Happy Saturday! I’ve got SO much to tell you and so many gorgeous things to show you that I don’t really know where to start. I wrote a post on Instagram recently about my current obsession with decluttering and it started much debate about shopping, capsule wardrobes and clearing out the sh*t drawer (we’ve all got one – some of us have got two!). I’ve been doing a huge amount of decluttering. I’ve sold everything from an old bike to unwanted kitchen stuff on Ebay and quite apart from loving the space I’ve created, I’ve made a staggering £566 doing it. And after all the unsuitable ‘ooh that looks great on that size 8 girl on Instagram – I need to buy it!’ purchases made their way to their new homes, I grabbed a notebook and pen, sat down and started working out what my own personal style really is. At the end of this, my dream is a classic capsule wardrobe. I don’t think I’ll ever be one of those uber capsulers that have just ten items on rotation, but my goal is to shop thoughtfully, and own timeless, beautiful, wearable pieces that are really me.
The Instagram post that started it all…
Always happiest in jeans and a t-shirt! I’ve become a bit obsessed with decluttering recently. I find being surrounded by ‘stuff’ quite chaotic and unsettling, and the more I recycle/donate, the calmer and happier I feel. I’ve been working though my wardrobe, letting go of everything I don’t absolutely love, and last weekend i even tackled the kitchen ‘shit drawer’ where everything from spare batteries and keys to old biros and half empty hand creams have been shoved for the last seven years. SO satisfying! For minimal/decluttering inspo, I’m loving @jessicarosewilliams and of course for stylish monochrome wardrobe inspiration, the gorgeous @onlinestylist. Which Instagram feeds do you love? #fridaymood #capsulewardrobe #instainspo
Why do I buy unsuitable things, for pity’s sake?
I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while now, and I guess it’s important to have a look at what you’re donating/Ebaying to understand why they were unsuitable. Mine fitted roughly into the following categories:
- Too small – you’re keeping it because you think you’ll slim down (case in point: gorgeous, expensive bikini that fitted me last year when I was a stone lighter). In the words of my favourite ice Queen, you need to let it go.
- Ordered online, wasn’t 100% sure but didn’t bother sending it back. I’m AWFUL for this. In fact, I think I should probably only be allowed to buy things in an actual shop. Here’s where the Instalust comes in too. I see gorgeous things on gorgeous people and think that I have to have them, and then when I’m underwhelmed on how they look on me, I just hang them in the cupboard and forget about them. NO MORE.
- Buying things I love but having nothing to go with them, or no suitable shoes, or not knowing how to style them (case in point, the rather expensive straw bag with pompoms that languished in the cupboard and was never used, and the yellow gingham dress – what was I thinking?).
What do I actually want in my classic capsule wardrobe?
So there were a few lessons learned and a few quid made on Ebay. Now, to work out what I should actually be buying. I think most of us know (with the odd silly mistake – see above) what suits us, and the colours we’re drawn to. One of the things I’ve started doing is spending time creating a Pinterest board with outfits I like. I can see that I’m drawn to classic outfits, lots of monochrome, clean lines, simple shapes and of course a little dash of leopard! I’m drawn to a print midi dress worn with Converse, soft jumpers in grey and black, and As I said on the Instagram post, I get loads of inspiration from people like Jessica Rose Williams and Amanda from The Online Stylist, so a lot of the pins are from them, and it’s a great way to work out your own style. Next stop is a massive trying on session!
One of the items on the top of my list were some great quality black leather ankle boots. I started my search in good old M&S, and you won’t believe the beauties I found in there. The leather of these Autograph black leather ankle boots is really soft, and the stretchy panel at the side makes them really easy to get on and off (the panel is lined inside so you’re not going to get soaking wet feet in the rain either).
Next up, a great pair of jeans. I love my everyday stretch skinnies (always Levi’s 721s), but I wanted a more modern, straight leg shape, still with a high waist. These M&S Autograph high waist ankle straight jeans were really comfy and fitted me around the hips and bum, while still giving a bit of a straighter leg shape which looks great with boots. Love the colour too. I paired them with a classic, pure cotton white t-shirt, which every capsule wardrobe should have, and which M&S have for just £3.50.
And a few things to think about moving on
1 Of course, fashions change, and YOU change, and somewhere along the line, the things you now love might also be in the ‘to donate’ box, but that’s fine. I now feel like I’ll be about to pass them on to someone else that can love them knowing that I made a good choice in the first place.
2 Plus of course, if you’ve invested your hard earned money in great quality items, you’re more likely to get quite a bit of that back when you move them on to a new owner. M&S, hush, Boden, & Other Stories, etc, sell fabulously well on Ebay.
3 I’ll be keeping my notebook up to date, really curating my wardrobe, and with the money I save by not buying throwaway fashion, I’ll be saving up for the items I would really love: a classic leather jacket, for example.
Do come and join me on Pinterest, and have a wonderful weekend!
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