First of all, I enjoyed your comments on the capsule wardrobe, most of them went something like this: noooooo!
The moment we put any restrictions on our wardrobe, our palms get sweaty. Our closet is our fun place, isn't it?
So why torture yourself, and limit what you have hanging there?
For me the reason was practicality. I had a lot of work to do, these last months. I wanted to have freedom, I wanted to be able to dress quickly. I know boring!!
I made of my photos in the run. Most of them were made while I was running out of the door, or more often coming back from swimming, yoga, running errands ( cue to the very messy hair).
I wanted to start my wardrobe off fresh, so the first thing I did was sell off my fantasy clothing items, you know the ones. The ones that hang there, because you may never know, when there will be a day...Well life's too short to wait.
So there went a silk camisole dress by Vanessa Bruno, or gold top that was way too heavy anyway.
When replenishing, I focused on what my day to day routine. For me, this fall it is was writing at home, working out, being outside with my dogs, and then the weekly dinners, lunches, movies etc.
So some tips if you want to get control of you closet.
It is like starting a workout regime. It may be uncomfortable at first, force yourself to do it and you will be reaping rewards.
For years I had so much trouble just buying a black blazer, when next to it would hang a cool colorful jacket. But the moment it enters my house the black blazer is all I want to wear and the jacket never seems right.
The plain basics I bought saved me almost every day. Make them stylish, and you are set.
When your clothes are simple, and they are not distracting from yourself it is easier to see what looks good on you.
A long cardigan as the one above is a miracle worker. I bought a cropped and a long one. I am quite tall, and when I wear something more cropped, it make me look shorter.
It is all about layers: SO think about buying slim, fitted clothes and over sized ones, and how they will work together.
I am glad I bought my vest from J Crew fitted, I wore it under every coat, over blazers, and knits. Such a keeper.
The thing about neutral colors: even when your items are not expensive they will look so. I always loved Topshop blazers, and the black one I wore was no exception. With color it is tricky to find items that will not look cheap. Black is black.
I am also so glad of adding a white sweatshirt. I wasn't sure, but in the end I wore it all the time, and being white it added polish to something so sporty.
A leather or faux leather skirt if your friend. Such a versatile item. And can fit every style you want, sporty, elegant, sexy, comfy.
Again think about what you will need in your daily live for three months.
As these last months were very casual for me, I lived in flat shoes. Wore my Vans and Converse during the day, and Jenny Kayne and Booties at night. Normally I need more shoes. But it worked for these two months. It will not work for winter.
What didn't work:
Buying stuff because a picture inspired you. It can work, but only if you take yourself into account. I saw a great shot of a cropped navy card. But although it was very cute, in the end, it was not made for me.
Think about sizing, it is everything: I buy online a lot, and sometimes I am too lazy to exchange something, especially if it is affordable. So I bought a shirt at Loft, that with their vanity sizing, was way too big for me. So now that I know I will size down. Read reviews it really helps.
Skip trends that don't feel like you: Oh midi skirts. I really wanted to try you. Love a midi pencil. But I don't know what it is about you, let's just make it quick: you are Out!
The ones that never got in in the first place.
A shopping snag taught me something.
I had a blue turtleneck and plaid shirt in my fall wardrobe. Ordered from Shopbop, didn't notice a mail that they were out of stock, so they never got here. And you know what, I didn't miss them. Showed me that even will less clothes, you still have too much.
What I learned:
Don't go too much against your comfort zone:
When putting together my fall wardrobe, I wanted to give equal space to every item. That meant that I had to wear less dresses. But I missed them so much. I realized that I need my dresses. So for winter I ditched most of the skirts, and shorts and added a bunch of cute dresses.
I really enjoyed this process, it made things very easy. Winter here I come!
I hope you guys have great Christmas, Merry Merry!!!
Last outfit of fall:
Cardigan Other Stories
Jeans JBrand Jake
Bag Longchamp le Pliage
Tee Ragdoll La
Shoes Jenni Kayne d'Orsay flats