Thought Experiment: The 10-Piece Wardrobe
As part of my new 'quality instead of quantity' philosophy I'm trying to form a very clear idea about my personal style to make sure that when I invest in pieces I won't be over them in a year or so. You know those "What if you're house was on fire and you could only save three things?'-questions that make you boil down all your possessions to the few that are really important to you? I thought I'd do a similar (thought ;)) experiment to figure out which items I really absolutely must have in my wardrobe and should invest in. What if I could only wear ten things? Of course, the goal isn't to actually get rid of everything but those ten items; but a what-if scenario like this can really help you pinpoint the key items in your ideal wardrobe, which will come in handy when you want to plan your capsule wardrobe for a new season or even just decide what to pack for a trip. Three tips for choosing items:
- go for relatively classic pieces (doesn't mean boring, but maybe nothing bright orange) that are truly your style
- choose more tops than bottoms
- make sure that all shoes, jackets and bottoms go with each other and can be mixed and matched.
Here's my selection (btw I assumed it's either spring or autumn/ mid-temperatures):
Leather jacket by Topshop - My 10-piece wardrobe would definitely include a good leather jacket. I normally like to have two versions of them, one thats cropped and tight and another that's a bit more casual and warm. If I could only have one I would choose a longer but relatively tight-fitting style to wear for daytime and nighttime.
Denim Jacket by Levis - I think a denim jacket is a perfect key item, it's such a classic. Plus, I need a non-black jacket in case I don't want to wear all-over black since both the jeans and the skirt are black already.
White Jumper by Topshop - I think a thin jumper in a light colour is a good choice because it's chic but comfy and super versatile. It can also double up as another piece of outerwear.
Grey Longsleeve T by Weekday - I love light tees with long sleeves, and a grey one has been in my wardrobe (in different versions) for many years; it is definitely one of my most used basics and all time favourite things to wear.
White Camisole by Weekday - A no-brainer; every wardrobe needs a good white tank top to wear with everything.
Light pink T-shirt by Topshop - Pretty much the only colour in the mix.
Skirt by 2nd Day - If I could only have one skirt it would be leather, short but not too tight. For everyday I would pair it with the jumper and for going out with the white camisole and the black ankle boots.
Jeans by Cheap Monday - Definitely need some jeans in the mix. I thought about a light wash pair, but then I went with a faded black colour, because I wouldn't be able to wear the jeans with the denim jacket otherwise (I'm fine with an all-black outfit, but I'm not into the all over denim look).
Grey Chelsea Boots by Zign - I decided I should have two pairs of shoes: one in black and one in a lighter but still neutral colour. I chose grey rather than a light tan, because the rest of my colour palette is cool toned.
Western ankle boots by Topshop - Black with a bit of a heel for dressed up outfits.
That's it. I hope I will never actually be forced to only ever wear 10 pieces for the rest of my life :), but for now it's good to know what my absolute essentials are.
If you could only have ten items in your wardrobe, what would they be?