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Column style: capsule wardrobe theme, for fashion supplement magazine.

Time for a capsule: diving into the unknown world of capsule wardrobes

I have long been a woman of a black jeans and black T-shirt disposition. I like the look. It’s easy to wear and it’s understated. But this week, staring into the black hole behind my wardrobe door, I had a ‘moment’ about my go-to dress code. Wait, I thought, is this… me?’.

Living in Stockholm, black-n-black is a reliable and accepted combo. The standard attire here in the city has become known as ‘Stockholm Black’. In a culture of fitting in, of middling, of staying calm and quiet – the black dress code is neither formal nor informal, goes with everything in your small IKEA wardrobe, and helps you blend nicely into the pack.

I read recently about the colour of clothing having an emotional value. Grey, beige and black were near the bottom of the pile – having little to no emotional value. Yellow, green and pink were up at the top, with a high emotional value that sparked good memories of sunbathing and frolicking through fields of lupins (presumably). Going down this road, deep into a Pinterest wormhole of colour wheels and rainbow wardrobes, I worried that life in glorious technicolour wasn’t for me. Black is so dependable and simple. But it is sort of boring. I persisted.

Lucky for me, then, that I stumbled across a pin about the ‘seasons’. Apparently, we are all a ‘season’. You know, like the weather ones. I’m a pale, slightly ginger, green-eyed person, which makes me a ‘warm spring’ season. Sounds nice, I thought. When I googled ‘warm spring’, I found that there was a ready-made colour palette of shades and tones that suited my colouring type. Was I asleep? How did I miss this wonder of human invention? There’s a real science to why some colours suit you and some make you look like you’re about to throw up, and there is a palette waiting for you on the internet which can show you the way. I ‘pinned’ mine to a new Pinterest board called ‘New Wardrobe’. The game is on, I thought.

72 hours and 300 YouTube videos later, I had learned a lot about creating a capsule wardrobe based on some key colours from my palette. I also had extremely dry eyes and had started to talk with a jolly American cadence. This capsule stuff is, like, totally catchy! My Pinterest board was groaning. It had a clear colour theme – everything matched everything else. I’d carefully filtered my searches, just like the jolly Americans had taught me, so that I found clothes that not only matched my skin, but also my pear-shaped body. The board was complete, I was ready to start ordering.

Since I loathe actual in-shop shopping, online shopping is ideal for me. Three days later, I stood in my bedroom with three big boxes and a full heart. Now my new life can begin!

Alas. I only kept about three of the garments I ordered, but the process gave me more than a pretty new outfit. I learned how to shop – really, effectively shop; I learned that it’s not my body that’s the wrong shape or my skin that’s the wrong colour – it’s just the wrong clothing; and I learned that there’s more to life than black jeans and a black T-shirt.

You can try the same method Rebecca used to create your capsule wardrobe at [website link].

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