Last week, Duchesse linked in a post to the “Six Items or Less” website and several of us chimed in that we’d be interested in participating in a similar, though less restrictive challenge. Duchesse kindly agreed to come up with some flexible guidelines, which she posted on Wednesday.
Once I began my list , it quickly became apparent that I’d need to go for 12 items instead of the 10 I’d originally intended, as I often have to layer due to variable office temperatures. Here’s what I’ve included in my capsule wardrobe:
- Jeans (dark blue)
- Black ponte slim pants
- Black ponte pencil skirt
- Black silk tank tunic
- Taupe silk tank tunic
- Black 3/4 sleeve top
RouilleDark green linen jersey 3/4 sleeve top
- Dark rust lightweight wool cardigan
- Grey felted asymmetric sweater jacket
- Taupe long wool crepe cardigan
- Grey v-neck tunic sweater
- Black 3/4 sleeve lightweight jacket
Bonus item: Olive trench raincoat as outerwear for the occasional rainy day. I’m not including this in my 12, as there’s probably only a 5-10% chance I’ll need it. My list is predicated on normal weather for this time of year which ranges from 65-80F and only sees a few days with any precipitation.
Additional caveats: I’m not counting tights or leggings in as part of my 12, as I think of these as accessories and I’m lumping the occasional camisole into the Lingerie category as I generally wear underneath another top, mostly hidden, so not counting those either. And I’m also not counting the housework/gardening/dog grooming or going-to-Disneyland clothes.
–I edited this list quite a few times, both before and after I did my PotF*. I realized that I would be totally comfortable with 15-18 items, but thought the exercise was better served by limiting myself to 12.
–The category I’ve gone heaviest on is top layers (cardis/jackets) but feel I need the variety where it shows (“tabletop dressing,” à la Duchesse).
–I’m already twitchy.
–I didn’t want to go totally with neutrals, but as soon as you introduce color into the mix, it complicates things, and colors have to be chosen carefully. I ultimately chose
two versions of a redwood/rust color. one dark rust and one dark olive green, both of which work with all of the neutrals and with each other.
–I also realized that sticking to one silhouette (long over lean) also helped make the selection easier. There are a few items in my closet currently on heavy rotation, but I didn’t include them here as they didn’t adhere to the selected silhouette.
–Expect to see lots of scarves this month! 🙂
The Express Lane Challenge starts Sunday…this should be an interesting experiment!
Edited to add: After one more run though, I’ve subbed out a dark olive green 3/4 sleeve top for the rouille. It will work better with the black items, yet still plays nicely with the dark rust cardigan.
*Polyvore on the Floor.
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