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Fashion Confessions: Capsule Wardrobes are Over-Rated

If you read my other blog, you’ll probably know that I’ve just returned from vacation.

On the way out, my suitcase looked much like the one pictured above. On the way back, meanwhile… let’s not even THINK about how full my suitcase was on the way back: it still scares me to think of it.

capsule wardrobes and packing light


I don’t pack light, in other words. And it’s not that I CAN’T do the whole “capsule wardrobe” thing – actually, I can do it pretty well if I set my mind to it. It’s that I don’t WANT to do it. Capsule wardrobes, you see, are vastly over-rated as far as I’m concerned. Sure, they’re easy. They’re convenient. They allow you to hop on a plane with just a carry-on, and they make getting dressed on vacation a complete breeze.

They’re just no FUN, though, are they?

Here’s the thing: I love clothes. I have a lot of them. I get a lot of pleasure out of wearing the clothes I buy, and for me, that pleasure doesn’t come from being able to wear the same three items over and over again (Not, I hasten to add, that there’s anything wrong with that…): it comes from knowing that all of my favourite things are on hand, and that I can wear them whenever I like. On the occasions when I HAVE decided to pack light, and take the absolute minimum of items for my trip, I find myself quickly bored with my outfit selections… and very tempted to hit up the local shops in order to add a little bit of variety into the mix.

So I no longer even attempt to pack a capsule wardrobe when I travel: instead, my packing skills revolve around making maximum use of the space in my suitcase, and giving myself as many different options as possible, without going over my luggage allowance, or not being able to carry the suitcase out to the taxi. Life is too short, after all, to not wear all those wonderful clothes!

What’s your packing style? Do you like to travel light, with a carefully-honed capsule wardrobe, or do you throw caution to the wind, and stuff your suitcase with whatever takes your fancy?


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