Capsule Wardrobe Update

February 29, 2016

I’m just over halfway through my winter capsule wardrobe, which means it’s time for a quick update on how things are going. With my first capsule wardrobe, I was ready for change at the halfway point and was already planning my next capsule and craving new things (read my autumn wardrobe update). This time, things are different, I’m perfectly happy with my wardrobe and haven’t had any desire to hit the shops. In fact the other week I didn’t some new pyjamas, went on ASOS and only ordered the PJ’s. This isn’t something I would do before, I would have been checking the new in section and adding a couple of other things to the order. It sounds stupid writing it down, but I was proud of myself for just getting what I needed.

The time of year (and weather) could be having some impact on how I feel about my current wardrobe. When its cold and dark outside, you want nothing more than to snuggle up in cosy knitwear. I planned for this with my capsule wardrobe and included a fairly big choice of knits, which I have been wearing with my jeans and boots most days. I think because I made sure I had a few options, I haven’t gotten bored of my current uniform yet. With my autumn wardrobe I only included 2 pieces of knitwear, so come December when it was cold I had just these 2 on rotation. Obviously, this began to bore me and I wanted to shop. The weather is still pretty cold here, without too many signs of spring so I think my ‘uniform’ will remain the same for a good few more weeks. I do have a couple of shirts and long sleeve tops which are currently used for layering but can be worn alone when the weather starts to warm up. So I think this capsule wardrobe will last right through to spring.

If I follow the capsule wardrobe model I should be switching things over on the 1st of April, I’m not sure if I’ll stick to this date or not. Living in Scotland the weather can be very unpredictable so it’s really hard to say when it will warm up. I think I may try a gradual change, this time, switching pieces over a couple of weeks rather than all at once. Starting with the thick winter knits and adding in more lightweight pieces, until I feel confident about removing winter pieces all together. This method will require a little more planning, as I wouldn’t be able to do it all at once. But I think it might be the best option for where I live. Anyone from Scotland will know that in spring we can have blizzards one day and 20 degrees the next, making a seasonal wardrobe in April really challenging.

As I said earlier I haven’t really had any desire to change things in this capsule (must mean I’m learning) so I haven’t started planning my next capsule wardrobe yet. When I had my big wardrobe purge back in October I put a lot of spring/summer clothes in storage. Before I can start thinking about what I need to buy I will need to find time to pull everything out of storage and see if I still love everything (hopefully I will). Then I will be able to think about what I would like to add to my wardrobe. I have decided to limit myself to a maximum of 5 new pieces. The reason for this too so I can control my spending and focus on buying quality pieces. The whole point of this capsule wardrobe experiment is to try to reduce my spending and kerb my unhealthy shopping habits. I feel having a limit on the amount I can buy will help with this. I don’t want to see the new season as an excuse to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe. I will keep you posted on what I decide to buy and my planning for my Spring capsule wardrobe.

Last week I spoke about how I don’t wear my leather look trousers often enough and will be taking them out of my current capsule wardrobe. Out of the 33 pieces in my winter capsule, I would say they were the only mistake, which I think is pretty impressive. I’ve been wearing the skirts I added, as alternatives to jeans and have really enjoyed styling skirts instead of jeans. I’ve also been trying to layer shirts under my knits more to change the look of outfits and to get wear out of every piece. I haven’t worn a couple of my smarter blouses as I haven’t been out very much this season (again down to the time of year), but I don’t regret having them as options just in case. I probably could have done without the heeled booties, as I had my over the knee boots which I’ve been wearing to any smarter events. But like with the blouses, it’s nice to have them as an option. Winter is a funny time of year for fashion (especially for me) as you care more about keeping warm than creating stylish outfits so a lot of the time your layered up in chunky knits, boots and scarves. It will be interesting to see how my style adapts and changes with the warmer weather.


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