Capsule Outfit #38

navy shift dress maroon cardigan polka dot tights black boots by 14 shades of grey

My SIA co-hosts and I have decided to give SIA a break, since it’s the holiday and everything. The challenge will resume on Monday, January 5th, and it’s my turn to curate, so be sure to drop by in two weeks to see what I’ve picked as inspiration!

In the meantime, I’m still trying to get the most out of my capsule wardrobe, before moving on to a new experiment for the new year (I haven’t decided yet, but I’m leaning very strongly toward weekly capsules.)

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navy shift dress maroon cardigan white scarf by 14 shades of greynavy shift dress maroon cardigan polka dot tights black boots by 14 shades of grey

Dress: Gap (thrifted), Cardigan & Boots: local shop, Scarf: gift, Tights: Target


“Black Mirror: White Christmas”

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Ah, Black Mirror. The sick, dark, twisted sci-fi anthology show that makes me so happy (and terrified) when I first discovered it. For a while it looked like the show wasn’t showing to get another season, so I was super excited to find out it was coming back with a Christmas special. It contains three interconnecting stories revolving around Matt (Jon Hamm), Greta (Oona Chaplin), and Joe (Rafe Spall), with Matt and Joe’s conversation during Christmas dinner at a strange, snowy outpost serving as the framing device.

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I will not reveal too much about the actual plot or the sci-fi concepts used in the episode. Suffice to say, it continues in the vein of previous episodes, which takes an existing technology or concept (Google Glass, blocking on social media, mind uploading) and push it further, so when you watch it, you can recognize it right away, but you also realize how terribly wrong it could go, and that’s what makes Black Mirror so brilliant.

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I have a few quibbles about the casting of Jon Hamm – I think he’s too recognizable (you look at him and all you can see is Don Draper), though I do admit, he is perfect in bringing that half-charming, half-smarmy quality that the character needs. The section with Oona Chaplin is a bit lacking, but it does tie in nicely with Rafe Spall’s story, which is heartbreaking and creepy and horrible (in a good way) all that the same time. The final twist I could see a mile off, but it doesn’t matter because the ending is so terrifying.

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The first two seasons are on Netflix and I’m sure this will be too. If you want to feel absolutely wretched before the holiday, check it out! Merry Christmas indeed.

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Capsule Outfit #37

ivory sweater plaid pants black flats by 14 shades of grey

With just a week or so left in the capsule, I thought I’d find the items that get the least amount of wear and see if I can find new ways to style them. If I can then maybe they’re worth keeping; if not… maybe we’ll try again next season.

One of those items is this pair of pants. I like the plaid and the color, it’s just that I’m not used to straight-legged pants like these, since all of my pants are either skinny or wide-legged, so it’s going to take take some more experiments before I can declare them a keeper. I’m happy enough with this outfit (it feels very 1950’s to me, which not a bad thing at all), but I may still get the legs taken in a bit.

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Sweater & Pants: local shops, Flats: Vagabond


Capsule Outfit #36

gray cableknit sweater chambray shirt blue jeans brown boots by 14 shades of grey

I think one of the reasons I deemed this capsule a failure (other than the fact that I keep shopping all the time to add to it) is that I felt a bit stuck with my style. But it’s a fine line, isn’t it, between being stuck in a style rut and having a go-to look. Like this silhouette, for example – I’ve been wearing it every single day this month, either with riding boots or ankle boots, but I don’t even notice it. So maybe I should just tell myself that there’s nothing wrong with always coming back to a look that works for you. And that is not being stuck, that is just developing your own style.

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Shirt: Esprit, Sweater: H&M, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Aldo, Brooch: gift, Scarf: hand-made, Coat: thrifted


Capsule Outfit #35/At the Piano

maroon cardigan white shirt black jeans black boots mustard scarf by 14 shades of grey

Yes, this is a new cardigan. Yes, I’m still categorizing this as a capsule outfit because I’m using this cardigan to replace… something. I don’t know, something I haven’t worn yet. If my memory is correct, there are at least three pieces in this capsule I haven’t worn, and it doesn’t look like I will wear them in the foreseeable future, so it doesn’t matter which one I’m replacing. And it’s a nice and warm cardigan, and I don’t have anything maroon/burgundy in my closet (I refuse to call it “oxblood”, which is so 2012 anyway), so I think it’s a justified purchase, don’t you?

Of course, this is also my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Whistler’s “At the Piano”. It’s pretty self-explanatory: the cardigan reflects the deep red of the carpet and the piano, the jeans and boots are for the lady’s black gown, the shirt for the little girl’s white dress, and the scarf and the brooch are for the picture frames and the details on the wall. I am very thorough when it comes to SIA :)

Don’t forget to check out Jess’ blog for more interpretation of this painting!

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Shirt, Cardigan, and Boots: local shop, Jeans: Hermes, Scarf: Forever21, Brooch: vintage


Capsule Outfit #34

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Is it hard to find a color that goes with pale pink? I’m legitimately asking, because I like this sweatshirt, but I almost always have to wear a scarf with it, and none of my scarves really go. This is the closest I could get, and even then I’m still not altogether happy with the result.

Another thing that annoys me about this sweatshirt: the “elbow” patches are absolutely ridiculous. I’ve tried to ignore it, but I can’t. I mean, look at this shit: even if I pull the sleeves down all the way, the patches would be nowhere near my elbows. Did they think elbows are located somewhere along the upper arms?

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I am grumpy today, apparently.

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pink sweatshirt stars and stripes scarf blue jeans by 14 shades opink sweatshirt stars and stripes scarf blue jeans by 14 shades o

Sweatshirt: Zalora, Jeans: Mango, Boots: local shop, Scarf: gift


Capsule Outfit #33

white sweater polka dot pants red scarf brown booties by 14 shades of grey

Apparently I’m losing my mind, because I thought that my capsule would end in January, not December, and that the turtleneck tunic I wore on Monday was part of this capsule (it wasn’t, although I don’t know if it matters or not, I’m constantly pulling stuff out and putting new stuff in anyway). At the same time, I also forgot that certain pieces, like these pants, are in the capsule from the beginning.

It just goes to show that this whole capsule wardrobe thing isn’t working out as well as I’d expected. I will stick it out until the end of December, but I’m not sure if I’ll keep doing it in the upcoming year. I like the idea of a wardrobe where everything goes together; it’s just that I need a better method to build it.

If my goal is to make the best of my closet and not shop so much, then I think I need to get rid of the idea of a “capsule” altogether. It’s useful for when you’re traveling, but in normal, everyday life, it doesn’t make sense to limit yourself to an arbitrary number of items. That will only bore you and make you want to shop even more. I need to stick to what I have and learn to work with those first.

So, I don’t know. A shopping ban? I tried it once and it didn’t work out so well for me either. Outfit planning? Like a weekly capsule, instead of one for the entire season? Maybe. Any suggestion?

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Sweater: Atmosphere, Pants: Old Navy, Scarf: Icing, Boots: Topshop