Earth Goddesses, Hearth Priestesses, & all other Hygge Fashionistas:
This Page is for You!
Before you read this page, I want you to do two things...
(1) Try to remember the last time you were an outfit that was so comfy and cozy, you loved being in it. Picture it in your mind, and think about what made it feel so wonderful. When you can feel the warmth of it, go on to the next one...
(2) With that warm, comfy/cozy feeling in mind, go to your closet, and look for everything in it that might help you feel that way. Grab each piece one by one, and if possible, put the in the same place in your closet. Create a little comfort inspiration section. I'll wait while you go do it...
Back? Great! You have just begun to create your comfort capsule wardrobe...
How to Create a Winter Comfort Capsule
Here are a few suggestion that will help you get started, hopefully using what you already have in your closet.
FIRST, let's begin with some important questions...
(1) What does comfort mean to you? What feels good on your body and makes you delighted to be wearing it? For now, ignore the messages we all receive about what comfort looks like in clothes.
I'll give you an example: I often see pictures of women wearing big cowl-necked sweaters with blanket infinity scarves on top, knee-high boots & blue jeans. That is the quintessential picture of cold weather comfort, I guess. But for me, NONE of that makes me think of comfort. My neck would get a crick in it, the boots would feel restrictive, I never wear jeans & for me, that would be way too much cowl neck!
(2) Where is it most important for you to have comfort when you're not at home? Is it at your stressful work place? When you're running errands? During uncomfortable family visits with a judgmental parent? When you're at school or PTA gatherings? At church?
If you are under a lot of stress right now, the answer might be "everywhere!" And that's okay. The important thing is to be clear what you need for the different situations you face.
Mass media messages seem to suggest that comfort is only appropriate at home unless you are a college student or a SAHM. And even then, the style shows try to dress everyone up no matter what their situations. I disagree, so plan on...
(3) What do you have right now in your closet that fits the images you have in your head. If you didn't get it the first time, you know where it is, and you know where it is, go add it to the collection. If not, write yourself a note to get it later.
Start Planning to Get Exactly What You Want
If you wish you could wear flannel pajama pants to the store or park, but don't feel it's appropriate, then find some flannel pants you would feel comfortable wearing. If you love flannel, eventually, you can buy dresses, skirts, tops, etc., or have them made. Think through what you still need after looking through your closet & make a plan that works with your budget so you can get it.
Aim for 3-5 outfits, if possible. Later, when you know not just what feels wonderful, but looks exactly right for your body, and works perfectly for you, you can invest in more of the same.
Let me know how it goes!