CAPSULE WARDROBE

Capsule Wardrobe

I have been having a major decluttering moment lately.  I was feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the stuff I had around my house and decided it was time to cut back a bit.  Nothing too crazy, but just realizing I don’t need 2 oversized pitchers, that I bought from the Dollar Store, for some coffee making Pinterest project I did 1 time 3 years ago. You know…stuff like that.

I could go on and on about all of the decluttering/”living with less” sites I have been reading lately.   I’ve been trying to clean out most areas of my home, but I wanted to talk about my main problem area that kick started it all…my closet.  I’ve seen waaayyyy crazier closets than mine, but I was just over it.  This was around the same time I started reading about the capsule wardrobe on the blog, Un-Fancy.

Her simple way of defining what a capsule wardrobe is:  “It’s a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear.”

I read somewhere that you wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time.  And this is so true (!!!)  I wear the same stuff to work every week.  And those clothes are the clothes that I feel I look my best in.  I usually have a few things that I love, and then I wear them all of the time.  Then on the weekend, I have another set of favorites that I always wear.

So what am I doing with the rest of my stuff??

Why not only wear stuff that I love and clear out the rest?

In essence, I’ve already created a capsule wardrobe by choosing to wear my favorite 20% of my clothes the majority of the time.  The rest is unnecessary filler that is cluttering my closet.  And when I do wear the filler clothes, I don’t feel my best the whole day.  And life’s too short to not always feel like your most rockstar self.

The blogger from Un-Fancy creates a capsule wardrobe for every season and only includes 37 items in each capsule, including tops, bottoms, shoes, dresses and outerwear.  Then for those 3 months in that season she will only wear pieces from the 37 items she picked out.  She does not include jewelry and accessories, so you can add some variety to your outfits with bags, scarves, hair, and makeup.  Her blog shows all of the items in her capsule and then how she styles them.

This idea forces you to think about what you’re spending your time and money on.  Is this piece versatile?  Do I love it?  Will I love it for more than 1 or 2 wears?

After reading her blog for a while, I realized there is no way I can jump into a 37 piece wardrobe, but it can definitely be used as a guide.  Maybe a 50 piece wardrobe is more realistic, or 100 piece.  Whatever works for you.  I think it’s more about being aware of what you have and making smarter decisions with what you buy.  Don’t just buy to buy.  Impulse shopping is real guys.  But come up with a system that works for you.

For me, this idea just opened my eyes.  It forced me to take a serious look at my closet.

Will I ever wear this cocktail dress I bought 7 years ago, even though I have 5 other cocktail dresses that are more my style?  And do I really need 5 other cocktail dresses?  I mean, cocktail parties aren’t a common occurrence in my life at the moment.

Another realization, I had a pair of jeans from high school that I was saving until I lost those last 5 lbs.  And when the time came that they fit again, I laughed, because they looked soooo dated!  They were Hollister guys, Hollister.  I am beyond past those days, so why the hell did they travel with me through too many moves to count??

It’s all about awareness for me. And realizing what I really need in my closet.

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I’m still in the process of decluttering my closet.  I go through phases.  If I do too much at once I end up saving everything (I suddenly have a reason to keep it all), so whenever I start to get like that, I stop and pick it up again when I’m feeling motivated.  Find your groove and go with it.

Baby steps.

What helps motivate you to declutter?  Are you into the capsule wardrobe idea?  If so, how did you go about setting it up?

♦ Stephanie

LEOPARD IS A NEUTRAL

Leopard Is A Neutral

I am a huge fan of neutrals. Huge.

I love to wear anything black, white, gray, navy, tan and olive (Does olive count?  I think olive counts).   I will usually spice my neutrals up with accessories, a fun hairstyle or a bold makeup look if I need a little something extra.

I recently heard someone say that leopard is a neutral.  And I perked up because it is TOTALLY a neutral (!!!)  I can’t believe I never thought of it that way before! Leopard goes with everything.  And it adds some life to an outfit.  I never go full leopard, but I like to add it to an outfit via shoe, bag, scarf, or belt.

After I heard that, I suddenly realized how much leopard has been unintentionally involved in my life the past month…

Leopard Looks

First off, hello comfy ass slippers.  These guys are so soft and comfortable.  They were a Christmas present that I am pretty much wearing whenever I am at home.  I got these from J Crew but they are sold out.  Here are some other leopard inspired slippers that look equally as comfortable with a more subtle leopard print.  The eye mask was a Dollars Store purchase that I made before a flight I took last year.  You always have to do what it takes to get a good night’s sleep.

I wore this clutch to a wedding in Miami.  The dress code was “creative formal” and this clutch went perfectly with the black jumpsuit I wore.  Check out their website at Dune London.  Here are some other leopard options they have on their site.

These tennis shoes are freaking fantastic.  I wear them to work almost daily and my feet always feel great.  When I bought them, they were on sale for about $25-$30 cheaper, so definitely google coupons for New Balance before purchasing.

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These are just a few ways I have been adding my new neutral, leopard, into my life.  And they all look great with all of my outfits.  From, going to a wedding, to my casual work attire, to lounging around comfortably in the house, leopard adds a little bit of fun to every outfit.

What ways do you rock leopard?  What do you think about it being called a neutral?   Totally on board or wtf are they talking about?

♦ Stephanie

3rd Piece Rule – Secret to Looking Your Best. Dressed.

I came across an article about the 3rd piece rule and I loved it!

Nordstrom, Madewell, Banana Republic and a few other retail shops have this rule for their employees so they always look on trend. They have to wear an outfit comprised of at least 3 pieces, not including their shoes.  Pants and a top count as 1 and 2 (the base of the outfit).  Then they have to add a 3rd piece (you can even add a 4th and 5th piece) to create interest/style to their look.   This can be a hat, vest, scarf, kimono (current fave), cardigan, sassy jacket or a statement necklace.  Adding this extra piece gives a bit of interest to an otherwise ordinary look, making you look more put together.   Using this rule will force you to get a little creative with your look and make you feel that much more bomb.

Looking back on it, whenever I have unknowingly followed this rule, I have always felt I looked my best.

Here’s a few examples I found on Pinterest:

3rd piece: hat

3rd piece: hat

3rd piece:  leather jacket

3rd piece: leather jacket

3rd piece:  kimono

3rd piece: kimono

3rd piece:  maxi 4th piece:  necklace

3rd piece: hat
4th piece: necklace

What do you think of this rule?  Will you start incorporating it when you put together your daily look?  Any other rules you ride and die by?  Fill me in!

♦ Stephanie