Something you need to know about me – I’m good at messing things up. I break stuff. I try something and do it wrong. Barry calls me “Grace.”
But, the great news is…when I mess up, I can learn and do better the next time. Right?! I’m hoping yes…otherwise, I’m in super big trouble. *Insert scared face here*
When I found out what a capsule wardrobe was, and I planned mine out and got all my clothes ready, I was so excited!!!!!
And then…and then…two weeks later, I was like, “Ummm, something is wrong here.”
I was literally wearing the same two dresses over and over again. Yes, it was because I loved those dresses, but mainly it was because my capsule was all wrong!!!!
My friend Erinn had helped me plan it, and I knew the outfits were great…but something just wasn’t right. So, I did some thinking and I figured out what was wrong.
I didn’t plan a capsule wardrobe for Stacy Myers in Southwest Virginia in the summer.
I planned a capsule wardrobe for someone living in Alaska in January who likes jeans and wears scarves in the summer around their neck. Who is this person?!
I tried to make what I had left after KonMari work for my first capsule, when what I really needed what to just start over. Yes. Start over.
6 Things Wrong With My Summer Capsule Wardrobe:
It’s hot here, y’all.
Really. I planned with too much HOT stuff. A full-sleeved jean jacket. Multiple cardigans. A wool cardigan. Jeans. Scarves. I’m sweating like a pig on slaughter day just typing that out! HOT FLASH!
It’s hot in the mountains in the summer – at least here. I need short sleeves, sleeveless, and skirts. Maybe one or two cardigans for cooler nights or when I’m going to be in air conditioning.
The Fix: plan for the weather and the season you’re in. Don’t plan wool for the summer. Don’t plan jeans if you are prone to having hot flashes and feel like you might need to strip down in the middle of Target. Shorts. Skirts. Knit. Sleeveless. Yes.
Where’s the elastic!?
I love elastic. I love elastic so much it makes my heart want to sing. Elastic lets me breathe! I feel FREE! I can sit down without tons of dunlap (belly done lap over your belt) which is a happy thing.
I had things that were not elastic. I feel confined in skirts and pants that are just a normal waist band. I feel like I can’t move freely or breathe. I feel like I’m wearing someone else’s clothing.
The Fix: BUY ELASTIC WAIST BOTTOMS!!! Do I really need to say any more than that? No. The end. Embrace elastic, y’all.
I hate jeans
I really did try to like jeans. I got cute jeans. Skinny Jeans from Levi. And I just don’t like them. Maybe it’s because they currently make my butt sweat because it’s hot, y’all…have I said that? Maybe I’ll like them when it cools down…because, you know – they do have elastic.
The Fix: Don’t try to wear what you don’t like! If you don’t like dresses, don’t plan lots of dresses in your capsule. How does that make any sense? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!
I Didn’t Embrace My Style
I tried to be someone else. I didn’t know what looked good on me or what I was comfortable in. So, it was like I was in someone else’s closet. I know what I like now, after two months of wearing stuff I didn’t really care for.
The Fix: Buy dresses. Buy skirts. I looooooooooooooove stripes! And black. I used to be ashamed that 3/4 of my closet was black. Now, I think “Who cares?!” I like black! BOOM.
Knit is the stuff, man
Certain fabrics are just not for me. Fleece for one – I hate fleece. It’s like a static electricity convention. Also, I don’t really love wool. Or polyester. Polyester sounds like the name of a cat.
Knit. It’s for me. It’s cool. It’s comfy. It’s easy to find. It works good as a child’s napkin.
The Fix: Buy knit. Just do it. Who cares if silk is in? Silk does not make a happy child’s napkin.
Bye, bye, Iron…sniff, sniff!
If you know me, you know I love to iron. I love seeing those little wrinkles disappear before my very eyes. But, something happened…I had three kids. Suddenly, my time disappeared. WHO HAS TIME TO IRON NOW?! I have found that I now dress my kids in shirts that might have wrinkles and I cringe…but, I’m growing in to it. I sacrificed that ironing time for other pursuits.
The Fix: I got rid of EVERYTHING that needed to be ironed to be worn. That doesn’t include stuff that gets wrinkly…anything can get wrinkly. I try to hang it asap so that the wrinkles just come out. But if it’s an outfit that must be ironed to be worn? Adios, amigo. From hence forth, they shall not be allowed on the premises…until I’m an empty nester.
How Did I Salvage my Summer Capsule?
I moved several things to the back of my closet to reconsider for the Fall capsule (I will blog and video that as well).
I chose a few things to hold me over from Thred Up. Including: two knit skirts, two knit dresses, and THREE short sleeve shirts to add. And it was like the doors of heaven open up and I heard the Knit Angels sing.
So, now that I’ve learned what to do wrong, I feel pretty confident that my Fall capsule is going to rock the house. And sometimes I like to say things the cool kids say…like, rock the house. Wait – do cool kids still say that?
Have you ever bombed your Capsule Wardrobe?
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