Category: Capsule Wardrobe

What I Wore: April 2017

I’m not typically a slacker (though that is certainly an aspiration) but April put the rest of the year (so far!) to shame. Work was much as usual, but my personal life — whoa. I started writing again, picking up the 30 page outline of Archer & Bell vol. 2 where I had left it off over a year ago. It was very exciting there for a few days … until I realized that the pace at which I’ve written in the past is probably not realistic at this time, with everything else that is going on in my life. I want (and need) writing to be fun, which means that I can’t (and won’t) hold myself to a rigid schedule. Hopefully, the book will see the light of day at some point. Speaking of other fun things, I also read a bunch of books and watched a ton of Netflix, and somehow still managed to keep up with life, which is some kind of miracle, and also the reason why I am constantly sleep deprived. No regrets; 10/10, would do it all again. And that is still not all. I also did some thrifting, got microblading (!!), and had my initial consultation for Lasik surgery, which is happening very very soon.

But let’s not forget why you’re here (I assume): the clothes.

one, two, three
one, two, three
four, five, six
four, five, six
seven, eight, nine
seven, eight, nine
ten, eleven, twelve
ten, eleven, twelve
thirteen, fourteen, fifteen
thirteen, fourteen, fifteen
sixteen, seventeen, eighteen
sixteen, seventeen, eighteen

I’ve been doing this blogging thing for a long time — my 7th blogging anniversary is just around the corner — so I can’t help but feel like I’m becoming more and more predictable, at least as far as my outfit formulas go. These are all combinations you’ve seen before, with a few new(ish) pieces mixed in. I think I ended up using more prints than in recent months; I’m not sure how I feel about that. On one hand, I tend to *feel* more comfortable in plainer outfits these days. On the other hand, I *like* looking at more colourful, print-heavy outfits. I’m still working on finding the right balance, one day at a time.

For fun, here’s a look at my April 2015 and April 2016 recaps.

What I Wore: March 2017

March was a long month, but seemed to fly by. It’s hard to believe that we are already in Q2 of 2017. On one hand, I am happy because it means that summer is almost here, and summer is my favourite time of year. Also, vacation time, baby! On the other hand, time needs to slow the heck down because at this rate my kids will be teenagers in the blink of an eye, and I AM NOT READY. I am still struggling to process the fact that we don’t have babies anymore. My daughter, the “baby” of the family, is very much her own person, with very definite Ideas about Things, which she is not afraid to share, invited or not. That includes clothes, by the way — her own and mine. I walked into her bedroom the other week to find a perfect flatlay of her choices for that day’s outfit. I haven’t actively encouraged her interest in clothing, so it’s amusing to me to see her develop it — presumably from observation. Well, not the flatlay part; that’s a skill she certainly didn’t learn from me, as my Instagram can attest.

Anyway, here’s some clothes I wore (and did not attempt to flatlay):

one, two, three
one, two, three
four, five, six
four, five, six
seven, eight, nine
seven, eight, nine
ten, eleven, twelve
ten, eleven, twelve
thirteen, fourteen, fifteen
thirteen, fourteen, fifteen
sixteen, seventeen, eighteen
sixteen, seventeen, eighteen
nineteen, twenty
nineteen, twenty

Although there are certainly some less successful outfits in the lot, I am quite happy with most of them. There was a lot of joy being sparked, KonMari style. Strangely (perhaps), I feel like some of my non-favourite outfits were the result of deliberate attempts to re-mix statement items a few times throughout the month. I think this might be a process issue; creating outfits based on “set” list of pieces is different than creating outfits purely based on what combination sparks joy at a given moment, and perhaps that affects the results. I’m tempted to abandon any and all attempts at a monthly capsule, and take a more free-form approach to outfit planning in the future — even if that means never re-wearing the same dress or skirt in a given month. After all, that should count as a perk of a large wardrobe, no?

For a fun comparison, here is what I wore in March 2015, and March 2016.

What I Wore: January 2017

It’s almost hard to believe that the first month of 2017 is already over, isn’t it? It didn’t bring better tidings than its predecessor, which was all the more reason for me to keep my head down and bury myself in work — not that I had much choice as regards the latter. January started off slow at the office, but it was only the calm before the storm. I’m not complaining, however, since the month was replete with opportunities to see, learn, and do new things. In non-work news, we booked a family vacation to Mexico! You better believe that I’m counting the weeks (and days!) until we hit the beach.

In the meantime, let’s look at some work clothes.

one, two, three
one, two, three

four, five, six
four, five, six

seven, eight, nine
seven, eight, nine

ten, eleven, twelve
ten, eleven, twelve

thirteen, fourteen, fifteen
thirteen, fourteen, fifteen

sixteen, seventeen, eighteen
sixteen, seventeen, eighteen

Last month, I finally caved and downloaded the Stylebook app. I won’t lie; adding my closet, one piece at a time, was a major PITA but it’s 90% done (I’m still working on my outerwear and special occasion dresses). I like the app, but there are things about it that drive me nuts and I wish it had better functionality. For example, there is no way to manipulate the number of wears to reflect the fact that the clothes have been worn before; I have 3 years of data that I cannot incorporate into the stats, which makes all of the calculations done by the app irrelevant. Anyway, my list of gripes goes on, but I would still recommend the app for anyone who wants to get more hands-on with their wardrobe management (and outfit planning), especially anyone who doesn’t already use another system (such as Google Docs) for the same purpose.

Between Stylebook and my new closet, I’ve had cause to think about my wardrobe quite a bit recently. I feel something of an evolution coming on. I know. Again. But that’s the fun part of dressing up, isn’t it? Rediscovering, reinventing. An extra reason to be excited in the morning.