Layering Love

 

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As you can probably tell from all the outfits I have posted through the years, I am a queen of layering. It’s due to my body shape being smaller on top and heavier through the hips and thighs. My job in getting dressed everyday is creating balance and I’m finally getting the hang of it.

For most my life, I have depended on this…
lace cami
But instead I got this…
muffintop
Think sausage and rubber bands. The cami’s are uncomfortable, ride up and when I get them down around my hips, they stick to everything including my back pockets. It left me feeling self conscious and uncomfortable.

Then came the discovery of sheer, long, sleeveless tops and also the plethora of slips from Free People and Evereve.  I have been in layering heaven. So here are my go-to layering pieces I wear every day unless I am wearing a skirt.
slips
Top slips are from Free People called the Eyelashes Slip. They come in many, many colors. On the bottom are slips from Evereve called Lace Hem Tunic Tank.

long tops
Button downs are from Evereve, Urban Outfitters and H&M. The sheer sleeveless tops have been found at random times from Nordstrom Rack and the cotton long sleeves are from Evereve.

Inside Out Layering
And last is the very famous, number one selling slip at Free People – the Trapeze Slip. I call this style the Inside Out Slip. It is not as flattering under tops but better on top (as shown next to a long slender sleeveless maxi dress or pencil skirt) or worn as a shirt by itself.

So here are some basic guidelines when layering:

  • Avoid clingy, stretchy knits if possible. Even those of you at your ideal body weight will still have issues of riding up and bunching where you don’t want it.
  • The length of your underpinning depends on your body shape. If you are like me, your hem needs to hit at or below your fingertips. If you carry weight in your middle/tummy area (or not at all), try this tip. Cup your hands at your sides and the hem should fall into the palm of your hand. (you want to show off your slender hips and legs)
  • Make sure your underpinnings have room to move and hang straight.  If they are tight around your body, you might as well go back to the cami’s.
  • When your underpinnings are the same color or tone as your top, it gives you more color options for pants and leggings.
  • When it comes to your Capsule Count, my rule is it doesn’t count if the underpinning can’t be worn alone. But in contrast, my button downs and trapeze slips count.
  • Avoid full, flowy underpinnings, similar to the shape of the trapeze slip. You want your slip or shirt to create a long slender line of color to minimize your shape and make you look taller. Full bunchy slips only create width and frumpiness (I think I just made that word up).
    layering options
    So many options just because of a little slip. Gotta love it. Oh yeah, I already DO! (top from Free People)
    #layeringlove #wontleavehomewithoutit
    XO Missy

Winter Whites and Capsule Contemplations

It’s January and that means Capsule #2 has begun for the winter season. This has been a much more pleasant experience with my capsule already being semi-full of cozy winter wear and only needing to “refresh” this time instead of starting from scratch. We have also had the added benefit of end of year sales as the stores prepare for their new 2015 spring line.

Aubrey and I will share our capsule contemplations at the bottom of this post but one thing that happens as you stay within the confines of your 37 pieces is you develop what I call “style habits”. For me this season it has been monochromatic dressing. I don’t know if I’ve always done this but just haven’t noticed or whether it’s something new, but it is definitely something I have grown quite fond of and will continue with capsule #2. So, here I am in one of my new fav’s,  dressing in winter whites:
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Monochromatic dressing tips – be sure to mix texture, pattern and layers or you will be boring instead of unique and don’t be afraid to choose other colors. Mixing shades of gray is my second favorite.  (In this photo I am wearing top #7, leggings #8+ and  shoes #5.  Scarf is from Anthropolgie and ivory slip is from Nordstrom Rack)

Here are some quick pics of my Winter Capsule #2:
TOPS – 1,2 CAbi old, 3, 4, 8, Evereve.com, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 freepeople.com, 7 urbanoutfitters.com
winter capsule tops
winter capsule tops 2

DRESSES and JACKETS – 1 nordstromrack.com 2 evereve.com and 1 CAbi old 2 anthropologie.com old
winter capsule dress jacket

BOTTOMS – 1, 2, 5, 6 nordstromrack.com 3 evereve.com 4, 7 CAbi old, 8+ freepeople.com
winter capsule bottoms
Feel free to call me out on my patterned leggings. I’m not sure how to categorize them. They are NOT PANTS (hint hint you young things out there) but more like accessories for me. Kind of like adding a scarf. So for now they are in the category of pants 8+. :)

SHOES – 1 Sorel 2 Converse 3 Ugg 4 Born 5 Pakros 6 Donald Pliner 7 Ugg 8 TOMS 9 Nine West
winter capsule shoes
I’m also trying to replace my black Ugg boots with something similar but not so “slipper-ish”. We’ll see.

