It’s time for a recap of my Winter Capsule Wardrobe; 10 outfits in 10 days using only 10 clothing items. I’m so happy I did this, and even happier that I got to share it with all of you! I have spent the last two days reflecting on this challenge, thinking about the lessons I learned, the mistakes I made, and what I would do better/differently the next time. Below, I will be answering general questions I asked myself prior to selecting my pieces, as well as FAQ that I received from you. Let’s begin:
1. Did your clothes work for the weather?
Yes! With a bit of juggling between outer layers, and always packing stockings in my handbag, I’m proud to say that I was prepared for everything Jozi winter threw at me, even the surprise wind gusts. I was appropriately dressed for the midday dry heat as well as the cool evenings.
2. Did you wear anything that wasn’t included in your 10 pieces?
No. As much as I was tempted to swap the winter coat for a more casual denim jacket, I always decided against it in the end. But I wouldn’t be opposed to it if I really had to; as Caroline Joy from Un Fancy says, ”There’s no such thing as cheating when it comes to capsules and fun wardrobe remixes — just creative solutions.”
3. How did laundry work out?
Didn’t do it once. Don’t judge me, but I only put my clothes through the wash every third week. I don’t find I need to do it any sooner than that, unless I’ve had a super active/dirty week, in which case I’ll drag my ass to the laundromat and do it. If I’ve learned anything from not owning a washing machine, it’s that washing by hand is a nightmare and that there is nothing wrong with re-wearing the same pair of socks for a couple days. Most importantly, clothing shouldn’t be washed so frequently, and last longer when not!
4. Were there any pieces you included that felt like mistakes?
Possibly the wide legged pants, only because denim jeans would have been simpler to pair with the other items.
5. Which piece was your favourite?
Definitely the jumpsuit from Hannah Lavery. It gave me three different outfits to play with, and matched all the other pieces perfectly.
6. Which outfit was the most outside your comfort zone?
Outfit 8. I still don’t know if I’d wear it again, but it made for pretty pictures and almost made me feel like I was a little girl playing dress up.
7. What did you learn about your personal style?
That I don’t have a particular style. I think I’m constantly changing my style to fit my moods and emotions so my outfits generally change to suit that. One thing I know for sure is that I dress for comfort and functionality, rather than trend or extravagance. I might call my style ‘experimental’, however there are certain things that I won’t wear, and certain things that I tend to gravitate towards. I love classic shapes and forms, and the older I get, the more elegant and sophisticated I want to dress. I am also quite minimalist in terms of accessorizing, and usually go for one statement accessory such as a bold earring to compliment my look.
8. What would you do differently next time?
I think I’d like to go even more outside my comfort zone and wear things that I wouldn’t usually wear or use clothing that I’ve fallen out of love with. I think I played this one very safe.
9. Why did you do this in the first place?
I wanted to challenge myself and see how I would handle a tiny wardrobe. I’ve always been obsessed with the idea of a capsule wardrobe, and given that Dan and I are going to be living in a very small space soon, I needed to prove to myself that I could in fact have fewer clothes than I already have. I also wanted to experiment and find out which pieces are worth including in a small capsule wardrobe, and which clothing pieces I should consider selling or donating.
10. Will I do this again?
Hell yes! I can’t wait to begin my Spring Capsule Wardrobe, and I hope by then I’ll have a few of you join me!
Thank you so much for following this capsule series, and I’d love to hear your thoughts, questions and suggestions!0