(I started The DH Closet Challenge in November of 2013 therefore I’ll be catching up on my progress to date in a series of posts.)
December 15, 2013
Due to a disaster with the boutique, which I have called “the hurricane,” this will be a two part update. What I swapped is discussed in Part I and what I did when disaster struck will be in my next post as Part II.
Reflections for Week 6:
- It can help to have multiple seasons in one closet: Living in a four season climate I used to store at least half of my wardrobe outside of my working closet. And certainly in the middle of winter, I am not going to want to wear my shorts. But sometimes we have swings in temperatures (25F one day, 50F the next) and it is helpful to have cool and cold weather items in the closet at the same time. Before I started this challenge I had my entire 4 season wardrobe in my closet and it was helpful to grab a lighter weight item on the occasional warm weather day in the middle of winter. Or I would grab a heavier cardigan for the a/c at work in the summer. I am missing having all the seasons in one closet. Also, sometimes I see warm weather clothes in the stores right now. Being able to easily see what I own helps me stay on track and not purchase items that are duplicates when I am tempted to shop for something out of season.
- I need season specific clothes: I am freezing in some of my outfits, even with thermals and fleece lined hose as my bottom layers. Apparently you can only layer items so much before you need to shift to another material for warmth. Some of my lighter weight knits worked great for our cool weather days but are just not warm enough now that our temperatures have dropped, leading me to start adding in some pieces for cold weather.
- I don’t need too many season specific clothes: I have to be very careful with how many season specific items I own. Since we do have four seasons, you don’t have too long to sport a season specific item before the weather shifts again. This is one reason why I am able to get away with 2 pairs of shorts in our summer months. We get roughly 3 months of hot weather, yet I only sport shorts on the weekends. So that’s only 12 times I can wear shorts before they sit waiting for hot weather again. And since I own two pairs, that’s only 6 times each! I am currently repeating my tweed blazer as often as I am comfortable doing so, since it will only be a few months before tweed will not work for the current weather or time of year.
- I’m slowly growing my wardrobe: I realized that I have 4 knit tops that are not working for our cold weather, even with layering a thermal underneath and a blazer or cardigan on top. Yet these tops were ideal when we had our cool weather days. So I am not returning them to the boutique, merely adding in some “replacement items” to round up the wardrobe for our cold weather.
Looking at the photos at the top of this post, here are the additions:
Photo 1-Pattern for a pattern. Ivory leopard pattern top that is three-quarter sleeves for the ivory patterned cardigan.
Photo 2-Stripe for a solid. Striped layering knit that is lightweight for a solid layering turtleneck. (I have four black turtlenecks so I figured I should probably start adding them into my current rotation!)
Photo 3-Like color for like color. Grey layering knit that is lightweight for grey layering knit that is heavier weight. Grey is a big layering color for me, it’s one of the few softer colors I always see every year for cold months.
Photo 4-Like style for like style. Blue hoodie that is lightweight for a coral (orange?) hoodie that is heavier weight. This coral hoodie is one of the only bright colored toppers I have in the boutique for cold weather.
At the end of week 6, I had 53 items in my fall/winter capsule wardrobe:
- 6 bottoms (no change)
- 2 hoodies (added one heavier weight for cold days)
- 11 toppers (this includes: pullover sweaters, blazers and cardigans; added one cardigan)
- 10 knits (added 3 heavier weight)
- 3 gear items (no change)
- 1 shirt (for layering; no change)
- 3 LS T’s (for layering; no change)
- 4 tanks (for layering; no change)
- 5 thermal layers (added one
- 4 scarves (no change)
- 2 workout outfits (top and bottom; no change)
In my next post, I’ll discuss what I mean by there was a “hurricane” in the boutique!