My simple capsule Wardrobe

Capsule wardrobe for spring 2020

I've followed Project 333 for a few years now, and I've also found a lot of help in the 4x4 capsule wardrobe of The Vivienne Files. Not being much of a rule follower, I have adapted both of these to fit my everyday life.

When I asked the readers of my emails to submit questions and topics that they would like me to covere, one of the responses was this: "Would you share snapshots of your own closet and wardrobe (if this is not too personal and invasive!) and sample outfits?". So this article is a kind of answer to this request. I'm going to show you how I transition my wardrobe from winter to spring. And I took pictures!

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I start by emptying my closet and dumping all the clothes on my bed. 

Then I also find the clothes in my spring/summer box and put them on the bed also.

And then, I get out a bucket of soapy water and clean the hangers and the walls and my shoe rack. It's all wood (this is Scandinavia after all) and smells fresh afterwards, ready for the spring clothes selection.

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4 bottoms

According to the 4x4 capsule wardrobe system, I should choose one dark and one light neutral colour for my basic clothes. I use mostly black and light grey for these staple items.

I use short skirts mainly in winter when I can combine them with opaque tights. In spring/summer I use mainly trousers. 

So, three black pairs (I'm wearing the third) and one pair light grey.

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4 tops

Sleeveless linen top, black

Long sleeved silk blouse, black

Merino wool sweater, light grey

Merino wool sweater, black

Yes, two merino wool sweaters. This is Norway. I never pack away my woolens.

I will replace one of the wool sweaters with a long sleeved linen top in light grey later this season.

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The mileage 4 

These are the items that expand the combination possibilities.

Short sleeved linen top, yellow

Skirt with floral pattern, black/grey/yellow

Two sleeveless dresses, linen, both of them black. Yes, two.

I like linen. I like dresses. I like black.

Oh yes and a white cotton shirt, not pictured because I'm wearing it.

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The expansion 4

Three cardigans, all in thin merino wool. I love cardigans and use them all year. One black, one grey and one red.

One cotton sweater, long sleeved, bright coral.

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And this is what it looks like on hangers in my wardrobe.

I also have one pair of sneakers, a pair of pumps, a pair of red ballerina flats, rain boots and (not pictured here) a pair of black loafers.

Oh yes and that's my pair of 20 year old Teva sandals bottom left. They really do last for a long time, don't they? I may or may not invest in new sandals this year. I also have a pair of black Birkenstock sandals (not pictured).

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1 vintage lucite necklace, bright pink

4 silver necklaces

3 belts. I am trying to get better at accessorising, so I have invested in three belts.  If I don't wear them enough during the next year, I'll probably donate them to the local thrift shop.

I also have lots of hats, scarves and mittens, not pictured here.

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In addition to what hangs in my closet, I have some outerwear.

4 knitted sweaters

2 raincoats, one grey and one red

1 fake leather biker jacket, dark grey

1 super cool zebra stripe statement coat (Finnish brand Aino) with bright purple lining, which I absolutely love. I don't wear it all that often, but it makes me feel fabulous when I do.

This is my very real capsule wardrobe for spring 2020.

I haven't counted the items, and I don't really care if it's more than 33 items. It fits me, my style and my lifestyle and that's what matters.

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Jorunn Hernes

Jorunn is a certified personal colour analyst, based in Norway. She believes that your wardrobe shouldn't fit the latest trend, it should fit you, your colours and your lifestyle. She is passionate about spreading Nordic simplicity to women all over the world.