SS Capsule | What I didn’t wear that much . . .

Top: Next 2015, Chinos: Next, Faux birks: Next 2014, bag: Monsoon

So we all have it, something you want but yet don’t wear and that for me is trousers. I went through a stage last spring where all I wanted to wear was tapered trousers like my houndstooth ones from Zara and yet the moment I found trousers options I barely wore them, why? I don’t even know. Maybe a good pair of trousers needs wearing in, or maybe they are just not my style, regardless trousers are rarely worn so when they are obviously they need a photo taken . . . or two.

Must be a mid-Capsule thing

Must be a mid-capsule thing

We have gotten to the end of July and my creativity has apparently abandoned me for someone better. I have to ask myself, is this a mid-capsule thing? During winter I got bored of being too one style, in autumn I had the hot mess stage and again I have those pesky hot mess feelings.

I don’t understand how this happens I can’t help but wonder if maybe I get lazy? When you buy new items every week its almost easier to dress yourself but once you’ve lived with your set clothes for a while it’s almost as if you stop seeing the good parts of your wardrobe and just forget how to be original.

I will say this here the key is really simple re organise your closet! Obviously if I was doing the traditional capsule I would be at that three month mark where I could switch everything around but in this case it’s a case of re organising what I have to better see what I have.

I have approached this in several quick steps which are as follows;

Remove the items that you haven’t worn or don’t work for you.

This is the after from my first clear out – there’s even less now and it makes us so happy!!!

Doing a capsule for six months is vastly different to three, I gave myself more room by having more clothes and of course this also means that there are pieces I haven’t worn or worse, even thought about. So I’ve pulled those out with items such as my thick jumpers which I will probably only put back in come mid-September time.

Keep your space clear

As you know I recently bought some sale purchases for fall now being lazy I have just hung them up in my current capsule and although I haven’t worn them they are cluttering prime real estate which could be giving me a bit more space to see potential outfits! So I have pulled them out

Re order

So the big one, reorder your closet! I am a big colour coordinator when it comes to my clothes. Back when I still lived with my parents we had these fantastic double hanging, nolte wardrobes. I used to love cleaning up mine and making them all beautifully colour coordinating (bottoms on the top shelf, tops on the bottom) and then I would be told off for leaving my wardrobe doors open – which I did so I could stare at my clothes from my bed. Sad but true.

So right now I have them colour coordinated (or course) but by item so it goes, tanks, tops, dresses, sweaters, skirts, trousers. So since I have less this time I have made it so I have all items in white together, all items in blue together say so I can hopefully put better ideas together!

When in doubt go back to black

So recently I have been struggling predominately with colours. My ultimate get back to basics solution? Go back to black, or white or navy, whatever your capsule’s normal base colour go back to it, pull on an outfit made entirely of that colour and then have a few stress free days to give your mind a break! My go to are,

White on white is my new surprising favourite! I love how easy it is to bring a look together just my making your colours the same!

  • Black jeans, Black Blazer and a black T-shirt
  • My white wrap skirt, white tee and white converse
  • My denim jeans, navy t-shirt and navy boots

Maybe dressing in all one colour seems weird but I like to think that taking it back to something so simple is really helpful for sparking your creativity again and feeling put together.

AW Capsule Wardrobe Budgeting | Little sale updates

AW Capsule Wardrobe Budgeting | Little sale updates

One of my favourite ways to save money is to buy new season items in the sales for half the price. For instance, I bought three pairs of boots for AW15 back in the mid-season May sales and now I have bought my jumpers. I had no intention on buying only jumpers just as I had no intention on buying a load of boots the other month but I am pleased to see that the next season might be all jumpered up!

The only downside to this is that I set out for cardigans (or coatigans) but I seem to have only come back with jumpers to upside to this of course is I am going to be super, super snuggly this winter and that obviously is the dream.

The black v backed jumper.

When I was a kid ribbed jumpers freaked me out. I couldn’t explain why but they always made me feel . . . strange. However the design on this one from Zara had me quickly overlooking my childhood fears and for only £7.99 I thought it was best for my own benefit to trial this out.

Now I am going to be honest I don’t think this looks so good with the drop back facing backwards I think that is simply because of the way they have had to build it to keep it on your shoulders so yes it does have the potential to make your chest look a little strange but I am totally going to risk it. Another thing which I like is that I can turn it around and where it as a v-neck jumper which I love.

Multi-coloured jumper

My next jumper is a multi-coloured knit again from the Zara sale with a drop back. This is quite honestly the thickest and warmest jumper, but then again when I tried it on it was one of the hottest days ever so what do I know? This may or may not be on the blog in AW. I say that just because it is so thick it is more of a snuggle jumper than a high fashion one!

The light white holed jumper from Gap

I waited this little number out like a pro and I finally got it when it hit £7.99, success again. Of course I then wore it and at dinner out with Josh dropped chocolate sauce down it, which was of course far less successful. This is possibly to light for winter but it is perfect for now and the transitional stage.

The sporty jersey dress

I had seen this for full price in H&M a while back but it never seemed quite worth the cash so instead I again waited this out. I think this only cost me £6 which is great for me as I think that this will be a really casual dress for me, something to pull on, on the weekend and wear with Josh for coffee dates and the likes. I also see myself wearing it over one of my flippy skirts as well to make a slightly different look.

The suede T shirt

When I first saw these T’s I tried it on a navy and fell in love. I risked it however since I had recently bought my summer capsule and let’s be honest suede in the summer as a T-shirt? Not a good idea but in the cooler months? Yes please!!

Now I always love suede I think I have worn suede (or faux suede) boots every single winter and this one will be no different! I certainly want to wear this trend more and I am contemplating one of my five to be something fun and suede (I love those waistcoats, or a suede jacket!) but I haven’t quite decided yet since I am also pretty hooked on the idea of a sleeveless blazer.

The bright Scarf

I have actually Instagramed this scarf before but its quickly become a go too. I believe because its such a switch up in colours for me I love the idea of embracing more soft, khakis and beige tones for autumn to mix in with deep reds, burgundy’s and denim.

A little gold plated jewellery

Since getting engaged I have struggled with cheaper jewellery because in all honesty once you put really gold or silver next to fake gold and silver you can really, really tell the difference! Thankfully Accessorize now sell their Z collection which offers gold plated pieces and for me they have been really bridging the gap between full expensive pieces and cheap throw away a pieces! During the sale I stocked up on stacking rings which I like to wear everyday to work!