I’ll wrap up with our thoughts so far, hoping that it will make this idea a little more intriguing if you have been considering it for the new year:

Thoughts from Aubrey, 20-something, full time working young professional…
Refreshing: I literally have a whole new closet and finally feel excited to go pick something out or pack for a trip. However, I don’t think it will be something I do multiple times a year. I really feel like making a capsule wardrobe is a great way to refresh yourself and your closet. If you feel like you’ve lost your style, are overwhelmed by old clothes you wear, or just feel like you want to freshen your look, but you don’t know what to buy in order to do so, capsuling is the best way to jump start. It forced me to figure out what my style was (which I really needed in the transition to young working life), it helped me clear out so many items I was holding onto since college, and let me see what I was missing in my closet!
My de-stresser: The main reason I won’t be doing this every quarter is because shopping is my de-stresser. I like the feeling of adding 1 or 2 new things to my closet every month. BUT, now because of capsuling, I feel more of the need to give clothes away or sell them as I add new stuff in order to keep my closet uncluttered.
Budget: I would rather have a budget spread out into every month that allows me to shop every once in a while then save and spend it all at once every three months.

Thoughts from Missy, 50-something, part time working, old wise mom…
Comfort: I have noticed I migrate towards my comfy outfits when getting ready in the morning so I tried to keep that in mind as I added new pieces this time around. Case in point…I have a new found obsession with patterned knit leggings. (see photo #8+) They add so much interest to an otherwise boring outfit and are so comfortable.
Restriction: I have come to appreciate the restriction in 37 pieces and seen the benefits of a simpler closet that forces me to wear what I have and get creative mixing it up.
Freedom: With the restriction has come more freedom. More freedom to be picky in my purchases, to spend a little more on something I know I’ll love and wear a lot and to be free of shopping in between capsules.
Too much: to my surprise I did not wear all 37 pieces in my first capsule. I had several pairs of shoes and several tops that never got touched, some still with tags, so out they went as I prepared for capsule #2. I was so worried it wouldn’t be enough. Who knew? In light of that, I am not using all 15 slots available for my tops quite yet and will keep my options open.

Here is the formula reminder:
15 tops
9 bottoms
9 pairs of shoes
2 dresses
2 jackets
= 37 pieces total

Do you think you can do it? I know you can. And it’s a great time of year to try new things. Let me know if you need any help or suggestions. We’re here for you!
XO missy and aubrey

Faux Real

It’s time to get real about eyelashes ladies!  If you are like my daughter and I, you get frustrated when you put on mascara because there just isn’t much there!  But luckily for you, we have been experimenting to find the perfect, discrete yet beautiful, solution to this problem…especially before the holiday parties!aubrey front

I am a lover of the “dramatic” upper eye look, similar to Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn.
marilyn and audrey
To do this you need a strong liner on top and nice thick lashes but at my age thick lashes are hard to come by. I have been intrigued by the new mascaras that deliver little fibers to the lashes to help thicken them up and here are my results so far:
faux lashes
Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes – of the three, I feel like Younique gave me the thickness I’m looking for but not length and I’m actually good with that. The price is right in the middle and it is easy to remove at night. The fibers are black and stick well to the lashes. They also recommend you starting with a coat of your own mascara which none of the other products do. It is not sold in stores but very easy to order online through a rep.
Too Faced Better than False Lashes – also reasonably priced but the fibers are white instead of black. They also stick very well to the lashes, but I find this product gives me more length than it does volume.  So if that is what you are looking for, it’s great. The other drawback was it was hard to remove at night.
Tarte Best in Faux – this product is higher in price than the other two considering it only comes with a “sampler” of the base and top coat but with the other two it is included. The fibers were black like Younique, but I had a hard time getting them to stick.  Overall, it gave me a much lighter thickness and length. But, it was easy to remove and I know Tarte is known for being a more “natural” product.

