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Capsule Wardrobe Challenge: Roundup and Reflections

Capsule Wardrobe Challenge

So I’ve finished my week of wearing outfits made up entirely from 10 items of clothing and 5 accessories, and these the outfits I’ve ended up with. Looking back across them, I’m happy with what I wore, and had fun doing it! Although not every outfit on its own was vere interesting, together they look nice, and I’m glad I managed to stay colourful despite and the many black and white items and the suitable-for-work-ness.

Do you have a favourite?

I won’t be sad not to have to take a picture every day though. I am completely in awe of bloggers who post outfit pictures every day while working a full time job, I just could not do it! I also enjoy posting about a variety of topics, and am looking forward to getting back to that.

In terms of the challenge and and capsule wardrobes in general, here are my reflections:
– clothes-wise, this was surprisingly easy. I didn’t run out of clothes to wear, and little cheating blip aside, didn’t really miss my other clothes. I didn’t even repeat that much over the week.
– accessories though are a different story. I found it difficult to stick to five (particularly given that one of them was a pair of shoes)and was always tempted to jump into my jewellery box to add interest to my outfits. I think that’s generally how I dress: blocky, relatively simple clothes plus jewellery, especially brooches, to add deatil.
– And bags. I wanted to switch bags so much, especially for the Friday and Saturday night outfits. Going clubbing with the big handbag was an experience!
– Washing/laundry. all the clothes from the week are now dirty (obviously), but yet it’s still not a full load, and that’s before I separated out the dark and light colours. How do people with proper capsule wardrobes do it? You’d have to constantly do washing at less than capacity to keep the flow of clothes going.
– If I did this again, I would include a pair of boots.
– It was very efficient dressing. I planned it all out on the Sunday, and then pretty much stuck to my plan, so getting dressed took no time at all.
– This challenge has made me realise that I’m really not a capsule wardrobe person. I like the abundance of a full wardrobe, and the flexibility of being able to change things at the last minute. There might be a time in my life when I don’t want to faff about for ages deciding what to wear, but at the moment it’s a pleasure I wouldn’t want to give up.

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  • ambika 19 October 2009, 4:17 pm

    Believe me, I cannot conceive of how people work in a photo a day. Especially after the weather gets nasty and there's no natural daylight. That takes commitments.

  • Make Do Style 19 October 2009, 4:42 pm

    Interesting analysis – I know what you mean about shoes, bags and accessories but I found the clothes aspect ok.

  • Eyeliah 19 October 2009, 5:29 pm

    Great job! Outfits #1, 5 and 7 (especially!!) are my favorites. I'll have to do a challenge one of these days…

  • elena-lu 19 October 2009, 6:53 pm

    ooh love the collage effect!!

  • Lemondrop Marie 20 October 2009, 12:37 am

    I couldn't do it because it was too much of an organizational and time challenge with the daily pic taking! Bravo to you for doing it! The green blue black is super sexy flattering, but my fave is the red blouse and pencil skirt combo, just so super cute!

  • Missa 20 October 2009, 4:50 am

    Fun challenge and you pulled it off wonderfully! #4 is my favorite, super cute 🙂

  • Stéphanie 20 October 2009, 9:30 am

    I love everything !

  • Rachael 20 October 2009, 10:59 am

    Looking at these pics I never would have guessed you were limited to ten items – you made each outfit so different! Nice job!

  • Fabulous Finds Gal 24 October 2009, 3:44 pm

    Wow, girl, you can work a scarf and 10 pieces of clothing. Bravo. I think you look fab in all the outfits. Great post.

    Fabulous Finds Gal

  • Crisis in Denim 28 October 2009, 4:21 am

    This is very nice… It reminds me of something else I just read, where a woman wore her little black dress every day for a month, and accessorized it according to whether it was day, evening, etc. … http://www.societystylist.com/?p=2549
    Anyway, thought you did a great job… you definitely looked like you were working with more than just a handful of pieces. Congrats!

  • laura 1 November 2009, 1:43 pm

    was für eine tolle idee – das muss ich glaube ich auch mal probieren. (: die outfits mag ich alle wirklich gern, dein stil ist ja eh toll!

  • The Sequin Cat 5 November 2009, 3:37 pm

    I've been doing this out of necessity for the last seven months as I'm travelling/living abroad… check out my Daily Outfit pictures on my blog!