Still working on my wardrobe and probably will be for some time. It’s amazing the amount of resistance you get, when you decide to dispose of all the stuff you’re not wearing anymore. So, I’ve decided to think of this as a work in progress. That way I don’t feel as much pressure, while still doing the work. After all, it shouldn’t feel like a sort of punishment. Anyway, I’ve gotten rid of one big bag already and there’s more to follow. So, making progress ?
Now, I have to admit that one thing that’s made me think whether this is for me or not is the fact that I love color, as you might know. I don’t want to dress in a boring way and certainly not in dull colors. But that’s also something Justine addresses in her video “Capsule Wardrobe: How to Add Colors”. As she says, minimalist doesn’t have to mean monochromatic. There are a lot of good tips, so – if you want to have a capsule wardrobe – I really recommend you watch it.
Here are some of the methods she talks about, that can help you choose your colors in a harmonious way:
- Either only warm or only cool colors
- Only pastel colors
- Add a small touch of stripes, dots and prints
- Add color accents through accessories, handbags, shoes, jewelry or makeup
But deciding on the colors isn’t enough. Do you find defining your style difficult? I know I do. While I love practical stuff – like a pair of jeans and a simple top – I’m also a huge fan of vintage clothes. So, I’m still wondering how to create a harmonious wardrobe, that can combine both.
So, I also found the video “Find Your Style in 6 Steps” very helpful.
Step 1: Know your body type – I know mine. I’m an inverted triangle (and “petite”) and I was already buying the right clothes for me in an instinctive way before I discovered this. But if you find you buy items that don’t really look good on you, check out what your body type is.
Step 2: Find your uniform – Remember to take into consideration the kind of life and job you have. This one is pretty clear to me. I could wear jeans every day, but I like to add tops and accessories to give them a classy look.
Step 3: Find a person who has your body type and your sort of style – Describe this style in 3 words and this will serve as a shopping guide.
Step 4: Define your color palette – That will largely depend on your skin undertone (whether it’s warm, cool or neutral). Then start with neutrals like black/navy, white/beige, and brown/grey. After that, add 5 colors. Still working on that ?
Step 5: Shapes and fit – Define your guidelines: skirt length, skin tight or tailored or boxy fits, solid colors or prints. Determine what fits your body.
Step 6: Shoes and accessories – Do you like big or small accessories? One statement piece or a combination of accessories? Catchy statement shoes or should they match your outfit?
Use Pinterest for an overlook of what you’ve decided.
While it’s true I’ll be spending quite some time on this, I keep reminding myself why I’ve decided to go for a capsule wardrobe:
- To create space at home and become more mobile
- To make it easier to choose my clothes in the morning and have a better-defined style
- To avoid waste and reduce my eco-footprint
- To buy less but better clothes, and support the brands that have an eco-concept
And last, but not least because “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself” – Coco Chanel. Love it! ?
Hope this has been inspiring. Talk to you soon!
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