Howdy! Have you heard about the “capsule wardrobe (Project 333)“? The idea of wearing only a small collection of basic, classic, interchangeable essentials is taking the web by storm. Also related is the more restrictive personal uniform—wearing exactly the same thing every day. Many high profile, highly influential people are said to use a personal uniform or capsule wardrobe with the intention of saving brain energy for truly important decisions.
The idea of a truly minimalistic closet by way of capsule wardrobe or personal uniform is great because it takes up less space, is economical and generally leaves more energy and attention for significant things in life. That’s minimalism at its heart—forgoing unnecessary items and steps and focusing on relationships, hobbies, goals, callings, whatever is most important to your heart.
The idea of a truly minimalistic closet by way of capsule wardrobe or personal uniform is great because it takes up less space, is economical and generally leaves more energy and attention for significant things in life.
So naturally I’ve been interested.
Pregnancy is a perfect time to practice a maternity capsule wardrobe because the clothes are only worn for about a year. You don’t want to purchase many new items for such a short stint. Also the styles, cuts and variety are limited.
Now that I’m very near the end of this fourth pregnancy I have no choice but to practice a capsule wardrobe. Because NOTHING FITS. 🙂 Most of my outfits are based off of a denim/black/white scheme with pops of color added through jewelery or cardigans. If I’m staying at home, I’m wearing leggings or yoga pants and a tank top. If I’m leaving the house, I’m wearing jeans or a black skirt paired with a chambray or black or white top. I generally look like this:
Or this: (Yes, there’s that tank top AGAIN. It’s really all I wear.)
I really thought I would grow bored with a capsule wardrobe since I enjoy dressing to my mood and the season. I love colors. I love different prints. I truly like variety, and I am not one of those people who looks generally the same every day.
So far however, wearing a maternity capsule wardrobe hasn’t been unpleasant. I pull in pops of color and patterns with accessories. Since I’m only wearing the items that truly do fit me, most of the pieces I put on make me feel as confident as one can a few weeks out from delivering a baby. (Which, as many of you know, is not saying much.) 😉
Now that I know I am capable of enjoying a more limited closet, I have one take-away from this experiment. I am not a big fan of the color black. If I do choose to build a capsule wardrobe, I will build it around a more grey-brown-navy-white scheme which suits me much better.
Oh. And here’s a bit of Caveman humor for you… He thinks he’s hilarious:
Do you use a capsule wardrobe? Or a personal uniform?
Do you ever get bored with your clothes?
Do you find that you truly have more energy or brain power for more important decisions?
Any hints or tips or thoughts to share with everyone?
Comment below and share your wisdom with the world. 🙂