Lately, I’ve been visiting the idea of creating a capsule wardrobe. The holidays and the months following always make me realize how much stuff I have and how much of it I probably don’t need, which in turn ignites a major purge of said stuff. Of course a lot of that stuff includes clothing, shoes, and accessories. I think for a lot of people, it can get to a point where getting dressed in the morning is more of a chore because you are overwhelmed with choices instead of faced with simple, stylish decisions. Honestly, that may be why a capsule wardrobe sounds the most appealing to me…ease. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE styling and putting things together, but I also very much appreciate simplicity and well-made pieces with great design elements.
Above are some of the pieces I consider to be staples in a wardrobe, most of which I have variations of myself and are often items I continue to go back to. I’d say it’s a good start to building a great capsule wardrobe.
This nice, mild December day provided the motivation to get out and take advantage because who knows how much longer we’ll be spoiled with this unseasonable season. I must admit, it’s felt a little strange to omit the coat these past several days, but it has been pretty great.
The light was so interesting and beautiful today. There were these orange-y warm tones coming from one end of the sky and dark, somber clouds on the other. The combination made for some awesome photo opps.
Denim shirt and polka dot dress (worn as skirt) from H&M; Jacket by Antonio Melani from Dillard’s (n/a); Belt and necklace from Anthropologie (n/a); Boots from Aldo-similar; Thrifted Dooney & Bourke cross-body.
It’s nearing Valentine’s day, so she opted to wear her red Diane Von Ferstenburg dress to bask in the mood of the approaching holiday, although Paris is always in the mood. She clasps her gold Michael Kors chain link watch and throws on a dainty long gold necklace. She walks to her vanity to put on a little bit of make-up…easy on the eyeliner and light on the blush since she decided to wear a bold red lip with her ensemble. She then throws her hair up in a messy sort of coif and secures it with a few bobby pins. She springs out of her chair to find the black leather ankle strap heels from her rather disoriented closet, all the while her cat Georgie is following her every move, trying to get her attention. Noticing Georgie while grabbing her shoes, she says “Bien, Georgie” and wanders into the kitchen to find the hungry little feline a snack. Georgie seems pleased with the whitefish scraps leftover from last night’s dinner.
Finally, she’s ready to head to the farmer’s market to pick up some fresh flowers and produce before she meets her beau for an exciting date at a wonderful new restaurant they’ve been aching to try. She grabs her vintage mink coat, and black leather tote-it’s still pretty chilly in February, and a tote is a good size to hold the flowers and produce, plus whatever else catches her fancy at the farmer’s market on this brisk February day in the city of lights.
Sometimes I like to play on Polyvore to satisfy my fashion imagination. This one started with the scarlet hued cape and branched out from there. An awesome wool cape is on my sewing to-do list for winter-y items…hopefully by the end of this winter I will have myself a cape to throw on. I wouldn’t consider capes to be especially ideal for days like today where there’s loads of snow falling from the sky and equal loads then on the roads–that’s definitely a puffer jacket kind of day. But capes are great for those crisp winter days that border on feeling like the birth of a much desired spring day.
Can’t you just picture yourself sitting on a park bench while you’re people watching and wearing this crimson colored cape with your plaid button up peeking through when you lift your hand to write in your journal-recording your thoughts of inspiration? Of course, to complete the look you need your on trend circular frame sunglasses and wide brim felt floppy hat, along with the gorgeous Prada bag you saved for-but will indeed cherish forever. And don’t forget the leather gloves–it’s still winter, you know! Hands must be kept warm, especially when jotting down observations or discoveries.
Oh, and if you’re wearing a cape in the scarlet shade, you most definitely need something gray added somewhere-well, if you’re an Ohio girl that is. :)