Do special occasion pieces belong in a capsule wardrobe?
I mean those items I only reach for when I have a special event. A pretty dress, a fancy skirt, an embellished top. Not the workhorses of my day-to-day wardrobe.
I don’t have many of these events. My normal social life is well-catered for from my capsule. Also, I am loathe to have one of my precious, few spaces taken up by an item I may wear only once in a season.
So, I’ve created a tiny, occasion capsule. This works for parties, fancy dinners and special evenings out. It contains:
- Two dresses – one red lace and one dark beaded number
- One gold brocade skirt, that dresses up the plainest top
- Two embellished tops
- My beloved Mulberry shoes, bought for 10% of their original price in Bicester Village!
- A pretty little clutch, picked up in a local charity shop
I don’t wear only these but I find that one or two of these pieces lift some of my more ‘ordinary’ clothes up a level and I feel more dressed up, which is half the fun of going out.
These clothes last and last because I wear them so seldom but I get the thrill of novelty when I put them on. I don’t need to go panic shopping if I have a party or wedding to go to – I wear them so infrequently that they seem like new and I never mind repeating outfits!
This weekend, it’s Mr. Minimal-Lol’s birthday and we are going to go out in style to celebrate. Fancy restaurant is booked, cocktails are featuring on the agenda and I will be reaching into my occasion capsule.
There are some who would reason that a capsule should be self-contained but this way works best for me. I’ve noticed I have tiny capsules for jewellery, beach wear (worn once a year!), sleep wear and workout wear – these do not usually comprise part of a main capsule. But I’m now so in the capsule habit that I have no desire to over-compensate in these areas. The same principles apply.
Now, which piece to wear this evening? I think it will be the red dress – always a favourite of Mr. Minimal-Lol’s – and it is his birthday! Have a great week 🙂