Dan and I have moved! We’re out of our overly spacious apartment and into a small cabin that is not much bigger than my old bathroom. Down-sizing is an understatement, but it is something that both Dan and I have welcomed as it’s enabled (read: forced) us to reevaluate what we truly need, and what we need to let go of. We’ve gotten rid of everything from our bed to our cooler box and have managed to comfortably fit all of our possessions into a 20m2 Wendy house (I mean cabin!), plus another 5m2 storage room which really only houses things that we’ll need during the conversion of our camper van – more on that later.
It’s been a stressful period, and I’m often overwhelmed by everything I have to do. In an effort to declutter my mind, I thought it best to start with the tangible things that cause me the most frustration – my clothing. Never having anything to wear amidst a sea of half used, half over used pieces has been something I’ve been guilty of for far too long. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say this, but I am sick of spending half an hour staring into the abyss that is my wardrobe, pulling out blouse after blouse until a giant material formation consumes my closet floor. Life has enough uncertainties and what to wear in the morning really shouldn’t be one. At the very least, one shouldn’t have to tackle an incoherent mess of a wardrobe.
Before moving, I had already started selling and donating a significant amount of my clothing. I was actually quite brutal and did away with half of my wardrobe! But after I realised I had to fit all my worldly possessions into one suitcase and a backpack, I knew I needed to do something drastic. The idea of a capsule wardrobe has been something that I’d been working towards ever since I discovered Vetta Capsule. I have spoken of it before on this blog, but to refresh our memories, the term Capsule Wardrobe was coined by British fashion icon Susie Faux in the 1970s, and refers to a collection of 30-40 practical and versatile pieces of clothing put together with the intention of being an entire wardrobe for a season.
Going a step further, I wanted to create a traveler’s wardrobe, or at least, a small selection of clothes that I can comfortably carry with me as Dan and I bounce in between Airbnbs and friends’ couches. Drawing inspiration from Un Fancy’s popular 10×10 wardrobe challenge, I had an idea to create my own outfit series, using just 10 clothing items; 10 pieces that I would mix and match to create 10 outfits for the next 10 days. Cue, Girl On Your Mind’s Winter Capsule Wardrobe series, where starting from tomorrow, I will be posting an outfit a day using only these 10 pieces of clothing.
MY 10 PIECES
Using Un Fancy’s comprehensive guide to building a capsule wardrobe, taking advice from their ”how to plan and start your remix in 15 minutes”, as well as considering things like weather, daily activities and so on, I have chosen the following items to form my capsule:
1 x jumpsuit/here
1 x pants/here
2 x dresses/here and vintage
1 x jersey/here
1 x coat/here
1 x blouse/old
1 x boots/old
1 x sneakers/here
1 x stockings
Note: Extras such as earrings, bags, active wear etc are not included.
Besides what I’ve already mentioned, my main reason for doing this is to be more invested in my clothing; to be more creative and experimental with my wardrobe. I also hope that I can provide some inspiration for you lovely readers, in the hopes to encourage this sort of thing. Feel free to join me! As Caroline Joy from Un Fancy rightly put it, ”No need to buy anything. No need to throw anything out. No need to commit to minimalism forever. No need to overhaul your wardrobe… Instead, it’s all about trying something new and having fun. Like a lot of fun. This isn’t a serious, rule-based challenge. I mean, sure it has guidelines, but really, it’s less about the success of the challenge, and more about what it teaches us along the way.”
See you tomorrow for the first outfit!1