Since starting life on the road, I’ve developed a system that I really enjoy. I have a big suitcase that I only go into about once a week and a smaller one that I bring with me everyday. The big suitcase is basically a stockpile of everything I have here. All my clothes, shoes, toiletries, and accessories. In my smaller suitcase, I pull a capsule wardrobe that will get me through the week as well as anything I need for the day to day.
Those of you who’ve been with me for a while know how much I hate having to let go of my options, even if just for a week. So I’ve been working on building a weekly capsule that keeps me feeling fulfilled as a fashion conscious woman, while also being practical to carry around every day.
I started this challenge with a test I’ve dubbed 3 in 3. I picked a t-shirt and tried to style it three different ways three days in a row. Now, obviously this hinged upon nothing bad happening to the shirt. There are boundaries here. But my main goal was for no one to notice that it was the same shirt each time. I wanted to give it a new life with each outfit. And I managed just that! So I’ll talk you through how I pulled this off.
I got this t-shirt from Old Navy recently and I really love it. It’s their boyfriend cut, which means its a little bit longer and looser than a regular women’s tee. So, I threw on some yoga pants and my converse for the first day. This look was both cute and comfy and was great for traveling.
It was particularly warm and sunny this day, so I tied the shirt into a knot at the waist and paired it with my green skater skirt and some nude flats. This look earned me quite a few compliments and no one guessed it was a repeat. Definite success!
This was a little harder. I felt like I had done both the obvious and the unexpected and I didn’t know where to go from there. I ended up choosing something that’s a little outside my usual look. I tucked the shirt into some high waisted black shorts and bloused it out a little so it wasn’t bunchy at the bottom. It’s a little more preppy than I tend to look, but all in all I liked it. And no one mentioned the shirt.
Now clearly this challenge can’t be applied to all items, but it got me thinking about how I could be more innovative with the clothing I have. I’m going to dive deeper into this skill moving forward because I think it could be the key to paring down, while still maintaining an exciting wardrobe. Who knows, maybe it’ll even lead to a permanent capsule wardrobe! Maybe…
Here’s to loving your look!