Why do I do these things to myself? Here it is mid-January and I’ve started projects that were in no way part of my original resolutions/goals for 2015!
…A little background. Instead of reading all of your lovely blogs, I’ve been sucked into reading reddit. Lately I had been enjoying reading reddit’s make-up and fashion advice, particularly that related to capsule wardrobes (limiting yourself to ~20-30 pieces only per season) or the French style of dressing (a wardrobe of basics, and you limit to 5 new items per season).
Since I’m on a year long ban, I thought this would be a good opportunity to try my hand at creating a capsule wardrobe. This will help me streamline and clear out my wardrobe (I have a hard time culling items and have somehow amassed a massive wardrobe of stuff I love too much to get rid of, but can’t really wear – so needless to say that it doesn’t really work that well apart from taking up a ton of space). So I created a capsule wardrobe (based on items already in my wardrobe), posted it to reddit looking for feedback and in typical reddit style, more or less got sort of slammed.
Why do I even go on that stupid site? I don’t know if the commenters didn’t read my intro (I found items that most closely resembled items I already had in my closet). So when they said things like the colours I chose were bad (jewel tones are out), coloured tights don’t make any sense (coloured tights must also be out), and coloured belts shouldn’t be paired with neutral coloured dresses… That being pretty much all that I wear, My first thought is “I should just give up. Clothes. Fashion. Fashion Blogging. I hate it all.”
Ok, so building a capsule wardrobe wasn’t going to happen on the first try, but jeez. My fashion emotions are feeling a little bit bruised.
Nonetheless I still desperately want a smaller, more functional wardrobe. BUT I don’t want to just look like everybody else. For example, why are there so many plain t-shirts in these capsule wardrobes? Ugh. I do own a lot of threadless tees but honestly, plain t-shirts are really not my style any more. So I think I’ll give those a miss, staple or no.
However, I can’t do this capsule wardrobe 100%. There is no way in hell I am throwing out all my dresses. Do I have too many dresses? Yes. Do I need to get rid of some? Yes. Am I going to throw them all out? No. Because I’m going to keep fabulous frock Friday. Is that cheating? Probably. Do I care? No. Yes, I can try and do this minimalist wardrobe thing, but I still need to have a retro/bright/obnoxious/conversation print dress outlet. So my collection of fabulous frocks stays.
And what do I do about my vintage pieces? How do you work your love of vintage into a capsule wardrobe?!
So now I’m reading about colours, reading un-fancy, how to start from scratch and of course, and generally going to try to go through my closet and aim for this minimalist, understated approach. I think I’m probably a “dark autumn”. Autumn is always the season where I like to do most of my shopping as the colours suit me best.
Sadly, no cobalt or magenta. *sniff sniff* Lots of pukey reds though. I hate red. *sigh*
So maybe a capsule wardrobe is too limiting for me. At least I’m going to start with a good solid ruthless purge (I’ve started, but got distracted over the weekend by the beautiful weather… went to the beach instead of purging).
Anyone else out there struggling with their wardrobe, blogging, building a minimalist wardrobe, etc? Let’s commiserate.