Could You Live with a Capsule Wardrobe?

There’s been a lot of chatter in the blogosphere recently about creating capsule wardrobes.  The idea is that you create a small but carefully curated closet that makes getting dressed easier and faster while allowing you to express a very specific fashion point of view.

The idea interested me, but ever the practical thinker, I was looking for concrete tips on how to implement a real life capsule wardrobe.  This article comes up with the goods: Why You Only Need 35 Items In Your Closet.

Honestly, I don’t think I could pare back to 35 items.  I probably pack just shy of that much for longer trips, and I get so incredibly sick of everything I bring with me that I don’t wear any of those pieces again for quite some time!  As I always say, getting organized doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be a minimalist.

However, I find the concepts mentioned in this article to be quite sound.  Although I won’t be creating a capsule wardrobe, I’m about to embark on my semi-annual closet purge, and this time I plan to be absolutely ruthless.  I’ve been having a lot of trouble putting together outfits recently, and I think it’s because I have too much stuff.  Yes, a professional organizer who purges twice a year can STILL have too much stuff!

Also, as I’ve outlined in this post, I’ve had great success with being very selective about the new pieces I add to my closet.  I remember all the items I purchased in indiscriminate binges because “it’s such a good deal!” because they’re the things that I never wear and feel shame whenever I browse past them!

Could you, would you create a capsule wardrobe?