When I did my initial wardrobe sort I had just been made redundant and I was thinking that I might find another job so I
kept my ‘work’ clothes just in case I did go back to work. I guess you could say that I ‘cheated’ on the mantra of
keeping what I love because I sure didn’t love those clothes but also didn’t see the sense in getting rid of them if I
might need them again in the near future.
As it has turned out I haven’t even looked for another job and even if I do I don’t think it will be the kind of job that
requires me to wear the type of ‘work’ clothes I currently have.
A wardrobe review
So I am planning on ‘reviewing’ my wardrobe. At the same time I have been hearing a bit about only wearing 33 items
of clothing. I found an article that said using just 33 items you could create over 25,000 different outfits! But I didn’t
understand how 33 pieces of clothing could work for a whole year!
So back to the computer – more research – and I discovered that the idea was to work with 33 (or a number that you
are comfortable with) pieces of clothing for 90 days; & the 90 days worked well if you chose a set per season. So 33
winter pieces, 33 spring pieces etc etc.
The 33 items excludes underwear, pyjamas, workout gear or my get dirty in the garden clothes.
An alternative name for dressing this way is ‘capsule wardrobe’ though this term seemed to be applied to the working
So what is a capsule wardrobe – Evelyn Cotter defines it as “a limited collection of interchangeable
pieces that create perfect outfits for your shape, colouring and lifestyle, every time. Essentially it is your day-to-day
uniform pieces – skirts, day/work dresses, trousers etc. that can easily glide between work and play.”
So 33 items? Choose quality over quantity, choose classic style over fashion fads; work out what colours and styles
Personally I find that what I feel most comfortable in (physically and mentally) are the clothes that suit me best. I also
feel that if people comment on my clothes, in a good way, they must also suit me.
So I decided to give the 33, or thereabouts items, a go.
I took everything out of my wardrobe that would not be suitable to wear in spring, donated what I no longer wanted and
put the rest in the cupboard in the spare room.
I haven’t pruned my wardrobe to 33 items yet but I do know that I can improve on what I have chosen to keep and will
probably purchase some quality items to add to my wardrobe at a later date.
An Unexpected Trip
I have to say that packing my case to make an unexpected trip was very easy! The weather is very similar so no
change in climate to think about and I had less than an hour to prepare and all I had to do was pick from a very small
I have been living out of that suitcase for a week now, with only 16 items of clothing and it is working!
I could have added another pair of comfortable lightweight slacks, another t-shirt and a second long sleeved cardigan
would be useful but other than that the mix and match is working well.
What did I pack
• 2 pairs of jeans
• 1 pair loose black pants
• 1 pair black casual pants
• 1 red round neck t-shirt
• 1 white v neck shirt
• 1 charcoal collared t-shirt
• 1 ¾ sleeve cotton cowl neck jumper
• 1 long sleeve t-shirt in dark beige
• 1 red zip up vest
• 1 long sleeve navy woolen cardigan
• 1 ¾ sleeve red cotton cardigan
• 1 cap sleeve black dress with tiny white spots
• 1 short sleeved black dress with a floral pattern on the front.
• 1 loose fitting long sleeved cotton jumper in light beige
• 1 loose fitting wind proof jacket in gun metal grey.
As you can see from the photo I have a much more mix and match
suitcase this trip!!
I am going to keep working on the concept for this season and see
how it goes.
As with everything – take what you think you can work with, test it
out and decide if it works for you.
I have included links to other articles on capsule wardrobes below if you would like to check them out –different views
and tools are always good to look at.
Courtney Carver – from Be More With Less – has a list of the things she includes in winter wardrobe and shows how
17 items from that wardrobe migrated to her spring wardrobe.
Women Unlimited Worldwide
Evelyn Cotter from Women Unlimited Worldwide sets out a how to create a capsule wardrobe in 6 easy steps
What Every Woman Needs
Anne Maree Gale talks about her top 10 essential wardrobe pieces in What Every Woman Needs.
Pinch of Yum
pinchofyum.com – have a printable checklist and they also mention a purchasable phone app called stylebook
which has some good reviews for those of you who like technology!!! I haven’t tried either but they could be
Natasha Robinson, from The Australian, decides to keep some stuff because throwing it out would be wasteful
if she needed something special to wear to an event.