Capsule Wardrobe 2017

Sunday, January 01, 2017


I really enjoyed having a capsule wardrobe in 2016 and found that instead of feeling limited in my choices, I felt I had more and wore a larger proportion of my wardrobe.

By selecting items for capsules, and really looking at what I had in my wardrobe, I was more aware of what I owned, and over the course of the year I added some items to my wardrobe that worked really well.

So I've decided to continue with it.

For 2017 I'm going to replicate my 2016 capsule wardrobe, season by season. There are items that I no longer have, so I'll need to add a few items here and there, but where possible I'll be wearing everything all over again.

If I come across something I really don't fancy wearing, I'll donate it. It'll help me further weed out items that I no longer want or like, and so I'll add something else, either from my existing wardrobe or by adding something new. I'm not going to ban spending altogether.

I do anticipate that my spending on clothes and accessories for the year will be the lowest since (my) records began back in 2012. Also, I've noticed that most of my favourite clothes are preloved, so I'd like to focus on charity shopping this year, which is always a thrifty option.

Last year I had a figure of £400 in mind for my total spend, but by July I was already over this figure. However, I did spend less than the previous four years, so the capsule has already made a difference to my wallet.

That said, it's not about how much I spend. It's about making good use of the things I have, creating a wardrobe that works and making the most of and enjoying my favourite pieces, generating less waste, and making sensible purchases. Spending less is a bonus.

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6 comments

  1. You make capsule wardrobing look so easy! It's great that you have whittled your wardrobe down to what you really like wearing and items which work together so well. Great work m'dear xx

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    1. it is easy, it just takes a little planning - 36 items is actually a lot.

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  2. I'm glad it was such a useful exercise. You'd be surprised how much you can save by buying secondhand instead of new. I'm sure you'll come in much closer to your target spend this year.

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    1. I love shopping second hand, about a third of my purchases this year were pre-loved and if they hadn't been my total would've been much greater!

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  3. Part of me wish I could follow your example and have a capsule wardrobe, but I guess it will never work for me. I do have to do some culling though, as part of my wardrobe hardly gets worn (or even doesn't get worn). I'm now trying out a system of turning the hangers of items I've worn the other way round. At the end of the season I hope I'm brave enough to return some of the unworn things to the charity shop ... xxx

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    1. I don't think it would work for everyone. But hanging the hangers the other way around is a good idea. I was surprised by how little of my wardrobe I was wearing, it bugged me that I had so much that didn't get put to good use - my wardrobe was bulging, I couldn't find anything in it it was so full. It's now easier to manage, it works for me. But if you like to have lots of options there's no need to throw things away - perhaps you could just rotate items instead, that way you'll get to wear everything at some point - and if you come across something you don't fancy wearing it's a good indication that you don't need to hang onto it.

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