I’ve mentioned it here before, but over time, I’ve really shifted to building a capsule wardrobe. You know, a wardrobe that relies on the basics, and allows one to mix and match with ease from day to night. Trendy pieces you’ll give away next year? No place for you in this closet, my friends! The great thing about a capsule wardrobe is that it drastically reduces the time and energy one spends getting dressed everyday (a conscious decision on my part, to save creative energy for other endeavors). The bad part is that when pieces begin showing signs of wear, or no longer fit, or (despite your avoidance of trends) are starting to feel passé, you get stuck. Remove one or two pieces from the wardrobe foundation, and the whole house comes crashing down. You’re standing in front of your closet feeling like you have nothing to wear. And you kind of don’t.
So was my experience after an ongoing, massive closet clean out over the last several months. I was ruthless. We’re talking a multi-season clean out here. Things I still sorta liked but never wore — gone. Low rise jeans that will probably come back into style in another 5 years, but I couldn’t stand keeping around anymore — outta here! I had plenty of pieces that fit and were still in style but just weren’t my style anymore. A hot pink silk top? Silk yes, bright hot pink — hi, have we met? I started on this clean out last autumn, and took items to a local thrift shop a few times to sell when it made sense for the upcoming season. Everything else was carted off to Goodwill over the course of two weekends in March.
Anyway, all this cleaning was good for my sanity and the soul, but I’ve been left with a bit of a conundrum. I have about three tops that I wear on repeat now. They’re all black, and I am a touch bored. And ok, ok, I can admit it — every now and again, I want to wear something that feels fun and just a little trendy (like this top I bought). I’ve also been left trying to figure out what trends are actually here to stay (cropped flares and straight leg jeans? Bodysuits? Big, voluminous tops? Are we doing this, guys?), so that I can purchase pieces that feel relevant, but will remain versatile for the longest amount of time.
So that’s where I am: how to build a capsule collection that still feels “on trend,” but isn’t trendy? I have a pretty good base already. A fair amount of denim, though I’m looking to fill some holes there — literally (more on this in a sec). I could use A LOT of new tops, but I’m sticking to the strategy of investing in higher quality pieces and focusing on things that have killer tailoring and always make me feel great (no small feat with a larger chest on a petite frame). I’m also in the market for more footwear. Somehow over the last 4 years, I’ve ended up without a single pair of pumps that I love, and very few sandals that aren’t flats. It’s time for some upgrades there, too.
The cleanout has given me a lot of clarity as to what I’d like to buy. So, I decided to map this all out in a shopping list, as I’ve been bookmarking pieces I like, waiting for sales (Shopbop has a big one launching today, FYI! 20-25% off your order with code EVENT17), and actually going into stores, which I did this past Saturday. Do you know how dire things have to be for me to walk into an actual retail store? Bad. Real bad. Here’s what I’m focusing my efforts around. I hope you find some pretty things you like too!
More Tops I Bookmarked:
Ugh, fine, I’m breaking down and buying a few fun tops. Nothing crazy (I really can’t pull this kind of shit off), but of-the-moment. Here’s where my head is:
More Shoes I Bookmarked:
A few other things on my “order or go try on” list:
I’ve been digging shirt dresses! I really like this one. · I need a dress to wear to a wedding, but I want to be able to keep it in my closet for a while. Love this pretty silhouette from Yumi Kim. · Fun summer sandals. You know I love these. · A cropped jacket for evening! I like the look of tweed or bouclé, like this or this (any other suggestions?)
What’s your approach to your wardrobe? Any essentials you’re looking to buy this spring/summer?