And lastly, there is the option of applying false lashes. These can be intimidating but Aubrey showed me which ones to buy, which glue to use and how to apply them so here are some of her tips:
aubrey falsies
Tip #1 – purchase the Ardell  brand, black SHORT individual flares.  These particular lashes are actually shorter than Aubrey’s real lashes, which gives the most natural look.  She applies 6 to 7 per side, I apply 4 to 5 considering my age.
Tip #2 – use black glue instead of clear, Ardell adhesive in dark. It gives you a nice black base at the root of your eyelashes making them look even thicker.
Tip #3 – apply the individual flares UNDER your lashes not on top. It is much easier to apply this way and they blend in way better.
Tip #4 – don’t feel like you have to remove them at night. If you are careful when you remove your eye makeup they can last for several days. During the day you may decide to just wear the lashes with no mascara for a very natural daytime look.

So, we hope this eyelash post has helped you navigate through these products with a little more confidence.

In the meanwhile, it’s time for Aubrey and I to get started on our “Winter Capsule” that begins in January. My how time flies.  I, in fact, have several pieces I have yet to wear. So crazy to think that would happen with only 37 items.
And if you’ve been considering giving this capsule idea a try, I highly recommend it for the winter quarter. Sales will be great after Christmas and this is an easy transition from fall to winter. It really is an amazing experience, and Aubrey and I are learning so much about ourselves. More on that later…

Have fun fluttering those falsies!
#37wintercapsuleherewecome
XO Missy

Capsule Cuteness in the Cold

cold weather capsule II
cold weather capsule
It’s cold here in Colorado right now so I thought I’d do a quick post on how to stay warm and fashionable at the same time. Dressing in layers is the key along with your cozy Uggs and waterproof Sorels.
The Shaggy Wrap Ruana is from Free People. I wore it this weekend shopping with my girlfriends and got so many compliments.
The Plaid Fringe Blanket Open Poncho is from Urban Outfitters, also very warm.
And when the sun is out, wearing a cozy sweater, scarf and fingerless mittens is all I need.
I will confess I have little fettish with fingerless gloves and these are my newest addition, my bunny mittens. I found them at Nordstrom’s this weekend on sale and they come in lots of different colors. (just in case you want some too)
I also added a hat to my accessory collection, which I have never done before and had a blast wearing it this weekend also. This one is from Evereve but I know you will see them in lots of different places.
Original capsule pieces can be seen here.  Except the High Low Henley Top has taken the place of this.
henley

I hope it isn’t quite as cold in your neck of the woods but if so, don’t feel obligated to cover up in a puffy parka if you don’t want to.
ugly parkas

Cheers to the fashionistas who don’t let a 4 degree high discourage them!
#coldcanbecute
xo Missy

All Dressed Up…

…and so many places to go! This blog will be about our “Special Occasion Capsule”, which remember, does NOT count in your 37 pieces since these pieces are only worn a few times a year. With Thanksgiving in just a couple weeks and Christmas and New Years soon after, now is the time to take inventory of what you have available to wear. But before I show you the pieces I have collected over the years I’ll start with a few more outfits from my fall capsule.
fall capsule outfits
Individual capsule items can be seen here. CAbi is the designer for all these pieces except the white blouse and scarf. One thing I appreciate about CAbi is how they carry the same dyes through the years. So even though my skirt is very old CAbi and the sweater is from the spring 2014 collection, they match. I had yet to try these two pieces on together until today but was wondering if they would work. They are a lot of fun! It is a very full and flowy outfit but because it is a “column” of solid color it works. The scarf, also a late addition to my accessories, is available here. So nice to see the capsule mix and match like this!

Now on to my fancy clothes:special occasion capsule
1.  Paneled Flapper Dress – old CAbi  2.  High Waisted wide legged slacks – old CAbi  3.  Ponte/Vegan leather shift dress – current Trina Turk Nordstrom Rack  4.  Gray Silk Strapless – old CAbi  5.  Gray Silk/Velvet dress – Beth Bowley old Nordstrom Rack

special occasion capsule 2
1.  Violet Sweater/Scarf – BCBG old Nordstrom Rack  2.  Violet Silk top – old CAbi  3.  Lace Knit sweater – old Free People  4.  Embellished Slip – current Free People  5.  Black cropped cardigan – old Gap  6.  Wool Cropped Cardigan – Charlie and Robin old Anthropologie

One thing I love about my “fancy additions” vs. my “fancy anchors” is they have a lot more versatility. Some I can wear with leggings or skinny jeans when the night is festive but not dressy. Mix them with the right accessories and your special occasion makeup, you are all set. In fact, my embellished slip from Free People is in my closet as an underpinning all fall and winter. It is one of my favorites.

