I’m constantly honing my capsule wardrobe. It’s a labour of love and an ongoing project. My goal is to have a super-minimalist and re-mixable selection of clothing. I read a lot about fashion in order to get inspiration, and to discover if my small collection of clothing has any gaps. In general, the key components of capsule wardrobes tend to be basically consistent, with a few changes (example from The Capsule Project):
As much as I love getting ideas, I’ll admit – it drives me crazy whenever I see a “must-have” item that I really actually hate to wear. Examples:
- Trench coat (like the J.Crew one posted above)
- Leather jacket
- Black heels
- White t-shirt
- Skinny jeans
I know these are fashion staples. Objectively, I agree that they will suit most people and work in most capsule wardrobes. But that does not mean that I have to like them. I hate trench coats because they make me feel like Inspector Gadget, I hate leather jackets because I’m so fair-skinned and a leather jacket makes me feel like a wannabe bad-ass, I can’t walk in heels for very long and they turn me into a 6-foot-tall giant, white t-shirts never stay white for long, and skinny jeans hurt my calves.
So guess what? I find other options. I find staples that work with my body and my own personal style. I’ve shut out the voices that say I need this/that/or the other. It’s empowering.
I love the post on Into-Mind about not dressing for your body type. I want to take the independent thinking a step further: stop feeling like you have to buy so-called wardrobe staples. Buy what you like. Leave the rest. Done.