For those of you who are new here (*waving hello*), I am on a year-long shopping ban from all things fashion-related, with the exception of things I actually need (like underwear and socks), and consumable products (I am allowed to buy more makeup and hair products as I run out).
I have been able to use gift cards and prepaid Visas I had saved from Christmas and my birthday, along with store credit I earned, in order to get the occasional new thing added to my wardrobe (since it's better to use those than to let them expire, though it's douchey for things like gift cards and store credit to expire), but I am not allowed to actually buy new things, as in with actual money. (So if you want to swap with me, that's fine! I can trade for new things as well).
I am on Day #235.
But, I am really feeling the pinch here. One of my friends just started a new online boutique and I'm all heart-eyes over it, but can't buy anything to support her in her new business venture, which really sucks. I gotta stick to my guns. I committed. I have come too far to fail now.
In the meantime, I took a freaking sharpie and literally colored in every third stripe on this blouse, to make it "new". Desperate times, man.
Give me another 30 days of fashion starvation and I'm sure I'll sharpie in that middle stripe black, ha! (No, really, I'm already thinking about it).
I did want to mention though, on a totally unrelated tangent, that something I've been working on in the background is a very comprehensive, personalized guide to a capsule wardrobe (or any size wardrobe, really, the capsule can be used to complement your existing pieces). I know that there are a kajillion capsule wardrobes out there, but they all have one thing in common: they are boring as fuck and lack individulalism, and they require you create a new capsule for every freaking season.
Mine is not going to be some basic, plain ass, uninspired bullshit capsule where everything is black, white, navy, grey, or beige.
MY capsule will show you how to incorporate all the color and pattern you want, and NOT have the exact same capsule that every boring Becky has. The whole Parisian Chic crap isn't even what people in fucking Paris dress like. I have spent a lot of time there, I love it there, I speak French. Those "French" capsules are total bull. And completely overdone. And it ignores things like color, streetwear/urban style, and anything that isn't "classic" (another word for outdated and boring). Having or two accent colors with all your boring neutrals is probably not going to cut it for anyone with an actual personality to express. And then you're expected to create FOUR OF THESE THINGS for each season. Uh, no. Just no.
I'll keep you guys updated as this is a rather large undertaking back here. I will show the teensiest amount of clothing I think you can get away with in a capsule, and also how to make sure that your wardrobe is just as functional as a capsule wardrobe even if you have 4000 items. This is going to contain a LOT of video content, written content, and downloadable references.
If you're a fan of looking basic and boring and 10 years older than you are, then this is not for you and you can go back to whatever source you go to for your generic uninspired capsule (you'll have thousands of nearly identical capsule wardrobes to choose from, so good luck!)
But everyone else, sit tight and I'll make sure to keep you updated as I roll it all out.
Have a Monday. (Because I'm not going to pretend Mondays are awesome)