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10 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Challenge

I am halfway through my extreme minimalist wardrobe challenge. If you missed that, here is a quick rundown: for the entire month of March 2016, I am doing a 10 piece capsule wardrobe experiment. This means I only have 10 items of clothing to choose from.

10 piece capsule wardrobe pros and cons

See the details of my 10 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Challenge:

Minimalist Wardrobe Challenge: Am I Really Doing This?!

I thought it would be a good time to post an update with my thoughts and experiences so far. I have come up with some outfits that I probably would not have thought to put together otherwise. I’ve also run into some challenges as well as some pleasant surprises. Let’s talk about it!

10 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Update - Is this experiment working? Find out what challenges and benefits this mom experienced with a minimalist dressing experiment.

10 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Outfits

My favorite outfit so far is something I tried because I was a little bit tired of the same old same old. I wanted something that looked a little more put together than what I was doing with pairing a top with a bottom. How awesome is that? I can almost guarantee I would not have tried it had it not been for this 10 piece capsule challenge.

10 Piece Capsule Wardrobe favorite outfit

I paired my black leggings with a chambray shirt. Then I layered my black striped long sleeve tee over the chambray. Finished it off with my favorite cowboy boots, and bam, super cute, put together outfit. If it were cold, I’d top it off with the leopard print scarf for a little more polish. But the two layers and the boots are about all I can stand in this South Texas springtime weather. Definitely something to remember next fall and winter.

Other favorite outfits were exactly what I had thought about when I planned this 10 piece capsule wardrobe. I tend to always reach for my bootcut jeans, black tee shirt (or tank top if it’s hot) and sneakers. Even if I already wore the outfit that week, it is so easy and comfortable and perfect for running errands and park time.

Another favorite is the black striped shirt, boyfriend jeans, and black flats. I can wear that almost anywhere and not feel dressed down, but it’s also comfortable enough to build MagnaTile castles on the playroom floor.

Challenges of a 10 Piece Capsule Wardrobe

Lack of Variety

As I alluded to above, one challenge I have come across is that I am getting tired of wearing the same outfits over and over again. I am starting to feel self conscious that the other moms at school drop off are wondering why I’m only wearing the same 3 outfits. If they notice, they’re polite enough not to say anything. I am pretty sure this is all in my head though, because I actually do not wear the same outfit in the same week. And most times, I am actually wearing workout clothes to school drop off. I think I can say that the lack of variety is NOT the problem, but instead my insecurity about what other people think about me. That is something that I have to deal with no matter if I have a 10 piece capsule wardrobe, or a closet with hundreds of pieces. Whew…getting a little deep in here, huh?


Another challenge has been the weather. I have lived in the Houston area my entire life. I know the weather here is unpredictable. It could be in the 40s and windy one day and the next day it will be 80 degrees and sunny. Despite my experience, I failed to take unpredictable weather into consideration with this 10 piece capsule wardrobe. All my bottoms are pants. Almost all my tops have long sleeves. I have one top that I can barely wear because it has been too warm (the North Face fleece). This is a challenge now, but it is mostly a learning experience. Future capsules will be planned accordingly.

Benefits of a 10 Piece Capsule Wardrobe


I have a pretty productive laundry system, and I rarely get behind on it. Sorry if that sounds like bragging, but I am really proud of it. Laundry is a huge sore spot for most moms, and the concern was made apparent on my Instagram posts about this 10 piece capsule wardrobe challenge.

10 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Update Laundry

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But guess what? Laundry has not changed. I do a load of laundry every day so having fewer clothing options has not affected it at all. Every morning I wash what I wore the day before. It is washed, dried, folded or hung up, and ready to wear the next day. No extra laundry. No running out of stuff to wear. Things have not changed for me, but I am certain that if someone were to switch to a capsule wardrobe, it would actually reduce their laundry workload.

Fewer Decisions

With fewer clothing choices, I am able to get dressed faster than ever. I did not think that this would change since I was already dressing with about 30 pieces. But, wow, it did change. Having a 10 piece capsule wardrobe means I can scan through my outfit choices in my head while lying in bed. I can eliminate choosing an outfit to wear the next day from my nightly routine. And since just about every top goes with every bottom, I could grab anything with my eyes closed and put it on and not look ridiculous. I have not done that yet, but there is no reason why it would not work.

Final thoughts on this 10 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Challenge

I have about two more weeks left of this challenge. I am hopeful that it will pass without a hitch. I don’t foresee any major issues, and I’m curious to see if I’ll come up with any other interesting outfit combinations.

EDIT: See how I ended up this challenge and my final thoughts here.

10 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Update - Is this experiment working? Find out what challenges and benefits this mom experienced with a minimalist dressing experiment.

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