I love navy! It’s less harsh than black (although my love affair with black is still going strong – we are not breaking up any time soon*). I feel navy is a strong neutral that’s a bit more appropriate for the brighter days of spring.
This year, I mixed up the navy with some burgundy. During the week, I eagerly reached for my burgundy jacket with my burgundy trousers. Hmmm …… I don’t know if it was the two different shades or the silhouette or the different textures, but it just – did – not – work!!
I looked as though I had strayed into costume territory – I felt I should be standing with arms and legs akimbo, slapping my thigh! It didn’t look like a suit or even smart separates. What was fine in theory was different in reality (oh, this happens a lot!!).
My navy jacket was in the dry cleaners. When you only have a few pieces, laundry and dry cleaning are an occupational hazard – but also an opportunity. The old me would probably have decided that the opportunity was one of shopping for a new jacket in a different shade of burgundy (ever the optimist!). But the new me decided to ‘shop my closet’ i.e. see what I already had.
Now this is a concept I have often read about in the blogosphere. But before, I’ve worried that this is a form of ‘cheating’. Now that I’ve become more used to a capsule wardrobe, I realise this is nonsense. It needs to work for me and my lifestyle – that’s the bottom line. I needed a jacket that day – one was in the dry cleaners and the other didn’t work with what I was wearing. I didn’t have time to change so I reached for my trusty black jacket (*moth to a flame!). It wasn’t the most exciting outfit, but it was smart, and I felt put-together and presentable.
Besides, I can only too easily fall into the trap of thinking that certain pieces are for certain seasons. Isn’t it better that I try and use my clothes as much as possible and optimise their cost?
It’s great to realise I have a whole shopping experience at my fingertips – the pieces just happen to be stored in the closet or folded in the drawers, rather than hanging in a shop.
Anyone else do this? I always love to read your experiences and comments. Have a great week 😊