I know I've been somewhat absent from the forum this month--it's my busy time of year--but I've still been doing the November no-buy/shop-your-closet. For the first half of the month, it was smooth sailing, but I've come up against some challenges in the past week or so. Here's what I'm noticing:

  • It's been a couple of years since I purchased elements for my "work at home uniform." I used to be able to reach for that on days when I knew I needed to get down to business and get a lot done, but the tops I used for it have mostly been demoted to sleepwear, and the bottoms have well over 100 wears, so it just doesn't feel as great to wear anymore. I probably need a refresh here, but I'll need to update to something that will work for the warmer autumn/winter temps we'll have after this summer's relocation.
  • Instead of a company holiday party to dress for this year, we have tickets to Disneyland next week, and my summer "theme park capsule" doesn't extend to the milder temperatures (60s/70s) in California right now. I have plenty of clothes for that kind of weather, but most of it isn't in the "durable, über-casual" category. I can manage the two days of clothing I need out of my closet, I think, but I'll need a more robust capsule for this over the next year.
  • And finally, less of a challenge than a lesson, I have learned that I'm much more likely to think I need new things when I don't keep up with laundry. My wardrobe isn't big and I have it all in a spreadsheet, but I still forget how much I actually have when it isn't all clean.