Spring Is Moving Too Fast (Week 16)

(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.)

February 23, 2014

Building the spring/summer wardrobe.

Building my spring/summer capsule wardrobe.

Reflections for Week 16 (4 months!)

Putting on the brakes for spring/summer capsule wardrobe

I’ve begun adding pieces to my spring/summer capsule wardrobe. The heavy influx of spring items in the stores combined with our extremely cold and snowy winter season this year, has left me really itching for warmer weather, and lighter weight clothing. I’ve had to keep reminding myself of the core of The DH Closet Challenge, which is to deliberately NOT reach for additional pieces as long as I can, so that I can maintain a smaller sized wardrobe.

To prevent myself from adding in an entire new outfit everyday, I’ve limited myself to adding in only one new piece at a time for the spring wardrobe. A new item can refresh my style just as much as an entire new outfit would, and by adding in smaller doses at a time, it is also more manageable.

Unfortunately, I’ve already added 7 spring/summer items, and we are not into our spring season weather yet! I’ve had to put on the brakes and remember that I have plenty of cold weather clothing and I don’t need to create a large ‘spring season for very cold weather’ wardrobe capsule. Seven ‘new’ pieces is plenty to remix into my current fall/winter capsule wardrobe.

Photos/Spring/Summer Additions

#1-Closet-This is the start of my spring/summer capsule wardrobe, photo at the top of this post.

#2-Bottoms-I’m already reaching for more bottoms and was happy to sport a new purchase right away (straight white leg jeans). I’ve also grabbed my cobalt jeans and my boyfriend jeans from the boutique to mix up my bottoms. I wear jeans daily, so I am always on the lookout for ways to freshen up wearing jeans everyday.

The first three bottoms for spring/summer.

The first 3 bottoms for spring/summer capsule wardrobe.

#3-White blazer-This blazer has been a workhorse in past years, and it’s perfect for cool days because of it’s weight. Army jacket-This jacket was a favorite piece last year and I’m eager to sport it again.

Adding in some layering toppers.

Adding in some layering toppers.

#4- Blue short sleeve poncho-I recently read a post about pastels, which left me itching to shop the stores for one.  Then I remembered I already have a pastel in the boutique, just in a blue color. This poncho is really warm, but the short sleeves always leave me baffled as for what time of year is best for sporting it. A random warm day  (50F) seemed like a good choice. T-shirt-I have a habit of designating clothes for specific tasks and then not having the item deviate from that task. I figured a nice way to keep my spring/summer wardrobe small would be to layer my favorite t-shirts on cool days. This t-shirt worked perfectly underneath the poncho on a rare warm day.

More tops for spring. The t-shirt can layer now and stand alone in the summer with shorts.

More tops for spring. The short-sleeve t-shirt can layer now and stand alone in the summer with shorts.

Scarf-I still enjoy my scarves, just not as often as in previous years. I’ve reached for turtlenecks more often this season(forgot to photograph).

I don’t wear items as often as I think

Items that were new at the start of the challenge, and became workhorse pieces that I felt I was wearing often. I would sometimes wear these pieces twice in one week.  But after reviewing the numbers of my fall/winter items, these pieces have only been worn about a dozen times in the past four months.  Not nearly as high a number as I expected!

Shoe color is very important for outfits

After adding a few ‘new pieces’ to my closet and starting to remix spring/summer items with my current fall/winter clothes I realized how important shoe color is. One of my hardest to wear sweaters is a purple turtleneck.  It is also one of my warmest. It would look so much better with grey boots but I do not have them. And my blue leopard jeans, didn’t look ‘right’ with black (too dark) or camel (too light), so I purchased brown booties. With all the snow we have had, a new pair of boots that are also waterproof is a nice refresher to help get through the rest of a tough winter season.

Completing week 16, I had 54 items for the fall/winter capsule wardrobe [and 8 items for spring/summer capsule wardrobe; spring items already worn in brackets] Next time, I’ll create a separate list for spring/summer items.

  • 6 bottoms (no change for fall/winter; wore 3 jeans [cobalt, boyfriend, white] from spring)
  • 2 hoodies (one was moved to spring/summer but not worn yet)
  • 12 toppers (this includes: pullover sweaters, blazers and cardigans; added one jumper for fall/winter) [wore one blazer, one jacket, and one pullover jumper/poncho from spring]
  • 7 knits (no change)
  • 4 gear items (no change: 2 toppers, 1 layering knit and 1 bottom)
  • 1 shirt (for layering; no change)
  • 3 LS T’s (for layering; no change for fall/winter; wore one spring/summer)
  • 4 tanks (for layering; no change)
  • 6 thermal layers (no change)
  • 5 scarves (5 for fall/winter) [1 scarf worn for spring]
  • 2 workout outfits (top and bottom; no change)

Do you think shoe color is important for your outfits?

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