Planning the autumn capsule

We're three days into April, so the question is...am I capsuling?

Yes, I certainly am.

I downloaded Un-Fancy's wardrobe planner to help me with my decision-making and found it really useful. It's really hard to look at everything you own and decide what you're going to wear for the next couple of months. Her planner makes it a much clearer process.

One of my favourite looks - a plain shirt with jeans and a light scarf.

One of my favourite looks - a plain shirt with jeans and a light scarf.

Some sections I found really easy to answer (special occasions I need to consider? None! I'm sure the occasional evening out or social event will occur but apart from a baby shower for my sister-in-law, it's all pretty quiet) but some needed a lot more thought – like the word association. Here's the list of words I associate with my preferred style:

  • Classic
  • Neutral
  • Simple
  • Stylish
  • Well-made
  • Subtle interest
  • Quietly expensive

I circled simple, stylish, well-made and subtle interest as my favourites. These ones leapt out at me and felt right. Classic and neutral felt a little 'old' and not quite right. Quietly expensive is an interesting one. I don't think clothes have to be expensive to be nice or look good, and we all know expensive isn't synonymous with ethical or well-made, but most of my favourite pieces were on the expensive side, for what they are. And many of those pieces are old but still going strong. However, I think well-made sums it up better. It doesn't matter what it costs if it's well-made (I mean, budget notwithstanding, of course!).

An ethical, made-in-NZ top.

An ethical, made-in-NZ top.

I haven't included the word ethical, even though it speaks strongly to me. Right now my wardrobe is not particularly ethical – I've put no real effort into it along the way. To me, however, well-made is a good jumping-off point to ethical thinking – something that lasts a long time is better for our environment, and is also likely to be made in a more sustainable and fair manner (although again, that's not a perfect correlation).

In terms of other discoveries about myself, I learned that I really like my jeans, I don't really do colour at all these days, and I now feel id with clothes that are tight around my tummy (thanks pregnancy!). I have bought too many pairs of shoes that I don't like wearing because they're too big around the back of my feet and my feet fall out of them. I have narrow feet and I have to keep that in mind – no matter how much I like the shoes in the shop. When I like  something I'll wear it to death. I prefer the interest in my clothes to come from cut, not colour or pattern. That said, I'm a total stripe-a-holic.

My worn-to-death black dress. I know – no baby in this picture! She was in good hands. 

My worn-to-death black dress. I know – no baby in this picture! She was in good hands. 

I started wearing my capsule on 1 April, while we were on holiday in Hawkes Bay. So far so good...although both Hawkes Bay and Auckland are still very warm. That might be difficult to work with and if I need to, I will introduce some shorts as well, because sweat for the sake of principle doesn't seem worth it.

And where are the details of this capsule? They're coming! I'm still pulling it all together but I am close...and feeling pretty good about where I am, quite frankly. I think this is going to be fun...