Poncho: Dorothy Perkins circa 2012, Navy Dress: H&M circa 2014, Black Leggings: H&M, Navy suede and purple boots: Clarks
Why I cheated on winter capsule with my fall one.
Thankfully I can safely say that I didn’t cheat with a brand new item and I haven’t been shopping. Instead, I cheated with my own wardrobe, well the rest of it that is.
Capsules are great in that they allow you to explore your pieces more than say someone who never has to wear the same thing twice. With only 40 things to hand you have to get creative or you simply just get bored! The downside however is when you know that the ideal piece or the thing that you really want to wear isn’t in some far off land, on Pinterest or even in your local Topshop but is, instead, just sitting in your extended wardrobe.
This is not the first time either that the thing that I really want to wear is simply hanging across the room as in fall I spoke about wishing my plaid shirt was available but this was the first time I caved, and in this case, it was a dress.
The dress that made me . . .
An elastically cinched in waist in a light, navy jersey, it’s all this dress is and yet it is one of my ultimate pieces! On Wednesday I am hoping to address the need to find our own versions of basics as opposed to what magazines and Pinterest photos deem to be must haves! But that’s a post for another day instead for right now let’s talk about last Wednesday.
You know the days; you want something that loves you as much as you love it. Nothing tight, nothing that hurts and certainly nothing complicated! Throwing on a dress is my least difficult thing to put on. Sure I could’ve worn my black gap number but that was in the wash, the grey H&M long sleeved one was too tight for a day when you want something to waft in and finally the monsoon dress felt low cut and high maintenance. So as I threw my dress on I saw my striped poncho circa 2012 and I knew my suede boots where going to have to be worn, leggings rather than tights and I was out of the door.
A telling off?
Is it bad I couldn’t stick to my regulated 40 pieces that day? Maybe. Do I regret it? No.
The reality is this, I am not a minimalist. It would be easier if I was, but I’m not. I will never have the smallest wardrobe but I also don’t want to or expect to have the biggest.
My bigger, end goal for this project is being able to love what I have and wear everything that I own on a regular basis and to stop feeling that constant need to go shopping. I haven’t broken anything here, I have only realised holes in my capsule and adjusted my view. I know that there are things that I missed out due to familiarity and wanting to push myself but I also know that those familiar pieces are vital to my day to day dressing and really they shouldn’t be excluded just because they aren’t breaking any barriers.
The perfect balance and honesty in the challenge.
It’s the funniest thing about the capsule wardrobe challenge in that it makes you feel bad when wearing your own clothes. Maybe it’s just because we pose it as a challenge and that breaking that challenge is like somehow breaking some unmentioned code between participants. However if anything I think this is a little more interesting for you guys, the readers.
After all, this is an honest account of someone who clearly struggles with over buying but who also loves her clothes. Slip ups like this I think should be mentioned more often as it exposes our own weakness as well as potential flaws which are in the un-fancy, capsule wardrobe challenge. I think when I look back on this experience in the future when I once again have one or two wardrobes (winter/summer seasons) I will see this as an excellent time where I realised what I myself need, as Jessica in order to dress well, without over spending but still have fun with my passion and at the end of the day isn’t that we are all looking for? The Perfect balance.
It’s a tough thing to say sometimes on the internet but have you ever slipped up in your capsule? What was your overall impression on wearing things you already own but are outside of your current, designated wardrobe?