Girl On A Budget: Capsule Wardrobe 2.0

It’s during January and the beginning of the new year that I love to have a massive spring clean and declutter of everything in my bedroom, more specifically my wardrobe. While sorting the contents of my wardrobe I realised there wasn’t actually a great deal of anything in there. I hardly went clothes shopping in 2018, with the exception of a couple of new dresses for a wedding and a few 21st birthday parties – but other than that, nothing. Who am I? Not the 2016 me who would be out roaming the shops every weekend. And with a couple of holidays planned and potentially going back to school at some point this year, I’ve gone into serious saving mode. So back to the whole “I have nothing to wear” dilemma, I had been umming and ahhing about whether I should give this whole Capsule Wardrobe thing a second chance.

I wrote a post a year or two back about the whole thing and whilst I originally loved the concept, I just wasn’t in the right head space to keep it up. But with this year’s big budgets and bills coming in, I find myself crawling back to the Capsule Wardrobe, with one exception. If I really wanted to make a go of it this time, there would need to be some serious changes to the original ‘rules’.

The Capsule Wardrobe works with the idea of only having 37 items of clothing, including shoes, at any one time in your wardrobe. You are only meant to go shopping every three months, at the beginning of a new season, for those few staples items and the odd trend piece. It was also intended that you pack away the rest of your belongings and store them out of sight whilst you wear each seasonal wardrobe. My new plan is to throw out the whole ‘having a number’ thing and just work with what I’ve got and add on from their. I had already gone through everything and donated what I didn’t want to charity or if it was in good knick I passed it along to my sister. I do really like the idea of only going shopping every three months but I always seem to attract a good bargain when I’m not on the hunt for something. Another part of me hates parting ways with a large sum of cash on just one item, but I know I always favour my more valuable style pieces so it’s on with quality over quantity this time around. And, I’m not even going to bother with storing the opposite seasonal pieces since where I live in Perth it’s either sunny or cold, there’s no real in between. Plus my storage space is very limited to hoarding random home decor until I eventually move out of my parents place. Lastly, instead of having the usual summer, autumn, winter and spring Capsule Wardrobes, I’m opting to smoosh spring and summer together and autumn and winter together, only switching over every six months.

Summer Staples To Buy

And if you’ve made it to this point well done! I somehow managed to scramble a little bit of pocket money together to purchase a few new bits to see me through to the end of summer:

New bikini
Pretty, casual blouse
Staple monochromatic tees
Frayed denim shorts
Tan brown slides
Black sunglasses


  1. February 19, 2019 / 10:07 AM

    That’s cool that your doing that, I couldn’t do capsule wardrobe because I changed my mind every two seconds on what to wear. Also the weather is a factor in Perth of what we have to wear to.

    • February 21, 2019 / 4:07 PM

      Thank you! Yeah the weather is Perth is hard to rely on but that’s why I’m going to keep it all in one space 🙂

  2. Sarah
    March 6, 2019 / 8:46 PM

    Oh I soooooo need to do this!!! Great blog Cate 🙂

    • March 9, 2019 / 10:58 PM

      Thank you! Yes I feel like I’ve got my life sorted a bit more now ❤️

  3. July 4, 2019 / 4:56 AM

    i love that you are smooshing the seasons together!
    Im trying to have a capsule wardrobe except this summer there are too many sales to go shopping only every 3 months!

    • July 6, 2019 / 3:50 PM

      Haha the sales are so good at the moment too!

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