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Our columnist Lori Borgman has a new take on the capsule wardrobe – caplet dressing.
Yet another blogger has just posted on how to build a capsule wardrobe. Capsule wardrobes are all the rage right now. For the first time in history, I am ahead of a fashion trend.
The main idea of a capsule closet is to minimise your wardrobe by having all the pieces be interchangeable. The secondary idea is that by having a capsule wardrobe, you become more like a French woman. Who doesn’t want to be like a French woman? I wonder if French women ever sit around yearning to be like women in other countries. Never mind. Forget I mentioned it.
In any case, I have been doing the capsule wardrobe for years. Actually, what I do is not really a full capsule, but more like a caplet. Like a lot of women, I have a closet full of clothes but keep wearing the same six things.
My basic caplet consists of two pairs of jeans and anything else black. Black shirt, black turtleneck, black cardigan, black jacket. Two years ago my daughters told me not to buy another piece of clothing that was black. They said I had so much black in my wardrobe that people would start to think I was depressed.
I considered that they might be right. So I switched it up by branching out and buying some pieces in grey.
Sometimes, when I’m feeling especially wild and crazy, I throw caution to the wind and accent the grey with a splash of black. The husband, who overheard some of this talk about capsule wardrobes, interjected his two cents saying, ‘What’s the big deal? I’ve been doing capsule wardrobe for decades.’ ‘How is that?’ I ask. ‘Aren’t you always saying, ‘That shirt looks like you pulled it out of a time capsule?’’ Moving on. On closer reading, it turns out one of the bloggers promoting the capsule wardrobe has a capsule for every season. Why not? She has 37 articles of clothing, including, pants, shirts, dresses, accessories and shoes, per season. Each season she rotates to a new capsule with a different combination of another 37 wardrobe pieces. That’s a total of 148 wardrobe pieces.
Say she has 12 tops and 12 pairs of pants – each season she could make a total of 144 different outfits. If she could make 144 different outfits each season, that comes to 576 different outfits per year. By my calculations, that is not a
I have been doing the CAPSULE wardrobe for years. Actually, what I do is not a full capsule, but more like a CAPLET. Like a lot of women, I have a CLOSET FULL OF CLOTHES but keep wearing the same SIX things
capsule, but an entire pharmacy. And, at that point, I would be too overwhelmed to get dressed.
I’m not being critical; I’m just saying a capsule may be overshooting for some people and, in that case, perhaps you should consider going the caplet route. And thanks for asking – yes, I am willing to step away from all the black and grey on occasion. I hear navy will be popular again this spring.