I have been reading a lot about this “capsule closet” trend. The idea is very intriguing to me. If you haven’t already heard, it is essentially a limited wardrobe that you build to rotate each season and is made up of few, but quality items. You can make up your own rules to fit with your lifestyle, but the overall concept is that less is more. To learn more you can check out the blog Unfancy. I really love following along with Caroline’s capsule closet journey. I only wish I had legs like hers and then I would just copy her wardrobe exactly.
Anyway, the whole idea has me thinking a lot about what I buy and wear. In particular I have been thinking a lot about my shoes. I have never been an excessive shoe person, but I definitely own a decent sized collection. With college and moving, it has gotten a bit spread between various storage boxes so I’m not entirely clear on what I own. The result is that I often feel that I don’t have the right shoe for the outfit I’ve [finally] put together. I thought it would be fun to make up my own perfect shoe wardrobe for my current living conditions. This isn’t exactly the capsule closet idea since this would be for all seasons. I’m going to make it as realistic as possible and include many pairs that I already own so that, just maybe, it could become a dream come true one day.
Wow, after pulling this together, I realize that my taste for shoes is very neutral. I suppose shoes are generally neutral though anyway so perhaps that isn’t too uncommon. Also, I’m not sure how much my wishes and wants have been affected from living in Asia. Toms and Converse are certainly popular here, are they still acceptable in the US?
I would love to own a basic pair of converse. They go so well with pretty much any casual outfit. They are also great for walking about town and in particular they suit the Taipei climate. These are high on my wish list. I used to own a pink low top pair and an orange hightop pair in high school. They were my favorite and made me feel super cool. Toms are a trend that I didn’t fall for straight away. They are so pricey for what they are and not very durable, but I ended up purchasing a pair in the sale a year or so back. My current pair is grey and they have been so wonderful for Taipei. Super comfy and like the converse they go with everything! Presently I really need a new pair because mine are stinky!
I bought these Clark’s sandals last year. I love the touch of gold, which lets them be dressed up and down. They’ve been a great addition to my wardrobe.
I own these Steve Madden boots. It’s so important to have a good pair of boots. I basically live in these in the winter. I usually wear them over skinny jeans along with either a cozy sweater or a button down shirt. I also have these Seychelle ankle boots. They were a magical find in the sale at anthropology. The one thing I find with them is they go a little too far up the ankle so it chops my short legs, which is why I would really like to get some ankle boots like the black ones from ASOS. I think they would be so cute worn with black tights and a sweet dress.
These UGG shoes are brilliant in concept. They are even fleece lined for ultimate coziness. Unfortunately the backs really rub my heels making them hard to wear for much longer than 10 minutes. So I suppose I shouldn’t really put them in my “ideal closet,” but I am really hoping that I can break them in because I love their look.
Some essentials. First, an Idaho essential. Black chaco flip flops. The only trouble is telling them apart from everyone else’s. Second, the best tennis shoes around. Nike frees. Third, snow essentials. I actually have these in the classic beige and black, but this color is so fun.
And of course I need some beautiful heels for evenings out and special occasions. This pink pair from Badgley Mischka is way more than I would realistically pay for a pair of shoes, but they are so darn pretty and add such a great pop of color so they are going in my virtual closet. The black heels are similar to some that I own from Börn, but unfortunately they aren’t selling anything close to the style anymore. I think it is important to have a fun pair of black heels and these from Steve Madden with that slight v in the front would be especially flattering to us short-legged folk.
Who knew I could say so much about shoes? I think the only other thing I might add would be a pair of tall black boots. I do love my boots. Also, I notice a theme with Steve Madden. I guess I like their designs and their price point. This was fun and now I am adding Toms and Converse to my Christmas wish list. And maybe those black boots too. Hmmm…this isn’t sounding very minimal ; )