Wednesday, October 29, 2014

59/91: Sweatshirt, Jeans, Birkenstocks + Making a Lot of Outfits from a Capsule Wardrobe

I'm on day 59 and I haven't repeated an outfit yet! I don't know if I will make it 91 days with no repeats, but I'm not done with new combos yet. Remember, I'm using 40 items of clothing. Even if you're using fewer than that, you should still be able to mix and match a lot of outfits. It will depend on what you choose. Let's say you have 10 tops and 5 bottoms. If they all go together, you have 50 different outfits right there! That's not even including footwear or layering pieces like sweaters and jackets. Of course, you will likely have some pieces that don't go together (the colors won't coordinate, the silhouettes won't look good together, or the level of casualness/dressiness won't mesh), but you can see how easy it would be to make a lot of outfits from 30 or 40 pieces. 

Normally, without a capsule wardrobe, I repeat some favorite outfits a lot! I think I'm actually wearing more unique outfits by choosing from fewer clothes. 

Of course, there's nothing wrong with repeating outfits! I'm trying to make a lot of unique outfits to show myself (and you) that dressing with a capsule wardrobe doesn't have to mean wearing the same outfits every week or being bored with your clothes. You can still be creative with new combinations and have fun mixing and matching all your pieces. 

Also, I accepted Courtney Carver's #33in33 challenge: to post photos of 33 unique capsule wardrobe outfits beginning back on October 1st. This is outfit 29 for that challenge and it's been pretty easy. I just keep track of all the outfits I've worn and then choose a different pair of pants or a different skirt the next time I wear that shirt. At the very least, I can put on a different pair of shoes to freshen up the same old outfit.

I don't include accessories in my 40 items, so I have a lot of room to play there, too. A different bag or jewelry can make an outfit look more polished - or more casual. Even different makeup could take your look up a notch. If you are good at styling your hair (I'm jealous!) you can make a big difference in your look that way, too. And those of you who wear hats as accessories (not just to keep warm) can maybe skip the hair-styling and change up your look with a cool hat - or a sophisticated one - or a baseball cap. 

Don't hold back from trying a capsule wardrobe out of fear of boredom! You can make a lot of different looks from a well-curated mini-wardrobe. 

I am learning a lot this time (my first capsule) and I think my winter capsule will work even better for me. 

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