Spring Has Split
It wasn’t a huge surprise to wake up to a cold, gray, snowy, morning. I’ve honestly been expecting at least one more substantial snowfall for winter’s finale but I really, really want to put away the cold gear. Plus it would just be nice to be outdoors.
Lately I’ve been mulling over additions to my spring wardrobe and I decided I was going to put together an actual capsule wardrobe for the first time. A capsule wardrobe is basically a collection of essential coordinating pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a number of ensembles.
“The term “capsule wardrobe” was coined by Susie Faux, owner of the West End boutique “Wardrobe”, in the 1970s to refer to a collection of essential items of clothing which would not go out of fashion and therefore could be worn for multiple seasons.” ~Wikipedia
When I tried to think back to when I first heard the term “capsule wardrobe” I came up empty however I was operating on this philosophy out of necessity for many years especially when my sons were young. It used to crack me up when comments were made about my ‘nice’ outfits because it seemed like people thought I was working with a lot of clothes when in fact I only had a few key pieces that I wore interchangeably.
Thrift stores were easy on the budget and I could almost always score brand new items with the original tags still attached that I never would have been able to afford paying full price. Back then my color palette consisted mainly of black, gray, navy and tan. In the summer I’d switch to lighter colors but still maintained the minimalist approach to clothing.
I remember my first job interview outfit was a navy suit (skirt and jacket) which I still have to this day. Although it doesn’t fit it’s the one thing I will continue to keep as it’s a reminder to me of how far I’ve come.
These days I’ve probably amassed more clothes than I need but I justify this due to my semi-annual closet/drawer inventory. This is where go through my wardrobe and donate things I no longer use.
So at any rate, I know I mentioned on the blog that I’ve been looking for a certain color of shoes and a specific handbag for quite some time and I got to thinking why not just pull together a number of pieces to get through spring. Just thinking about it makes me giddy with the exception of one thing – jeans.
Having a Fit in Fitting Rooms
I am not a fan of trying on anything at stores and just the thought of trying on jeans makes me hyperventilate. Buying jeans is just an incredibly frustrating experience and I really thought there was no way around it until I read something on one of the blogs I follow. Kimberly of Penny Pincher Fashion is always dressed so sharp and when I saw her post yesterday where she shared her distaste for jean shopping I felt relieved.
Like me, Kimberly also makes many online purchases and her suggestion (I don’t why I didn’t think of this) is to buy two pair in different sizes and then return the ones that don’t fit. She also recommends buying from an on online retailer that offers free shipping and free returns.
So far for my capsule I know I want blue heels, nude lace-up heeled sandals, nude handbag, 2 pairs of jeans, 1 pair khakis, 1 pair of white pants, white blazer, 1 jumpsuit, 1 floral fit and flare dress. I may add a skirt or two depending on what I already have. Hopefully by early next week I’ll have this process completely nailed down so that I can take pictures, catalog, and then share my outfit ideas with you.
Since I’m so excited about doing my spring capsule wardrobe, if all works out okay I may consider doing one for the summer (we’ll see). I’m looking to add additional cosmetics to my makeup repertoire as well.
Spring is the season for renewal after all so why not go whole hog?
Have a great weekend!
“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” ~Doug Larson