Sometimes I feel so uncool. I probably shouldn't admit this because I am supposed to be cool, aren't I? I mean people pay me for my cool design ideas and style. But, sometimes I feel like I am so not on fleek. It's probably not on fleek to even use the phrase "on fleek" anymore. Anyway, I am just discovering the whole capsule wardrobe thing, a little late to the party, I realize. Nevertheless, the whole idea intrigues me. Not because I have some minimalist point to prove, but rather because my closet space has shrunk in half since I got married. And I am tired of thinking about what to wear everyday. After decades of dressing myself, I want to take a little break. And since I don't have an Anna like Mary Crawley (didn't you love the way she tossed "Anna, I think something medium smart for tomorrow night" over her shoulder as she strode out the door to attend to some very important Downton Abbey business?), the only way I will get a break from the daily grind of the outfit issue is to come up with some sort of system. Something that makes the choice for me. The idea of a uniform has been floating around in my head for a while. Some extremely successful business people and entrepreneurs have gone this route in order to free their time up for more important empire building. That sounds good, doesn't it? Perhaps if I wore the right uniform, I could become the next internet sensation! I would be known as the designer that only wears white shirts and white jeans and light blue cashmere or linen sweaters (because my husband likes me in that color). It sounds good but I just don't think I have the fortitude to wear that ALL THE TIME. What if it's 98 degrees outside with 98 percent humidity? Or what if I have to spend the day staging and its pouring rain and the path from the car to the front door is a muddy swamp? Or what if I am feeling bloated from a soy sauce laden sushi fest the night before and want to hide in basic black until the swelling subsides?
The 37 item capsule wardrobe idea is a little more flexible than the uniform so I was excited to learn more about it. According to Caroline Rector of the popular blog, Unfancy, a capsule wardrobe represents more time, more money, and more energy for the things in life that really matter (aka not your clothes). Okay, that sounds good. Now there are more lists of 37 items and clever mix and match photos of different ways to wear everything than you can shake a stick at. Tangent, what on earth does that mean -more than you can shake a stick at? Did people go around shaking a stick in front of things in the olden days?? Anyway, all of the clever combinations make me nervous. I mean, I just don't think the track shorts look fabulous with the high-heeled open toed booties and the tank and the oversized cardigan sweater coat. Nor do I like the little black dress over the skinny jeans with the sneakers. I am definitely not cool enough to pull of such an ironic outfit. Are there any capsule wardrobes put together for a woman living in a tiny beach town in the south? I googled, I search on Pinterest, I looked on youtube, but couldn't find a ready-made capsule that would work for me. So, I decided to create my own.
Here is my spring/summer 2016 capsule wardrobe:
- Robe that looks like a coat for running after Ryelee around the neighborhood when he takes off after who knows what at 7am when I am still sporting item #1.
- Flip flops. I live at the beach. And I hate those loaner flip-flops from the nail salon.
- Tennis outfit. Just in case I have time to actually play ever again. I want to be prepared.
- Yoga pants and tank . Yes, I know that is two items but who is counting? Necessary to maintain the delusion that I actually might make it to Barre class again sometime this week.
- Swim suit. I live at the beach.
- Tunic top. To wear over swimsuit at Fresh Market and also over yoga pants to hide things that have shifted due to lack of attendance at Barre class.
- Beach Hat
- Tote bag
- Platinum Jack Rogers sandals
- Black Jack Rodgers Sandals
- Saddle leather Jack Rodgers sandals
- Gold Jack Rodgers sandals
15-25. White Lilly Pulitzer shift dresses
26-36. Wildly colorful Lilly Pulitzer shift dresses
37. White cardi. In case it gets chilly in the evening or in over air-conditioned restaurants.
That wasn't so hard! The only problem I foresee is that if I ever need to leave Pawleys Island, and go to some place like LA or Boston or San Francisco, I will require more capsules. I think I will create mini capsules and put 8 items in each for LA, Boston and SF. Maybe someone has already created destination capsules, or vacation capsules? Hey, wouldn't that be awesome? What if you could just order up a capsule wardrobe in your size that some über cool fashionista who lives in the place you are visiting has put together? No more feeling like a country bumpkin when you land in Soho. Or showing up wearing a cloth wool coat in Boston when everyone under the age of 90 is wearing a down jacket. No more staying up until 2 am trying to figure out what to pack for your 6 am flight to Chicago. Hey, I just might be on to something. I might need that Steve Jobs uniform after all....Stay tuned.