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Have you been musing over the idea of paring down your wardrobe and trying a capsule? Not sure how to achieve that without missing the bigger selection of clothes? Today’s tips are for you!
Claire has shared some of her insights with us a couple times and today she’s back! She’s sharing 5 beginner tips for creating a capsule wardrobe that will withstand momlife!
The tips Claire shares below go hand in hand with our Full Year Wardrobe Guide. The Full Year Wardrobe plan tells you all the best pieces you should consider having in your mom capsule. It concentrates on mom-friendly, simple fashion, while still staying on-trend and in style.
As a mom it’s hard to find time to figure out the perfect capsule wardrobe experience, so with Claire’s advice and the guide in your hands you can conquer all your fashion fears in a few easy steps!
Claire Hastings is from Brisbane, Australia and a mom (or should l say “mum”!) to a baby girl. 🙂 She is a fashion lover, wanderer, and a writer. She is also very passionate about running, other cultures, and her cat. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter!
When your life revolves around taking care of a tiny human, sometimes things like fashion take a backseat. How do you even pull off heels and a low V-neck when you spend most of your time bending down to pick up toys, rushing to take your kid to soccer practice, and juggling a million chores and responsibilities?
Trends are often so impractical! There’s also the issue of having so much stuff that you don’t even know where to put it anymore. It all takes up too much space, you never wear most of it anymore, and figuring out how to style most of them gives you a headache.
Clearly, it’s time for something practical, and we give you a way to save time, storage, look cute, and be environmentally conscious on top of it all.
Welcome, here are the basic rules to creating your new capsule wardrobe!
Tip # 1. Don’t give into the sales hype
Microseasons, holiday sales, the latest Kardashian trend – all of these things are something to be approached with caution. A sale sounds like a good idea, but if you take a moment to think about it, how many times did you really benefit from it?
How many times did you come back home with something impractical and said to yourself “well at least it was on sale” and then proceeded to never really wear it?
Same thing with popular fashion, how many times did you get something just because all the magazines were talking about it?
Sales are great, but approach them with a solid plan in mind. Instead of just going to just check something out, make a list of things that you lack in your closet and then focus on finding those specific items.
As for trends, follow them as much as you like, but don’t feel obliged to commit to any of them. Style is something that goes beyond what’s currently popular.
2. Good fit is everything
Don’t get anything that doesn’t fit you perfectly.
Try on everything you intend to buy, and unless you’re completely satisfied with how it looks on you, don’t get it. Whenever you reach into your wardrobe in a rush, you want your hand to easily fall on things that you confidently know will look amazing.
3. Rely on basics
For a good tip, you should turn to Australia and their mindset in regards to fashion. Those laidback bombshell ladies with effortlessly cool looks and lazy grins take a light-hearted approach to clothes and stick to basics because they know those always look good.
There’s a trend of beautiful midi dresses in Australia that ladies love to pair with denim jackets or knit coverlets. The point is, basics can easily be matched, and they can easily be dressed up with the right accessories.
Your sweater dress paired with long boots and a leather jacket is such an effortless combo, and yet it looks like you spent a lot of time getting ready.
4. Shun the iron
That cobweb-thin silky blouse sure looks amazing, but if you need to wash with a special detergent, at a special temperature, and iron it in a special way, it’s just going to give you a headache. You want multifabric materials that don’t wrinkle so easily and that don’t need to be ironed for an hour just to look clean and crisp.
Get stuff that you don’t need to iron at all and save yourself some time and some back pain.
5. Pick a color scheme
A lot of capsule wardrobes rely on black and white as their base colors because those are easy to match. This doesn’t have to be a rule though, especially if you’re the kind of person who likes more color in their life. Pick one color scheme to stick to for a season, for example burgundy-ivory-sage green for this fall, and then get clothes that go well with each other and that you can match with no fuss.
Take a good look at your wardrobe. How many of the things there do you really even wear? Reducing the items you own will free up a lot of space, make it easier for you to get dressed in the morning, and not to mention cause less stress (and less laundry) to deal with. Donate the stuff you no longer need and embrace the capsule wardrobe for a worry-free life.