Spring capsule, spring style

After postponing the start of my spring capsule because of heavy snowfalls, I’m ready to go now. Although it looks as if it may start snowing again here, after some sunny days – #crazy weather!

You know the drill by now – review what worked and what didn’t from my winter capsule, decide what I’m keeping, what I’m letting go and any lessons learned on the way.

I’m such a nerd but I always love that bit!

And then on to deciding what goes into my spring capsule.

At the moment, I have 33 items! I know! The perfect number for Project 333. I can’t make out whether I’m now just used to the optimum number or whether it’s coincidence!

My base colours are navy and burgundy – a bit of a break from my winter black – with some neutrals of white and grey and some accent pieces of stripes and brighter colours.

Jacket - Damsel in a dress, navy Jacket - Gerry Weber, burgundyTop - Crew Clothing, navy, breton

This time, I decided to actually count how many pieces I’m carrying forward from other capsules and how many are new. (See ‘nerd’ above!).

Out of my 33 pieces, 26 (79%) are items I already had; 4 (12%) are clothes I bought second hand and 3 (9%) are brand new. I’m quite pleased with that ratio.

A few reflections:

  • I’m investing more in quality pieces, so they last longer and I can carry them from season to season.
  • My personal style is far more defined than it used to be, which is why I’m happy with having 4 out of 5 pieces from previous capsules.
  • I wouldn’t have found my style in such a defined way, if I hadn’t experimented with a capsule.
  • I need fewer clothes as I can be more creative with what I have.   3 or 4 years BC (before capsule!), I tended to have ‘outfits’ so I would have a top to match a pair of trousers or a jacket that went with a skirt. Nowadays that’s a luxury and frankly too boring – I mix and match more and so come up with combinations that I wouldn’t have thought of previously.
  • I still make mistakes but my decision-making has improved. I know what I will wear, what I will get most value from and what suits me.
  • I’m less swayed by others – I’m not remotely a fashionista and have no idea about current trends but I am certainly developing my own style and with that comes a measure of confidence.

Anyone else started their spring capsule? Have a great week 😊

  9 comments for “Spring capsule, spring style

  1. April 14, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Ellustar, thank you so much for reblogging this – very kind – hope you and your readers enjoy it! Lxx

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  2. April 14, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Reblogged this on Ellustar Fashion.

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  3. March 28, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Love the bergundy jacket. Really like the idea of a capsule wardrobe but haven’t been brave enough to try it…yet. The colours you’ve picked are good, especially navy which is a flattering colour. I’ve also decided to buy better quality clothes too because better for the environment, they look better and last. Really will have to try this. Great post.

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    • March 28, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      Hi there, thanks so much for reading and commenting 🙂 Yes, that jacket is one of my favourites for a bit of colour. I love black but after a winter of it, it’s nice to turn to navy – just as versatile and a bit softer and easier to wear. You make a great point about the benefits to the environment. You could try a capsule for a week or two, to ease you in gently and see how you get on? I have to say it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done but it took me a couple of goes to really get into it – I can understand how daunting it appears at first! Best of luck if you try it, Lxxx

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  4. March 20, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Hi there Lisa, I’m still laughing re ‘Olympic sport’!! Yes, doing a capsule at all was a great experiment and I also had to learn the bitter lesson that my favourite pieces were not necessarily those that suited me best! But it was all learning so that’s the main thing!! Lxx

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  5. March 20, 2018 at 6:19 am

    Crazy weather indeed! Congrats on completing your spring capsule, Lorraine! Your observation that you wouldn’t have been able to find your own style in the same way if you hadn’t experimented with the capsule is an interesting one. It makes complete sense that whittling down your seasonal wardrobe to your absolute favourite and most versatile items would bring out your true style – what a great way to discover that! (The mainstream way being shopping as if it were an Olympic sport…and I doubt that works anyway!) I also like that you’ve given the term BC a whole new meaning; I’ll have a chuckle thanks to you Lorraine next time I do a spot of history reading! 😛 😊

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  6. March 19, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    I just traveled for a working weekend, leaving Friday and returning was late on Sunday night as possible. I am thrilled to say I took my work tote with toiletries and pjs and was able to dress in flexible layers I could change up with a scarf. Reversible tanks and a bracelet that could be a necklace let me look pulled together for all of the events. You are right, before when packing by outfit is so much to carry!

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    • March 19, 2018 at 7:41 pm

      Hi Laurel, that sounds like the ultimate in minimalist packing and flexibility! Even your jewellery was versatile and I love the sound of reversible tanks – genius! Lxx

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