For special occasion makeup here are some of my favorites:
fancy makeup
1.  Beautiful lip color and shine with Lip Gloss Trio by Bobbi Brown (the Midnight Violet is beautiful for evenings)
2.  Please don’t forget to pencil in and set your eyebrows.  They are the frame to your face and make you look awake and years younger.  This is my favorite because it also adds volume.  I use it every day.  Gimme Brow by Benefit.
3.  I always use concealer before applying makeup BUT just before going out at night, I have found this to add an extra boost of brightness under the eye.  Tinted Eye Brightener by Bobbi Brown.
4.  I have been experimenting with different mascaras, looking for ones that add volume before length.  Especially because I love that dramatic upper eye look and this mascara has fit the bill.  Too Faced Better than False Lashes.  I use this every day and just add an extra coat of Too Faced Better than Sex mascara before going out at night.  Both are very “build-able”. PS this is not good for the lower lashes. I don’t use anything below but if you need that, just use your regular mascara.
5.  I have talked about this before with the 5 minute face, and that is the importance of highlighter.  This pencil has two ends and I save the “water line” end for when I go out at night.  It makes the whites of your eyes look bright and awake.  Pixi Crayon Combo in “wide awake”.
6.  This is a new product I have added this season from Bobbi Brown and I LOVE it.  I actually use it every day on top of my base blush to add some “glow” but will add an extra coat before going out at night.  Rose Shimmer Brick by Bobbi Brown.
7.  And last but not least is that end of day shine.  This will do the trick and add a velvety look to your skin.  This is another product I use every day but use again at night before going out.  Sheer Finish Pressed Powder by Bobbi Brown.
I also have a wonderful 13 minute tutorial on eyeliner basics from one of my favorite bloggers, Kate, from The Small Things Blog.  Click here.
eyeliner basics

And last but not least is your nails. One of the easiest accessories you can add during the holidays that will stay with you all through the season. I love, love, love the new gel technology and actually have a standing appointment with the nail salon at Wal-Mart every two weeks. And when the holidays get near I start diving into all the fun rich colors of the season. These are are some of my favorite colors;  deep purples, grays, black, rich browns and navy blues:
fancy nails
And something I feel very strongly about is the length of nail when wearing rich colors like this.  The picture above is exactly how I like it and recommend it.  Anything long and pointy with these colors will give off a scary, intimidating look so please be careful and opt for a short, clean look.

So, if this concept of having a “special occasion capsule” is new to you, I recommend you take it slow and enjoy the process. The opposite of that is waiting until the last minute, buying something because you have to, wearing it with no joy, selling it later at a resale store or giving it away and then starting all over again next year. So start keeping an eye out now while you are relaxed and not in any hurry and you will be amazed at what you will find. And remember, these are meant to be long term investments, so look for quality and timelessness.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday, enjoying your families.  These days are precious.
xo missy

My Capsule Closet

Showing you my closet makes me feel very exposed but it’s all good and part of the process of letting go of bad habits and starting new healthier ones. I’ll start off first with some pictures of two outfits I have been wearing a lot this month because of our crazy October weather. It gets down to the 30’s at night and then zooms back up to high 70’s low 80’s during the day so it’s been hard finding comfortable outfits to wear so far.

lightweight fall outfits
The outfit on the left I wore to church this morning, teaching sunday school and wanting to be comfortable but still put together. And the outfit on the right came in handy for a party for work and needing to be ready to go outside and roast marshmallows. yummmmm This hoody jacket from Free People is really comfortable but has high slits up the sides so I decided to add the lace slip for coverage. When it gets colder I’ll switch to my ponte knit leggings and Ugg boots. And with my skinny boyfriend jeans I can easily switch to my brown Sorel winter boots. To see the original capsule pieces and where they came from go here.

Now my closet…
portrait closet
On the left is pretty much how my closet has looked all summer. Way too many shoes, very disorganized, too many clothes that I wasn’t wearing. I know it’s hard to tell in pictures but the feeling I have now when I look at my closet on the right is so much more peaceful. I have bags of clothes and shoes that I am giving away and taking to my resale store and more I need to deal with in the spring. And I will confess, having all my shoes in one place, limited to 9 pairs, is a first for me….ever….so embarrassing.
lanscape closet
On the right side door I have hung all my slip type underpinnings and on the left side I have a similar over the door organizer with my scarves, purses and belts. I know I have a lot more to clean out in the basket drawers and up top but I’ll wait and tackle it with my spring capsule.

