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Monday, 4 September 2017

Is a Capsule Wardrobe for You? | Fake it Until you Make it Link Up


Capsule wardrobes seem to be a hot topic again, don't they?
They're always making an appearance in blog posts, magazines and on various websites.... including YouTube.

Having a fully functioning capsule wardrobe can seem very grown-up and organised.
Quite appealing really!

An efficient capsule wardrobe (that does all of the work for you) would make mornings so easy.
No more wondering what to wear with what.
Everything works with everything else.
Simple.
Stylish.
Pulled together.

BUT....

What if the thought of being restricted to just a few pieces fills you with dread.
What if your capsule would have to be the size of an aircraft hanger to satisfy your craving for variation in style and colour?
What if you're not ready to be a 'grown-up' when it comes to your wardrobe choices?!

Can you really have a capsule wardrobe if you love colourful clothes and an individual look?

{Check out this video from the lovely Justine if you like the sound of creating a traditional capsule wardrobe.}


I must admit that having a capsule wardrobe has never really appealed to me at all!
I love too many different colours and variations in shape and style.
A capsule is not going to work for my life.
Or is it?

After more thought I decided to try and create mini capsule wardrobes for each season and situation in my life.

It turns out that living in a temperate and variable climate (like Scotland) has it's benefits.
Different seasons mean different capsules!

Also, different lifestyles require different capsules too.
Therefore, for Autumn I need a work capsule and a casual capsule.
Yes!
I'm beginning to warm to this idea already 😃.

This week I am going to attempt to create my first capsule wardrobe.
What will it include?
Can a capsule wardrobe work when colour, texture and pattern come into play?
Will it work at all?
Will I get bored?
Stay tuned to find out if I succeed or fail!


Are you a die hard 'Capsuler'?
Have you ever had a capsule wardrobe that failed?
Does a capsule wardrobe fill you with dread?

Please share your thoughts in the comments.
I would love your opinion on this!

My Favourite link from last week was from Pamela from Style yourself confident.
Great ideas for any wannabe capsulers!

Please check out her fabulous article HERE.



UPDATE....

Thanks to a couple of VERY thoughtful emails it was brought to my attention that my button was messed up!
I'm so sorry if you were having problems.
So, I designed a new one and (fingers crossed) this one doesn't go crazy!!
Thank you to the very kind emailers.... you know who you are, and I really appreciate you taking the time to help me out of a coding muddle.
XXX




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33 comments

  1. Will be keen to see how you get on. Anna Mutton Years shared some capsuling experiences on Insta. Not sure it's for me. I like having a lot of choice!

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    1. Hahahaha...me too Gail!
      I'm a little apprehensive.
      However, I can't knock it until I've given it my best shot!
      Wish me luck ;oP
      XXX
      Samantha

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  2. This is interesting. I shall watch and see how it goes. I have been intrigued by this idea and I do it to some extent because many clothes must be kept in storage. The ones I keep out are a "capsule," albeit still a big one. But I get tiiiired of all those clothes sometimes. Good luck with this.
    PS I didn't even REALIZE there was that "Notify me" button down there! Doh. Hahaha. Thanks for this bit of education.

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  3. Look forward to seeing how you get on here Samanther. I wear, what I would say is half capsule. It's pretty classic with other stuff added. xx
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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  4. The only time I embrace a capsule is when packing for a longish trip. Since I can't take my whole closet, I need to plan carefully and with mixing/matching in mind. I look forward to seeing how you fare with this venture. Thanks for the link up.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

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    1. Thank you for linking Rena!
      I wonder if I'm going to fail miserably with this self-imposed challenge....???
      Wish me luck!
      XXX

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  5. I have no desire for a capsule wardrobe. I'm not a minimalist - especially with regard to any component of my wardrobe. The more of everything, the better! But I can certainly understand its appeal to others. It seems like it would take a lot of forethought and self control and denial. And would make it considerably more challenging to wear colorful, interesting and fun outfits (head to toe) every day. I look forward to seeing what you do with this concept!

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    1. I agree Kathleen!
      The more I think about it the more ridiculous it seems BUT I'm determined to give it a go.
      (eeek)
      XXX

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  6. This will be interesting to see how you like this Samantha!!
    When I think of capsule wardrobe, I think of my travel wardrobe, which I tire of very easily!!
    So I'm glad you're trying this out, and can't wait to see what happens!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. hahaha... me too Jodie!
      Holiday packing = yawn.
      Fingers crossed I don't fail at the first challenge :oP.
      XXX

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  7. I've been working on capsuling for a couple years now...my issue was not downsizing as much as getting enough pieces to make up a functional wardrobe! My goal has not been limiting myself to a certain number of items (eg 33) but to attaining 2 week's worth of work "main pieces." I wanted to not have to repeat a main piece (dress, statement top) within a 2-week timeframe. And I try to be able to wear each main piece in at least 2 different ways, so I can really go FOUR weeks without repeating an outfit. I think I might be close to that right now at the end of summer...but summer is always easier for me cuz dresses :-)

    I think it's good to make up your own rules and do what works for you!

    Am interested to see how you make it work for *you*!

