Capsule Wardrobe

The Problem with Flares



Here’s the thing: I don’t know why I don’t wear these flares more often.

In my heart of hearts I love them so much! I love the way they make me feel (like a 70s supermodel). I love the way they fit, and I love that I can wear them with heels (that can be a problem when you’re a 35″ inseam)!


The real issue is that I’m the mother of a toddler and I work from home in my sweatpants. Don’t get me wrong — I’m so grateful that this is my reality. It’s pretty sweet.

The only thing that gets confusing is what to do with my closet. I have a lot of aspirational outfits and clothes that are set aside for certain occasions. These flares only come out once or twice a month when I’ve got a blogger event or a date night in the city. And when I’ve got 6-8 other special occasion outfits in my back pocket, the flares don’t always come to mind.


One reason I love the capsule wardrobe is that it forces me to recognize these things about my own closet. Secondly, I have realized what it takes to make some outfits happen, and for a pair of flares, it requires planning. If I don’t have a specific top in mind or heels that work, I’m just not going to wear the outfit. I no longer have the time or energy to put something together on the fly. The capsule experiment helps me be intentional. And sometimes that’s all it takes to move an outfit from the realm of aspirational to reality.



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