Just for fun…I thought I’d try and create a 10-piece summer wardrobe (most pieces are sustainable: and/or made in the US, smaller designers, organic cotton…). I don’t like capsule wardrobes much, because I prefer my entire wardrobe be full of things I love and wear, not capsules that segment it into pieces. BUT, that doesn’t work for everyone, and I’m also realistic: my style shifts frequently, and one year (or day), I want waist-defining, the next I don’t, so I tend to keep the things that fit, and that I love, around to suit my sartorial mood at any given time, even if I don’t wear them at all for an entire season. Which makes for a full closet.
Absolutely there’s an appeal to selecting only a certain number of items a season to wear, so (in theory) you don’t have to think much about getting dressed, or about adding/subtracting anything to your wardrobe for a period of time. I’ve tried that, thinking it would “free up” brain space for other, “more important” things, but it turns out I LIKE to think about getting dressed, and I LIKE to dress according to my mood, not according to the select things I have to choose from in my smaller, capsule wardrobe. And I also think that IS rather important.
That said, I like to challenge myself every once in a while, just to see if I can do something different, and thought it would be interesting to try, again, wearing only a select few items for a time. I did this a couple years ago and quit six days in because I was bored, and didn’t feel like wearing my capsule items anymore. This is still pretty theoretical right now, I haven’t decided that I’m going to do it; this is just a for fun look at what my 10 items would be if I were.
What would your 10 items be? Could you do it? wear only 10 items all summer? How would you choose your items?
1 James Perse open back dress/James Perse slim black dress
5 Elizabeth Suzann linen harper tunic
6 6397 shorty jeans (seen above with the Harper tunic)
7 denim shorts (secondhand options for cutting off) – not shown, mine are 12-year old jeans I cut off
8 Everlane muscle tank (seen above with Elizabeth Suzann florence pants)
9 James Perse casual tee (seen above with Miranda Bennett skirt)
10 Pullover sweater/cardigan/denim jacket (Kowtow organic cotton cardigan)
1 JP dress
2 JP dress + ES harper tunic
3 JP dress + denim jacket/pullover/cardigan
4 Miranda Bennett skirt + tank
5 Miranda Bennett skirt + tee
5 ES dress
6 ES dress + denim jacket/pullover/cardigan
7 ES florence pants + Everlane muscle tank
8 ES florence pants + JP casual tee
9 ES florence pants + ES harper tunic
10 6397 jeans + Tank
11 6397 jeans + tee
12 6397 jeans + Harper tunic
13 denim shorts + tank
14 denim shorts + tee
15 denim shorts + harper tunic
So..your turn: what would your ten items be? Could you do it? do you dress from a “smaller” wardrobe even though you don’t realize it?