It’s ok to hike in a silk Kimono, right?
Wear what you want to wear while doing what you like to do!
After watching my three-year-old niece change her clothes about 10 times in an hour to coincide with every new activity we did, I decided that this level of compartmentalizing was a bit excessive. When I picked her up to twirl her, she actually told me to stop because she didn’t have her twirling outfit on! This got me thinking that the whole capsule wardrobe thing can be unbalanced.
I have looked at the super minimalist approach where you live 3 months in only 30 pieces of clothing and I always wonder: what do you do with the rest of what you own? So many capsule approaches teach you how to purge and then create a shopping list, but not necessarily how to alter or restyle what you already have. Or you may have piles and compartments of clothing that are designated to certain aspects of life. Why not mix it up a bit?
After writing Thinking Spring and really honing in on my style, I feel like I can bring my “Minimal Grunge meets Ethnic Ornamentation” style into any aspect of my life: exercise, work, lounge, dates, hiking, scuba diving. Who says I can’t wear my kimono hiking and my Patagonia slouch bag to the club (it is actually super convenient for dancing)? If Kim Kardashian can wear lace lingerie tops with Adidas sweat pants, then capsules that might catalogue those separately are out.
The point I am trying to make is not that I am against purging (the right things) or even a bit of wardrobe compartmentalizing, but that it is important to dress for you and your comfort. I think suiting your wardrobe to work for you is more significant than following a prescripted style fad. The more you know yourself the more you’ll know your style.