    Bettye
    https://fashionschlub.com

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    1. I like this idea of a capsule Bettye!
      Quite generous in numbers.... much easier to work with.
      I'm hoping to be a bit stricter and see what happens.
      It may end in tears!!! :oP
      XXX

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  8. Sam, I am like you in that a capsule wardrobe is unappealing because I like too many colors, too many styles, too many options! I dress according to my mood and I need lots and lots of choices. Some days I feel vintage and retro. Other days easy and casual. Some days sophisticated and preppy. And other times edgy and goth. And all too often pieces that belong to one genre cross over to others. But many capsule wardrobes is a great idea for some organization in my mess of a closet! I look forward to seeing what you come up with for yours. Thanks for sharing!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Me too Shelbee!
      We like to shake it up, don't we? :oP
      I'm interested to find out if I manage it or not!
      XXX

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  9. I agree with many previous comments! I think on my travel wardrobe, and how it lacks its appeal as the days go by. Even if every piece was a favorite when I packed, it doesn't look so fabulous after ten days! I miss my wardrobe everytime I travel!
    Really, a capsule wardrobe is not my cup of tea. But I always read/watch all the good advice about it, as I think it's very interesting and useful! I've learnt a lot about how to improve my wardrobe, and get something which works with the climate I live in, my activities, my style and the colors I love!
    besos


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    1. I watch and read advice too.
      Usually thinking what a great idea it seems.....for someone else!!
      I'm going to give it a go and not beat myself up if I fail :oP
      XXX

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  10. I've just found your blog and I am really enjoying reading the archives. You've persuaded me that I don't have to go safe and classic at 45. Can I ask how tall you are? It's helpful for trying to visualise looks on me. I suspect you are a lot taller than me, but I might be wrong!

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    1. Hi Kate.
      Your 40's is the perfect time to be anything but safe and classic.
      Go for it!
      You'll never again be as young as you are today :oP.
      I'm 5 feet 5.5 inches.... which I round up to 5 feet 6!
      What height are you?
      Thank you so much for visiting ad leaving a comment!
      XXX

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    2. 5 ft 4 - so not as a big a gap as I thought. But I have a feeling that extra inch or two makes quite a big difference when it comes to finding trousers that fit! (yes I know I could get them altered...)

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    3. It depends on your proportions Kate.
      My body is slightly shorter than my legs so trousers tend to be a bit flappy around the ankle for me! Not all brands but most.
      Some brands I'm a 10 regular, others an 8 long... there is no continuity.
      If you have shorter legs it's much easier to get them hemmed than taken down, especially with the stingy seam allowance of modern clothes.
      When I get a decent hem on something it is a wonderful thing!
      Good luck with your search.
      Be sure to let me know how you get on.
      You can always drop me an email and I'll get back to you ASAP.
      XXX

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  11. Love the diversity on your new link up Sam and thank you so much for highlighting my feature last week with the Capsule Work Wardrobe.

    A capsule can certainly be far too limiting for some people but it does provide new ideas for co-ordination - so something for everyone!

    Pamela x
    www.style-yourself-confident.com

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    1. I really enjoyed it Pamela.... despite not really being my kind of 'thing', so to speak, I still love reading ideas and advice.
      XXX

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  12. When I see posts containing examples of capsule wardrobes I am drawn between loving the simplicity and knowing that was work it would be so much easier, but I also think I like pattern and other variations too much to realistically make it work for me.
    I am so interested to see where you go with this.
    Lisa x

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    1. Thank you Lisa.
      I have been trying to find my capsule pieces within my wardrobe and it bloody hard!!
      I'm confused at the moment... Fingers crossed this doesn't turn into a fail.
      XXX

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  13. I'd have to include jeans in the capsule for sure, but I'm not sure I'd succeed in this challenge. If I'm out shopping I can't resist a bargain! Good luck Samantha!
    Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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    1. Thank you so much Jacqui.
      I'm struggling already and it's only the planning stage!
      LOL
      XXX

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  14. Definitely not for me - I'd be bored silly inside a week - but I shall look forward to seeing how you get on! Although, your comment about having a capsule wardrobe the size of an aircraft hangar did make me smile, as in a sense that's just what I do have. I tend to stick to a harmonious palette of colours (autumnal shades, plus denim), and finally (after all these years!) have a good sense of the styles that work for me, so on the whole, everything goes with everything else in my wardrobe... It's just very extensive!

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    1. An extensive capsule sounds perfect to me Fran!
      XXX

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  15. Hi Sam
    I have thought about this, albeit not very long! haha. I do think it could work well for some people dependant on jobs, lifestyle etc, but I like you, love texture, color, etc and probably would get bored after awhile. I do believe in seasonal closet clean outs though!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  16. I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but I could not limit myself to just a few pieces! I love mixing and matching different things and giving new life to something that has been in my closet for years. Maybe one day, but right now, I like having my many options. Best wishes to you; I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll be able to create with your capsule!

    Cathy
    www.cathyvstyle.com

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  17. While in theory I know a capsule wardrobe would be somewhat freeing, in reality I just enjoy variety too much! I have considered doing a mini capsule wardrobe for a blog series, but it still hasn't happened.

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