I'm slowly getting sucked into this capsule wardrobe trend. You may have seen the concept covered in magazines or on Pinterest. Savvy trendsetters buy 20-30 pieces that all go together, then rotate them and accessorize cleverly instead of constantly buying new clothing.
After having three children back-to-back, none of my clothes fit me and I'm finding my closet rather barren. I have basics: jeans, tanks, a few palazzo pants. Instead of running out to buy all the latest trendy pieces, I'm taking this opportunity to maximize my small selection. Consciously picking quality pieces makes for a capsule wardrobe that I can dress up or down. The key to keeping it interesting, I'm finding, is is in four easy steps.
The other day I was telling someone about my capsule wardrobe endeavor, and she gave some tried-and-true advice. “Every outfit needs color, shine and texture,” she said. These are the basics of a well put-together look. On top of that, I like to add polish. Makeup, nails, a fun hairdo: any personal beauty efforts that make me really feel like I'm putting my best foot forward.
Color. Color can come in the form of the clothing itself or a jazzy piece of jewelry, brooch or clutch. I find with capsule wardrobes it's easiest to keep the clothing basic and add splashes of color in the accessories.
Shine. Sparkle that capsule wardrobe up a bit with a glossy clutch or a dazzling chunky necklace. Something shiny can take an outfit a long way, adding interest and depth.
Texture. Even a plain tee and jeans can quickly be fashionable with the addition of a loose-weave vest or a scrunchy scarf.
Polish. There are a few makeup items that I just don't feel complete without: eye liner, brow liner and lip balm. These three things can ALWAYS be found in my bag. For me, those finishing touches make me feel put together. We're working with Rimmel London on a sponsored post by Lunchbox, and I am LOVING their new “Keep Calm” lip balm. They have several fun colors devoted to various themes: Keep Calm and Love, Keep Calm and Play, Kiss, Party, Rock, etc. I chose, “Shop,” since it lends to my dedication to making conscious purchases. I love the ever-so-slight lip color that doesn't wind up bleeding or looking faded. Plus, it makes an awesome conversation piece when I whip it out to apply on-the-go.
Are you getting on board the capsule wardrobe trend? How do you accessorize?