How I envy my fellow bloggers in the southern hemisphere as they don their spring clothes and plan their summer capsules!
Here in the UK, the weather has turned chillier quite suddenly. I’ve planned my capsule to take me up the end of November, which will be three months and I’m glad of all the warmer pieces I included – especially my layering pieces.
I’ve enough versatility in my wardrobe to make it through a cold snap without having to dive into my winter capsule too early.
So, this is the time when I start to review what’s worked for this season and what hasn’t. This capsule has been great, actually. I find colder weather easier to dress for!
Having one key neutral colour (navy) instead of two, as in previous capsules, has worked out fine. I love navy – so much goes with it – and it’s as slimming as black!
However, there was one piece that didn’t work out as well as I hoped – annoyingly, it wasn’t too much of a surprise!
During the summer, I found a shirt that I thought would go perfectly with all my navy neutrals. It was a print with some navy and green and I thought it looked fresh and versatile. It would go with jeans and a denim skirt as well. The perfect crossover piece between my work and casual wardrobes! I picked it up and immediately an alarm bell went off – the material felt a bit ‘cheap’. Now, it wasn’t the most expensive item, but it still felt a bit dubious.
I’ve been committed to buying fewer but better quality items, so they would last longer and be replaced less frequently. And, as I learned the hard way, quality is nothing to do with price. This did not feel like a quality item. But it was so pretty … (eyes roll at this point!)
So I ignored the alarm bell and bought it.
Prepare to be astonished!!! The first time I washed it, the colours faded and it shrank a little. It never really sat right after that and therefore I never really felt that good in it. When I wore it, I found myself constantly adjusting and tugging at it.
How annoying – not that the item didn’t work out but that I knew better. I allowed myself to be hooked by a pretty print and ignored my usual criteria of quality, longevity and a good cost-per-wear ratio.
However, 1 item out of 33 is not too bad – and a lesson for future. Mind you, it’s not learning the lesson – it’s applying it consistently that’s the challenge! Have a great week 😊