Possible Quarantine? In Style?
Happy day, reader dear!
It’s been an interesting week Chez Klebba. Hubby has been unwell, and one of his co-workers had a Covid related hospital visit, so we are hunkered down awaiting test results.
Spoiler Alert: All is well. But I finished this post before the good news came in and wasn’t about to rewrite it!
How does that ancient Chinese curse go? May you live in interesting times.? I think that’s it. My father used to quote that and May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits. Camels is a nice retort when someone sends you to the edge. AND so much more creative than (expletive deleted) YOU!
I’m there. On the edge, that is. I’m living and working in my office while we wait for things here to shake out as they may, and find myself moving clothes out of our bedroom and into my temporary digs. Which means…
It’s the perfect time for a Mini-Capsule! Why? Because when I get stressed and have more on my plate, I want fewer choices. If you’re not convinced, think about how easy it is to dress when you are on a trip. There’s less choice!) So I’ll be taking a trip to my office/our spare room for a few days until we have more information…
I could move my wardrobe over. There are only about 35 pieces in my closet, special occasionwear notwithstanding. (I’m clearly NOT going to need any of that for the next few weeks!) So let’s plan a 4-3-2-1 Capsule and move out! Or is it in? How about over. (Here’s a 4-3-2-1 Capsule I created for a 10X10 Challenge. You’ll see some of the same pieces!)
First, a look at the weather. What do the weatherguessers have planned for us?
Okie doke. I know this sounds ridiculous, but these temps are chilly for us, especially this early in the season. Those 50’s (12-14C) are our depths-of-winter temps. I’ll need some cozy sweaters and a warm-ish jacket. (I know it’s not really cold, but #lifeinthesouth, peeps.)
This capsule will be a bit odd, because my starting point is the clothes I wore yesterday and today. They’re already on me and in the spare room. Now, it’s time to fill in the blanks with pieces still in my closet!
I’m punting on the black linen I wore the other day, and choosing two toppers that are part of my fall wardrobe. I only pulled the black linen in to demonstrate one of the scarf styling options in the #fallscarfchallenge #scarfstylechallenge. Argh. That sorted, it’s time to get down to work.
As I mentioned above, this Mini-Capsule will be a 4-3-2-1. That means I’ll be choosing 4 Tops, 3 Bottoms, 2 Toppers and 1 Dress. I’ve built out MANY a capsule using this formula. It’s fabulous for packing! Note: I’ve been known to swap the toppers and dresses numbers for hot weather packing. (Meaning: Pack 2 Dresses and 1 Topper. Because if you can’t give it sun, give it air.)
4 Four Tops
I was torn here, peeps. I wanted to add a solid blush blouse, but the red-violet sweater made more sense for the cooler temps coming. Besides, I needed a blast of cheerful color!
3 Three Bottoms
The skirt and trouser jeans were my “already worns.” This is a brutal call for #3. I WANT my Levi’s 501’s. They are my comfort jeans. Unfortunately, that leaves me with all neutral bottoms. I’d like to add my pink wool trousers for color, but after a weekend of anniversary celebrating and Halloween, I don’t think I can squeeze into them. Besides, this is looking to be a pretty casual week, right?
2 Two Toppers
Okay, so neither of these toppers is really a color, since they are both Colored Neutrals, but they’re better than another grey or navy! Besides, they both work for inside and outside. That will be important!
1 One Dress
What am I thinking here? Well, I can layer my navy sweater over it and wear it like a skirt AND I can also wear it with my green jacket. Navy tights and flats or boots if I want to “get fancy.”
How About You?
What kind of adventures do you have going this month? (Please do tell! I need to live vicariously through someone else!) Have you had to quarantine or isolate? How did you manage that in your household? Have you ever built out a 4-3-2-1 Capsule or Pack? How did that formula work for you? I’d love to hear. I’m pretty much tethered to my computer right now, so throw me a line…
Love and sanitizing,