Guys, guys, guys. Listen. I have a confession to make. I think I’m into neutrals again.
I know. Take a moment.
Ever since my disastrous brush with 50 shades of blergh back in 2015, I have avoided a neutral colour palette. In my 2016 summer wardrobe I went as far as ensuring I incorporated two colours to make sure I had plenty to play with. And then this post from Un-Fancy stopped me in my tracks.
I don’t know why. Perhaps it was the warmth of the off whites, perhaps because there was such coordination with such few but truly complimentary shades. But it got me thinking. Perhaps it’s time to revist neutrals again.
This winter my wardrobe has much more variety than before. I have more items to play with in different cuts and silhouettes; I am more aware of what ‘my style’ is; and I have more fabrics and textures to mix and match.
So I feel like I might be able to pull off a neutral winter this year without my brain melting out of my ears from boredom.
Now, this isn’t an accurate representation of my actual wardrobe. This is just a Polyvore edit I put together with similar pieces because it was the least time consuming method. I’m still trying to find the most effective way to show you my seasonal wardrobes without taking photos of absolutely everything. However, it looks like that is exactly what I’ll have to do if I want these posts to be more personal to me so you can see a true reflection of what I wear for a season.
This capsule doesn’t contain lounge wear, dedicated work wear, shoes, or coats. I’m not counting numbers in my capsules anymore, but if I did include shoes and coats on top of the 22 items pictured above, I’d probably have about 30 items all up.
Colour direction ¦ we’re seeing a lot of warmth in the camels, tea rose, and creams, but there’s enough tonal variety to not feel like I’m dressing in various shades of potato for the next few months. Navy/denim adds a much needed colour contrasting element, and greys provide a solid cool background.
Materials + textures ¦ one of my main problems in winter 2015 was that I didn’t have a lot of variety within my knits. They were almost all crew neck styles in almost the same straight cut. Now I’ve got cowl necks, thick knits, ribbed knits (*giggity*), slim cuts, oversized, boxy, v-necks, tunics. I have linen or cotton tees and shirts to layer underneath things, and open cardigans to show under layers. With all this variety I’m hoping this will be enough for me to last until Spring.
What I don’t include ¦ you’ll notice by now that I rarely include shoes or coats in my capsule wardrobes. This is because my shoe and coat collection is comparatively tiny – one pair of sandals, one pair of ankle boots, one wool lined coat, one over sized bomber etc. I don’t really have double ups of any of these extras, plus they’re pretty season specific as they are. I’ll use whatever coat or shoes I feel are the most appropriate for the weather on the day/the activities I get up to since I don’t have enough to justify restricting myself.
Despite all my good intentions and attempts to incorporate as much variety in to a limited wardrobe to last me for 3 months, I am sure that I will still end up getting a little bit antsy by August, perhaps even by July. I may become tired of the tonal range (or rather lack thereof), or from wearing certain items again and again in repeat outfits. If that happens the key will be to just shop my own closet and not give into the want to go on an online shopping spree.
The beauty about shopping my closet is the instant gratification I get from being able to choose something ‘new’, but without parting with actual money or needing to wait for the item to be shipped out. Really that’s the best thing about shopping what you already own – no wait time.
Here’s a challenge if you want to try out a capsule wardrobe – do a 10×10 or 30×30 challenge. Pick 10 items and make outfits from those 10 items for 10 days; or pick 30 items and wear just those 30 for the rest of the month. It’s a great way to test whether you could live with a capsule wardrobe in the long term, and also force your creative streak. Lee over at Style Bee has just started a 30×30 challenge (which you can find here). Bear in mind she’s Canadian and the northern hemisphere has just started summer, but winter challenges can be more fulfilling because you become so efficient with what you’ve got considering the weather.