I have been playing around with this concept for years now. I have culled my wardrobe significantly, I have attempted to do seasonal capsules, I have blogged about it and brought it as a topic of conversation to my Personal Evolution discussion group, but I feel like I never really take it far enough.
Then recently, one of the Capsule Wardrobe gurus, Courtney Carver posted about a 10x10 challenge. Choosing 10 items of clothing that become your entire wardrobe for the next 10 days (keep in mind, shoes count!). I can do anything for 10 days, right?
Admittedly, I work in fairly casual office, so jeans are acceptable, as long as they look nice. If I had to dress more business-like, I would do two separate wardrobes, one for work and one for home.
I sat down with a piece of paper and thought, if I were packing a backpack for a 2 week trip (knowing I will have access to a washer & dryer), what would I pack? As I started my list, I realize 10 items is a bit difficult because it’s supposed to be Spring, but it’s still really cold (and I’m sick of dressing for winter). I work in an office which is always cold no matter what the weather, so I usually wear layers. I quickly realized I would really struggle with only 10 items so an edit was needed to the 10x10 experiment. I considered making it a 15x10 challenge, but that seemed to be cheating. So, in the end, I added 5 additional items, but I also added 5 more days.
Welcome to my 15 x 15 challenge!
What makes up my 15 item wardrobe?
3 pairs of pants, all jeans – blue, grey, white
5 shirts – a pink sweater, and 4 long sleeve Ts in rust, white, purple and black.
3 warm layers – a blue cardigan, a grey cardigan and a black long sleeve layering shirt.
4 pairs of shoes (for a range of weather) – tall black boots, black booties, black/grey ballet flats, sneakers.
Below, is outfit #1: grey jeans, pink sweater, black layering shirt and tall black boots. This is a fairly common formula for me: pant - shirt - layer - boot, so I don't think anyone will even notice I'm doing anything special over the next 2 weeks...however I will be getting dressed with absolutely not fuss every morning! Now that's low stress!
Epilogue: I asked my coworkers if they noticed anything odd about the way I had been dressing for the last 2 weeks...nobody noticed a thing.
Are you interested in trying your own experiment?
I encourage you to give it a try and let me know how it goes for you!