Wear It Before Repeating (Week 22)

(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. I am only a few posts away from catching up!)

April 6, 2014

Quite a few additions to spring this week.

Quite a few additions to the spring/summer capsule wardrobe this week.

First, a quick peek into the spring/summer capsule wardrobe in my closet.  Compared to my last post, I flipped the order so that jeans are now on the right and blazers are on the left.  I dress bottom up, and the spring/summer side of my working closet is across from the fall/winter side of the closet, making it a mirror image (my closet is a U shape; standing in the doorway, fall/winter is on my left side, spring/summer is on my right side, and in front of me is an empty closet rod and the boutique bags on the shelf).  This revised order now mimics the organization for my fall/winter capsule wardrobe.  Quite a few additions happened this week, totals are at the end of the post.

Reflection for Week 22

Wear it before you purchase it.

I’ve had a lot of foot problems over the years and shoes are always a challenge for me. I recently purchased a pair of shoes (grey wedge ballet flats) to be my spring/summer shoe and I just adore how they look. The heel is low, they are a wedge which brings stability, they are comfortable against the ball of the foot (Cole Haan with the Nike Air in them) and the fit my wider shaped foot rather well. I’ve been wanting a natural color shoe for a long time. But there is always a reason not to purchase them. The heel is too high, they material is patent (patent doesn’t accommodate my swelling feet), the natural color is not natural against my skin tone, or the shoe just doesn’t seem to fit properly on my foot. So when I saw the shoe that was the same style as my new grey shoe available, in my size, in a natural color, I really wanted to purchase them.

The problem was, I had not actually worn the grey one’s yet. Typically I would go ahead and purchase the other color shoe, after all my new grey pair was comfortable in the store, so why not? However, this time I made myself wait until I wore the grey shoe for an entire work day. And by the end of the day, I realized that these are not 8 hour shoes. I often have the problem that my feet swell during the day and when a shoe, such as a ballet flat, exposes a lot of the top of the foot, it often cuts into my skin above the big toe. And the grey one’s were no different. If I had duplicated these shoes in the natural color before I wore the first pair, I would have ended up with two pairs of sitting shoes, which is not what I need in my wardrobe.

One ballet flat wedge is enough.

One ballet flat wedge is enough.

I’ve added 8 items for the spring/summer capsule since the last check in.

Completing week 22, I had 25 items for the spring/summer capsule wardrobe:

  • 5 bottoms (added 1 bootcut jean in white)
  • 0 hoodies (no change)
  • 10 toppers (this includes: pullover sweaters, blazers and cardigans; added one white jacket, one navy blazer, and one pullover sweater]
  • 4 knits (3/4 or LS, for layering; added 4, solid purple, grey/mint stripe, navy/white stripe LS T, solid navy)
  • 0 gear items (no change, not warm enough to add yet)
  • 0 shirt (no change)
  • 2 SS T’s/Tops (no change)
  • 1 tank (for layering now and stand alone with shorts later; no change)
  • 3 scarves (no change)
  • 0 workout outfits (top and bottom; no change, not warm enough to add yet)

Have you shopped for spring items yet this season?



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