By now you’ve probably cottoned on the fact that I am a bit obsessed with capsule wardrobes.
A bit? Girl, say it like it is.
Fine. Quite obsessed. Happy?
When I’m not having existential arguments with myself, I like to plan future season wardrobes, travel capsules, browse Pinterest for other people’s ideas about capsule wardrobes, and read lots of blogs about people’s wardrobes. And home style. Because I am a nosy bugger.
However. I actually do struggle with dressing myself in the morning at times. Not due to lack of anything to wear, but because on the whole I am pretty unimaginative when it comes to everyday clothes.
Many capsule guides recommend you pinpoint your clothing ‘uniform‘ – the go to formula/signature style you don when you’re on auto pilot: boxy tee and slim jeans; turtle neck jumper and boot cut pants; sleeveless shirt and a midi skirt, you get the drill. The thing with me though, is that I’m almost always on auto pilot, which makes for realistic easy-wear but also means I don’t get particularly creative with my clothes. And that can make me personally bored.
For the rest of June I thought I’d set myself a challenge – only wearing clothing combinations that are generated by the iOS app, Outfits. I did a loosely related challenge a few years ago when I roughly copied the spring 2015 wardrobe of Un-Fancy and wore the equivalent of her selection for a whole season. Read about how that ended up over here.
Outfits let’s you create a virtual version of your wardrobe on your iOS. You don’t need to upload pictures of your own clothes into a data bank (unlike with Style Book), instead choosing as similar items as yours from their own image gallery. The app then accesses the weather in your local area and suggests a few outfit possibilities for you daily. You can then log what outfits you do actually wear in real life.
The app also keeps track of other statistics such as the items you wear the most and least, which gives you an even better idea of what your favourites are and what you can afford to let go of. The down side is that you do have to pay a monthly fee to use, but I’m happy to for the duration of this challenge to see if I really do receive any benefit from the app. You can cancel your subscription any time.
So far, what you’re able to gather is that I’m a basic bitch when it comes to dressing, and this is why I’m ok with letting Outfits dress me for the rest of the month. I am certain the app will conjure up a few clothing combinations that I would never think to pair together, which is exactly what I want. A fresh pair of (virtual) eyes to give me some objective help.
This is one of 3 outfit combination the app suggested for the day, and what I ended up choosing to log and wear. Here’s what it looks like in real life:
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1 // Flannel check shirt – Grana – dark blue dark grey buffalo
2 // Sequin merino jumper – Country Road – similar without the embellishments here
3 // Turkish denim jeans – Grana – blue dark wash
4 // Lace up flat boots – Sandler – similar here
Now, you may notice that the date of the suggested outfit is actually 13 June and not 19 June, but I had to start my experiment a little early in order to log a few outfits in anticipation, but everything should hopefully even out as we go.
Thanks to the extra stretchy jeans, this outfit was pretty comfortable. And the lovely flannel finish gave me an extra level of warmth underneath the merino jumper. I’m actually quite impressed with the jumper, considering it comes from a fast fashion brand (which I am trying to address my consumption of in the future). I really love the soft rosy pink, and it gives a refreshing pop of colour to an otherwise very blue palette. Winter so far has been quite mild too, and the 2 layers were sufficiently warm enough to last throughout the day too.
Hope your Monday hasn’t been too brutal so far. If you’re interested in the #takethetime challenge, join me on Instagram and hashtag your outfits. Then you can come here to read more in depth about my ensemble. See you on Wednesday for the next two outfits.
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