It’s the last day of January which is really the last moment when writing about 2016 favourites could be deemed remotely acceptable. So let me take this very last opportunity to share with you the stars of my collection – my five 2016 wardrobe heroes.
I’ve been capsule-wardrobing now since January. It was my first experience with the concept of the capsule – and it’s safe to say that it’s been educational! Here are five things I’ve learnt from the process over the past few months.
1. Capsuling is a state of mind
I initially thought it might be difficult to get into the swing of things. I’m not usually an impulse buyer, so the idea of mulling over each item you purchase and weighing up its value and purpose is not new to me. Nonetheless, the idea of committing to a set number of wardrobe pieces for a set amount of time was a little daunting at first. I found that you really have to get into a both pragmatic and minimalist (though I use this word with caution) state of mind for the capsule idea to work well for you – it’s like hypnotism, it won’t work unless you want it to!
Alright, I confess, the title of this post is a lie. There’s only so much ‘guiding’ you can do when you’ve visited a city for the first time and only for a long weekend at that. The post should really be called ‘Things I Did / Saw / Ate and Would Recommend You Do / See / Eat on an Extended Weekend in Lisbon’. But that would have been a mouthful.
What I can tell you is this – Lisbon is absolutely stunning. Its streets tell the story of Portugal’s decadent past, with now run-down renaissance buildings from the ‘Age of Discoveries’ mixed with the Pombaline architecture of the downtown area, which was re-built on a grid following an earthquake in 1755. The city is lively and colourful, with charming doorways, decorative tiles, (somewhat treacherous) cobbles and narrow streets winding across a hilly landscape. The hilliness of the city also means you get some pretty incredible views.
There are few things more satisfying than a versatile object. The more versatile the object, the better its use, the greater its value. You could probably say the same for people.
Remember that venn diagram in my last post? This is the middle part of it. There are seven pieces in my capsule wardrobe that I use as both work and play clothing. Highlights include a gorgeous dress from & Other Stories which I wear with a black top underneath at work to hide that it’s backless; a shirt dress from Topshop; an oversized shirt from Mango; and my trusty leather-lapelled Zara jacket. The other three pieces are more oversized shirts (my clothing pieces are versatile – I, clearly, am not), so I decided against boring you with photos of those.
Curating your capsule wardrobe is the ultimate planning exercise. You have to make an educated judgment as to how many clothes and which clothes you need for specific activities in your life, and then make your selection interesting enough that you won’t feel the desire to change it up after a couple of weeks. Part of this involves putting a large amount of trust in your ability to do your laundry on a regular enough basis that you can make do with the number of pieces that you’ve set yourself. That’s my biggest worry – the washing.