The Formal Part


Curating your capsule wardrobe is the ultimate planning exercise. You have to make an educated judgment as to how many clothes and which clothes you need for specific activities in your life, and then make your selection interesting enough that you won’t feel the desire to change it up after a couple of weeks. Part of this involves putting a large amount of trust in your ability to do your laundry on a regular enough basis that you can make do with the number of pieces that you’ve set yourself. That’s my biggest worry – the washing.

Exhibit A - wardrobe ratio2

Let me get technical for a minute. The clothes I wear regularly fall into a fairly neat venn diagram – please see Exhibit A. The reason for the overlap is this: the more versatile a piece is, the less likely I am to lose interest in it. I like clothes that can both be dressed up to pass off as sensible in my corporate job, and be dressed down to a cool casual in the evenings / at the weekend. I’ve decided to slightly alter the 37 piece wardrobe recommended by Caroline of Un-Fancy to a 39 piece wardrobe (split up as shown in Exhibit A). 39 just looks nicer in my venn diagram. There’s also 2 pieces more room to accommodate for the two capsulettes of work and play.


But enough diagrams. Today, I’d like to share with you the left third of my venn diagram (cue company-standardised powerpoint presentation and meeting room coffee). My entire work-only capsulette is in the photo at the top of this post. In my 6 months of having a full-time job (I know, I’m young / inexperienced / what do I know about life anyway), I have developed a uniform of high-waisted pants (these Topshop ones are the best) and either a shirt buttoned to the top (this Asos one) or a sweater tucked into them. That’s my staple outfit – so much so that I have purchased the same high-wasted pants in two (marginally) different colours. I would have stuck to the white shirts and skipped the sweaters, but my relationship with ironing is less than ideal.

Next week? The middle part of that venn diagram.


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