A merry and marvellous March

Not only is it now definitely Spring-like here which is in itself decidedly uplifting and joyful, but it’s also Day One of my new wardrobe ūüėÄ ¬†I confess was a bit fed with clothes during the last week of my Season Four. ¬†I was bored and fed up with pretty much everything and completely lost interest in making any effort whatsoever.

Shame on me ?

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Not really, I think most people will become a tad bored after 92 days of ¬†trying to make up outfits from the same items when for over two thirds of those days, it’s essential to dress for one location and situation (work) and with the main purpose of keeping warm. ¬†Meaning that whatever I may have been wearing underneath, I was often having to wear the same top layers so I felt like I didn’t have so many options for different outfits ūüė¶

Never mind, it’s over now and I don’t like to dwell on the past; I prefer to revel and luxuriate in the present whilst keep one eye on the future. And the future is looking not only sunny and bright, but crucially, warmer too – hurray ! ¬†I’ve had the most lovely three days sorting out my wardrobe, drawers, trunks and also completely re-arranging the furniture in my bedroom to maximise space for mediations and yoga practice, the flow of energy and also to ensure I get as much light and brightness as possible. ¬†It feels wonderful in there now and a completely unexpected bonus was that when my delightful (yet unbelievably messy) Teen saw my room, she decided to follow suit and ¬†cleared out and rearranged the furniture in her own room. ¬†Lesson learned by me : leading by example had almost instant results whereas nagging and sniping has got me almost NOWHERE, for YEARS.

Throughout February I’ve been taking part in a mini challenge with a couple of friends, the object of it being to get rid of as many times as possible from our homes. ¬†I managed 50 by myself and Teen has probably doubled that so we DO have a lot more space and calm in our home. ¬†One of the items on its way to the charity shop is that pink skirt I mentioned previously. It just isn’t ‘right’ for me and bedsides, the Teen declared that she would be unable to talk to me if I ever wore it.

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My workwear is casual so I wear trousers/jeans a lot. These are the ones I’ve selected for my capsule for the next three months, and the angle I’ve photographed from makes some of them look a bit of a strange shape, however, I’m showing for colour rather than cut! ¬†I dithered over the white ones until I remembered that my season includes May and that can be deliciously warm; the same reason for including those mad print palazzos which I’ve had for years and often think of getting rid of until I remember they’re pretty much the only reason I have for using the word ‘voluminous’ and on reflection I believe that is reason enough.

A varied selection of colours, prints and plains for tops and blouses (tank tops for warmth and laying aren’t included in the numbers for my season) ¬†and I’m full of wild optimism that I’ll be able to make up many different outfits for both work and play days

IMG_5818          IMG_5823using a cunning combination of imagination and large dollop of incautious concern as to what others may think of my dress sense!

IMG_5820¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†IMG_5825I’m keeping some woolly jumpers and scarves in the collection for a few weeks as I really feel the cold and I’m not convinced that the calendar and the temperature are in agreement just yet.

IMG_5822 Just look at all those hangers, waiting for their turn to be removed and then switched round the other way!

I havent photographed everything, because frankly, I got bored and hungry so went off to make some toast and then snuggled down with a book for while… I certainly won’t win any style awards and it’s probably not a very cohesive collection but I’ve done my best with what I had to work with. I think I counted 35 items, not including footwear, scarves or jewellery.

IMG_5826¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†IMG_5817It’s the majority of the items I have to choose from ( haven’t included coat, blazer, biker or warm jackets – too dull) and these are the remnants from my first year of practising my version of P333. I shed so much during that first year and ¬†I’ve pledged not to buy any new items of clothing this year although if necessary I can replace a much loved and worn item which is either worn out or no longer fits. ¬† And when I say no longer fits, I mean too big.¬†I have a bundle of clothes in a bag marked “too small” and the date: 25th May. ¬†On that day last year, I declared that if I could still not fit into those clothes on the same date in a year’s time, then I HAD to get rid of them.

I admit I’m scared, but I shed 4 lbs during February so I can easily shed another 5 lbs in March.¬†She says, somewhat boldly.

I think this whole movement towards minimalizing and simplifying my wardrobe is going to end up being a three year process. ¬†The first year was about starting to sift through everything¬†I had, buying more of what I felt I needed and then working through each season and getting rid of everything I didn’t like or which didn’t suit me at the end of it. ¬†That has brought me to where I am now at the start of Year Two, whereby I’ve got rid of most of the dross and now I have to see what stills works, and really nail the styles, shapes, colours and cuts which are perfect for me and my life.

