So I’ve been looking into building a capsule wardrobe, and as un-minimalist as I am, the concept seems like a fun challenge and will probably help me figure out which pieces in my closet shouldn’t stay anymore and I can spend less on clothes. I want to look fancy without the flamboyant colours and want pieces that work for something fancy or something casual.
And I’m ashamed to admit I have clothes in my closet that I bought but never wore out. I pick up things where I can go “OOOH I’ll look so good in this in the office,” but in my work place, we don’t dress formal. (Or I’ll be met with questions such as “where are you going tonight?!”) Yet, I feel like I work better when I dress better – and I want to reduce time and effort in pairing up clothes when I have my capsule wardrobe handy. Basically, it’s having 30-40 essential pieces of clothing (including shoes and bags) to rotate and mix/match with to create different outfits. I’m going to be realistic and generous to my self; I probably need around 40 pieces.
Bear with me as this is me figuring out what pieces I want in my wardrobe, but it’s not all I have. Once I have established my set of 30-40 pieces, I’ll share that with you all (if you are interested in my boring wardrobe choices.)
Featured: Marc Jacobs Mini Nylon Biker Backpack
Having a major backpack obsession now. I’ve always loved them, but felt like a student with it on (and I still look like it.) Now that they’re “in,” there are so many styles to chose from! Carrying a backpack to certain events are great, I can stuff so many free food samples in it and also run to the skytrain with my hands free.
These photos depict probably like 1/100th of my closet. Trying to filter out the crap I don’t need is almost as bad as filtering out creepers from online dating apps. Looking at a man is like looking at a shirt and going “is this going to make me happy?!” I still keep jeans I purchased 4-5 years ago and my waistline is clearly pointing out to me that those pants don’t fit anymore. I either got to lose a crap ton of weight, or buy new clothes – I chose the latter option!! Which means that I would purchase specific, good quality pieces that would last for many years.
I’m still figuring out a system of deciding which items are good to go. Sure, I can ask myself “have I worn this in the last two years, if not, then throw it away”- but then I KNOW that in a week or so I’ll end up wishing I never threw it away. Some of my personal favourites that are in my capsule wardrobe are my denim jacket from H&M, a Banana Republic wool coat (that my mom and I share,) a navy blue anorak from Topshop, and a striped blue dress shirt from Dynamite. The dress shirt is one of my personal favourites as it is long enough to wear with leggings. It can be matched with a skirt, trousers, dark jeans, white jeans, and pretty much any shoes. Prepare for more #ootd’s around here somewhere!
I’ve been browsing on Shopbop for potential pieces. Right now is an amazing time to stock up from Shopbop since they’re currently hosting a sale; get 20% off $500 or under or get 25% off if you spend over $500!
The promo code is EVENT17 and the sale will last through 11:59PM Pacific Time Friday April 14th! I added a few to my “loves” list so far:
Schutz Chimes Sandals
AG Ankle Legging Jeans
Adidas x Raf Simmons Stan Smith Sneakers
BB Dakota Alexia Plaid Shirtdress
Club Monaco Vidorus Skirt
Equipment Signature Blouse
Mackage Leora Double Face Wool Jacket
Kate Spade New York Isobel Tote
My goal is to chose pieces that can be worn with multiple pairings. For example, the jeans can be worn with sneakers, heels, and everything else (except for the skirt and shirtdress!) The white blouse can be paired withe skirt or jeans, or any other essential bottoms you have at home! My mom would be SO happy if my closet reduced to under 100 things. After I start minimizing my closet more, I’ll post some more details and maybe outfits of the day!
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