Tuesday 22 February 2011
Over Christmas, I solicited opinions about my blog and how to improve it.
'More cakes,' said Cormac and Gillian. 'More clothes,' said LTLS and LTBS.
I was thinking about the clothes thing and while I'm a little bit shy of posting photos of my outfits, I decided that if I could combine my love of clothes with some scientific research into packing, I would really be doing the world a service. Alors, a new feature: the capsule wardrobe. This is my holy grail, my quest. I hate packing - probably because I've never mastered the art and no matter what I do, I still arrive at my destination with a suitcase full of clothes that looked like the cat slept on them.
For my five days in Auckland last week, I decided to try the following equation:
1 dress + 1 skirt + 1 trousers + 2 blouses + 2 cardigans + 1 jersey top + 3 pairs of shoes = wardrobe heaven?
I like Mighty Girl's idea that you should have sleepwear that can double as daywear at a pinch and so I took the very brave step of investing in a pair of leggings (I have leggings issues, but I wanted to try something new.)
The first day I wore the dress, my yellow sandals and a blue cardigan - no photos because I could barely focus my eyes when I got up, let alone take pictures.
That evening I tried this out:
Day 2 was beige/gold Reiss skirt and printed blouse.
I like the skirt/blouse combination (and check out my hair - my little sister gave me hairdo instruction over Christmas), but can't decide if the wrinkled look is good or just wrinkled. (The skirt fabric is a cotton/linen weave so prone to creasing.)
Day 3 was my tribute to Ava Gardner in Mogambo (LTLS and I watched over Christmas, so cool). I like this one:
Day 4 was an experiment in lines and folds - overall I think it worked although still some wrinkle anxiety - and probably my favourite hair of the week:
Day 5 was trousers, printed blouse, blue cardigan and brogues ... on the fence about this one. I had to catch a four hour flight and I am paranoid about being cold on planes, hence shoes (and stockings even) but I think there was a touch of leprechaun about my lower half, not really a good look for a grown woman. More optimistically, a touch of Land Girl. I'd let you decide, but again, no photos. You'll just have to use your imagination.
So did the experiment work? It was definitely a step in the right direction. Having the skirt and trousers in a similar shade helped the mix-and-match and I compensated for the beige with some bright reds and yellows. I probably had one pair of shoes to many (and also a trenchcoat I never wore) but the forecast was for rain, so better to be safe than sorry. The hero item was probably the yellow sandals; they are FABULOUS, they make every outfit look better.
Next time: fewer things that need ironing, more jewellery. And I'm still not sure about the leggings.