In case it has escaped anyone’s notice, I’m all about simplifying and streamlining the processes that get me through the day. This is never more important than at the beginning of a hockey season. Between the unpredictability of the evaluation schedule and the insanity of starting back to school, I also have a busy few weeks because I happen to have sewing skills and I offer said skills to our association for anyone in need of name bars being sewn on.
Last year I did three full teams worth of home and away jerseys along with a few single jerseys here and there.
I don’t have time to worry about what to wear.
This is where my capsule wardrobe comes in. For me, I organized my clothes for the three separate areas I dress for:
This was an easy area because I wear basically the same thing day in and day out. Black pants, a tank top or blouse and a sweater or cardigan. That’s it. Now, to simplify this, I have three colours I buy in: red, purple or dark blue.
That’s it. The trick for this capsule wardrobe was to remove some of the options that weren’t entirely comfortable for me. And yes, those exist. But for work I have:
2 pairs of black pants, 1 black pencil skirt, 6 tank tops, 5 blouses and 6 cardigan/sweaters for a total of 20 work items. These all fit in one drawer of my dresser and when I get dressed for work, that’s the drawer I use.
This was a little difficult for me. Not because I don’t know what to wear, but because when it comes to leggings, I have no control. Also, lucky for me, I use the same tank tops that I wear to work underneath my tops, so they don’t count.
Efficiency, people. It’s my love language.
In all I have 1 sweatshirt, 1 black tunic style top and three button down shirts. The rest of the 15 items I wear to the rink are leggings. Three pairs of black ones and seven pairs of SweetLegs because they are the legging version of pyjama pants. Comfort is the name of the game when it comes to HockeyMom mode.
I will warn you, though, the leggings don’t offer much in the way of cold air protection. This makes little difference to me, but it might be a consideration for those of you that feel the cold quickly. If you are one of these people, I invite you to wear sweat pants to the rink. I promise you, no one will judge.
My most favorite place in the whole entire world. It is widely know that if you show up to my house, you will most likely be greeted by me or one of the boys in pyjama pants. It’s how we roll. So the wardrobe at home includes 5 pyjama bottoms, 5 pairs of sweatpants (which also serve as arena wear some very early Saturday mornings) and 5 tshirts. So there’s another 15 pieces.
Total Items in the Fall Capsule Wardrobe: 50
You’ll notice that I didn’t account for things like workout gear or dresses. There’s no real rhyme or reason to why I left some things out and kept others in. You could say that what wasn’t included is not considered the “heavy lifter” of the clothing items in my possession.
Let’s go with that. It’s as good a reason as any.
Could I have fewer items? Sure, the standard capsule wardrobe is about 30 pieces. And it wouldn’t take much to get me to that number. But for me right now, this is more a method of organizing my clothing rather than a movement to minimalism. Also a lower number would require fewer leggings.
And I don’t want to live in a world with fewer leggings.
See you at the rink,