When Adam and I moved to the U.K. I took with me a carefully curated capsule wardrobe, which I hoped would provide me with a solid sartorial base for the months ahead. It served me remarkably well and apart from a few purchases for work, weather and special occasion purposes, I didn’t deviate far from my ‘travelling wardrobe’.
I’ve been back in Australia a little over a month now and I’ve been a surprised at what I’ve been reaching for time and time again in my wardrobe…
It’s not all the clothes I carefully packed away ahead of our departure, it’s pretty much all of the items I had with me in England!
I honestly thought I’d be so glad to have a wider selection of clothes again, but instead I felt overwhelmed. I’d had a major clean-up of my wardrobe before the move, but when I looked at what I left behind I felt disappointed that I hadn’t been more discerning. I wondered why I kept things that didn’t really fit properly or in colours that completely washed me out. Apart from a few Australian summer staples (like shorts and sleeveless tops), a few forgotten favourites and a couple of extra pairs of shoes, the majority of what I’d kept has been repacked, ready to be dropped off at a local charity store.
I’ve become quite attached to my predominately black/white/grey/navy/olive wardrobe. Virtually everything mixes and matches which means it’s really easy to choose an outfit every day. I like the simplicity of a smaller wardrobe and feel more put together and confident knowing that I’ve made my selection from items I truly love and feel comfortable in. I’m not limiting myself to a certain number of items, rather I’ve just assembled a collection of clothes that works for most occasions in my life, in a colour palette I enjoy wearing.
Previously, I’d never really thought about giving a capsule wardrobe a go, but moving overseas forced me to think really carefully about my clothes and now I can’t really imagine having a big wardrobe again. In retrospect, even when I had more choice, it was those favourite items I’d continue to wear time and time again – so why not have a wardrobe of just favourites?
I must admit a few of the things I took to England are now probably nearing the end of their lives so I am on the search for a few replacements. At the moment that includes Breton stripe tops and tan leather flats. When the weather starts to cool, I think I’ll be hunting for new fine wool jumpers and a simple black blazer. Any recommendations for well made basics in classic colour combinations are more than welcome!
Have you ever tried putting together a capsule wardrobe? Did it work and were you able to stick at it long term?