely that anyone can actually achieve this! And I don’t think even the best capsule wardrobe can provide that, because tastes change, things turn out to be imperfect, we get bored, etc. But I think the capsule wardrobe idea appeals to my OCD side because it promises that perfection. So I know that I wouldn’t be trying to have a capsule wardrobe for the right reasons necessarily, but because I was looking for a kind of obsessive perfection, and not finding it I know I would just feel constantly frustrated. Whereas my current wardrobe, while not perfect either, isn’t a search for perfection but for something that functions and gives pleasure at an acceptable level.

    And you’re right that a changing climate makes it much harder – partly just because in the winter it feels like you need more items of clothing because you are wearing so many at once! I lived in the UK for many years and we had four seasons quite similar to MI (I think), and very few of my clothes were wearable year round. Jeans became unbearable in the summer, and I had to distinguish between ‘warm’ versus ‘light’ sweaters and needed a whole season’s worth of each. Whereas for those in more moderate climates, some pieces genuinely can be worn year-round.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for your comments Jennifer — I love how you mentioned the perfectionism. I think you’re completely right about that!

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  14. lydia @ frugaldebtfreelife

    05/05/2015

    I really enjoyed this post, Andrea. I don’t have that many clothes, but I also don’t have a capsule wardrobe. Honestly, the idea of wearing the same colors everyday just seems dull. Although I do see people pull it off and they look so put together.

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  15. Gina, a book dragon

    05/05/2015

    Most of the wardrobe blog posts I’ve been reading have been part of Project 333. The number of item is smaller then your example but it is only for 3 months or the season, with the other stuff packed up or at least covered up and out of the way. I don’t believe I could get away with only 40 items in my closet but I’m thinking how it would be nice to have 40 things in my closet that I loved.

    I’ve got problems with 2, 3, 4 and a little of 5. I’m working on getting to a healthier weight so after that I’ll need new clothes anyways and 5 will go out the window 😉 Luckily, I don’t have to worry much about different seasons beyond summer and wet.

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  16. Brooke

    05/05/2015

    Usually it’s a set number per season, so you can rotate as needed. Like you, my weight has been fluctuting. I do have a buiness travel capsule wardrobe that works great. It’s a subset of my regular closet that mixes and matches and can be mixed for presentations in the morning and drinks in the evening. People are always amazed at how little I pack.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I love the idea of having a business travel capsule wardrobe — that’s genius and I bet it saves you so much time and energy when traveling!

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    Jen Reply:

    I definitely have a capsule travel wardrobe! In winter it is mock turtlenecks and cashmere sweaters with blue or black gabardine pants. Summer it is a jewel neck tops with cardigans with the same pants. Can’t tell you how easy packing is and I also only pack in a carryon even for international trips.

    I would think that if I can do this for travel (I can got 10+ days easy peasy looking fresh every day with different scarves & necklaces and combos), why don’t I do that at home? 🙂

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  17. anette

    05/05/2015

    I like the idea too. But with two small children I find it hard not to have only a small amount of clothing. I tend to get as quickly dirty as them with fruit sauce ect. I would like to add I don’t have a lot of clothes anyways 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — yes, I hear you on that. I’ve often changed my clothing a couple times in one day due to kids spilling on me!

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  18. Emily @ Morning Motivated Mom

    05/05/2015

    #2 is so true! There are so many stages of the woman’s body around the pregnancy/nursing years! It can make clothes difficult.

    I may do some version of this, but I will never strive to get down to 40 items! I think it would be wasteful and expensive, as I would just have to purchase more clothes in the future to replace what I tossed. Once I’m done having kiddos, maybe I will reconsider. As I am intrigued by the capsule wardrobe.

    I also live in the midwest…major season changes! Thanks for showing another side to the capsule wardrobe. Great points!

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