How to Buy Investment Pieces

I had the pleasure of spending a few sunny days in the south of France last weekend – and sprung at the chance of pulling my beloved transitional pieces out of hibernation. You know you’ve made a good investment when you get just as excited to pull your seasonal items out a year later as you were to buy them in the first place. So let’s talk choosing investment pieces.

Firstly, let’s just acknowledge that everyone’s threshold of what falls into the “investment” category will differ.  For me, the aim of the game is for my wardrobe to consist 90% of investment pieces – so I’m not focusing on crazy expensive designer handbags here (although they would also clearly come under the investment umbrella). What I mean by “investment” are good quality, durable items that you do usually have to splash out a bit more on, but importantly, their cost per wear will ultimately be minimal.

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Denim Throwback: The Perfect Mom Jean

Let me be straight here – denim is a bit of a bitch. There are few wardrobe items more rewarding than a perfectly fitting jean, but the actual process of finding said perfectly fitting jean is a nigh on impossibly feat.

 

Point in case – I’ve been looking for some mom jeans for a while. Granted, they’re a bit of a trend item. And granted, they are unflattering by definition. But, like with every piece in my collection, I thought about this purchase a lot. Then I thought about it again. And then I decided they were, indeed, a good (fantastic, even) idea. But therein lies the rub – I tried model after model and none of them really fit the bill. At one point I ordered two different styles of ASOS’s own brand mom jeans in the exact same size and I could have fit in one pair twice, whereas the other pair barely had any breathing room. Baffling.

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5 Steps to Updating Your Capsule Wardrobe

Since starting this blog last year, I have moved away from a rigid capsule system to more of a relaxed, streamlined approach to my wardrobe. I think the initial capsule rules were necessary to get me started (and might be necessary if you’re an impulse buyer!), but once I got into the right mindset, the capsule just happened naturally without meticulous planning. I haven’t had any unthought-out splurges or excessive amounts of clothing in the last year. My wardrobe is still carefully curated – but it needs a refresh, and what better time to do this than in January?

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5 Things I Learnt From My First Capsule Wardrobe

Blog-web3I’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!

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Casually Smart // Be Smart About Casual

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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.

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The Formal Part

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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.

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Step 1: Taking Inventory

Curated Theory closet makeover

Fact: I have the most inconveniently shaped closet. It resembles a noodle that’s decided to point at you and has this incredible talent of rendering copious amounts of space more or less useless.

I mentioned last week that the Curated Theory would start with a curated [capsule] wardrobe. This involves compiling a perfectly curated set number of wardrobe pieces that will get you through a season. A season is three months long – in this case the wintery January to March. The idea is that at the start of every season you give your wardrobe a re-think, change a piece out here or there, but make no additions to or subtractions from it during the season itself. It’ll take your mind off your clothes and your hands out of your wallet. Or that’s the theory anyway.

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The Theory

The Theory: a curated, more intentional lifestyle is a more fulfilling, happier one.

It’s January 2016, and with January comes a plethora of new year’s resolutions, new ideas and new beginnings. For the past few months I’ve been infatuated with the (admittedly super hip/in/on-trend/cat’s pyjamas) idea of decluttering and minimising – and applying the wider philosophy of a more curated, intentional lifestyle. So, as much as I tried to talk myself out of blogging again (I’m grown up and serious now, surely?), this blog is here to document the process of moving towards a curated lifestyle. And seeing as January is usually followed by the rest of the year, when all resolutions/ideas/beginnings are forgotten, this blog is also here to keep me accountable.

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