Three Things I’ve Learnt After Two Years of Capsule Wardrobe

Perhaps using the word ‘capsule’ in my title is somewhat deceptive, as I do not technically have what is considered a capsule wardrobe. My wardrobe consists of about thirty items of clothing and seven pairs of shoes. These are all the items I own. I don’t have a traditional rotating capsule for different seasons, I simply have clothing that I wear through the whole year.

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Over the last two years I have learnt a lot about living with a small amount of clothing, but these are the key tips to consider if this is something you are interested in.

  1. Know your authentic style.
  2. Versatility is key.
  3. There is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ capsule wardrobe.

Below is a video discussing these points in more detail. Check out my YouTube channel for new videos about minimalism every week. Follow me on Instagram, where I record my minimalist outfits. Check me out on Facebook for resources and updates. I also have a Patreon account, where I post additional weekly content.


13 thoughts on “Three Things I’ve Learnt After Two Years of Capsule Wardrobe

  1. Yeah there’s definitely a difference between a minimal or small wardrobe, and a capsule wardrobe. My friend has a very small apartment in San Francisco and she definitely needs a minimal wardrobe. I have a capsule wardrobe, but we only really have 2-3 seasons in Northern California, so most of my neutral pieces can be worn throughout the year.

    Love the video by the way. 😉

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  2. I found you blog because I was Googling “a small wardrobe”. The capsule idea wasn’t working for me & I’d got to the point of realising I need to have my clothes available for most of the year because we don’t have discrete seasons in the way many people do & I like to layer clothes. Though I was stumbling towards many of the same ideas about capsules, my lifestyle & versatility in clothes, your blog & videos have really helped clarify what I need to look for in my clothing so thank you very much! For me versatility is so important; versatility across seasons & across levels of occasions is the key to finding clothes that are going to work for my life.

    I have a vision board for my clothes & I’m been through everything I own – I’ve sold or am selling about 25 items on eBay. I’d like to have less than I have now but I’m not sure what number I’ll end up with but I’m not worried at this stage.

    I love your outfits & it’s so refreshing to see someone with a small wardrobe who doesn’t recommend the same “must haves” for everyone.

    Not sure if this is too late for Q & A but how much at home/exercise clothing to you keep? I find this area gets overwhelming for me – not so much in numbers but in things that don’t feel great or don’t work together.

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  3. I guess I still define my wardrobe as a capsule sometimes since the original definition is a collection of essentials that can be augmented with seasonal pieces. But I’ve had a slowing dwindling capsule wardrobe for over 4 years now, and I feel like I’ve learned similar lessons. Although I honestly don’t think my pieces are super versatile; my shirts are shirts, my pants are pants, and my dresses are dresses. And I also think I’ve grown to really enjoy wearing the same outfits over and over again. Having the same repeat outfits is how I showcase my “style” which is some sort of preppy/casual/stay-at-home-mom hybrid. But it is crazy to think about how satisfied and free I feel with less than 30 pieces in my wardrobe when I used to have closer to 300.

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  4. Was wondering if you do travel a lot to places with varying temperatures for winter? I live in the tropics so traveling to places with winter as a season is very harrowing for me whilst packing. I’m skeptical about stylish winter coats that can serve multiple purposes and really cold weather. Any suggestions?

    P.S: I’m not very good with enduring the cold and I’m really petite. UK size 2-4.

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