Capsule wardrobing step five : It’s all in the mix and match

Capsule wardrobing part 5/ It’s all in the mix and match

In the end, building a capsule wardrobe is like building anything in life, you need fundaments. In this case, we’re talking about (one) the basics, the white tee, the jeans, the chambray shirt…

Then to add a little flair and to define who you are, you’ll need (two) key pieces that are versatile and you can wear in many ways and with almost anything like a leather jacket or a high waisted black jeans.

And to top it all off add some (three) bold statement pieces, like cool shoes or a piece of chunky jewelry.

What counts as a statement, key piece or basic is completely up to you and your style. If you have a pretty toned down style, then a striped blazer may count as a statement piece while for others this will rather be a basic or a key piece.

Budget wise, it’s better to invest in high quality clothes in all the three categories, but if you’re on a budget I would opt for key pieces and basics first. I find that basics are as important as the structured key pieces that define your unique style. The basics are the fundaments and layers of your outfit and the chances are that you’ll wear them even more than anything else in your wardrobe.

If you don’t have a big budget, build your wardrobe slowly. No one says you have to get your seasonal capsule right immediately. Take a season or two three to really get it right, meanwhile work with what you think is still ok, but not perfect.

Statement pieces are often trendy pieces, so if you don’t have much money left to spend on them, that’s totally fine.

So after completing the first 4 steps of capsuling, it’s important to get to get your basics right. An important question to ask here is: “What is a basic to you, according to your style and lifestyle?”

For instance, I want my winter capsule wardrobe to have 5 long-sleeves that I can match with a chambray shirt or some knitwear. These are absolute musts for me, because I get cold easily and I like to wear a fresh long-sleeve almost every day in winter.  These are absolute basics to me and I finally got to the point that I stopped buying the ones that only lasted me one season. A black high waist jean is another basic to me. It always fits the occasion, can be dressed up or down, can be worn with a plain or  a “crazy’er” button down and it just makes me feel good even on days when I’m feeling a bit off. The basics are also the ones you will want to wear on days you’re not feeling it completely. They are your comfort zone. They fit right, the fabric is right, they are cut right and they blend with almost anything.

Then a key piece would be a leather perfecto in an original shape, maybe super fitting or asymmetrical. It will give some edge to your overall look and define it towards the style that you want it to. You could be dressed in a skinny jeans with a plain t shirt and throw over your leather perfecto and look like somebody completely different just like that.

Try to figure out what the basics are to you and what the key pieces are. Then think of putting the icing on the cake, aka the statement pieces.

Love, Maureen

How to upgrade your style while you’re travelling

“Style is the only thing you can’t buy. It’s not in a shopping bag, a label, or a price tag. It’s something reflected from our soul to the outside world—an emotion.”—Alber Elbaz

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How to shop vintage, the most important things to remember.

“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” —Lauren Hutton

When I first started to shop vintage…

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Fair trade, how to read the label.

“Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.” —Vivienne Westwood

Because it’s all more a bit complex than you might think…

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How to dress well on a budget. Preparing for autumn…

“When in doubt, wear red.” —Bill Blass

Since there are much nicer things to do than buy clothes that don’t last, or are way to expensive and that you won’t use anyway. I made a list that you can use as a guide when you are adding those autumn pieces to your all- year- round wardrobe. I added some tips to cut down on expenses too. Little things that you may not have thought of but are of great importance. Lett’s dive in!

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How to plan outfits like a boss

“How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels?” —Sonia Rykiel

This is kind of a big deal, and since it’s only an outfit, and only just an outfit, and something we are all aware of but putt so much emphasis and judgement upon… I’ll be here to help you mend and pick the pieces together of your hero outfit. Oh how it’ll make your life a gradient sweeter, or evidently just a bit more easy.

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Brandlove: Love is an ECO DRESS. Thinking MU.

“Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, and of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked at all times.” —Betsey Johnson

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How to raid your boyfriend’s closet

“Fashion is like eating, you shouldn’t stick to the same menu.” —Kenzo Takada

Or shop in the mens department for that matter!

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So you’re going on a trip and you’re wondering what and how to pack

“Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find it.” —Diane von Furstenberg

Also very handy: when working a capsule wardrobe….

your packing list gets way shorter….. 

Just a quick reminder below of what you might need to pack to different destinations….

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Capsule wardrobing in five easy steps

“We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.” —Yves Saint Laurent

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