capsule wardrobing step 3

Capsule Wardrobing step 3

After weeding out your closet aka donating what is ill fitting or just doesn’t make you happy and storing items that aren’t for this season. You’ve lived at least two weeks with a capsule that, like mine, probably is far from perfect. If you have had to buy clothes because you didn’t have proper fitting ones or lacked basics to combine thats fine. But, know that it always better to wait a while until you get a better insight of who you are and what your would like to communicate to the world with your clothes.

reflection


and your current style of clothes with or without the help of a few handy questionnaires, its time to move on.

Let’s find out what gets the fire burning inside! Let’s seek out exitement and inspiration!

Where to find this…

Blogs ! Bloglovin is  a great tool to keep al your favorite bloggers in one place. It’s also handy to find a range of styleblogs and select upon the style of the bloggers that speak to you, which ones you’d like to follow.

Magazines ! Although I have to say ( sorry print media) I find it much more inspiring to see real people in real life do their thing with fashion instead of watching air brushed models. There is also too much focus on selling what’s hot now and it may or may not have anything to do with your personal style.  You’ll find a broader range of inspiration online. Plus they are expensive.

Instagram: Instagram is a pool of inspiration when it comes to finding personal style ideas.

Tv shows and movies! Find a character which style you like.. For instance Penny, from “the Big Bang Theory”. If you like poppy colors and you like having that “Girl Next Door” look, then that’s probably your thing ! The next step is to find other characters of other shows that have that same vibe, like maybe Rachel from friends. She has the girl next door look too, but in a more grown up way. You might like sexy Cécé from New Girl or Jess, which are clearly two different styles. Cécé has a more Kardashian vibe which you can also look into and Jess is completely retro.  Julianna Margieles from “The Good Wife “makes me think of Robin from How I met Your Mother and so on and on you could link one character to another. Stylists on these shows have put a lot of work and thought into completing the whole character on a fashion level. So you should definitely benefit from their hard work to help you find your style.

Pinterest!  Again, a pool of ideas and information about anything you’d like.

This one is the most fun. Ask your girlfriend for a drink on a sunny day and sit outside on a terras where a lot of people pass by. Look at the different styles the people are flaunting. Don’t forget to take a notebook and a pen with you.

The final step is taking a friend that isn’t into fashion at all into a higher end store and going over different fabrics and colors and shapes of the clothing they sell. This way you can touch the items and feel  the fabrics and the colors you like. It’s better to do this in a high end store, chances are their clothes will be made of higher quality fabrics. No one want’s to touch synthetics the whole time. Don’t buy anything! That’s where the not so into fashion friends comes in handy. A better option is to take your boyfriend or husband, who will probably turn pale once he sees the prices of the items there.

Don’t forget to take notes of anything you like. Try to group them into categories such as:

-VIBE

-COLOR PALETTE

-STYLES

-FABRICS

Try not to worry about make up and accessories. That’s just the icing on the cake we still have to make & this will just flow naturally after you’ve did your research. Not tho say that make up and accessories are for anyone, some people just like to go au naturel, without too much fuss.

Love love,

Maureen

Capsule wardrobing: step one.

Capsule wardrobing/ STEP ONE

The first thing you need to do, and I’m sure this is not NEWS to you, is: Detox your closet.

By that I mean, don’t make radical decisions just yet. But reducing your options just a tad does help. You can do this by eliminating clothes that are worn out, need to be altered or fixed, are not in season right now. If you are going for one year round capsule wardrobe, it will still help to break down your closet in to the 4 seasons first. It will make decision making processes a lot easier.

So yes, very predictable but it’s DETOX time, and there for, this little cheat sheet..

detox cheat

After you’ve done this it’s time to take out your items FOR THE SEASON YOU FIND YOURSELF IN RIGHT NOW!  Everything that is not for this season goes in storage.

YOU ARE OFFICIALLY AT THE START OF YOUR CAPSULE! HURRAY!

Then the last step of this round:

Photograph all the clothes for the season you want to build your capsule for while you’re wearing them. This will give you a lot of insight on how colors look on you, how clothes look on your body and what works for your body type.

Notice the feeling you get while looking at these photo’s. Is this how you want to represent yourself? Is this the style you want? What works for you and what doesn’t work for you?  Then just go with what you have and let it sink in for a while. Don’t make radical decisions just yet. Try to get dressed with what you have and be creative with it.