I won’t promise to post pics of every single outfit, every single day, but rest assured I’m making a note of it in my book and also keeping a tally of how often each item gets worn.

And for the record, today I’ve been wearing distressed jeans and a grey top – prefect for doing furniture shifting and trips to the shed !

 

 

 

 

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The winter wardrobe is waning – come on spring!

When we first moved abroad, ¬†I remember that each morning my parents would look out the window, grin at each other and say ” it’s sunny again today”! ¬†It became a bit of a thing and we all used to dread coming back to the UK each summer; having to pack for every possible weather condition known to man. ¬†I say ‘we’, but I expect it was actually my Mother who used to do all the dreading as she was probably in charge of the packing.

Some years later when I came back to school in the UK I took charge of my own packing and at the end of each terms I would fold all my school uniform and mufti clothes away in my school trunk at the end of each term and it would be stored in the basement until the next term. It didn’t phase me at all and I was quite used to ¬†living by this regular three month ritual. ¬†Thinking about it now, I did have have four separate wardrobes back then; a very British school uniform ( pinnies, boaters, white and brown gloves and an actual cloak) mufti to wear after school, summery clothes to wear when at home abroad and another set for the summer holidays, mainly spent on the Dorset coast in the UK. That probably sounds far more glamorous than it actually was; it’s not like I had fancy ‘collections’ or anything; I just had climate and occasion appropriate clothes to suit the various aspects of my life. On reflection, it’s no wonder that for so many years since, I’ve had such a bizarre, eclectic collection of mismatched clothes and have struggled so to find my own style ūüėÄ

Somehow, over the the years and with most of my time being spent in just one location and with a far less interesting and varied lifestyle,I slipped in to the habit of just having two season’s worth of clothes and swapping over twice a year. It didn’t really work that well and what with all the different styles and personalities I was trying to wear, it all became a bit manic and out of control. ¬†I kept on buying stuff in the vain hope that I’d manage to find myself somewhere in amongst all the bizarre collections of clothes. ¬†I had so many outfits which I’d co ordinated prettily from pieces I’d found from various places but they frequently disappointed me. Either ¬†the style of the outfit was wrong for my height and shape or the colours were wrong for my colouring. The more I failed to achieve what I sought, the more pieces I bought…

Well, I’m so happy to have finally stepped off that wheel of continual want and waste. Of all the separate pieces I had in my winter collection, there is only one item I haven’t worn at all and that’s the red jeans, because they are ( still) too tight. ¬†Although, I’ve only worn my navy dress ¬†the pink tweed skirt ¬†and my pink wool coat just one time as well. ¬†I like the idea of the tweed skirt, the colour and the style are fine but I’m just not sure ¬†how it looks on…

Perhaps I’m not dressing it with the right things so I’ll keep it a while and try to find some new ways to wear it. ¬†I LOVE my pink coat but I’ve decided that it’s more suited to spring. ¬†I don’t need two knee length wool coats for winter and I’d rather not wear a black one in Spring so I’ll have it¬†cleaned and then store it away until Autumn or Winter and keep the pink one for use in early spring.

There are quite a few items I’ve let go. For the first time, I think, I shall be ending a season with less than I started and would you believe that it’s now nearly two months since I bought any clothing … the pair of tights I bought to replace a worn pair doesn’t count.

I’ve donated three scarves, ¬†a cardigan, a jumper and two tops and swiftly returned a pair of shoes which I loved and wore about the house for two days until I finally conceded that I just cannot comfortably wear heels over two inches. However fabulous they may look and no matter how much they may elongate my legs, I SIMPLY WILL NOT SUFFER for appearance’s sake. Had I not injured my foot as a child then I may well be able to wear heels now and for a long time I did wear them; ignoring the pain, but I value my health and body so much these days and as my (imaginary) modelling career is probably also on the wane, I shan’t worry too much!

I’ve already had a peek in the trunk (the very same one I’ve had since school) at my Spring ¬†and Summer selection and I’ve already donated a pair of jeans, a tunic jumper, top, skirt, leggings and dress from it so I’m expecting to start off with a collection of items in which I like every single pieces.

I’ll admit that I am ready for a change now, I’m starting to feel just a bit bored with seeing the same items each time I open the wardrobe and as I honestly haven’t worn a pair of shoes in months, I’m quite looking forward to seeing something other than boots on my feet.

I’ve kept my diary free for next weekend, and thank goodness I don’t work Fridays, this seasonal ¬†wardrobe swapping is definitely a Three Day Event!