Capsules and special occasion pieces

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 🙂


  9 comments for “Capsules and special occasion pieces

  1. July 8, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    I love the idea of an occasion capsule! I may have to incorporate this myself, as I tend to save items “for a special occasion” even if I have nothing that goes with them. Thanks for the tip!

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    • July 9, 2017 at 12:00 am

      Hi there, thanks a million for stopping by 🙂 Yes, this idea has sort of evolved over the past while, primarily because I don’t want to give up a precious space in my ‘normal’ capsule!! Glad you found this tip of value 🙂 Lxx

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  2. July 7, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Loving the contrast of Mulberry and a bargain from the charity shop. Hope you and Mr Minimal-lol had a fabulous night out x

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    • July 7, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Nik, yes, good observation!! My capsule now seems to encompass one extreme to the other!! Just shows how flexible it is ;-). Thank you for your good wishes – Mr. M-L and I had a fantastic evening xxx

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  3. July 3, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Loved looking at your picks!

    Have an amazing day!
    xx Kris

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    • July 3, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Hi there Kris, how very kind of you – it’s comments like yours that help me have an amazing day 🙂 xx

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  4. onyx-natasha
    July 2, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    The red dress is lovely, smashing choice! Blessings🌸

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    • July 2, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks a million! Also, I love the new photo you are using on your blog 🙂

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      • onyx-natasha
        July 2, 2017 at 10:37 pm

        You are very welcome and thank you so much for the compliment. Most are my own pictures and I’ve been using some great editing software to get them to look the way they do, I’m really enjoying the photography editing part of the blog. I may also be changing my blog theme, I’m not sure when or if it will happen, but it’s something I’m considering, 🌸

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