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March 17, 2017

Building a Capsule Wardrobe

white green and white springtime flowers

I really am a simple girl. Plain Jane and ordinary. And, I’ll admit, not very trendy.

So when I heard about the concept of a Capsule Wardrobe, I was super intrigued.

The idea is that everything in your closet should match everything else. The key is having quality pieces that are timeless and won’t go out of style, and incorporating a few trendy pieces each season. Of course, I think everyone who builds a capsule wardrobe puts their own spin on it.

Whenever I’m shopping for something new (whether that’s shirts, skirts, or dresses), each piece has to fit into a certain criteria. The item has to be able to be worn with three of the following: black, white, gray, navy, olive green, or blush. Granted, most colors can be paired with at least three of those. So I have other standards.

If it’s printed, it has to contain at least two of those neutral colors. I’m honestly not a huge fan of prints- I tend to stick to stripes and florals. I think I have one or two shirts that are animal print, but even then, it’s black and white zebra (aka stripes) and a small cheetah print.

As far as pants, I’m definitely basic: jeans, olive, and black. Lularoe leggings don’t count 🙂

Shoes are an easy thing for me to shop for. It’s literally nude, black, or navy. My mom and sister are the shoe hoarders in the family, and even my husband has more pairs than I do. I’ve also learned that spending more on quality shoes is worth every penny!

Now here’s where I struggle. Accessories. I’ve been able to slim down my jewelry. And that’s only because I don’t have a lot of storage for them- it forces me to make some tough decisions. I stick with simple and basic styles, and a couple statement pieces.

Bags. Oh goodness. This is my weak spot. But I’m very proud to say that I only have 3 everyday bags. They’re a neutral camel color, leather, and large. However, I have three wallets, a weekender bag, two backpacks, a crossbody bag, two large tote bags, and like a bajillion cosmetic bags. This aspect is a work in progress for sure.

This whole lifestyle change has definitely made shopping a better experience! As I mentioned, I’m not really a trendy person, so even those purchases are still pretty basic. Even though I might spend more on quality pieces, those pieces have lasted much much longer than the cheap options. It’s also made packing for weekend trips and long vacations super easy! I’m able to stick to a color palette and know that I’ll be able to mix and match everything in my suitcase (oh yeah, that’s another bag I own.)

Do you have any questions about capsule wardrobes? Comment below or email darling@alaynaparker.com to ask! While I don’t know everything about it, I’d be happy to help as best I can!

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