adidas germany life with 50 items of clothing makes statement
Ms Greet’s capsule wardrobe7 socks, pantyhose and tights7 pairs of shoes (each pair = one item)5 pants, shorts or trousers3 skirts and dresses3 T shirts3 short sleeved tops6 long sleeved tops6 coats and jackets9 underwear, pyjamas
Pam Greet said the idea to cull her clothing came after a trip to Buenos Aires.
“I thought, ‘if I could do this for six weeks, how great it would be to be able to do it for 12 months and not have to think about what I’m going to wear’.”
Upon her return, Ms Greet started researching ‘capsule wardrobes’, or ‘small wardrobes’, and decided to take up the challenge.
“I found that people had done it with 50 things but they’d always had undies and shoes separate, and I thought ‘I wonder if it could be done with 50 things being everything’.”
Ms Greet said it took her two days to cull her wardrobe down and she found it “really hard”.
“I did initially do a cull and weaned my wardrobe back to only natural fibres, and then from that culled wardrobe, I had to make the choices,” she said.
“I got rid of quite a lot of shoes I did have more than 50 pairs of shoes, as many women would, and I have seven pairs of shoes now.
“That’s one of my cheats one pair of shoes is counted as one item.”
Ready for tea with the QueenMs Greet said a ‘small wardrobe’ took a lot of planning to make sure she had the right clothing for a range of events including weddings, funerals, and speaking at an international conference.
She said that even if she received an invitation for tea with the Queen, she would wear one of her 50 items.
“That’s about being careful about choosing when you’re shopping, and making sure that you select things that are versatile,” she said.
Ms Greet said she decided to take on the challenge after some deep thought into how disposal the online shopping trend is.
“My motivation is to make a statement about the fast fashion juggernaut, and this whole trend towards online shopping,” she explained.
“One of the things that I’ve found is that 20 per cent of women’s purchases are never worn, so we save all that money buying things at sales and then it goes in the back of the cupboard.”
Capsule wardrobe is liberatingMs Greet, from Brisbane, said reducing her wardrobe had been an invigorating process.
“Liberating; that kind of sums up the effect, but also a part of the motivation,” she said.
She also said the adoption of a capsule wardrobe had helped to simplify her life.
“I also don’t have to think about what I’m going to wear because I’ve already spent the time thinking about that and making those choices,” she said.
“So I just open the cupboard and it’s ‘well is it that shirt, or that shirt’.
“It does lessen that anxiety.”
Ms Greet said she would live with a small wardrobe for 2016, and then decide whether to continue.
She said she would also encourage others to simplify their lives and live with less.
“I’m not saying that what I’ve done, everyone should do, but I do think everyone should take more time to think about their choices when they’re shopping,” she said.