This post was written by Beth Anderson
Are you still trying to wrap your head around a capsule wardrobe and capsule style in general? I get loads of questions from women (and men) on my Instagram and in my Facebook group about the concept and I find that there is A LOT of people feeling apprehensive out there. I understand that the true “Google” definition of a capsule wardrobe might not be perfect for you, but I have a different philosophy. If you’ve had a chance to read my e-book, How to Curate and Cultivate Your Dream Wardrobe, you probably have a good idea how I came up with my boundaries when putting together a wardrobe. I’ve had numerous clients who go into the process thinking “This isn’t going to work for me”, only to come out saying “WOW! Why didn’t I do this sooner?”
Here are a few questions sent to me on social media:
If you are on a budget, what and how do you get started on the perfect pieces? – Kathleen
I seriously LOVE this question, Kathleen. I actually get asked this quite a bit. My first recommendation is to shop your closet. What are your favorite pieces? What items can you push to the side, donate or trash? Once you get a better idea of items you know you’ll enjoy on a regular basis, you can build on these. Starting pieces for my clients include an awesome pair of jeans, white tee, and a moto jacket. If you already own these 3 items, I would suggest a pair of black slacks and a long cardigan sweater in black, camel or gray. It’s all about slowly building the perfect wardrobe with pieces that you can put together each morning with confidence. My new e-book, 168 Year-Round Outfits gives you actual cards with outfit ideas. It’s a great tool to keep in your closet when you feel stumped in the morning.
A lot of the capsule wardrobes I’ve seen are kind of bland. I love colorful clothes. How do you manage a colorful capsule? – Phyllis
Although I don’t have an overly colorful wardrobe, I have many clients who love bright colors or feel their best in certain shades. That is one reason that I believe so much in the concept of choosing clothing colors that work well with your hair color. One of my favorite people is Jill Kirsch and her color philosophy is spot on! She taught me years ago to carry my swatch book when I’m shopping. I even own her makeup palette. No reason to be bland if you don’t want to be. Let’s think about some basic capsule wardrobe pieces. White, gray, black and navy tees, jackets and cardigans. Why not choose these items in an array of your favorite colors? Then you can wear them with your denim, black, navy, white and gray pieces. Think about how cute a cherry red blazer would be with black slacks, a white tee, and a statement necklace! Simple, yet chic!
What’s your favorite “splurge” item for a wardrobe? – Kaitlyn
That’s an easy one, Kaitlyn. My tan suede moto jacket. Here in Oklahoma, the weather changes on a dime and we don’t really have true seasons. I wear my jacket in the fall, winter, and spring. It wasn’t actually a huge splurge because I found it at Uniqlo.
Lately, I’ve been feeling a little in what we may call a style rut. How do you break out of that? Or what new styles do you think look current, yet will have longevity too? – Michelle
Michelle, you can certainly transform your style and break out of your rut by going on a treasure hunt. Take a day to wander through your favorite boutiques or even the mall. Look for something that jumps out at you. Something that inspires you. Maybe it’s a darling headscarf, a new pair of bright white Vans or cute baseball cap. As far as current trends, I tend not to dive into them too deeply. However, lately, I’ve been loving the off the shoulder blouse look.
Have a question? Feel free to leave a comment below, message me on Instagram or Facebook or set up a style appointment (virtual or in person). If you just feel like just having me do all your shopping, I’m happy to send you boxes in the mail each month. I’ll answer more questions here soon!
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