6 Pieces of Clothing : 6 Days - Business Casual Capsule Wardrobe.

6 Pieces of Clothing : 6 Days, well 4 days on this excursion.

I’m happy. Like a room without a roof.

When I packed my clothes for the conference I recently attended at Trevecca University, my suitcase looked like this...

This week I made my first attempt at creating a capsule wardrobe. It's a dream I've had since the Lord began my journey through minimalist living (read more about that here).

In all realness and despite a capsule wardrobe being my big dream, I was anxious Sunday night as I zipped up the carry on. I thought I might have genuinely lost my mind.

Here are the brass tacks of the adventure:

  • The 6 pieces were purchased at outlet shops in OKC (2 pair of dress pants – Banana Republic Outlet, 3 shirts – Ann Taylor Loft Outlet, 1 cardigan – Banana Republic Outlet). The total cost was $128.54. Without accessories, these pieces are easily combined into a minimum of 6 outfits – each shirt with each pair of pants. That number of combinations increases by including the cardigan and additional accessories.
  • Along with the pieces I added a pair of black ballet flats, black platform heels, and a black belt I already owned, as well as a beautiful scarf a friend gave me as a gift.
  • I made sure to pack a mini bottle of Febreeze and a Tide pen, both of which I didn’t end up using.
  • Each evening during the trip I hung my worn clothes in the shower area for a happy steam bath, and I re-ironed my pants for a second day’s wear in the morning. Even though I know it’s pretty much a modern and Western phenomenon to wear clothes only once before washing, the re-wearing still felt strange. The steam bath kept everything fresh, and I found I didn’t need to use Febreeze or perfumes to make the re-wearing less obvious.
  • I wore my Salvation Army uniform to and from the conference, so this trip only required 4 of the 6+ outfit combinations I am able to create with the pieces.

(of course the 6 pieces didn't include the workout clothes I packed - I don't wear pj's anymore either...you can read that post here.)

Here's what I learned/would like to do next time:

  • I want to eliminate the need for packing the platform heels. To do this I need to wear my uniform heels with my business casual combinations. Unfortunately the ones I have now are not comfortable enough to wear for a full week of classes.
  • I’d like to have two styles of black necklaces to further accessorize, one long and one short. Thought that might spruce up the plain shirt days.

The experience altogether was freeing! And slightly scary. I was scared because I was trying this out while taking a class with the exact same people for eight hours all four days. I wondered if anyone would realize I was wearing certain items twice.  Luckily no one came up to me and said, “Didn’t you wear that yesterday?”  I’ll be interested to read the comments below and on Facebook to see if anyone was on to me. :)

I hope to put together a similar capsule for trips in cooler weather, and maybe something similar for summer casual clothes for vacation and summer camp.

Read more about capsule wardrobes on my Less Stuff = More Life Pinterest board.

I’m excited that I was in the middle of this experiment when some dear friends encouraged me to read 7 by Jen Hatmaker along with them this summer. I already have a test-pilot in my back pocket. Who knew less could be so much more?

I want to travel light. In all ways. This world is not my home. And for that I am ever grateful.

Dear friends, I warn you as "temporary residents and foreigners" to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 1 Peter 2:11

 

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