Sydney’s weather has been unseasonably warm so, until a few weeks ago, my capsule wardrobe really hadn’t changed all that much much in the last three months. I removed three dresses that I stopped wearing in April, bought one new t-shirt and pulled out a scarf from my winter box.
Now that the weather has cooled down, I’ve brought out a heap of warm cardies and jumpers, some long-sleeved tops, another pair of jeans and a few more scarves. Most of my short sleeved tops, all but one dress and my lighter weight shirts have all gone into hibernation (which is where I’d like to be). I think I’m sitting around 40 items, not including house-wear [read: daggy trackies] and scarves, so I’m pretty pleased with that.
A few people I know have talked to me about doing a capsule, but they don’t really know where to start. I recently read this really helpful post by Simply Fiercely which suggests an alternate way to get started than just pulling out bits and pieces. It left me asking myself “why didn’t I think of that?” I used some of these tips to do my most recent capsule, and they just make so much sense.
There are a number of questions to ask yourself as a starting guide, and I thought it would be interesting to share my own answers to some of them here.
> What colours are you wearing? Black, white, grey, navy, maroon, apricot.
> What is your tolerance for (dis)comfort? Medium-low. I’m a jeans-and-tshirt wearing gal. Simply, comfy, basic. Practical over pretty, though I battle at times with wishing it was the other way. But let’s face it. Three kids. I hate the thought of nice stuff getting wrecked.
> Do you have a classic style? Ummm, I guess I’d say casual but cute (daggy – sporty? – at times, but I’m working on that). A bit beachy in the summertime; warmth takes precedence in the winter.
>What maintenance is required? Basic. The less ironing or special care, the better. I’ll iron, but prefer not to, if I think I can get away with it. I hate the thought of paying for dry-cleaning and only wear those sorts of things on special occasions (ie weddings).
> Keep your eye out for any trends. Normally, I like to pair fitted with loose – if I’m wearing skinny jeans, I wear a flowing top; if I’m wearing loose mum-pants, I wear a fitted top, or something tucked in. All of my cardigans seem to be long and loose. I like high necked tops and dresses. Nothing that shows too much chest (although that’s hard to do when you’re nursing). No spaghetti straps. Nothing too short or tight… I feel like I’m too old for that these days. I like to hide my mummy tummy. I like printed pants. I like simple tops with a bit of detail – like a plain colour with a touch of lace, for instance.
I found it an interesting exercise going through these questions, and it’s given me a bit of clarity for what I like to wear and what to look for in my future purchases. Go and check out the post for yourself; it’s full of useful advice and thoughtful exercises to help you towards creating your own capsule wardrobe.
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