This Concept is More Important than a Capsule Wardrobe

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I see many folks around the internet and Facebook talking about Capsule Wardrobes.  I like the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but I think some folks are getting too caught up on the idea of getting them just right.

The good thing about a capsule wardrobe is that you can mix and match a small number of items to get a large number of different looks.  That’s great, but I think this concept tends to mask a more powerful concept.

The more powerful and important concept is:

It’s ok to wear the same few items of clothing over and over again.

We tend to get sucked up into fashion and use it as an expression of ourselves.  We see actors and actresses wearing beautiful dresses on the red carpet.  We see models gracing magazine covers in the latest designer fashions.  Many of us get this idea that we can’t be seen in the same outfit more than once.

In order to keep up with that ideal, we need to buy more and more clothes.  Before long our closets and dressers are overflowing.

With that in mind, think about how many different outfits you have worn in the past month.  I bet you stick with the same favorites week after week.

In your mind you want to wear different things every day, but in reality you rotate through the same five to seven outfits.  (Tweet this)

My challenge to you is: Get comfortable with wearing the same outfits repeatedly.

When you do this, the capsule wardrobe becomes less important.  You can then reduce you’re overall number of clothing items without worrying about whether every bottom can be matched with every top.

You likely already have some favorite top and bottom pairings already.  If you already love those favorite pairings, then you’ll likely continue with those pairings even if you could mix and match it with other items.

I suggest that it’s more important to reduce your overall number of clothing items than to focus on being able to mix and match those items.   Declutter your clothes first.  When the decluttering is complete, you can circle around and begin creating your capsule wardrobe.

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Junk is Junk, Even if it’s Free

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In January of this year, I hit five years with the company I work for.  As a reward for working here for that amount of time they offered me an anniversary gift.  The gift can be selected from a variety of items listed on their anniversary gift web page. I looked though the list on […]

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What To Do When Your Family Won’t Declutter

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You decided you have too much clutter.  You jump into cleaning out all the junk in your home, and you start to see some real improvement.  You are feeling better about your home.  You are looking forward to the freedom you’ll begin to feel in an uncluttered home.  You want to share this joy with […]

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Our New Scamp Camper

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I mentioned in my last post that we recently bought a small camper.  I have great memories from childhood of family vacations taken in a slide-in truck camper and later in a class C RV.  I loved the adventure of traveling and exploring new places, and that’s something I carry with me to this day. […]

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Thoughts on Returning to Home Ownership

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You may have noticed I haven’t been writing much lately.  I guess I haven’t been in the mood.  One of the main themes in this blog is the chronicling of my journey as my dreams changed and I assessed what direction I really wanted my life to be heading.  I want to document some of […]

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Minimal Hobbies – Minimizing Camping Gear

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I sometimes get asked about hobbies, and how can we downsize those hobbies to fit with our minimalist ideals.  Today I’m sharing one of our hobbies – camping.  Camping has a wide range of equipment that is either required or desired.  You can go as maximum as a truck full of gear or minimal as […]

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The Untold Stories

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Joshua at Becoming Minimalist wrote a great blog post about sharing the untold stories.  That is much of what I do here on Rethinking the Dream.  I share the stories you won’t hear from most people that are living them.  The stories of downsizing, minimalism, and decluttering.  These are not things the cool kids are […]

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Why We Secretly Desire a Zombie Apocalypse

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Have you wondered why zombie movies and zombie television shows are so popular lately?  Every time I finish an episode of a zombie show, I find myself reflecting on what it would be like.  Imagine a world where your everyday life is turned upside down and instead of focusing on all the mundane stuff in […]

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