One year ago, I started my first capsule wardrobe and began an informal education in my style and a reset of my shopping habits. I'm pretty sure I thought that this year I would be able to pull out my capsule from last fall, stick in my closet and be completely happy with it.
Surprisingly, that's mostly true. A few things have worn out since then and I've outgrown a few others. Every season finds me more content and comfortable in the clothes I wear.
I've also started putting things into storage during off seasons and unpacking them feels similar to buying a load of new clothes. This weekend I unpacked my fall sweaters and long pants. It was like meeting old friends and this whole week it's felt special to wear my cozy things that I haven't since the spring.
I didn't really "need" anything new this fall, but I did add a few things. And they were pretty Icelandic centric. Before we left, I had to get a rain coat and long underwear. I wore both every single day we were gone and bought them thinking about long term wearability, so they should fit into life at home as well.
I also knew that the wool products in Iceland were going to be exquisite. We arrived planning to pick up a fuzzy souvenir or two. I found one traditional sweater (lopapeysa) at the Handknitting Association of Iceland and that thing is crazy warm. I'm going to have to wait for Michigan to cool down before I can wear it at home.
Finally, my absolute favorite is this sweater. We were perusing the racks at one of those duty free shops in the airport before we left when we found it. I have NEVER bought something from one of those places, but they got me this time. I figured since I loved it 100% and I wasn't going to have another chance to get something like it, we should go for it.
And I have to say I made the right decision. No regrets. I looked up the brand afterwards and loved it even more. Supporting smaller brands with integrity has to be one of my favorite things.
For now I'm very happy with what I have available in my closet. Once winter rolls around, I may have identified a gap or two, but for now I'm more than content to cozy up with what I have.