I haven’t done this for AGES, and it always feels like something that I need to think about at the turn of seasons. Now that warm weather seems to have finally arrived in Chicago, this might be what I should do in my own closet so that I have a solid capsule wardrobe ready for the fun to come…
I will never quit believing that every woman (except those who only wear skirts and dresses) needs a good pair of pants. Nothing rarefied, nothing that has to be kept for “special” occasions – just something to wear frequently, in order to dress a notch up from jeans or (heaven forbid) leggings…
If you’re really starting from scratch, the 2nd step gives you both a “suit” of sorts, and then a top that gives you a complete outfit. A really BASIC outfit, but think of it as the perfect base for all kinds of jewelry or scarves…
Let’s bring a little bit of color into this wardrobe! And a pair of jeans… If you’re not one to wear jeans, a different style of pants, or even a skirt, would be equally useful here.
If these were the only steps that you took toward a new wardrobe, it would leave you with a solid core of pieces:
It’s not an infinitely variable wardrobe, but there are certainly at least a few outfits to be assembled from these pieces!
For the next 4 days, I’ll continue to build on this until we’ve got a pretty solid capsule wardrobe. Should I look at accessories too?
Ardyth Eisenberg says
Yes to accessories!
Chris from Indy says
The owl! Yay! Terrific start to a wardrobe – am looking forward to more.
Are outfits even “complete”without accessories? You always manage to find the most interesting ones! Feather motif, maybe?
I agree. I also really like the new look AND the new logos are really great as well- they suit you so well.
Love the colors! And LOVE your new site ??
Accessories? Why yes, and what a perfect place to incorporate those gold eyes!
Feather motif for the accessories is a great idea! These are my absolute favorite posts of yours!!
Margie from Toronto says
This is pretty much what I am starting with as I switch over so 4 more episodes will be great – and “yes please” to accessories!
Barbara Lucas Thompson says
Yes, to accessories, please. That is the part I struggle with the most!
I’m glad you are building a wardrobe from scratch. I have attempted to do that, starting with what is in my closet as much as I can. I have never taken it to completion. I am looking forward to the rest of the articles in the series.
Carol Melancon says
Using the deepest shadows in the reference photo, I believe you could even allow the color of the year (at least a desaturated version) to stick a toe in.
I know it won’t fly in every workplace but if your business casual is more on the casual side you could also wear the blue button-up shirt as a jacket over the white shirt, stretching these few pieces even more. Love these colors! ?