How to build a colourful capsule wardrobe

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The term “capsule wardrobe” – which is fast growing in popularity – brings to mind a closet full of neutrals, in which everything can be seamlessly mixed and matched. In my burgeoning pursuit of minimalism, I am working towards paring down my closet to a well curated collection of flattering, fitted items. A huge closet is stressful and burdensome for anyone, and I dream of having a small selection to choose from in the morning. However, the thought of owning nothing but neutrals bores me to tears – and I know I’m not alone in feeling this way. Many other people have surely been dissuaded from building a capsule wardrobe because they, like me, can’t stand the thought of giving up their purples and plaids. As a result, they end up holding onto an absurdly large amount of items that’ll continue to weigh them down. However, this can be avoided! While it’s a common string of thought that colourful, printed clothing and minimalism don’t mesh, this absolutely isn’t true. With the following tips anyone can dramatically reduce their amount of clothing without having to resort to wearing all black, all the time. 

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Sentimentality

Bore that I am, I mentioned R. H. Blyth’s definition of sentimentality: that we are being sentimental when we give to a thing more tenderness than God gives to it.

J.D. Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction
I am a sentimental person. I live for special moments, anniversaries, tokens of love and appreciation – memories and things that I can continuously look back on with fondness. I used to think that this was a proper way of appreciating my life. That said, I decided to start thinking of my rampant sentimentalism more critically a few months ago, and have slowly realized the dark side of cherishment.

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Background music for changing seasons

Processed with VSCOcam with m3 presetAutumn is over. If the crispness in the air and the dark afternoons weren’t indication enough, the Christmas decorations that have been popping up all over Dresden make the rapid approach of winter obvious. To lull myself into the new season I’ve put together a little playlist of  songs – in no particular order – that I’ve been listening to as falling leaves begin to be replaced with morning frost.
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If you really want to hear about it

The name “A Young Girl in 1941” was pinched from the full title of a littler known short story by my favourite author, J.D. Salinger. Petty literary theft aside, I chose this moniker for my website because I felt it was more or less fitting to what I’d like this space to become. I’m a woman of many hobbies, interests, and pursuits, and I’d like to share it all with you, here, in the hopes of meeting likeminded folk. Simple living, pursuits in minimalism, history, vintage and antiques, DIY, work and travel abroad, books, cooking and baking, and a great number of more things will be discussed and shared here. If any of those float your boat, light your candle, or sooth your soul, by all means, stick around!