If you’ve been hesitant to try this capsule idea and are still on the fence I would encourage you to just give it a try for a week and see how you do.  Go grab a cheap rolling rack at Ross (thank you Ellen Schulz) and throw your favorite 37 pieces on it and see if you miss the rest of your closet by the end of the week.  How many of us can identify with the character in the movie “Confessions of a Shopaholic”?  I know I can and did and always will, which is why this has been so good for me.  It’s not been easy but I’m so glad I was open to it.  In America we are used to having a lot of choices and are comfortable with excess so I know this is a process for all of us.  Anyway, onward we go in our own personal journey’s.

#gettingtiredof8Odegreeoctoberweather
#sogladsomeofmycapsuleislooseenoughforturkeyfoodbabies
#37capsulelove
xo missy

Capsule Show and Tell

It’s finally time to show the clothes in action so if you are one that is not interested in doing a capsule, I hope this post will give you some new styling ideas no matter what.
I decided to start with one of my pieces that is very easy to wear right now because of it’s ease to wear when hot or cold outside. It is my coveted denim shirt dress.

I adore shirt dresses probably because of my body shape. I have a small waist and carry weight in the booty area so I find this dress to be very flattering and comfortable to wear. Every woman has natural instincts when it comes to some of her best colors and silhouettes so follow your gut and don’t apologize for it. The only issue I have with shirt dresses these days is they tend to have a high/low hem and are cut quite high on the side of the leg. This is where slips come in quite handy for me. For the other three body shapes (B, O and X), your legs are beautiful so you need not worry too much about these interesting hemlines.
denim dress combos
denim dress options
Slips made by Melody, available at Evereve, half slips available at a local craft mall, Unlisted. Belt is old from Cabi, purse is Rebecca Minkoff from Nordstrom Rack on clearance.

I had a lot of fun standing in front of my capsule grabbing different pieces to see if they would work and my husband was also amazed and weary as I kept appearing in new outfits for him to take pictures of (thank you honey). And if you are capsuling that’s what this is all about. I had to laugh when I came out in my final outfit for “date night” and Scott asked me where I was going. (that’s a good sign)  And don’t forget about the option of getting rid of the self tying belts and bringing in a leather one of your own.  OR if your waist is something you would rather hide, shirt dresses are just as beautiful with no belt, especially if you have slender hips and legs.

And in the meanwhile, there have also been a few minor changes to my capsule line up.
capsule updates
I realized I needed a denim shirt with a longer hem length so I had the option to tuck it in or layer it under sweaters and found this one on sale at Madewell. I also decided to sub in this black embroidered tunic because with a slip it is adorable as a dress too. And lastly I had to make a hard decision between the Born lace up loafers and the Sam Edelman ankle boots and felt like I will get more wear out of the ankle boots. Fortunately, I already own both so I may decide to swap them out in January. And my last piece to arrive was this Free People cozy brown wool sweater that I ordered from Evereve. No more shopping for me and it actually feels really nice…hopefully this feeling will last though December. :)

I’ll wrap up with one of Aubrey’s favorite pieces for work so far.
aubs and her midi
Midi length skirts can be very hard to wear when they are hitting at the largest part of our calf, so Aubrey was very intuitive to find one that had a slit she could twist around to the front to show off a hint more of her leg. This black and white print is also a nice change from just solid black and is still just as versatile.

We hope this post has inspired you to try some new things with dresses and skirts. We’ll be back with more outfits, before and after of my closet and getting your little LBD (little black dress) ready for the holidays.
PS If you don’t have an amazing, perfect, fabulous, stunning LBD/outfit in your closet for special occasions, this is your next assignment. Now is the time to take care of this before the hectic holiday season begins.
PSS For you “capsule girls”, your LBD does NOT need to count in your 37 pieces.  Yay!

XO missy

Capsule Completion

At last, my very first capsule is ready to wear. Perfect timing also as the weather starts to cool down this coming week. BUT if hot days continue to pop up here and there, I won’t force myself to be uncomfortable or overheat, so I’ll keep a few transitional items from the summer nearby. Here are the items for October, November and December 2014!!!
TOPS 1-15:
tops 1-9
tops 12-15
Gray Cotton Sweater – CAbi spring/summer 2014, Gray Tunic Sweater – Evereve made by Lumiere, Plaid Flannel Cardi – Evereve made by Billa Bong, Graphic Tee – Nordstrom Rack made by Happening in the Present, Tunic Blouse – Evereve old, White Button Down – Evereve made by Cherish, Oversized Sweatshirt – Nordstrom Rack made by Free People, Berry Tunic – Evereve made by Allison Joy, Patchwork Cowl – Evereve made by Free People, Brown Sleeveless Tunic – Nordstrom Rack made by Lapis, Striped Swing Tee – Evereve made by Ellison, Sleeveless Army Jacket – Anthropologie made by Sanctuary, Denim Shirt - CAbi old, Ribbed Sleeve Sweater – Evereve made by Sweet Romeo.

