What would your life be like if you wore the same thing all the time?
A lot of characters in books and TV do it.
I’ve been watching the Netflix show BoJack Horseman, and the characters are consistently wearing the same outfit. Sometimes they change it up for a minute, but they always go back to their standard ensemble. I think about this a lot.
There’s a woman in New York who created a uniform for herself, and she wears copies of it every day. Obama admits that he essentially wears only a grey suit or a blue suit. I’ve also been watching the hilarious web comedy Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and Jerry seems to have a uniform pretty down pat: jeans, funky athletic shoes, dress shirt, and a blazer. I have not seen him significantly deviate from that formula.
With all of this in mind I’m compelled to ask, what would my uniform look like? Lately: Jeans, dark top, scarf, and jacket or cardigan. But sometimes: dress with blazer. Or sweater with burgundy or forest green pants. For someone with a capsule wardrobe, I actually change my look quite a bit. I’m not sure the “one look” iconic outfit is for me. Would you try it? Are you already doing it? What would your uniform look like?
My husband is not a minimalist, and he really lets his laundry pile up. When he is finally forced to wash his clothing, he ends up having to do four loads! It takes 30 min. for a wash and 1 hour for a dryer cycle: that’s 6 hours if he wants to finish it all in one go! INSANE!
Alternatively, he could be a little more like me, and keep a minimalist/capsule wardrobe. I do not have enough pairs of socks and underwear to last more than a week and a half. I am forced to do my laundry, and it is always just one load. It is amazing.
People often talk about the perks of a capsule wardrobe:
- Save money (buy less clothing)
- Save time (less decisions to make)
- Save space (less clutter)
But they don’t always highlight what a dream it is to do small loads of laundry as opposed to four colossal loads. I love having a capsule wardrobe and I will never go back to having piles of options. It simply is not for me.
Even though I have a capsule wardrobe, it’s not as pared-down as I’d like it to be. My three greatest sources of inspiration come from the following places:
1. Paris-to-Go 10-piece Wardrobe
2. Save, Spend, Splurge Minimalist Wardrobes: 5 piece
…and 12 piece :
3. The Uniform Project
Honourable mention goes to into-mind, because she has many capsule wardrobe guides, but reminds us not to be so rigid and to have fun and enjoy!