Can you believe we are already in December?
I am a bit late with my autumn recap since we are technically in winter capsule era already, but man, has this been an eventful capsule season.
Autumn usually is my favorite season for dressing up – and I thought this season was going to be a shoo- in when it comes to capsuling but this time around? Things didn’t really go quite as I had hoped.
But since we are in capsule land and things not working out is basically the best way to change + evolve your style, in hindsight, I feel that this has probably been the best capsule for progressing my style.
So how did I get on?
1 | First, I embraced the discontent. In the past, my first instinct when something was out of place was to go and fix it ASAP. Didn’t like how my wardrobe looked? Rush into a major overhaul. Had nothing to wear? Go out shopping for new things the next day.
I started out like this in this season’s capsule too. That is, until I realised that while it took major energy to be so busy with my wardrobe, it actually solved very little. Energy I desperately needed in other more important areas of my life.
So instead, I took a break of all this wardrobe fixing and allowed myself to be dissatisfied and direction-less with my clothes for a little while. Also – no shopping + limited Pinterest and style blog instake.
And oh boy, those few weeks of not fixing my wardrobe were tough. But you know what? after a week or two, the issues I had with my wardrobe were suddenly super clear to me. Which made it much much easier to see in what direction I had to go moving forward.
2 | Becoming more methodical about my wardrobe prep. One thing I love about wardrobe capsuling is that you don’t have to get everything right the first time around. Or the second time. Or in my case, even the third. Every season allows you a new chance to change + tweak your approach to style, and every capsule teaches new things that you can use to change your approach to the next capsule.
Up until now, I haven’t really had a very detailed approach to how I was going about my wardrobe prep; I had my goals, my style key words and some visuals to guide me and called it a day. It didn’t really take me long to figure out what aesthetic I really liked. Translating it to real life dressing? That’s a little harder.
Just like anything in life, putting together a capsule needs practice + experimentation + making mistakes a few times to get to a point where you are certain about what you’re doing.
So to get a little more specific and methodical in my prepping habits, I browsed Into Mind’s articles. If you haven’t heard of this site yet, go check it out! I also bought her book which I would highly recommend too if you are in need of a major style overhaul.
After a little bit of research I was finally asking myself the questions I ought to have been asking myself during prep – what kind of vibe do I want to channel? Which events in the next three months require what outfits? What sort of outfits do I most feel like wearing now? What areas of your wardrobe need more attention? What fabrics / styling go with your perefered style? etc.
Once I knew the answers to these questions I started to get a much clearer idea about what my favorite style actually looks like in the grander scheme of things – a.k.a what colours, items + styling make up the aesthetic I love in real life, for my particular lifestyle. Making things more practical = a major win.
Being this detailed seems like a lot of work – and it seems almost contradictory with what I have been saying before about wanting to be less busy with fashion this season, not more – but these tweaks gave me much more clarity on what kind of wardrobe I actually wanted and how to get there – whereas previously I would be using that energy to worry about + shop aimlessly for things I though kind of fit the style I had in mind during prep.
3 |I found out about the importance of a colour palette.
In my previous few capsules, I kiiind of had an idea of what colours I liked and wanted to have in my closet.
Sort of. But it wasn’t an area I paid much attention to or really thought was all-important. As long as I had the items I liked, and they sort of went together, I was happy.
Boy, did I overlook the power of having a good colour palette in your capsule.
In the past, I had plenty of pieces that were fine on their own, you know, great on a hanger, pretty in my capsule. In reality? They just wouldn’t really go together. As a result I was rarely able to put together a look that looked structured and cohesive in one look – let alone a handful of looks from only a limited amount of pieces.
I have definitely changed my opinion on this one, guys.
Colour palettes are like the lifeline of a capsule. They are the elements that tie your capsule together and gives it the structure to make everything in there part of a “look” – rather than a wardrobe with lots of pretty, individual items that don’t mesh well.
I am so late to the party on this one, I know!
Part of planning out a colour palette meant that I have started to get a much better grasp of what colours and styles I actually like to wear. And as it turns out, I actually really really love a colourful, vibrant style. I would now describe my style as a sort of hybrid between colourful/eclectic and a minimal style. Lots of colour blocking, minimal accessories, neutrals mixed with pops of vibrant hues – that’s my jam right now.
Once I went with my gut and started to embrace colour, things started to fall into place and my wardrobe came together well, pretty quickly pretty easily.
That’s how I know that this style is going to work for me in the long haul – the easy and natural way things came together this time around is a definite first for me in this whole capsule experiment.