I’m sure you’ve all heard that there are no seasons in Southern California. I’ve lived here almost my entire life and apparently, I still have a hard time accepting this. I get really excited about fall and winter fashion, and every single year, I fall for the same old tricks.
The stores are filled with snuggly sweaters and scarves and all the things that would make a winter wardrobe perfect. There are ads with people frolicking through snow, surrounded by beautiful pines. A cute guy throwing snowballs. The perfect mitten-wearing mother, with thick winter breath, watching her children sled down the hill. Everyone looks like they are having the time of their lives.
I put myself in the moment and feel like yes, I really could use a down jacket with a fur collar. That would make all my winter dreams come true!
Am I an advertiser’s dream or what?
Then we get our two weeks of “winter”. It’s pretty short, and rarely drops below 60 degrees during the day. Ya know, it’s funny, I always thought I loved chilly weather, until I spent a wintry weekend in NYC and truly learned what cold was!
Clearly that down jacket is not getting worn anytime soon.
Now, as a solid week of 80 degree days is upon us, I want to tell you I’ve made some mistakes with my winter capsule. It looked good on paper. Perfect for the typical season one might expect, and I was so proud of it. But in this situation, I should have looked at my life (namely my location) a little more realistically. I know I chose appropriate base outfits, but I overdid it on the sweaters and coats. And my biggest mistake was that I only kept one pair of shorts in my whole wardrobe.
A “Fascinating!” moment brought to you by me.
So… what now? Well, I’m going to ride it out. Wear what I have. But I’m making a note for all future capsules that I need to dress for the California season and not the season the stores are telling me to buy for. You’d think in all these years of dressing myself I’d have learned this by now!
I’m also thinking about a mini capsule wardrobe specifically for cold climates. It wouldn’t have very many items, just enough to keep me warm when I travel to colder destinations a few times a year. That way I don’t have to scramble to find a coat and boots right before a trip.
Has anyone tried that? Did you feel like it worked for you?
Top: Old Navy (on sale!)
Bottoms: old from Gap (similar)
Shoes: Nike Blazer Mid (on sale!)
Jacket: J. Crew sold out! (similar)
Hat: Urban Outfitters
Bracelets: Alex + Ani