I still make shopping mistakes. Yes, even after three years of buying and owning less I still sometimes buy something I end up regretting. The good news is it happens far, far less than it did before I radically decluttered our home.
When I look at my shoes I am happy with the styles and numbers but I have one significant regret. Color!
I wish I had gone with a bright color for my flats – patent orange or a deep red – instead of plain black. Same with my Wellingtons. Maybe even grey or a pattern for the heels.
The upside to having your basics in neutrals is that you can have more fun with your accessories and shoes. So when one of these needs replacing – as they probably will – I’ll step out of the neutral color shoe zone and choose something bright.
My modest winter/fall shoe collection:
- Rain Boots More accurately I should call these beach boots. Though I do wear these into town they are often worn at the beach across the street from us or tramping through muddy glens (British speak for forests or parks).
- Fashion Boots These are to the knee with a short heel and I can walk miles in them. Not waterproof but I can fit a thick wool sock underneath for warmth. They are mostly worn over jeans but I can also wear them with a dress.
- Heels These are ‘going out’ shoes as I almost never where heels in a normal day now that I no longer work in an office. I love the cut of these shoes and that they have a very reasonable 2 3/4 inch heel. 2014 goal: have more occasions to wear these shoes.
- Flats As I take stock of what I’m wearing a lot, or a little, I can see that these flats should really be in my stash of summer clothing. With the weather here and the fact that I do a lot of walking, I haven’t worn these since early fall.
On Hiatus: my lovely brown Frye boots are taking a winter off. The heels need to be resoled and I stopped wearing them last winter when they were too small for my end of pregnancy feet. Should I sell them or keep them? I’ll make a decision next fall.
On Notice: my suede Clarks, a sturdy not too high pair of heels that I can walk a few miles in, are on the block and will most likely be put on eBay in the next few months. These are great shoes but aren’t as versatile as my new D’Orsay style pumps that can be worn in summer and winter.
If you’ve been following along this week you’ve hopefully been inspired to work through your own wardrobe and find the pieces that you truly love and wear. I’ve also shared most of my wardrobe here so you can see how I’ve used the capsule wardrobe concept.
Most, but not all of my wardrobe.
I have a few different boxes of clothing that is either seasonal, transitional/maternity and a few things that I am testing out or that are on a break. I have an unopened birthday present that I am told is a new necklace, I’m testing out a poncho and I’m still unsure about the ‘fashion’ sweatshirt style top I have (it might just be a bit too short on me).
Then there is my beautiful wool swing coat. I wore it so much in Vancouver pre-kids but it only gets out a few times a year since moving to this often wet climate. I have a sentimental attachment to it because I bought it in Paris on my honeymoon. But is that reason enough to keep it?
Plus I haven’t touched on my formal wardrobe (aka my cocktail dress), workout wear, outerwear and underwear. Yes, I have all of those too.
The Capsule Wardrobe will always be a work in progress for me. I try and review what I have seasonally, what has been gifted to me, what I am wearing a lot or a little or not at all and why. I remind myself perfect is the enemy of done.
So while my capsule wardrobe will probably never be perfect, a few things missing and a few more waiting in the wings, my aim is to have it be flattering, functional and even a bit fun. And to always fit in my teeny tiny closet.
So did you find your uniform this week? What was the biggest challenge in culling your wardrobe? If you want more visual inspiration I have created a Capsule Wardrobes for Moms Pinterest board. I’ll be adding in areas of wardrobe we didn’t cover this week and links to more resources.
Next up: go big or go home, right? We move on to streamlining our homes tomorrow. I’ll have a few small tasks you can tackle this weekend plus more ideas on how to rethink your stuff – what you need, why you need it and where it can go to help you and help others.