My Capsule Wardrobe & How I Failed At It

Capsule Wardrobe XHave  you heard of the capsule wardrobe concept?  How could you not?  These days the minimalist inspired capsule wardrobe concept seems to be the latest craze to hit fashion blogdom.  In essence the concept of a capsule wardrobe fascinates me and seems like such a GOOD idea.  Who wouldn’t want a perfectly curated 37 piece wardrobe made up of interchangeable pieces that flow effortlessly together?  Me! Me, I thought.  I want that. Until, I realized that I didn’t.  I even went so far as to fill out worksheets on my color palette, mood boards and wrote two  blog pieces chronicling my process. I even posted one here.

I began to  realize that I had a problem when the actual creation of my capsule wardrobe stopped being fun (which happened pretty quickly) and I kept cheating.  First I decided not to  include shoes as part of my 37 pieces because I had too many wonderful pairs that I wanted to keep wearing.  Granted no one needs the number of shoes I have, but I truly love each and every one of them.  Different heel heights and styles are important when creating various proportions and silhouettes I justified to myself. Then I decided not include accessories, because I mean it’s accessories that make an outfit.

After much agony, I did whittle my wardrobe down to 37 pieces (minus footwear & accessories) and I felt so uninspired by it.  Yes it followed my carefully developed color palette and mood boards, but it bored the shit out of me.  The thought of being limited to only those pieces for the spring season felt depressing.  My husband (ever so helpful) advised that I just pretend to do the capsule wardrobe concept for the blog. It’s not like these people live with you and will actually know if you follow through with it.  He had a point, but again that would be cheating.

Most importantly I broke the cardinal rule of building a capsule wardrobe.  I kept ALL my pieces and hid them in a guest closet.  This totally defeats the whole purpose of the capsule wardrobe and minimalism in general.  Limiting yourself to a certain number of pieces, but hoarding the rest does not make one a good minimalist.  It just makes you a big fat phony.  I am not proud of this, but I only did the capsule wardrobe thing for three days.  It only took three days for me to break and realize that I wanted more stuff (I mean options).  So I decided to ax the whole idea.  Who am I kidding? I am no minimalist and pretending to be one in order to have blog content is stupid and ridiculous.   I may be a new blogger who doesn’t have many followers, but I don’t want to build an audience off a lie.  I’d rather have no readers, then turn myself into something I’m clearly not.   After all this is my hobby, not my job.  So if I get a lot of followers then great, but if I don’t then at least I’ll have a good time taking photos and learning Photoshop.

Has anyone else tried the capsule wardrobe concept?  Did you have any success at it or did you miserably fail at it like me?  After trying the whole capsule wardrobe thing, I really have to wonder if there are other bloggers who are cheating at it too.

 

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Top Snow Photography Tips

Trench CoatBeing from Alabama we don’t generally get a lot of opportunities to photograph in the snow.  My husband and I learned pretty quickly what types of clothing photograph the best and which ones photograph the worst.  Below are our top tips on how to effectively shoot snow outfit photos.

Top Snow Photography Tips

1.  Do not wear dark colored clothing.  The brightness of the snow makes everything else appear much darker and your clothing will just look like a giant black blob.
2.  Do wear bright / light colored clothing.  Surprisingly, light colored clothing contrasts nicely with the snow and doesn’t get washed out.
3.  Do not wear monochromatic clothing as the difference in shades will not show up.
4.  If your eyes are sensitive to light, wear sunglasses.  The brightness of the snow is almost blinding and I have a bunch of squinty faced pictures.
5.  Be careful not to leave too many footsteps.  Your footprints often look muddy and can ruin the beautiful white look of the snow.  Using the clone stamp in Adobe Photoshop is a great way to get rid of the unwanted footprints.

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Coat:  Juicy Couture (old similar here) | Shirt: Ann Taylor (old)| Pants:  Express (old similar here) | Shoes:  Madden Girl | Necklace: American Eagle (old similar here) | Earrings:  Francesca’s

Do you have any additional tips?

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Snow Day

hot pink moto jacket

We received seven inches of snow last Wednesday  which is a record snow fall for us here in Alabama.  It was so incredibly pretty.  Being that the snow came up almost to Chewy’s head, he did not find the snow all that enjoyable.  Poor thing! We had to make him a little pathway in the snow so that he could go potty.

My husband and I were excited to be able to take some blog photos in the snow.  Let me tell ya, taking good quality photos in the snow is not easy.  The snow is so white that it darkens everything else around it.  This pink moto jacket was one of the few articles of clothing that photographed decently.

