15/30 The Capsule Wardrobe Project

“It’s easy to feel like you’ve got nothing to wear, but it’s also a signal of identity problems. If you’ve got a well-developed sense of identity, you tend to know what’s you no matter what the trends. Nothing I buy ever looks new, because I have my look down, and it’s classic.” Anjelica Huston (Harper’s Bazaar, September 2006)

Thank you to Lindsay for showing me this perfect quote. I was browsing through her blog today and by brilliant coincidence came across it.

Next Thursday the 15th of March, Sam, myself and a few other bloggers, will be embarking on a capsule wardrobe project. We will only wear 15 pieces of clothing for 1 month, the challenge will end on the 15th of April.

Ever since I started my journey of overcoming my shopping addiction and becoming a mindful shopper  I have been trying to define my own perfect wardrobe. Blogging, media overdose, office wear, crazy Hong Kong humidity, piling on 2 pounds and impulse shopping have been moving me further and further away from anything that even remotely resembles a perfect capsule wardrobe.

Even after three months of bi-monthly clean outs (getting rid of 10 years of accumulation is a painfully slow process) I still have a rather eclectic wardrobe that reflects my emotional attitude to clothes: perfect basics are mixed with few (far too few) good investment pieces, combined with bad quality designer knock-offs factory rejects from Hong Kong markets, finished off with too much cheap high street/fast fashion rubble and sprinkled with some sale "bargains" I will never wear, but they were designer and oh so cheap. Of course the best way to speed up  this process of de-cluttering is to go cold turkey and have a clothes detox.

So what do I want to achieve through this detox?

1. EDIT my wardrobe/Pin Down my real basics:
Having a well edited wardrobe should save time and space, make mornings easier and hopefully decrease the "I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR" moments, plus reduce emotional shopping.

2. Refine My Style through de-cluttering the mess in my cupboard and reminding myself of what actually suits me, as opposed to what suits other bloggers, my friends and ladies on Tommy Ton's photos.

3. Reverse the "fast fashion" mentality - by becoming more creative and learning to style and re-invent what I already have.

4. Understand the social and environmental impact of my psychotic shopping habits/ learn about sustainable fashion - this one will not come from the capsule wardrobe per se, but from more reading (current read Lucy Siegle,  next read Alison Gwilt) and asking even more questions to the amazing girls at Redress HK.

So that's about it. Well of course I have a lot more to say, but I decided to learn to be more concise with my posts and stop blabbing on each time :)

It would be great if you join us in our project, if environment is something that doesn't concern you too much, you can take it as a creativity challenge or just a fun way to learn to edit/simplify your wardrobe. 

Rules are simple:
  • ANY 15 pieces form your wardrobe X 30 days
  • Accessories (incl. hats, scarves) /gym clothes/pyjamas/socks are not included in the 15 pieces
  • No shopping for 1 month
  • DYI on the existing 15 pieces is permitted
  • Be creative! Have fun! Document!
Feel free to send me your photos/mood boards/capsule lookbooks and thoughts at the end of the challenge I will be happy to re-post them at the end of the month!
Happy Sunday!


  1. Uh you know what's really creepy.... I posted that quote for a future post of mine in a graphic layout I did on Indesign.... Seriously I am creeped out.

  2. This sounds like a really great idea. I am really tempted to take part. It will be very hard for me thou as I seem to wear nothing but dresses everyday.

  3. i like this 15/30 idea and i also think it would be a worthy challenge to take part in. but i'll have to see how you do it first and decide if i can do it. i'm off to NYC on friday so i'll take a look after that.

  4. Like the license to eat what we want when pregnant, women at this stage of their life often feel we can wear anything marketed as maternity clothes.