I wondered if it were possible to create a wardrobe with just 30 items, especially in a wet and chilly environment.
I have chosen a sub-set of my existing wardrobe to meet the criteria – just 30 items including shoes and bags, suitable for all UK seasons, for work and weekends. I included some of my newer SWAP items as they haven’t had much wear yet, but I am confident they would stand the test.
I chose to go for seven jackets or formal tops, and seven T shirts and cardigans.
Of the five jackets four are hand made – the second navy, and pink, jackets are from this year’s SWAP. The navy padded down jacket on the far left is from Uniqlo. On cold days this will happily sit under the woolen jackets, but is nice on its own with all the bottoms. The turquoise and white overblouses are my Nina Ricci SWAP 2015 tops.
Here I have two blouses – one in white linen (SWAP 2014), the other a formal pink blouse; three T shirts – navy, pink and yellow; and two cashmere cardigans in turquoise and grey
I included one pair of jeans, and six skirts. The jeans and the yellow leather skirt are RTW. The light blue is from SWAP 2014 and the two pink skirts are from SWAP 2015
I have four hand made dresses – three from SWAP 2015, and one from SWAP 2014. The set includes a “LBD” (dino-dress), a summer dress (peony dress) and two work dresses which can be dressed up or down.
1 coat and 1 bag
I am ashamed of this coat, but it is the one I wear to protect me from snow and rain and it is practical and warm. It works with jeans and a T shirt in summer, and as a final layer over jumpers and jackets in winter with a hat, scarf and gloves. It is not very beautiful. The rucksack is a new addition. It is smaller than my big red hiking bag, but it’s still very practical (now that I am Kondoing).
3 pairs of shoes
I chose three pairs of shoes I wear quite a lot, so they will not last forever if I only wear thee three. But they will go with all the outfits I have chosen.
Now I have selected a 30-piece basic wardrobe together would I really be happy to wear it for a whole year. Nothing else?
Yes! I really think I could. It would be a relief to some extent.
Cutting down to 30 items does feel a bit like Desert Island Discs, so hopefully I could also include
- four or five scarves
- a pair of brown leather gloves
- a cerise cashmere hat
- tights in blue, brown and clear
- half a dozen belts
- stud earrings and three silver necklaces
- sports outfit – shorts, sports bra top, trainers and socks
Of course it is not just about numbers it is also about lifestyle and climate. This wardrobe suits my need for formal but not over corporate working wardrobe, weekend casual and the occasional dressy evening event. The colours are quite diverse – blue, pinky red, yellow and turquoise with dark brown, navy, white and grey as neutrals – providing me with lots of variety. Some capsule wardrobes are based on only two colours and one neutral, but 30 items allows more choice.
Do you think you could last a year with just 30 items? Plus the complete works of Shakespeare?