I will keep updating this post and adding to the thread as I create more outfits, notice patterns, and continue to reflect on my likes/dislikes.
I am seven outfits into the challenge, and have used 13 items so far:
Items worn (not counting footwear, outerwear, accessories):
- Hand-knit sweater (four wears)
- Olive chinos (six wears)
- Merino leggings (four wears)
- Black down vest (eight wears)
- Striped Icebreaker dress (two wears)
- Eggplant Icebreaker dress (two wears)
- French press sweatshirt (four wears)
- Blue 501s (six wears)
- Sage green henley (five wears)
- Striped merino cowl-neck (two wears)
- Burgundy v-neck sweater (three wears)
- Plaid wide-leg pants (two wears)
- Black watch pants (four wears)
- Polka-dot pants (four wears)
- Floral chambray shirt (two wears)
- Burgundy/blue plaid shirt (three wears)
- Charcoal turtleneck (two wears)
- Multi-stripe cashmere crewneck (two wears)
- Black merino hoodie (six wears)
- Blue/white striped oxford shirt (one wear)
- Sage green crewneck sweatshirt (one wear)
- Grey herringbone skirt (two wears)
My only goal going into the challenge was not to rely too heavily on jeans or flannel shirts -- I've worn jeans once, and casual olive pants twice. I have not yet added a flannel shirt, in part because I have too many and can't decide on just one!
Things I’ve learned:
1. I need to figure out a static cling remedy for some of my skirts and dresses (I already knew this, but including them in the capsule may force my hand -- I haven't worn them yet, but might try on a mild day). Dryer sheets? Bounce Spray? The problem, of course, is pairing with tights -- they're fine over bare legs (these are pieces I bought in warmer weather, and it hadn't occurred to me to try them on with tights at the time). I already put lotion on my legs before getting dressed, but that’s not enough. I’ve tried spritzing with water too, but the effect doesn’t last long. Or maybe I just accept these as spring/fall pieces and don't worry about wearing in deep winter? Do I hunt down a slip or a half-slip?
2. I’ve added several patterned bottoms over the past couple of years, but I’m not sure I’ve added enough solid-coloured tops to support them. I do have solid tops, and vastly prefer wearing them with printed bottoms (vs with solid bottoms) but sometimes the solid tops I have still feel boring, due to fabric or silhouette, even if the colour/pattern/texture in the outfit all play well together. Maybe this is a case of needing more third pieces? Which brings me to…
4. I could stand to add some variety to my deep-winter boot collection. When I’m out for a long period of time and/or it's truly frigid, I wear my Muck Boots, end of story. They are warm, and they keep water and melting snow out. My feet stay warm. If I want to look a little nicer, I wear my Blundstones, and if I know I’ll be walking a long distance, I often choose my Ahnu winter hiking boots, because they’re a smidge lighter. I don’t have a polished option, but maybe I need to consider adding a pair of insulated/waterproof ankle boots -- Blondo, Aquatalia, or similar? Just for dinner out/concerts/etc. I could also probably use a “cool” looking pair of uber-warm boots (like Sorel or Ugg), I just don’t like how heavy most of those are, and have a hard time with fit. Of course, if I had a larger boot collection to choose from, then I'd have to include them in the 30...