“De-clutter your closet, maximise your fashion choices, and reinvent your own personal style.”
If you are like me, you wonder why at our age we need advice about planning the perfect wardrobe. I was a bit dismissive, I don’t need as many clothes as I did when I was a working woman, but I admit there are more than 30 items in my wardrobe (okay many more!).
I took a look at my wardrobe and realised that I am still holding onto far too many things, particularly handbags, shoes and blazers. What’s more, and this adds to the overall cluttered untidiness of our wardrobe, my husband shares my clothes hoarding. So perhaps, I’m not as wardrobe savvy as I might like – time to read and learn.
In The Capsule Wardrobe, author Wendy Mak says that “Cluttered closets create cluttered lives. Too often we are left rummaging around an overflowing wardrobe, ironically at a loss for what to wear. However, owning a capsule wardrobe, which consists of a limited amount of clothing, will set you free!”
The Capsule Wardrobe introduces thirty wardrobe essentials – tops, bottoms, footwear, and accessories – that will create the ultimate mix-and-match wardrobe for the working woman, or the active over 60’s woman who believes we can always learn. Let’s have a look at Wendy’s basic 30 items:
Trousers, Pants, Skirts, and Shorts
Tops, Blouses, and Blazers
Jackets and Coats
In this “how to” book we are not dumped with a list and told to “go fetch”, rather we are given detailed descriptions and illustrations of each of the thirty pieces. Thanks to the publishers, NERO, Starts at 60 is able to reproduce this chapter below:
But how do you take these 30 items and turn them into 1,000 outfits? The Capsule Wardrobe will show you how and revitalise the way we use our clothes to make dressing easy and worry-free. You may even re-invent yourself and your style.
Wendy builds her wardrobe around black, a colour I don’t like wearing. In my case, with a simple change of black to navy, all her her other suggestions work perfectly. One thing I appreciate is that Wendy allows for changes like this to be made. She gives us the plan but doesn’t make it law.