My 25 item Spring Capsule

I’ve been enjoying developing capsules for the different seasons, and for Spring 2022, I’m focusing on 25 items. I really wanted it to be 22 but alas. At the last minute I also threw in my white bag that goes so well with my hair.

Limiting myself keeps me from getting overwhelmed with decision fatigue and I’m more creative with my outfits. I usually add a few new pieces each season but also incorporate some things that I haven’t been wearing to see if they deserve a place in my closet or if I should pass them on to someone else. This time it’s the lilac pink skirt.

It helps if most everything works together although sometimes it’s fun to throw a wild card in there. By the time summer rolls around I can regroup and come up with a new capsule by shopping my closet.

My neutrals are navy, denim, and white and my colors are various tints of magenta, pink and lilac.

5 Tops: 1 tank, 1 graphic tee, 1 blouse, 1 chambray shirt, 1 hoodie

4 Bottoms: 1 skirt 1 light wash jeans, 1 dark wash jeans, 1 white jeans (may need to add one more here)

1 dress

3 Third Pieces: 2 moto jackets, same chambray shirt

4 Shoes: 2 combat boots, 1 sneaker, 1 sandal

4 Bags: 1 tote, 3 shoulder bags

Accessories: 2 earrings, 2 bracelets, 1 scarf

 I may add something else as time goes on since I have a Memorial to attend in May. This is the first time I’ve limited myself this much so wish me luck! Do you do seasonal capsules?


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Pattern mixing with Burgundy, Pink and Blue

I’m not usually a pattern mixer, but thought I’d try this burnout velvet top with a Spring like scarf. The scarf has similar floral shapes as the top and has colors in common.  Hard to capture the way the top looks in real life. Love my new boots!  

Moonstone earrings, white bag and light scarf background adds the light I need. 


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WIW: Art Walk

A town close to us has a monthly art walk which we love going to and having dinner after.  I wore my favorite faded and frayed Wit and Wisdom jeans, a rose brown wrap top, denim shirt dress worn as a duster, snakeskin booties and my grandmothers Art Nouveau beaded evening bag from the 20s.  It was a gorgeous night, warm with a cool breeze so we could eat outside. 

Analyzing this outfit: I like these jeans because with the darker elements in the outfit, there’s some light to connect to my white hair. After some experimentation, I’ve decided I prefer booties like these Chelsea boots that are slim to the ankle and don’t gap, not only do they elongate my legs, they help with controlling any swelling in my leg from mild lymphedema. The gold in the bag is not my metal, nor the orange color, but I think it’s far enough away from my face that it’s ok. Bronze flower earrings connect to bag and top. 


Lots of Grit and Mimimal Glamour

I hope you don’t mind me posting daily as I’m trying to work through this new style recipe: Gritty Glamour.

Today I’m wearing a very casual outfit to meet my art journaling group in a cropped hoodie and flares. I started out wearing my pearl gray combat boots, but it felt like the outfit was too masculine. So I switched to pewter Chelsea boots and a pair of marcasite and pearl earrings; Small changes and not sure it works but seems to make a difference in how I feel. Anything else you would change or add to bring in some glamour?


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Happy First Day of Spring WIW

Happy first day of Spring! Heading out for Lunch to celebrate and it’s a pretty day. I’m testing out my new style Name Gritty Glamour with a mauve pink floral embroidered dress, pearl gray combat boots, charcoal leather cuff and a white and hematite phone bag. I’ve ordered this chain link hematite necklace which I think would add some Grit to most outfits. Changes or additions?

pink, floaty dress, hair, embroidery, lace

leather, chains, boots


New Style Name and Words

I put together all the words you used and a few of my own to describe my style in the previous challenge post and here’s what I came up with — several words belonged together in distinct categories and I have never had a more clear vision of my style.

Glamorous: luxe, elegant, retro, Art Nouveau, sophisticated, silky
tough, edge, industrial, bold, urban, modern
:  relaxed, casual, soft
Creative: arty, artful, artist
Romantic: playful, alluring, soft, bohemian, fluid, flowy, feminine 
Color story: monochromatic, neutral silver-blue, English garden colors: cool purples,lavender, blues, pinks
Light: icy, silver, white

Im sure I will still be refining this but so far this is what I have. . . Drumroll please . . . 

My new style name is:
Gritty Glamour
Style Words: comfortable, subtle, tranquil, creative, romantic, luminous, versatile, juxtaposition, unexpected 

I am so pleased with this change, and feel that Gritty Glamour covers so much more than my old style name Edgy Romantic ever did. With gritty I can have rocker chic, urban, modern, or even steam punk.

Thank you from the bottom of heart!


WIW Black and White Floral with Converse

Dug out my ancient beloved Converse mid tops (seriously they are about two decades old) which have black and white flames and skulls, and paired them with a sheer floral black, white and gray top and silver coated jeans. This is a lot of pattern for me and often feel like I want to reduce it somehow. Accessories are a charcoal leather cuff, small flower earrings and a pearl gray bag.

I struggle with whether Converse are too juvenile in an outfit like this, but too warm today to add a jacket which would have been nice to take it up a notch and reduce the pattern impact. . Suggestions or tweaks welcome.


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Style Your Wardrobe Challenge: 5 scenarios

I was inspired by RunCarla to post this challenge in order to better understand my style. 2 years ago, Jenn posted this ‘style your wardrobe’ challenge and I’m repeating it now.

The 5 challenge outfits were:

- date night

- important meeting

-a wedding

- working around the house

- running errands

The collage below shows different refinement levels and activities.  I don’t really have important meetings anymore LOL but I did include some appointments that I dressed a little better for: two date nights, ukelele band performance, optometrist and yearly check up.  

I tend to dress in a flexible way for most days so I can do various things and change out accessories or third piece to dress it up or down without changing my base.  A good example is the second to last outfit.  I was wearing the charcoal knit onesie for home, but added a wool sweater and hiking boots to go meet some friends for a hike and coffee.  I could easily change to different accessories to head out to dinner.

Do you see any consistency of style words/themes across these scenarios? I would love to hear your thoughts on mine and please post your own if this intrigues you.  


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Comfy Arty Androgynous?

I’ve been thinking about the 53 styles post ever since it was posted, and I find it so hard to pinpoint my style. I’m attracted to some of the fashion in the 1920s, specifically art nouveau. But as far as the other styles I would say my base outfit is comfy and basic, but the details tend to be arty and androgenous if you define androgynous as a mixture of masculine and feminine. I would love to know if you see this as well or something else?

Outfit is frayed and faded cropped jeans, pale gray combat boots, light blue lace trim Cami under a rose brown cashmere sweater. Accessories include bronze art nouveau Style earrings with bits of blue and green enameling, light Blue and brown floral leather cuff bracelet, Blue stone and bronze necklace, Floral print scarf and blues and greens and pale gray backpack.

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Light Blue with Bits of Black

I remember wearing this combination decades ago.  

Light blue column with black Chelsea boots, charcoal leather cuff and snakeskin bag with black strap. I got rid of most of my black when I transitioned my hair to silver because large amounts look quite harsh on me now, but just adding these little bits of black, tied in with my darkish glasses seems to work. I might even throw on my ancient black moto jacket that survived the Great Black Purge.