Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mori Kei and Minimalism: The Capsule Wardrobe Dilemma

This is a continuation of my discussions about Mori Kei and minimalism. This post in specific will focus on the idea of capsule wardrobe approach. Since I've already discussed this before, this post will be a lot shorter. Especially since I have never actually made a mori kei capsule wardrobe, nor have I ever seen anyone else make one. So all of this is speculation and imagination on my part!

Often when people think of a capsule wardrobe, they think of people who own only 15 pieces in their entire wardrobe. (If you aren't aware of what the typical minimalist capsule wardrobe would look like, there are some good resources here, and here.) However, a capsule wardrobe can actually be much larger, ranging from as small as 15 pieces, to 20 or even 30 pieces. But while that amount may seem all well and good for someone who wears blouses and jeans, it seems a bit unrealistic for someone who wears mori kei. So when we talk about a mori kei capsule wardrobe, we'll have to acknowledge that it will always be a bit larger than the typical capsule wardrobe. I would envision it to be closer to 40-50 items, although I think it would be possible to go smaller. It would simply depend on personal style and daily needs. 

Although I've yet to make a capsule wardrobe myself, based on already existing ideas I've come up with a sample idea for 30 item capsule wardrobe. This is obviously just a template and could be added to, or taken from, based on whatever you need.


Sample, all-seasons, mori kei capsule wardrobe:
  • Four dresses 
    • One white dress
    • One cream/beige dress
    • One Brown Dress
    • One fun dress (pattern or color)
  • Four skirts
    • One lace skirt
    • Once brown skirt
    • One white skirt
    • One fun skirt (pattern or color)
  • Four blouses
    • One short sleeved blouse
    • One long sleeved blouse
    • One sleeveless blouse
    • One fun blouse (pattern or color)
  • Four sweaters
    • One brown sweater
    • One tan sweater
    • One cream sweater
    • One fun sweater (pattern, color, or harder to work with)
  • Three scarves
    • One brown
    • One white
    • One lace
  • Three pairs of shoes
    • One pair of lace up, high boots
    • One pair of ankle boots
    • One pair of sandals or sneakers
  • One shawl
    • Could be cream or brown, but should be versatile
  • Two bags
    • One fancier (lace, color, basket, etc.)
    • One practical (backpack, larger bag, simple leather, etc.)
  • One hat
    • Could be a sun hat or a knitted hat
  • Three pairs of tights
    • One cream
    • One brown
    • One fun pair (color or pattern)
  • One pair of pants
    • Either cotton in brown or cream, or mori kei type jeans
So what do you think? Do you feel, like me, that a mori kei capsule wardrobe is achievable? Or do you think minimalism and mori fashion just don't mix? Have you ever considered putting a capsule wardrobe together? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one. Until next time my deers!


  1. I realize it's been well over a year since you've posted this, but I find it actually pretty inspiring. I really want to try putting together a few mori coords (excuse me, my lolita is showing!) using this as a checklist.

    1. I'm so glad it's useful to you! If you do consider using this, I'd love to hear about it and/or see pictures! Also, mori folk use the word coords too, so you're right at home ;)

  2. Love this! Im trying to build my mori wardrobe a bit at a time and im definitely using this as a template.