If there are any clothes you don’t feel comfortable with, throw them into the donation pile and work with what you have for a week or two while you’re in your natural habitat. Aka sports, hobbies, home and your work situation. Write down what works & what are more frustrating points.

This process will tell you what you lack in your closet and what you have plenty of.

Also, try to notice items that are repeated but in different shapes or forms. For instance breton striped shirts in many different shapes or colors. Why is that? This is probably your comfort zone is all about.

When you have worked with your unfinished capsule for two weeks you will get a gigantic amount of information on your style and wardrobe. This means that you will be ready for step two in the capsule building process.

Good luck!

Love love,

Maureen

XO

A fun tool to help you build a great closet

A fun tool to help you build a GREAT CLOSET

When we get a little lost about our style and what to wear, it often has to do with how much thought we’ve put in to our assembling our ready to wear, everyday, closet.

A great way to plan out your closet is to look at your lifestyle and write down what you need in your closet in function of that lifestyle.

I’ve listed some questions below to map out your lifestyle and interests. This is only one little step in the process of building a great closet, but it’s an important one.

Here we go. Please remember that this is supposed to be fun. For those who feel a bit frustrated with what’s in their closet. Hang on, we’ve all been there!

Questionnaire to help you map out your life and lifestyle:

Lifestyle

Describe your character in detail.

How would your best friend describe you?

What characteristics would you like to own?

What interests you? Do you have enough time to pursue those interests?

How much do you travel?

How much do you dine out a week?

Which cuisine do you prefer?

How do you relax?

Describe your average week (regular activities: work- social-transportation- sports-regular)

Did you go through a major change in your life recently? (moving, break-up, pregnancy…)

Will something major be happening in your life soon (job interview, date, work presentation, business trip, wedding, have kinds, move….)

Do you prefer a night in or out?

Are you a town or country person?

Work

Do you love your job?

What do you love about it?

If you don’t like your job, why don’t you.. What would you change, what would you like to do?

What’s keeping you from that?

What’s stopping you?

How much do you travel for work?

Where do you go?

Do you dine out for work?

Is there a dress code at work?

Do you stand out between colleagues? In a positive or negative way?

Do you get remarks about how you dress?

Do you feel good in the clothes you wear to work?

What would you change?

What’s stopping you?

Clothing and style

What did you like to wear as a kid and why?

What did you hate to wear?

What was your favourite colour, is it still your favourite?

Describe your uniform aka what you wear the most? = This is an important one, as you can take your uniform and build different styles and options around it.

Describe your daily look?

How do you feel in that? How much do you wear that look?

Which clothing item makes you feel pretty? Why?

Do you wear this a lot?

If you don’t wear it a lot, why is that?

Choose your style icon.

Look at your own wardrobe. Does it reflect that style?

If so, are you wearing these pieces enough?

Why are / aren’t you?

Shopping habits

Do you like to shop?

How much do you shop?

Does anyone in the process of shopping influence you?

Where do you shop? ( shopping street, online…)

Which brands do you buy and why?

How many items in you closet don’t you wear?

How many do you wear?

What are your favourite pieces?

Do you wear them a lot?

What are your least favourite pieces?

Do you wear them sometimes?

Dream closet

If you would like to change anything in your closet, what would it be?

Describe your ideal situation towards your appearance?

What would your dream closet look like?

What are your wardrobe staples?

Describe your style in 10 words -5 words-3words-1 word

What is the biggest hit in your closet?

Who is your favourite pin-up?

Who is your favourite fashion role model?

If you don’t have time and your going out what is your go to dress?

When you had a fire what is the one thing out of your closet you would salvage? ( If you don’t wear this often, you should try to make it work with several outfits.

How do you pick an outfit?

If you could raid anyone’s closet, who’s would it be?


What changes in your style depending on the different places you’re going to?

Interests

What is your favorite book? Why?

What is your favorite film? Why?

Which music genres do you like the most? Why?

What artists do you like (any art form)? Why do you like them? Is their something about their character, style or appearance that stands out?

Who are the women you admire? Why do you admire them in their a) appearance b) style c) beauty d) intellect e) career f) other things you admire in them?

How do those women make you feel?

Not the easiest questions to work with but definitely a good start!

Love love,

Maureen

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