Last year I shared my extreme dependency on wearing blue jeans. I decided to stop wearing jeans for the last two months of 2015 to break the addiction. In December I got weak and wore jeans on three occasions. I didn’t feel as relieved wearing jeans as I thought I would though.
From this quirky experiment, I definitely learned a few things about my wardrobe and personal style in the process.
We are naturally drawn to wear what we are comfortable in, yet there are also times when we unconsciously pull out the same thing over and over again. This is usually because there are missing elements in our wardrobe. I was using blue jeans as a style crutch since I was unaware of the missing elements in my wardrobe before I stopped wearing jeans for two months.
When I took jeans out of my wardrobe, and forced myself to wear the other remaining pieces in my capsule wardrobe, I easily saw the style gaps. I became clear that not all of my wardrobe was as versatile as I had hoped. For example, I could not layer well with my organic navy blue maxi dress that I designed. The large bell sleeves and extreme low back was not working now that it was cold outside. I could not throw a sweater over this dress with such large sleeves nor layer underneath it. Both attempts were a disaster. This dress will be redesigned again for versatility.
In search for versatile replacements for my jeans, I discovered my absolute love for pencil skirts.
I thrifted two pencil skirts, one in November and one last week. The skirt I found in November was a high waisted denim skirt. Having a denim skirt has become a reoccuring staple in so many of my capsule wardrobes. I’m not going to try and deny enjoying them anymore. A denim skirt can work all year long especially if in a dark wash. A denim skirt is the perfect transition piece for me as I continue to move away from my blue jeans dependence.
I enjoy wearing skirts and have wanted to incorporate more into my wardrobe for some time. Finding the best skirt silhouette for my body and personal style was the key. I love a classic pencil skirt as well as longer knit versions which are extremely comfortable.
Since this is my first year of creating one annual capsule wardrobe versus two separate wardrobes to cater to the seasons, I’m experiencing a learning curve on what pieces really work best for me year round.
After this experiment I’ve decided to keep only one pair of blue jeans in my capsule wardrobe. I will also keep my white jeans as long as they continue to look good. Jeans truly are a wardrobe staple, yet I no longer desire to have my wardrobe focused around them. As silly as this experiment may have initially appeared, I’m so glad that I did it. It is much easier to create a seasonal capsule wardrobe than only one year round capsule wardrobe, but I actually love having less. This two month break from blue jeans showed me how I can improve the versatility in my wardrobe.
Having a small wardrobe is only frustrating when something doesn’t work out as well as you had hoped. Yet it is something that can be changed. So I have a bit of upcycling, reorganizing, and possibly thrifting to do. I may sell/donate a piece or two that I’m no longer interested in as well.
What’s your style crutch, and are you open to letting it go for two months?
(Image by Dawn Michelle)