I am thinking about packing and my “capsule” wardrobe. It is doing my head in because instead of thinking – “black trouser suit with skirt, one pair of flat and high shoes, white shirt, evening dress” and similar such grown up things that people who work do or people who regularly travel effortlessly to glamourous destinations, I am thinking:-
First I have got to sort three children out who need football kit, cricket kit, party clothes, day clothes, PJ’s, shoes, bla, bla and I have to do about 10 loads of washing before I can begin to think about sorting my own clothes out and then do I actually own ANYTHING that goes with anything else? Let alone an entire capsule (whatever that is). What was I thinking when I bought a couple of individual items that don’t go together at all. What is the look I want to achieve? WHAT am I going to wear with the new leggings I have just bought because all my friends are wearing them and clearly, although they have been around for over two years and my daughter wears them, they have now crossed over from “passing fad to wardrobe necessity” (according to Lisa Armstrong in The Times) and they are being touted around town as the recession purchase of the century because they are so cheap and versatile, they still don’t really work for someone like me because I have absolutely no tops that come over my bum or any short floaty dresses which means that I will either have to look like a very sad and aging Sandy from Grease with large saggy bits on show OR I will have to go out and buy a whole to set of clothes-that-cover-your-arse to go with my new very cheap leggings. Will it be too hot for jeans? (quickly check weather and it is 35C and thunderstorms) Great so yes, too hot for jeans but need to quickly rush out and buy a cagoule. Can I get away with flip flops with my hideous feet and SHIT completely forgot to have a pedicure so rubbish toenails that are STILL too short having taken advice from Breast Cancer walk officials who told us to cut them short to avoid them falling off so although they haven’t fallen off I have in-growing toenails instead. ANYWAY, luckily I have recently purchased one of the top 10 fashion item of the summer which is a MUST HAVE item for anyone with bunions and that is the “Gladiator” sandals that go so beautifully with my new leggings. Mine don’t look quite as scary as the one’s below but for those of you who live in Tanzania, or happen to be male (sexist comment entirely intentional and the irony that men used to be the one’s to wear them not entirely wasted on me) here is an example of what they look like:-
They are great if you want to hide horrid feet because they have all manner of strappy, leathery, heavy metal to wrap around offending bits. Mine even have studs on too. They are truly hideous, but trust me, they are nowhere near as hideous as my feet so I’m very very happy. I wore them to collect my 8 year old from school – “OMG mum, WHAT are you wearing on your feet? Did you actually BUY those? They look very scary – like something is going to spike out and kill me at any time”.
So far then, my “in-my-head-packing-list” consists of:
One pair of leggings
One pair of scary sandals
New laptop to cover top of legs and bulging stomach
New laptop case to cover exposed arse
Cagoule to cover all of the above.
Hardly what you’d call capsule as yet. This is a disaster. Perhaps what I need to do is buy a small case or container and simply cut arm and leg holes in it. That would look perfect with leggings.