What a whirlwind few months it has been. The weather in SF has been bipolar, and my current work in schools continues to limit the wearability of some of my favorite pieces. But that's not really what I want to talk about today. Today I want to talk trends.
One of the capsuling principles I have found the most difficult to navigate is how (or even if) to incorporate trends into my curated wardrobe. I love the idea of maintaining a closet full of only timeless, classic pieces, but in reality, I am still drawn to trends and love feeling like I'm in the know. The fringed midi skirt I bought at Wasteland last week (and have already worn twice) is a prime example of this.
So what's a capsuler to do when the urge to adopt a new trend strikes? For me, time is the best test. Essentially, I force myself to wait a solid 48 hours before deciding if an on-trend piece is really worth my money and closet space. This is something I have had to work on throughout my whole life. When I get the urge to try something (especially when it comes to buying something new for myself), I leap. Even if I have a fleeting "maybe I should wait on this" moment, I tend to fully commit and go for it. It's a growth edge, and thankfully, I have adopted a few strategies to help derail this shopping habit. Here's what I focused on last week as I made my way from Wasteland to my car, empty handed, and praying that my meter hadn't run out:
1. Is this skirt something I've wanted for a while, or did it just catch my eye, out of the blue? While I have wanted a classic black midi skirt to add to the suede and leather options currently hanging in my closet, I didn't always envision the tassels. Even though I love them, they were the only thing that gave me pause about taking the leap. But more on the trend factor later.
2. Was this piece ethically made? This one is kind of a moot point because the skirt is vintage and was found at a consignment store.
3. Can I think of three ways to style it right now, with things I already own? Silk tan tank and trench, white tee and strappy black heels, structured black button-up and slides. Done.
4. Does it fit really and truly well? Yep. It fits like a glove. It even works on my disproportionately short torso.
5. Is it something that I will be able to wear for a number of years, rather than a just few months? This one speaks to the trend factor. In the case of the midi skirt, yes it has fringe (trendy af), but it also has a timeless shape and some beautiful details that will help it transition beyond 2016. I think other elements compliment the tassels in a way that gives the skirt staying power.
So, wouldn't you know it, the skirt hit all the marks. It also passed the 48 hour test. I went home and continued to wish I had bought it for the next few days, signifying to me that it would be worth the cash and also worthy of a spot in my closet. A few of the other items I had put on hold, however, didn't fare as well, but that's the beauty of a mindfully created, smaller wardrobe: You get to be both discerning and thoughtful, simultaneously.
What strategies do you employ to help you navigate the desire to adopt trends? Or maybe you don't get as tempted as I do? Either way, I would love to hear your thoughts!