I wanted to check in and chat capsule wardrobes. In case youâ€™re wondering, I am still doing my capsule wardrobe and still loving it! I feel like I totally smashed it with the clothes I bought for my summer capsule (check them out here) and so doing the capsule this summer has been really fun. Three capsules in, I wanted to share a couple of thoughts with you.
Planning for each season is so worth it!
September should have marked the start of my autumn wardrobe, but as Iâ€™ve just moved to Gran Canaria and itâ€™s going to be hot here for another few months, I figured I didnâ€™t need a whole new capsule, but still felt like I wanted new clothes. Still, the process of sitting down to plan my wardrobe for the next few months was really useful. Asking myself â€˜â€™what do I spend my time doing?â€™, â€˜whatâ€™s missing from my wardrobe?â€™ and â€˜whatâ€™s the weather going to be like?â€™ mean that when I do go shopping, I have a good idea of what I need and what will actually work in my wardrobe. Most importantly, it helps stop me making those impulse purchases that end up languishing at the back of the wardrobe for months on end…
With that in mind, I’ve created a FREE wardrobe workbook to help you do the same.Â Grab a coffee or a glass of wine and fill it out and by the end you’llÂ have a focused shopping list that you can keep on you at all times – so that next time you go shopping or start browsing ASOS, you’ll know exactly which gaps need filling in your wardrobe.
I still make mistakes
I feel like Iâ€™m getting much better at buying quality items that I will love and get lots of wear out of (see the summer capsule!). But there are still a couple of items that Iâ€™ve bought knowing deep down that theyâ€™re not right (like this dress) and theyâ€™ve quickly found their way to the â€˜donateâ€™ pile. Itâ€™s frustrating, as at the time I didnâ€™t want to admit to myself that they werenâ€™t quite right – I bought them because I wanted something â€˜newâ€™. So I guess I need to work on that and find a different way to scratch that itch.
Capsules make life easier
Something else I learnt this time around is that having a capsule wardrobe really comes into its own when youâ€™re stressed or busy (or moving to another country). Being able to get up in the morning and get dressed without thinking – and know youâ€™re going to look and feel good – is a real lifesaver.
When I finally sat down with my planner, I realised there were a few gaps that needed filling – namely beachwear and slightly dressy evening wear (nothing crazy, just something a bit fancier if we go out in the evening). Hereâ€™s what I bought:
White cami: Rose wore this in black when she came to visit me and I ordered it immediately. It is the perfect dressy, slinky cami, but you can wear a bra with it and the straps donâ€™t show! Iâ€™ve worn it in the day with jeans and tucked into a skirt or shorts in the evening. It comes in loads of different colours and only costs Â£16 – get one!
Midi skirt: Iâ€™ve admired pleated midi skirts for a while but never thought they would suit me and my food/mum tum. But I tried this on a whim and itâ€™s so flattering. Itâ€™s one of those items that whenever you wear it, people will compliment you on it. If you follow me on Instagram, youâ€™ll know that Iâ€™ve been wearing it a lot!
Beach dress: This definitely cost more than I would normally spend on a beach dress, but I saw something similar on Dress Like a Mum and after some light stalking, I found this website.Yes, it was expensive, but Iâ€™m going to be spending a lot of time at the beach. Plus, it feels gorgeous on and so far has held up well to lots of washing.
Iâ€™m still on the hunt for a slightly dressy daytime dress, I love this one from my summer capsule, but I wear it quite a lot, so it would be nice to have an alternative. Let me know if you spot something I might like!
Whatâ€™s on your shopping list for autumn? Any tips on where to get lovely dresses?