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I spent the month of December planning, organizing, and shopping for my next capsule wardrobe, but somehow never got around to blogging about it. Today, I'm at jury duty, which turns out to be the best place for me to get some work done!
First and foremost, I really do like the concept and decided to continue it, adapting it to my needs. I learned a lot from the fall version and will try to avoid making the same mistakes. One mistake I made was having too many warm weather items. Once cool weather hit, I felt like I was wearing the same sweater constantly. Even I need a little variety, and yes, I did start to get a little bored with what I had. Also, a few of the items in my fall capsule only got worn once. Some of those made it to the donation pile. Some were for special occasions, and in the future, I don't think I'll include them in the capsule.
Since I didn't have enough cool weather items, I bought a few (this layering tee, this tunic, this sweater, these jeans) towards the end and started wearing them. It would have been ridiculous to wait until January 1 to get use out of them. I'm also not going to limit myself on accessories next time - I'll be wearing necklaces and scarves with abandon.
Because I've focused and edited my wardrobe over time, many items got worn multiple times a week. Yes, clothes do wear out faster when you have fewer things you wear more often. I'm choosing to think of this as a positive (replacing things means I get to shop, which is my favorite activity), but it is a little frustrating when you invested so much time looking for those pieces only a few seasons ago. I knew many of these things were on their last legs, but it seems as if they've all given out at the same time. I ended up with quite a long shopping list of items to replace. One was a dressy black coat, and I "invested" (I don't think clothes are ever a real investment, but at least I could resell this easily if I wanted to) in a Rick Owens jacket from the online consignment store The Real Real (above, similar version here). I also got this Madewell purse as a Christmas gift from mr. mindful closet and I really love it - lightweight AND functional!
I'll keep working on a post about my shopping list and the full winter capsule, but I'm not stressing too much about the fact that I didn't have it ready to go on January 1. It's all a process and I'd rather buy the right things at the right time than buy something mediocre in order to have it by an arbitrary date.
Happy New Year!
While there's a lot going on in life and at Saint Louis Fashion Week, I'm still trying to keep up on what's going on around the world, since Fashion "Month" is still going on. The most amazing thing happened a few days ago at Paris Fashion Week.
Rick Owens presented his Spring 2014 collection with the help of four American step teams. It was the most amazing piece of performance art and an innovative way to show the clothes, but as you might have heard, high fashion is not always the most inclusive of different skin and body types. To show his clothes on so-called "real" women, a diverse group of women, is pretty much completely unheard of. There have been designers here and there who've showed one look during a show on a plus-sized model, but a gorgeous, tall, size 10 model still isn't too representative of the real world. This was beyond. Plus, it was just so f'ing cool.
I have always been a fan of Owens' dark, edgy, minimalist, drapy clothes (I'd die to own one of his leather jackets). Other designers should learn from the lesson that showing them on these women takes nothing away from the look. A few favorites:
To get more of the story behind the show, read Vogue's review here, and if you have 11 minutes, you should really watch the video. Check out the person in the audience at the end of the video on the left side of the screen who's jumping up and down and pumping their fists. That's how I felt too.