How create 9 different outfits with the 3X3 sudoku grid
When preparing for upcomping trips, I like to build 3x3 grids of items to combine for 9+ outfits. I’m always impressed how one cape can be worn in a variety of ways that look unique from one another. For this trip, I used three of my Julahas pieces to create a capsule wardrobe sudoku.
What is a capsule wardrobe sudoku?
I started by picking my Julahas pieces: Daria Aniak, Jiva wool/silk Air kimono, and Julahas alpaca sweater vest. These felt diverse in both weight and colors to offer enough variety without looking too repetitive. Then I added other items for a total of 9 and arranged them as recommended in the grid. I kept my accessories simple and the same with a black headband and black flats, but in practice would add another 1-2 headbands, 2 belts, a scarf or 2, and 2 more pairs of shoes. A handful of accessories like scarves and belts that take up little space could further differentiate the outfits.
How can you get started?
Getting started, I’d recommend selecting a color palette to help the coordination process. This can be inspired by a favorite cape, scarf, or even a belt. I’ve found it helpful to try on the outfits to see if they work from theory to reality. And it can be as easy as hanging your clothes in a place that’s easy to visualize. For me, it’s the closet doors in front of our washing machine in the kitchen. Sharing a recent capsule I created for a trip I took last week. As you can see, it can be a simple photo without removing the backgrounds of everything. I take the extra step of making a collage on a white background for my own satisfaction.
I now keep a style album with these outfits to reduce decision fatigue for what I like to wear and what works together. These capsules also make travel packing a breeze! It’s also a fun way to discover outfits I wouldn’t necessarily layer together without this inspiration. I can relax knowing I have my outfits planned and nothing to think about.