Let’s continue our summer wrap up by chatting about the pieces in my capsule wardrobe that I wore the least + the lessons I learned from them.
Mistakes — of any kind — usually make us fidget + sweat. After all, if we’re being real, any mistake has a cost.
But … what if there’s another side to our mistakes? A quieter side, that’s perhaps harder to feel, but just as real.
Let me introduce you to one of my favorite people: Benjamin Zander. If I could pick anyone in the world to adopt as a grandfather, it would be this guy. He’s the renown conductor of the Boston Philharmonic + a wildly innovative, out-of-the-box thinker. He says:
“I actively train my students that when they make a mistake, they are to lift their arms in the air, smile, and say, “How fascinating!” It is only when we make mistakes that we can really begin to notice what needs attention.”
(Don’t you love that mental picture? A bunch of serious musicians throwing their arms in the air and exclaiming to themselves? Makes me smile every time.)
Another mistake? How fascinating! Another opportunity to learn something just presented itself.
So on that note, here are some of my mistakes this season:
TRACK SHORTS | Oops! Turns out that in 103°F heat, I perspire. You can see where this is going, right? Sweat would show up in the most unsightly of places in these light grey shorts. TMI? My apologies. Maybe these would work for spring when it’s not so-dang-hot.
LITTLE WHITE DRESS | …that got even littler. I accidentally threw this baby in the dryer and it came out short … like real short. You can bet I’m much more careful with laundry these days.
WHITE DETAILED TANK | Truth be told, this was one of my favorite pieces — but 10 seconds after I’d put it on it would wrinkle up terribly. I loved it so much that I’d try to wear it anyway, but I always got annoyed with it. Lesson learned? Do a wrinkle test in the dressing room by grabbing a fistful of the material + balling it up in my hand + checking for wrinkles.
BRUSH TANK | No embarrassing story here, I simply didn’t reach for it over other favorites. Maybe next summer.
TRACK PANTS | I actually wore + washed these pants so many times that they practically fell apart. But they stretched out in the knees each time I wore them, so I would wash them after every wear — which was a lot. I love my track pants so next time, I’m buying higher quality fabric that hopefully won’t stretch at the knees + not need to be washed so often.
YELLOW PUMPS | We all knew these were going to fail, right? They looked cute the few times I wore them, but overall they’re just too fancy for my lifestyle.
So here’s you’re assignment: as you move through your day today, try out what Benjamin teaches his students to do when they make a mistake — smile, raise your arms in the air, and exclaim “How fascinating!” + report back how you felt when you did it.