Can I have a capsule wardrobe? - Natalie




Sure you can, but you don't really want one. Women think they want a capsule wardobe because they read about it in an issue of Cosmo once but they forget that they've probably had a capsule wardrobe and they hated it - school uniform. 

Yes a capsule wardrobe is just the PR'd word for a uniform and most people don't want to wear a uniform outside a work environment. People who want a capsule wardrobe just have them, without questioning it, because it makes them happy. Wearing a uniform is very logical and many very successful people do it. Firstly it makes you instantly recognisable and immediately says something about who you are, think Anna Wintour or even Simon Cowell but more importantly it saves you time and energy, time and energy you can put into being altogether awesome. 

The thing is, if you're reading here you're probably a parent and therefore not a very logical person. There's no point me selling how sensible a capsule wardrobe is, sensible people don't sign up for 18 years of self imposed sleeplessness and anxiety. No, I'm thinking you probably like the thrill of a new dress wrapped carefully in crunchy tissue paper; I think at one time you've probably placed some new shoes on an open shelf because they were far too pretty to hide.You don't really want a capsule wardrobe, you just want to stop feeling overwhelmed by the wardrobe you have. So here's my five steps to having a not quite capsule but totally dewhelmed wardrobe.

CLEAN OUT YOUR KNICKERS I'm fairly confident that the appearance of your knicker drawer acts as a direct representation to the state of your psyche. A pleasant dressing experience starts from the bottom, so ditch any kecks that are too small, too fancy or too grey. If there's a pair of nice, comfortable, seamless briefs that you find yourself reaching for again and again, for goodness sake put yourself out of your misery and go to M&S and buy three more pairs.

KEEP ONLY WHAT FITS Now that you're having fun with the ditching, keep going. Unless you are currently or have been pregnant in the last nine months only keep hold of the things that currently fit you. Not things that fit the 2002 you or that will totally fit after you take a few spin classes. Don't even keep the things that fit you if you wear them with a long cardigan or hold your stomach in. You want a wardrobe full of clothes that invite you, not mock you.  

END THE DENIAL Seriously the charity shop is going to love you, step out of denial and take those bad clothes with you. You hate your legs, why have you still got that mini skirt? You've only worn that dress once because you can never be bothered to go to the dry cleaners and tie dye is just not coming back. Keep this in mind when you're shopping too, stop buying clothes for the person you used to be or want to be, buy clothes for the perfectly wonderful right now you.

GET A SYSTEM Of course you feel like you've got nothing to wear, it's all in the laundry basket. Unless you stay on top of your washing you'll end up wearing those holey tracksuit bottoms or worse still buying replicas of your crusty favourites. The laundry system doesn't have to be complicated you just have to commit to it. Try The Fly Lady for tips but I like to do a load overnight twice a week, a little bit of folding everyday and ironing on Sundays. 

CHOOSE AN ACCESSORY Part of the reason our wardrobe gets out of control is that we want clothes that reflect our many and varying moods, this is a lot of work for one average woman's innocent wardrobe. Give your clothes a break and let your accessories do the talking. In fact it's fun to choose one accessory and get a variety of, for example, hats to reflect your sexy side, your happy side, your thoughtful self etc. Not only that but people will come to know you as the girl that wears cool hats; hats will kinda be your uniform and if you have a uniform, my darling, you've basically got a capsule wardrobe.

Please offer your tips for wardrobe streamlining in the comments. I love this post from Modern Mrs Darcy on her Accidental Capsule Wardrobe and for the odd glimpse into my not so capsule wardrobe don't forget to follow me on Instagram.


15 comments

  1. I recently Marie Kondo'd my clothes and now have literally nothing to wear...it's actually kind of exhilarating to only have two jumpers to choose from, one of which is in the wash.
    Also, the Wardrobe Architect from Colette Patterns to be super helpful in defining a core style!

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    1. I totally Marie Kondo'd my house when my husband was on a business trip, he was very upset that I'd done weird things to his pant drawer but now he likes the upright folding.

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  2. Oh what a great post! I had a clean out of my closet a few weeks back and got rid of some of my 'old me' clothes. I did however keep the things that I will definitely fit into if I lose weight but in all honesty I had a baby 17 months ago so my guess is it's not coming off that easily.. And I love you knickers advice! Thanks for sharing :) #BabyBrainMonday

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. It's astonishing how many pointless knickers women keep, they just take up space. If you're on a weight loss plan and have clothes that you really want to keep, I'd still say to take them out of the cupboard and store them elsewhere til you reach your goal, then it's like you've got brand new clothes when you lose the weight!

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  3. Excellent tips! I did my wardrobe a few months ago and am doing the French Wardrobe thing to stay on the right track. #mumymondays

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    1. Thanks! What's the French wardrobe thing?

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  4. Love this! I agree, all you need is a good old clear out. My general rule of thumb is, if it hasn't been worn in the last 2 years, it's off to the charity shop in the next collection round! I am a bit of a militant chucker having moved house every year for the the last 10 years...but I wouldn't recommend that as a piece of advice for keeping your wardrobe nice and trim haha #fromtheheart

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    1. Ha ha, that's an awesome technique but yes a little extreme :)

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  5. I did a good clean out last season and I am so glad I did it. Great post - I think I live in a mummy uniform anyway. Same jeans, pants, tops and cardigans! Oh well - I will come back as a fashionista next time. Mel xx #mummymondays

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    1. Having a go to outfit is a wonderful plan when you're parenting. Something that looks good that you know you're comfortable in x

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  6. Haha snap on the washing! I have my rotating 'uniform' but don't keep up on my washing so never have anything to wear. I totally agree about the accessories. One peice can spruce up an old boring outfit x #fromtheheart

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  7. You are so right! Honestly, you should write for Cosmo or something, not what these magazine writerscome out with....50 ways to have great sex or 101 ways to firm up you saggy knees...although maybe the former would be useful #frormtheheart

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    1. :D I would be all over that saggy knees article!

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  8. You have read my mind. I have been doing some hardcore wardrobe decluttering and it feels so good! I'm a different body from 10 years ago, what am I hanging on to that stuff for? At the same time, I've fallen in love with old pieces too, which means less money spent on new stuff that will fester under my bed. Liberated xx

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  9. I love this' so true about the knicker drawer! I always have to wear new underwear when going for an interview or have an important day haha! Thanks for linking up to #babybrainmonday x

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