I have to admit that not too much knitting or crafting took place this month. I was all gung-ho on the knitting front at the beginning of the month but then it got too sticky hot to knit even the little hexipuffs that I was feverishly knitting up. Ironically, it wasn't too hot for me to go on a jam making spree though!
Anyhoo, here are the 5 things I've been obsessing about this month:
1. Hexipuff Madness
2. Making Jam
3. Plain Greek Yogurt with Homemade Fruit Sauce
5. Capsule Wardrobes
I've been thinking a lot about my wardrobe this month. Mainly because I really have nothing to wear, and the fact that my wardrobe needs a Major overhaul. Yes, that's major with a capitol M. I'm thinking it's about time to do a complete and total purge of my closet. Especially now that I've come to terms that some of my clothes will just no longer fit me. It's been almost 4 years since the Munchkin was born and both my feet and my rib cage will not shrink back to their pre-kidlet days. Yup, things that they don't tell you about being pregnant: that your feet can grow a full shoe size and that your rib cage can permanently expand. And after 6-12 months if they don't go back to "normal" than they never will. Le sigh.
So...that all means I got to face the fact that a lot of my clothes and pretty much 95% of my shoes I can no longer wear. Not to mention that my tastes have changed and think some of my garments aren't "mommy-appropriate". As in some of my skirts and dresses are just too short, some tops are not long enough (bye bye belly baring days!), and some pieces are just too constricting. You know how it is sometimes...you think "maybe I'll save this for when I have a daughter" or "maybe it'll come back into style" or "maybe I can let it out/get it tailored and it'll fit again". Yeah, this thinking is not good. It only creates unnecessary clutter. And maybe some bad self-esteem when you look into your closet and see the clothes that no longer fits.
Anyhoo, so I've been really looking at what I have been wearing and trying to build my wardrobe from there. Ever since fashion school I've kind of been fascinated with the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but at the time could even consider trying it out (come on, I had a disposable income and had to keep up with the trends!). Now though? Now I can totally get with the program. Besides, my wardrobe already follows the capsule wardrobe rules, I just need to get a handful of pieces to make it complete. Don't know what a capsule wardrobe is? It's basically a collection of a few essential "classic" pieces that aren't dated, are kind of season-less, and can be mixed and matched to create several outfits. Awesome, right? You can update your collection by adding a few trendy pieces each season or by accessorizing. Typically the base collection would consist of a 1-3 base colours (I find my staples to be black and grey, with a few white shirts), and be of great quality (cause it's all about quality, not quantity...after all, you'll be wearing these items all.the.time).
Now some people might find this concept extremely boring, but I think it's great. It definitely would make getting dressed in the morning that much easier and will prevent you from having a closet full of clothes you don't wear. My wardrobe is pretty monochromatic with my pops of colour being either my hand-knit cardigans and pullovers, and accessories. I would love my base wardrobe to be like the one pictured above - sans denim cutoffs...that's never been my style. I'll admit that for the past year I've been "developing" my style (ok, I've been half-assing it) and have slowly built up a list of things I need. My mission this fall is to find a pair of black or grey flats (although, I've been eyeing up the silver glitter shoes by TOMS), hunt down (or sew up) a little black dress and skirt, and to knit up either a black or grey shawl and cashmere sweater. I've been searching for the perfect trench coat for the past 5 years and highly doubt I'll find it this fall, but I'll definitely be keeping my eye out. If I had the time (and the guts) I would draft my own based off of a gorgeous ASOS trench that I spotted back in 2008 (note to self: never hesitate on a classic!). Le sigh. The trench coat that got away...