Decision fatigue is a state of reduced efficacy that occurs when there is an excessive or unlimited number of options. Decision fatigue is related to analysis paralysis and paradox of choice. (source)

Decision fatigue can also occur in our wardrobes, and leaves us with that ”I have nothing to wear” feeling. Generally speaking, the more you have in your wardrobe the harder it will be to decide which of those items you want to wear. That’s where Capsule Wardrobes come in. Usually 30-40 items or less, a capsule wardrobe leaves you with a select number of pieces that generally follow a similar colour scheme and style so that every bottom will match every top and so on.

You may not have a capsule wardrobe just yet, but a great way to dip your toe into the capsule wardrobe pond is with a 10 piece capsule wardrobe. You can also use a 10 piece capsule when you are travelling or need to have a limited number of pieces with you. Below I have put together 10 looks using just 10 pieces, although using my fashion maths method (see below) I actually worked out about 25 outfits options with these 10 pieces.

( ( (tops x bottoms) x outerwear) x shoes)

A look at the 10 outfits I styled in my #10x10challenge

If you’d like to see these looks in action, you can check out my styling video below. I’ve chatted through each of the pieces I selected and each of the 10 looks.


  • AffiliateLabz
    Posted February 15, 2020 4:35 pm 0Likes

    Great content! Super high-quality! Keep it up! 🙂

  • Kay
    Posted September 17, 2020 11:54 pm 0Likes

    Hi Gemma,
    I love your classy style and how you create a variety of outfits using foundational timeless pieces that most people have.
    I’m guessing your brown boots featured in this post are 2nd hand, but could you tell me which retailer made them?
    I’m in Canada and have been scouring the internet for a very classic and comfortable tan coloured leather knee-high boots that I can wear 3 seasons.


    • gemmamcleanstylist
      Posted September 30, 2020 4:33 pm 0Likes

      Hey, thank you so much. Yes, I did find them second hand. They are originally from Barratts. Hopefully that can be helpful when you’re looking.xx

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