I’m here I’m here. I know you all were like, where’s Jacquelyn and her crazy witty writing? We miss Jacquelyn. I didn’t go anywhere… I just had a lack of a writing bug so I didn’t force anything. You’ll thank me for that.
It might be crazy, or it might be just right, but I am already starting to think about my Winter Capsule Wardrobe. (oh, btw I decided to continue my capsule wardrobe.)
I followed a very loose version of the capsule wardrobe in that I didn’t have a number goal for how many pieces I’d be limiting myself to and I still don’t know how many pieces I have in my closet. I need a wardrobe that worked for both work and play with crossover pieces so I knew I wasn’t going to stick to a number like 37. When I was selecting my pieces I just kept adding and taking away until it felt right and my closet didn’t look stuffed. And I’m quite pleased with what I have.
I am paying attention to the pieces I’m wearing the most and the least. I knew my plaid and gingham button downs were going to be a big hit this fall but I was really surprised at my new found love for everything berry. Curating a closet for Fall really wasn’t difficult; I love the colors and style of Fall so selecting pieces came really easy. There are definitely things I wish I had in my closet, like more dresses, but I am working around that by wearing my skirts more than usual. I didn’t add any sweaters this season and I wish I had. I think shopping for sweaters when it was still 90+ degrees out wasn’t appealing so next year I think I’ll allow myself to shop midseason for those kinds of pieces.
And now for the Winter. I really have no direction. Fall I knew I wanted to include navy, burgundy (which turned out to be more berry), plaid/gingham, and boots. For Winter I know I’d like to have more sweaters, especially of the chunky knit variety. I’m thinking about not changing/adding too much from my Fall to Winter capsule and instead focusing on something that is always really hard for me to find. Boots.
I have wide calves. Really wide apparently. It’s really frustrating that most wide calf boots are a 15″ circumference. That’s not wide for me. I think my calves are about 18″ which is apparently astronomically wide. And so it is really hard for me to find good brown leather boots and I end up with cheap versions that fall apart right away. I know losing weight will reduce their size, but I recall being at one of my lowest weights in high school, around 120 lbs (I’m 5’8″), and still needing to get wide leg boots, just not astronomically wide. So this problem isn’t exactly going to go away for me. Which is why I wonder if it would be a good idea to focus on the boots, add them when I find them (whether it be fall or winter), and continue to work with the clothes I have in my closet and put aside in bins for Winter. What do you think of that idea? I think I’m going to have to bust out my credit card and start ordering a bunch of boots from Zappos (they make it really easy to shop for wide calf boots because you can filter different circumference sizes instead of just a general “wide calf” search).
But really, the search for boots is so incredibly frustrating that I don’t even want to try. And when it is nonstop snowing in January I’ll probably kick myself in the butt for not trying and having nothing besides actual snow boots to wear outside.
Okay, new plan for winter. Move somewhere it doesn’t snow. Who’s with me?
Are you doing a capsule wardrobe? How is your winter planning going? Or are you not crazy and you haven’t started?