A big factor of living a Minimalist lifestyle, is learning that less, is more, and quality is always better than quantity. This especially translates to a persons’ wardrobe and from that, many concepts have been invented.
Two of the most popular concepts are Capsule wardrobes and Project 333. A Capsule wardrobe is a wardrobe that consists of basic key items that can be combined to form countless different outfit choices. Project 333, is a wardrobe that consists of 33 items, that gets rotated every 3 months in line with seasonal changes. Both of these concepts include clothes (including outerwear like jackets), shoes and accessories (i.e jewellery, sunglasses, bags, scarves etc.), but do not include underwear, sleepwear or workout wear and also does not include sentimental jewellery such as wedding rings, or anything else you don’t remove.
While Project 333 is also considered a capsule wardrobe, it’s unique in that there is a specific limit on how many items you can have and using a timeframe, while other standard capsule wardrobes can be designed so that you have all seasons covered and don’t swap in and out during the year.
For anyone who is new to these concepts, they can seem overwhelming, so I recommend a hybrid mix of the two.
Here is my wardrobe for the next 3 months – I currently have a capsule wardrobe spanning from January through March, which covers Summer and the first Month of Autumn in Australia. I have done this because the weather can be a finicky thing in my part of Australia and while my wardrobe is Summer proof, having warmer options is also necessary.
Use the 333 concept, just for clothes initially. The reason why I suggest this, is because ultimately, the best wardrobe to have is one that covers all seasons, as it will cut down on having to store clothes away somewhere else, you’re covered for any kind of weather, and you know exactly what you have and what you can put together. To start with though, it is a good foundation to break it up into a 3 month cycle so you can determine what works and what doesn’t and eventually end up with an all seasons capsule wardrobe.
Stick to basic colour schemes, with pops of colour to break it up. Black, Grey and White are classic colours that can go with anything and everything. Once your wardrobe foundation is there, pick your favourite colours and add it to the mix, adding your own personal flair to your wardrobe.
Be tough when it comes to your accessories. Starting out, you need to work with what you already own. You want pieces that will work with any outfit choice you make. If you find that you don’t have anything that can do that, get rid of what you’ve got, set a limit and get only what you need.
Remember, Quality is always better than Quantity, and having classic, timeless pieces will always go far.