Monday, November 8, 2010
"Express Lane" Challenge - Rounded Third, Sliding Into Home
...and I do mean "sliding."
In week 4 now, just a few more days remaining in the challenge. I'll admit that I cracked last week on the fourth day of 90+F heat. I couldn't bring myself wear the same top for one more day, so subbed out a navy tee for the black tunic which I'd worn for the prior three days. And added a cotton cardi for the office that also wasn't included in the original dozen items. The fluctuating temperatures have been the most challenging aspect of this enterprise. I wasn't expecting either the highs or lows that we've had, but I've mostly been able to make do with my 12 items by layering.
I confess that I'll be glad to finish with this exercise. While I did mostly find it easy to get dressed in the mornings, I'm looking forward to wearing some of my other seasonal pieces.
What I did differently: wore a skirt MUCH more than I normally do. Will probably continue to work the skirt into my rotation more often. Wore the same item multiple days in a row. No one seemed to notice, but I was switching up the accessories quite a bit.
I wonder if having the temptation of other items in full view made me feel more constrained by my capsule wardrobe? If I only had those twelve items available, would I miss having other pieces? It's hard to say. Being in the process of losing some weight, I'm hopeful that I'll have the opportunity to do more weeding and refining of my wardrobe in the near future. While I don't think I could live long-term with only twelve items, I do realize that I could do with far fewer than my current inventory, provided they are well-selected and of a quality that will hold up to frequent wear.
If you've experimented with a limited item wardrobe, what did you glean from it? Could you make do with a limited wardrobe over a long period of time, or is variety the spice of your wardrobe?