July 3, 2014
It’s been 2 weeks since I began The French Capsule Challenge, which was inspired by French/Parisian wardrobes. I selected a core of 4 colors, spread out among 21 items for 3 weeks. For my observations after week 1, check out this post. After 2 weeks I have a few additional observations:
- The more you wear it, the faster it wears out
- Prefer a non-black core, less contrast, or both
Let’s jump right into the observations.
1. The more you wear it, the faster it wears out
The black buckle loafers in the photo at the top of this post have been a ‘go to’ shoe for the French Capsule Challenge wardrobe. And they have worn out! The soles are separating from the shoe. I tried some glue, but that did not help. I thought about a cobbler, but they are not worth the price to fix. These shoes were $79.00 and I purchased them in 2013. I’ve worn them 33 times, this brings their cost per wear to $2.39.
In contrast the tall black riding boots from my shoe wardrobe, were $108.46 and I purchased them in 2011. I’ve worn them 97 times, this brings their cost per wear to $1.12 and they are still going strong. This is probably why I often read that the smaller the wardrobe, the higher you’ll want the quality of the items to be, if you plan to sport the piece often.
2. Prefer a non-black core, less contrast, or both
Whenever I read about a French/Parisian inspired wardrobe, I always hear about how the French adore black, as well as other neutrals (grey, beige, taupe, etc). And I’ve often thought that black is the ‘go-to’ color for most people. I see black items in stores, season after season, regardless of the time of year. And I find it easy to shop for black items; shoes, tops, trousers, jeans; black is always available. And I often purchase black thinking that it is a universal core wardrobe color. However, as Bridgette Raes discusses in her blog (she discusses black quite a bit, but I really enjoy this post and this post about black), black may not always be the correct core color to flatter one’s complexion.
I still adore black, but with light brown hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion, I’m beginning to think that black may work better as an accent color for me. In the wardrobe for this challenge, the two main colors are black and white, which are classic, but also a high contrast look when paired together. And I’m doing this often since these are core colors for this capsule. I never thought there was anything ‘wrong’ with my outfits, but I often do not feel like ‘me.’
Overall, my French Capsule Challenge wardrobe is full of bold, strong colors, (black, white, cobalt and kelly green) and my personal coloring is on the softer side (light brown hair, blue eyes, fair complexion). Back in the spring I mentioned that I prefer strong colors to spring colors, however, strong colors that pair well with a neutral that is not black, may be the missing piece of the puzzle here and help to tone down the contrast of my outfits.
Do you have black in your wardrobe because it is flattering or because it is easy to find in the stores?