I’ve been following the blog Un-Fancy for a while now (If you haven’t heard of it, go check it out!) and am totally inspired by the idea that a capsule wardrobe minimises clutter, waste, and focuses our time on the few things we really love, things that matter. The scientist/engineer in me understands the Pareto principle (also known as the 80-20 rule, the law of the vital few) all too well, that for many events, 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. The same principle can be applied for the things we own. We own so much, only truly love a selected few, and yet, we are too busy or lazy to edit our belongings so that we only keep what we need and love.
How much time do we spend figuring out what to wear in the morning, despite or perhaps due to having so many articles of clothing to choose from? How much space do we allocate presently for the things we rarely wear or use just because we think we may have use for them someday in the unknown future? I believe we can be happy with a lot less, if we take the time and effort to think through what we want and need upfront, and not shop on impulse, and that’s where a capsule wardrobe helps.
In the process of building my first capsule wardrobe, I’ve come to the realisation that for someone who works in a formal environment, I currently own too many casual pieces! I am a casual dresser by nature, so when I shop, I suppose my subconscious favours casual pieces over formal work wear, but this is a perfect example of how shopping without proper planning defies logic and impacts your spending!
So this shall be my first ever capsule wardrobe for the next 3 months (September – November). This includes 16 tops, 9 bottoms, 3 dresses, 3 outerwear, and 6 pairs of shoes. There is no obvious colour scheme, but as much as possible, I’ve selected pieces which will go well with one another to maximise my outfit combinations.
TOPSWarehouse top | GG5 shirt | GG5 shirt
BOTTOMSLevi’s boot cut jeans
As you can deduce from my selection, I have a strong affinity for certain brands: GG5 and Warehouse for work wear, Esprit and Uniqlo for casual wear, Massimo Dutti for sharp, good quality outerwear. Their clothings fit my size and aesthetic and their prices are very reasonable. What are your go-to brands?
I’m so in love with this concept that I’m thinking of applying it in other aspects of my life too. Let’s call it Project Simplify! Skincare and beauty products is another good example, because I’ve hardly ever finished any product I own and I’m sure a number of them are past their expiry dates by now. Plus, how many shades of lipsticks does a girl need, really?
I’ll fill you in on how I go throughout the next 3 months! Cheer me on, will you?
Photos by Arnold Hozana