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Luckily, the snow wasn’t as deep on the road which allowed Chewy to get out and enjoy it a little bit.

snow day

Jacket: The Gap (old similar here)| Sweatshirt: Express (old similar here) | Jeans:  Lucky Brand |  Boots:  Ugg Australia | Scarf: The Gap

Do y’all have any tips for taking photos in the snow?

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Creating A Capsule Wardrobe Part I: Mood Board & Color Palette

This is the start of a four part series chronicling the building of my own capsule wardrobe.  Each post will explain my steps in creating my own capsule wardrobe.  These steps are loosely based off the guidelines provided in both the Into-Mind Blog and Unfancy Blog.

Capsule Wardrobe Part I

Have you guys heard of the capsule wardrobe concept?  I ran into the idea about a year ago after stumbling on to the blog INTO-MIND by Anoushka.  For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, a capsule wardrobe means creating a mini-wardrobe only out of pieces of clothing that you truly love.  Generally, one creates a capsule wardrobe for a particular season or lifestyle and pre-determines the number of articles of clothing for each capsule.

For example, if you work in a conservative environment, then your capsule wardrobe may consist of a total of 20 pieces made up of four pencil skirts, 5 dress shirts, 4 pants, 3 blazers, and 4 pairs of shoes.  The beauty of the capsule wardrobe is that one can take these 20 pieces and then create a large variety of outfits.  The main goal of a capsule wardrobe is to reduce the amount of money, shopping and wasted time normally spent on just buying random pieces of clothing that you may not necessarily like later on or that may not go with anything else you currently own.

“A capsule wardrobe means creating a mini-wardrobe only out of the pieces of clothing that you truly love.  Generally, one creates a capsule wardrobe for a particular season or lifestyle.”

I found this idea deeply intriguing, but slightly unsettling.  Can you really create a gorgeous wardrobe by limiting the amount of clothing you purchase? Shouldn’t the opposite be true! Plus, I love the mall.  Could I really limit my shopping?   In order to see if this concept truly worked, I started following other bloggers who had taken on the challenge of designing a capsule wardrobe.  A great blog is Unfancy by Caroline who features a 37 piece capsule collection for each season. The more I followed these blogs and saw people actually making the capsule wardrobe work the more I wanted to try it myself.

“The main goal of a capsule wardrobe is to reduce the amount of money, shopping and time wasted normally spent on just buying random pieces of clothing that you may not necessarily like later on or that may not go with anything else you currently own.”

Many of these blogs suggest creating a mood board and a color palette in order to help you narrow down what you want in your capsule wardrobe.  I created my mood board by first collecting photos that I found on Pinterest.  I probably spent most of January just pinning different things I liked.  Then in February, I picked my favorite pins and placed them on my mood board featured below. I then used this mood board  in order to see if there was some sort of theme / color pattern attached to these various images.

“Create a mood board to discover colors that appeal to you.”

Spring Wardrobe Mood BoardWhat did I discover from my moodboard?
1.  I like neutrals, preferably whites, greys and blacks.
2.  I do enjoy pops of colors in the reds to pink spectrum.
3. It’s very feminine in its overall feel.

“From your mood board develop a color palette that will be incorporated into your capsule wardrobe.”

After inspecting my mood board, I then took the two pictures that I thought best represented my overall vision for the color palette for my capsule wardrobe and created that color palette featured below.  You can find a template for this color palette on Into-Mind blog.  Anuschka is truly brilliant when it comes to dissecting your wardrobe.  As she explains,  the three large rectangles are the base colors for your wardrobe and should be the colors that most accurately reflect your mood board.  In my case it was blue, gray and white.  The bottom two rectangles are neutrals that should go with every color in your color palette and “support and balance out the other shades.”  I choose a light lemon yellow and black. The four squares are the accent colors and add spice to your capsule wardrobe.  I picked red, pink, rosy purple and olive green.  spring-color-paletteI determined my color palette, so now what?  The next step is to develop a style mood board to determine which shapes / silhouettes you would like to include in your capsule wardrobe. From my mood board below, I pulled out three main style concepts to focus on. These style concepts include: 1) jackets for layering 2) skinny jeans 3)  simple silhouettes.

Style Mood Board

“Create a style mood board to determine the style / silhouettes you would like to include in your capsule”

For me the next step was to analyze my lifestyle, go through my wardrobe and determine the number of pieces to include in my capsule.  You can read about this step in Part II:  Lifestyle  Analysis.  Part III will be the unveiling of the capsule wardrobe.  What color palette would make up your capsule wardrobe?

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