Summer Capsule Day Eleven: Pants Manifesto, or Dealing with Separate-Light Capsules

Summer Capsule Wardrobe Day 11!

Confession: I hate pants. I really hate them. And for a really long time I only wore pants because I was trying to disguise my leg. I have lymphedema and have gone through periods of my life where I have been very self conscious about it and have done my damnest to hide it. But in the past five years I’ve realized that I hate pants and the way they make me uncomfortable (the only ones loose enough for me to wear comfortably are bell-bottoms and many stores don’t carry this cut) and anxious (leg prison much?). More importantly I’ve realized that if wearing skirts and dresses make me physically comfortable (free the leg!) I should work hard to make that comfort a mental one as well (this has not been easy). Sure, wearing skirts, shorts, or — my go to — dresses invite questions that sometimes I am too weary to answer, but the take away for me is that I feel physically comfortable and enjoy wearing dresses more than pants!

One of the reasons I wasn’t sure I could do a capsule wardrobe was that many capsules that I had been looking at for inspiration were separate heavy and I totally get why! You can do so much more with separates — there are so many combinations of different top and bottom items especially when you have a lovely neutral colour palette like Un-Fancy,  Harben Porter, and instagram’s @__blackengrey

But what is a girl to do when she hates pants? I tried hard to embrace the pant and stepped outside of my comfort zone with my Spring Capsule by including not one, not two, but three pairs of pants and while I saw the unlimited potential of mixing tops with bottoms, I never felt comfortable and came to the realization that I don’t just dislike pants but thoroughly hate them. The spring capsule outfits I had planned involving pants got shifted to the end of my cycle: meaning that I ended up wearing pant-driven outfits a lot at the end of each month, having put them off all month.

So, for my summer capsule I only have one pair of structured pants: this pair of Gap jeans that have a cute zipper at the bottom (which I need to use to expand the bottom of my left pant leg when my leg is a bit more swollen than usual). The rest of my capsule is mostly skirts and dresses (I will link to my full capsule when I post about it next week).

gap jeans
Gap 1969 jeans with ankle zip

So, in honour of my one pair of pants, today’s #ootd involves jeans and an East Coast Lifestyle tee that my brother bought me! In general I don’t love t-shirts — in fact when I wore my Tolkien tee as part of my spring capsule one of my colleagues said “woah, you are wearing a t-shirt!? I didn’t think you owned or wore t-shirts.” As I’m not super into brand-emblazoned tees, I love the small detail on the pocket.

ECL tee
East Coast Lifestyle T-shirt

I also threw on my blazigan because today was rainy and cool and dressed the whole ensemble up with more colour with my Bizou necklace.

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Does anyone else hate pants? Do you have alternatives? Have you built a capsule with very few separates?


10 thoughts on “Summer Capsule Day Eleven: Pants Manifesto, or Dealing with Separate-Light Capsules

  1. I think if Capsules are going to be successful they need to be full of the things that make you feel amazing. I’m learning to tune out background noise so that I can make my capsule work for ME. I actually wrote about this very thing in my latest post on Truncation Blog. I’d love for you to check it out!


    1. Thanks Karin! I love your blog — you talk about all of the things that I can’t quite figure out how to say eloquently (such as, man, do I look dorky/ hate posing for my #ootd and blog post photos). 🙂


    1. Thanks Cat! I, too, love the term “blazigan” 🙂 I also find separates more effort and feel that I am constantly tugging the different components into their proper place just so. I also feel that when I wear separates if I take off one of the layers (inevitable in Hfx climate) then the “look” doesn’t amount to much and I feel sloppy and sweaty. I love monochrome/single colour outfits!!


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