So back in this post I mentioned that I’m doing an experiment this season with my wardrobe.
I’ve created my spring capsule this year based off Caroline Joy‘s effort back in 2015 for a number of reasons.
- Out of sheer laziness – for a change I just wanted to follow a template. While I realise that her spring in Texas is vastly different to ours in Tasmania, substituting items that I didn’t have/don’t want/are not continent appropriate seemed an easier starting point than beginning from scratch. There is a certain irony in devoting so much time to something that you actually don’t want to think about much over the course of 3 months.
- Are our styles really that compatible – I’m a follower, and I like my instructions and boundaries. Due to my highly suggestible nature though, what I like visually may not necessarily suit me in reality. By roughly following Caroline’s style and colour palette, I am actually learning about my own tastes and style. It sounds counter to what you’re trying to achieve, but this way gives me a base line to compare against.
- Can I live without office wear – now that I’ve exited out of full time work in the legal industry, I no longer need to dress for the occasion. However, I’m working part time at a very relaxed medical clinic where there is no dress code. Can I dress up my casual enough to get by and feel like I’m still presenting myself appropriately? I’ll never know until I live for a season working with the clothes I’ve got and experimenting with them.
Reflections so far
- Spring is as unpredictable as ever, and for the most part pretty cold even. For that time I’m glad I kept hold of a knitted jumper and cardigan to keep warm. However I have too many short sleeve tee shirts and they have pretty much gone to waste, so for future springs I’m going to keep a few more long sleeve options and a few more jumpers/cardigans for variety.
- I still need to dress up for work, be that dressed ‘cutely’ or with actual office wear. Of course I don’t need a blazor or killer heels for the place I’m working at, but I need to make a conscious outfit effort otherwise I just don’t feel in the right mode for work. Clothes do affect how I operate on a daily basis, so I’m going to need to start dressing like I’m ready to work.
- I am missing colour. Oh colour, the constant bane of my capsuling life to date. I am constantly seduced by the clean palettes of other wardrobes and Pinterest boards; simple shades of white and grey mixed with denim and maybe one pop of colour, but wearing so much of neutral doesn’t feel me, even with my super colourful hair. I will need to incorporate at least 2 actual colours in future capsules to give me enough variety to go along with my stock standard denim, grey, and camel/beige.
Mostly because of this lack of colour, I’m really looking forward to the change in season. I’ve been drafting my summer capsule and I’m excited to get into it because I feel it’s the most realistic capsule, on paper at least.
Caroline recently talked about how she’s learning to reconcile her fantasy wardrobe versus her real life wardrobe; that is, dressing for the actual weather and climate you live in as opposed to an idealised and perfected one you might find in magazines, ad campaigns, or on Pinterest.
This concept of fantasy versus reality is probably the sole thing that led my purchasing habits in the past. Despite living in Australia, Tasmania is located so far down south that we don’t really get the consistent summers of the mainland. A lot of my hot weather clothes in the past were not appropriate for my reality and usually went to waste since it was far too cold (or the summer was too short lived) to get any decent wear out of them.
If anything, I’m excited for summer so that I can wear a wardrobe that is climate appropriate and reflects the reality of a Tasmanian summer. Last year I had similar problems with lack of colour but also lack of heavier items to counter those snap cold periods that we regularly get during summer.