I’ve decided to wrap up my spring capsule early this year for a few reasons:
1. the colour palette wasn’t working for me
By now you may have realised that I like colour. I mean, I’ll always have a solid base of greys, cream and camel in my wardrobe, but I can’t exclusively wear them for months on end.
2. fighting the weather
My biggest battle has been with the reality of the seasons. Spring has been wet and cold, more akin to a slightly warm winter. Even the ‘fine’ days, while perhaps a bit muggy, were generally overcast. My spring wardrobe has so far catered to significantly warmer weather than what we experience, and it’s just not cutting it for me.
3. lack of office wear
While I realise that I did a post recently on how to start an office capsule, I personally haven’t really maintained any office wear this season. I wanted to see if I could get away with wearing my usual clothes but neatened up a little bit for the super casual environment I now work in. Turns out you can take the girl out of the office, but you can’t take the office out of the girl! I like dressing up for work, and while I’m not about to bust out any heels and tailored blazers, I would definitely appreciate being able to wear proper trousers and fitted skirts during my work days.
I thought I would stick it out until December before changing over, but it’s come to the point where I’m finding it hard to dress myself with what’s in the wardrobe at the moment, and that’s never a good sign. Even shopping my closet and adding in a few pieces wouldn’t have salvaged the situation, and a brand new wardrobe picked fresh from my storage containers (with a wee bit of selected shopping involved) became the only answer.
However, it’s been a really worthwhile experiment – it’s confirmed that my style isn’t too far from that of Un-Fancy with the exceptions that I need colour and require office wear.
Some of my most worn items this season have been my knits. It’s been cold enough to continue wearing winter staples and I need to remember that for next year too and make sure I keep a few more in the wardrobe to transition me from winter. Jeans are a given and my most reached for bottoms, but I thinking of resting the boot cuts and dabbling in a bit of slim or even skinny jeans for a change. This is a big step because normally I hate that style, but I’m really itching for a different silhouette. Watch this space.
Without a doubt, short sleeve tees, denim shorts, and most of the basic neutrals. I think I wore the shorts on one occasion when we had a freak hot period, and that was only for about 2 hours before it became evening and the temperature dropped again!
- Being a local you would think this would be obvious to me, but when it comes to clothes obviously I haven’t been paying attention! Tasmanian spring is still as cold as winter with the exception that daylight hours are a little longer. Future spring wardrobes need to include more knits and really should just be a lighter, updated version of my winter wardrobe.
- Stop fighting the weather! I can’t control our climate, so I need to embrace the fact that spring is inconsistent, unpredictable, and downright cold at times! (although as I write this, I think we’ve turned the corner; the sun is blazing and it’s actually quite warm).
- It doesn’t look like I’m a fan of true white. For the days when it was warm enough to wear short sleeves, I always reached for my grey tee over my white tee. This has got me thinking that cream and ivory are my preferred shade, so I’ll be interested to incorporate these off-colour colours into the wardrobe and see what I reach for more.
Have you ever stopped your capsule midway because it wasn’t working for you? What were the things you wanted to change?