Thursday, 19 December 2013

Capsule Wardrobes And Dressing For The Seasons

It's frickin' cold in my house. I haven't been able to get the boiler to work since I moved in over a year and a half ago and the only thing that's kept my toes from falling off is my hot water bottle and a happy willingness to stay in bed all day.

I also realized I have very little cold weather clothing. I have no jumpers, no thick trousers and wearing a coat in the house gets awkward after a while.

Every year there are magazine articles and fluff pieces on the news telling us about unpacking our winter wardrobes and transitional pieces, whatever those are. I never really payed attention because the only change I made was switching from the winter school uniform to the summer one and back again. (They never seemed to change when the seasons did so sometimes you'd boil and sometimes you'd freeze, but that's not important now.)

One of Jillybejoyful's projects. Her blog is worth a visit. :-)
The realization that I need to get some winter clothing made got me thinking about capsule wardrobes (or mini wardrobes). Sets of clothing that I can pack away when I don't need them.

Capsule wardrobes were the brainchild of Susie Faux, a London boutique owner, and was supposed to be the basics in your wardrobe that you could wear year in and year out and mix with all the new 'fashionable' stuff that the magazines tell you that you need to buy now discard after a couple of months rather than look dated.

Hey, I'm a cynic.

Capsule wardrobes of that type were made for people a lot more consistent than I am, but they also get mixed up with what are generally called mini wardrobes. That's as little as four or five items that go together and you can mix and match so that you're never left with one beautiful top that doesn't go with anything else you own and you can always reach for two things in this group and not have to think too much.

Not having to think when I first wake up appeals to me, along with being able to have a range of vaguely ridiculous garments and knowing they won't sit and rot in the wardrobe.

I can't help but think that maybe I should be planning more mini wardrobes, and less one off projects.

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