Top Row (left to right): J.Crew, J.Crew, J.Crew; Middle Row: Banana Republic, Lauren Conrad,
No brand (possibly homemade?); Bottom Row: J.Crew, Banana Republic, Banana Republic.
Now that we've touched on developing our own personal style, let's move on to another hot fashionable subject—capsule wardrobes. For those of you unfamiliar, it is a highly condensed wardrobe comprised of versatile pieces. The goal is that these items will not go out of fashion and can be easily paired with each other and seasonal items. The idea itself is a proponent of the minimalist movement, but the number of actual pieces may vary from person-to-person.
Buying up a capsule wardrobe by season can cost a pretty penny, but scouring thrift stores for the basics is a great place to start. All of the above items were thrifted and, judging by their brands, have the ability to hold up to wear. In the long run, these items cost me less than something similar at TJ Maxx or Forever 21 and the quality is better than some of the clothing those stores have to offer.
I've also got into the habit of removing clothes from my wardrobe as I bring new ones into it. I like to keep the number of items in my closet to a relatively average amount.
Pinterest is overflowing with capsule wardrobe demos, but one person getting this right is the blogger behind Unfancy. She put together some of the best tips for hopping on the capsule wardrobe wagon. Check it out. It might actually change your life.
I've also just started using an app called Stylebook, which is perfect for managing your closet if you do choose to go the capsule wardrobe route. It takes some time to get started (taking photos of your clothes & editing), but I especially love the packing list feature. Let me know if you try it out!
Do you toy with the idea of utilizing a capsule wardrobe?
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