Why try a Year Round Capsule Wardrobe
I have been considering a year round capsule wardrobe a lot lately. Since posting my 2017 Winter Capsule Wardrobe, I’ve been brainstorming ways to present outfit combinations to you that didn’t involve putting them all in one post (because that would take forever and I honestly just would not have time to do that and that helps nobody!)
One of the ideas I had was to post a week’s worth of outfits together in one post. So every Friday I’d post some flat lay style photos of the outfit combinations I would plan to wear the following week. Then on the day I wore the outfit, I’d post a style selfie on Instagram so you could see how that outfit would look on an actual person. In order to plan for those photos, I checked the weather.
The Case for a Year Round Capsule Wardrobe
The weather here in the Houston, TX area is pretty insane. If you’re from here, you know what I’m talking about. If you’re not, let me give you a quick run down. It is currently “winter”. On Friday, it got so cold that we had a hard freeze and lots of pipes burst in the neighborhood. The low at my house was 21° F. As I type this, today is Wednesday, not even a week later, and the current temperature outside is 77° F. It was cloudy and muggy this morning, 6 hours ago. It got sunny with blue skies for an hour or so. Now it’s grey and the wind is gusting at 24 miles per hour. (ETA: I had not even finished typing this post and now it’s sunny and blue skies again).
Predictably Unpredictable Weather
I’ve lived here my whole life. I know the weather is like this here. Houston is infamous for this. I even had an issue with my 10 piece wardrobe where I failed to take the weather in consideration when planning that very minimal set of clothes.
“Despite my experience, I failed to take unpredictable weather into consideration with this 10 piece capsule wardrobe. All my bottoms are pants. Almost all my tops have long sleeves. I have one top that I can barely wear because it has been too warm (the North Face fleece). This is a challenge now, but it is mostly a learning experience. Future capsules will be planned accordingly.” – Me, less than a year ago, 10 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Pros & Cons
(Clearly, I did not learn from that experience.)
Seasonal Capsule Wardrobe vs. Year Round Capsule Wardrobe
One of my favorite YouTubers is Coco. Coco recently posted about switching her previously seasonal capsule wardrobe to a year round capsule wardrobe. She lives in San Francisco where the weather is mild enough to dress the same almost all year. Watch what she has to say about it here:
Year Round Capsule Wardrobe vs. Quitting the Capsule All Together
With this topic on my mind, I took to Google to find other bloggers that had something to say about the year round capsule wardrobe idea. Blogger Lynnette from Simply For Real decided that not even a year round capsule wardrobe would work for her:
“I do not need a new wardrobe for every season because short sleeves are good all year around here, but I felt like I did. I worried about how many items should carry over from winter into spring…or from summer into fall…because I could not possibly wear the same t-shirts all year long, even if the weather permitted. That would be just plain boring.” – Lynnette, Simply For Real, Why I’m Jumping off the Capsule Wardrobe Bandwagon
While Lynnette decided a capsule wardrobe was not for her, I have to wonder if had she bent the “rules” to work for her, would she have found joy in it like I do? If you hesitate to try a capsule for the same reasons Lynnette abandoned the project, please read this post and let’s talk about it. I’d love to elaborate on that post soon, maybe as a rebuttal to Lynnette’s post (as well as other bloggers that have quit, I don’t mean to single anyone out!).
Is a Year Round Capsule Wardrobe the Answer?
I’m still thinking on this. I have been doing the capsule thing for 2 years straight and I can honestly say I don’t ever want to go back my previous approach of shopping every weekend to find something cute to wear, spending a ton of money on cheap throwaway clothes from the clearance rack, wearing whatever I could find that was “in style” just because I thought it’d make me look good, and still never having anything to wear. I do know one thing, the weather here is predictably unpredictable and it’s making things difficult.
What is the weather like where you live? Is it conducive to a traditional 4 season capsule approach?
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