Capsule Wardrobe: Packing for Golden Week

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Golden week is finally here in Japan. And this year, Golden week is actually 10 consecutive days instead of 3 or 4 days off. I’m in need of a vacation so I’m looking forward to being able to ignore all my responsibilities for a few days. This time I’m going to Hyogo prefecture with a good friend of mine, and I thought now would be the perfect time to try out capsule wardrobing. For those of you that don’t know capsule wardrobes are simple, downsized wardrobes where you can maximize your outfits with a minimal amount of clothes. Capsule wardrobes are the wave of the 21st century and have gotten more popular with this new movement towards minimalism.

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Basic Capsule Wardrobe |Flickr

More and more people are opting out of the old way wardrobing (that’s a word maybe). I think for a lot of our parents, for women especially having a lot of clothes was a status symbol. I know my mom owns a huge closet and only wears about 10% of her clothes. Same with my grandmother, my aunts, and a lot of other women I know. Now millennials are deciding that less is more and are trying to downsize their wardrobes into 100, 50, even 20 essential pieces that are good for multiple occasions.

I think capsule wardrobing became popular because of the recent rise in backpackers and travelers. It’s much easier (and cheaper) travel to six countries in a month with fewer bags. So more and more people are trying to find ways to maximize their outfit choices while minimizing what they need.

Organizing My Outfits

I’ll be gone for 5 days and I wanted to try for the first time ever creating a vacation capsule wardrobe. Using my handy dandy Cladwell app I picked out some outfits for the five days I’ll be out of town. I’ve never been to Hyogo Prefecture before, so I tried to pack some outfits that could be layered and can adapt to the weather situation there.

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My Attempt at Creating a Wardrobe | KupoKoins

When I was younger, I remember my mother used to make me layout 5 distinct outfits every Sunday night so I knew what I was going to wear throughout the week. Everyday I’d have a different shirt and pants then I’d wear the same shoes. So I’ve kept to that tradition even as an adult. But capsule wardrobing is all about minimizing your pieces while maximizing your outfits. So I gave myself some parameters to follow.

  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 2 shoes
  • 1 dress/1 Jumpsuit
  • 1 Jacket/ 1 cover up
  • 4 tops

I also tried to pack mostly neutrals (extremely hard for me), so my clothes would be easier to combine and change. So I won’t have to worry about a blacktop matching with pink pants for instance. Or yellow shoes matching with a purple top. I added a splish-splash of color with my mustard yellow dress and stripped guess shirt but it’s forgivable since it’s my first time.

Does anyone else get nervous the night before a trip? It’s probably just me. Have you ever made a capsule wardrobe before? What did you do and how did it go?


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