What I Learned Wearing A Capsule Wardrobe For a Year

What I learned from wearing a Minimal Capsule Wardrobe for a year

When my workplace introduced a limited colour palette of black, white and grey a year ago, I basically stopped buying new clothes. I have bought the odd fresh t-shirt or top, and two new jumpers, but have pretty much survived this Sydney winter in the same 4 dresses, 2 cardigans, 2 skirts, 2 pairs of tights and 1 pair of jeans.

Apart from 1 new dress and 1 new skirt that I bought to start with, I really did already have a capsule wardrobe – it was just hiding in amongst all my other clothes.

what I learned when I wore the same clothes in a limited colour palette for a year:

Fewer clothes makes getting dressed so much easier

It’s true what they say about uniform dressing, there is much less to consider in the morning when all you have to worry about is the temperature and what kind of situation you are entering that day – having less items of clothing will immediately narrow down the choices you have to make once you have taken weather and context into consideration.

You will save a lot of money

If you limit the colour palette of your wardrobe, going shopping will lose its charm. You will look at half the clothes on the rack and simply say ‘not for me’. Over time, the desire to even go shopping will almost disappear.

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New Sewing Space

Sewing Room

I love my little sewing space in our guest bedroom.  All my fabric lives in drawers in the double storage bed I bought years ago from IKEA.  I’m trying to keep it this neat all the time, but it’s hard when you have multiple projects on the go.

The print is by Julie Morstadt, who did the gorgeous cover for my favourite Neko Case album, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.

Modus Operandi: The Classifier

I didn’t grow up a tidy person, and my boyfriend (the minimalist) would argue that I am still not a tidy person now… but spending over a decade as a librarian did teach me a little something about classification, taxonomies, and the art of putting things away.

While I am definitely a minimalist+ sort of person, who struggles to make do with the bare minimum and loves things as much as she loves ideas, I do very much enjoy sorting things into groups and will organise by category (often to the point of obsession).

From packing lists, to reading lists, to drawers in my closet for different types of clothes, to the pantry, I just love to put things in order. I’m just not always very good in doing it to completion.