The start of September heralds many things; the nights drawing in, the weather getting colder, better stuff on TV. It is also the second of my capsule wardrobe installments. Initially I was going to share with you how I’d done it, what I was wearing this autumn and how you could have a go at yourself. However it’s not gone well. As I mentioned in a previous blog I am starting a new job tomorrow and so my use of the Unfancy principles have gone a bit to pot.
I think my problem is I’ve been going too much by the rules…by how many tops, how many bottoms etc. Have a look at this… http://www.un-fancy.com/capsule-wardrobe-101/how-to-build-a-capsule-wardrobe/
I used this as a plan for the first capsule I ever started in June, and it worked really well. It all went well to start with and I’ve found the first steps I use always works
Take everything you have out of your wardrobe and plonk it on the bed for a full review
Put clothes in 4 piles – charity shop, keep in wardrobe, put away for another season, not sure.
Once you’ve got down to the basics you want to keep, it’s a case of identifying what you need to complement what you’re keeping in your capsule , or what you’re re-introducing from storage. If you’ve got an unsure pile, imagine yourself wearing it, and thinking ‘Do I love it? Does it make me happy?’ If not, out it goes.
I like the Unfancy idea of storing some clothes each season so you don’t get bored of them, and re-introducing them as a nice surprise. I found a green dress I’d stored last season which I loved and had totally forgotten about.
I am going to layer this up with a long sleeved t-shirt underneath and cardigan on top to make it autumn proof.
It sounds like it was going well so far right? I had identified some keepers…classics like the denim shirt, and denim dress which I wear all the time
What I found though is that most of the clothes I had were very summery and light, and that I had little that would stand the cold, damp British autumn. So I started to panic about what I needed and how I could afford it. Sadly the start of a September capsule also coincides with the end of the summer sales which meant I thought I would get a bit of a bargain to top up my wardrobe. Big mistake…the key to a capsule wardrobe is good quality basics, not end of summer bargains.
Next I followed the Unfancy rule to the letter about the type of clothes to have in a capsule…Tops, bottoms, dresses, etc…I don’t wear T-shirts or often shirts but I created a wardrobe for myself that fitted to ‘the rules’ not necessarily to what works for me…Caroline is a freelancer who works from home, so has a wardrobe that is full of classic basics, and more on the casual side. I am starting a new job working full time in an office with a smart casual dress code. Cue another Ebay splurge to try and top up the wardrobe with appropriate work wear.
The good news I have reflected on all this, and am going to make adjustments for the winter season. I also think perhaps four seasons is unnecessary for British weather, and that three might be better, but I will run four for this year and evaluate. Lessons I have learned in this capsule;
- One size does not fit all
- I need a seperate mini work wardrobe, or additional clothes to compensate for working in an office
- The British climate is different! Seasons don’t start and end at the same time as they’re supposed to each year
My Capsule – Autumn 2015
9 pairs of shoes – Vans, Converse, red loafers, black chelsea boots, black ballet flats, leopard print boots, navy shiny vans style slip-ons, shoe boots, black studded flats
8 dresses – Denim dress, green digital print dress, black dress for dinners/nights out, black classic dress, cat print dress, black floral print shirt dress, black and blue colour block dress
6 bottoms – black jeggings, oxblood jeggings, black leggings, print trousers, black cigarette trousers, navy chinos
15 tops ; 3 shirts – denim, red and black check and floral chiffon
5 tunics – paisley tunic, navy multicoloured tunic, black tunic, a cream and navy tunic from Monsoon
5 Tops – khaki top with leather pockets, navy tunic, long sleeved t-shirt, navy print tunic
2 cardigans – cream and navy long cardigan, black cardigan
2 jumpers – black jumper, grey sweater
2 jackets/coats – Velvet black jacket, leopard and black print rain mac
I will blog a few of the items over the season so you can see how I am putting them together.
I’ve ended up with 42 items, and a lot of things in blue and black, and to be honest, one of the reasons I loved my first wardrobe was it was full of items I loved…this wardrobe feels a bit cobbled together with sticking plaster options. There’s always next season…