Welcome to spring! The daylight hours are longer, hayfever is in full bloom, the weather pendulum swings between balmy and frosty, and you optimistically take the risk of showing a bit more skin because of the sun.
Spring in Tasmania is pretty tumultuous, and can feature strong winds, freezing southerlies, blistering temperatures, but also dustings of frost.
Dressing for spring takes a bit of negotiating, and to be honest I’m still learning the art of wearing enough but being prepared for simultaneous warm and cold conditions.
This means keeping hold of good knitted jumpers and leg encasing jeans, but also mixing it up with a few warm tees (long and/or short sleeve) and maybe one or two pairs of shorts and/or skirts.
Since the start of spring is generally quite cool still, I’ll need to do a bit of a review half way through the season, putting away the more wintery items and taking out a few more warm weather appropriate ones as time progresses.
Sure, maintaining a capsule wardrobe is all about making do with what you have for a given period, but you can’t predict every weather pattern or situation in 3 months. If I need to change over a few pieces once a season has started, I will just shop my closet and carry on. No guilt here.
This season I have decided to do a little experiment: instead of creating my own capsule from scratch, I have chosen a pre-existing one from another blogger to use as a base. On the whole I’ve tried to find one whose clothes roughly speaking match my own wardrobe in style, colour, and content (bearing in mind I’m still trying to pinpoint whatever my own ‘style’ is) and whose lifestyle is similar to my own in terms of work-home balance. Anything that I definitely don’t have and don’t want to purchase/ doesn’t suit me personally, I sub in something else or just not include altogether.
I’m going to try out Caroline Joy’s Spring 2015 capsule (found here). Her blog, Un-Fancy, has been my main inspiration (and the driving force of countless others) in adopting a capsule wardrobe and overall minimal-but-sufficient lifestyle.
I’ve settled on a colour palette of white, grey, burgundy, denim, navy, and camel. Grey will always be in my wardrobe, it being my version of black, but I think when the weather properly starts to warm up I might have to include another colour or pattern to try and keep things fresh and interesting. I remember last summer I wore almost exclusively navy, camel, white stripes, and denim, and while that capsule was perfect in the variety of items, I did feel a little restricted in the pigment department.
Are you trying out a capsule wardrobe at the moment? Or perhaps considering trying out a capsule wardrobe? I’d love to know your thoughts 🙂