BOTTOMS 1-9
pants 1-6
bottoms 7-9
Black Skinnies – Nordstrom Rack made by Lucky Brand, Black Track Pants – Nordstrom Rack made by Two by Vince Camuto, Black Pleather Leggings – CAbi fall of 2013, Brown Chino Skinnies – Nordstrom Rack made by Democracy, Skinny Boyfriends – Nordstrom Rack made by Hudson, Distressed Skinnies – Nordstrom Rack made by Not Your Daughters Jeans, Sweater Maxi – Nordstrom Rack made by Rubbish, Plaid Dress – Evereve made by Audrey, Maxi Skirt – CAbi old.

DRESSES 2
dresses
Denim Shirt Dress – Evereve old made by Level 99, Pleather Knit Dress – Nordstrom Rack made by Splendid.

JACKETS 2
jackets
Denim Jacket – CAbi old, Gray Train Coat – CAbi old.

SHOES 1-9
shoes1-9
Black Bootie Wedges – Nordstrom Rack made by Dolce Vita, Ugg Boots – Nordstrom Rack old, Black Lace Ups – Nordstrom Rack made by Born, Black Chucks – Nordstrom Rack made by Converse, Brown Oxfords – second hand store made by Born, Sorel Wedge Boots – Evereve made by Sorel, Brown Midcalf Boots – Nordstrom Rack old made by Pakros, Brown Lace ups – Nordstrom Rack old made by Donald Pliner, Tan Riding Boots, Nordstroms made by Bedstu.

ACCESSORIES unlimited
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Spanx Tights are from Nordstrom Rack, Lapel Pin is from CAbi current season and faux fur is from Nordstrom Rack.
Store Links from above: Nordstroms, Nordstrom Rack, Evereve, CAbi and Anthropologie

This has been a very interesting and insightful process for me and I have been compiling my thoughts to share with you, so here are my top 10:
1. Working with a theme of color really helps make your wardrobe more mix and match-able and you’ll find pieces from different stores look like they were meant to be together.
2. Your capsule will not be perfect on the first round. Just start pulling all your pieces that you love and get them out so you can see them and can “dwell” and “think” on them before your capsule begins.
3. Make a list of items you need. It may be basics like a new black skirt or pair of dress pants or ballet flats or maybe you’ve seen a new trend you want to try out. Make a list!
4. Go shopping. Use your worksheet that Caroline provides (go here) and hone in on your favorite stores. For me that includes The Rack, CAbi, Anthropologie, FreePeople. Go to the Brands page of the worksheet and start your list. It will save you a ton of time to only shop in the stores you love.
5. Don’t be afraid of buying more than you need or passed your budget. Save your receipts and return the next day. I never trust the mirrors or lighting in the stores and I need to see how the pieces look with the rest of my capsule. This past month I have come home and immediately hung my new pieces up with the rest of my capsule to see if they are all “happy” together.  Then the next day back I go to return the things that don’t work.
6. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more on yourself than you normally do. You are only shopping 4x per year and you are going to be getting a lot of use out of these pieces so splurge a little if you need to. I love the saying that “you haven’t saved any money on a sale item if you don’t wear it”.
7. Don’t worry if you go over or under your 37 pieces. This is a process and I think with time will get easier, so don’t beat yourself up if your capsule isn’t perfect. This is a work in progress with how we look and feel about our closets and the clothes we wear and if a month into it you realize you made a bad choice, pull the item and replace it with something better.
8. I think there are going to always be two times a year that your capsule transition is large and abrupt – summer to fall and winter to spring. We happen to be starting with an abrupt one so don’t get discouraged as you transition into this wardrobe.
9. It’s important to identify with your style: Pure Natural, Modern Classic, Creative Original or Fashionista and let it guide your purchases and pieces. I am a Creative Original so you are seeing a very eclectic capsule with edgy shoes so don’t let that scare you. All the styles are beautiful and perfect on you when it’s the right one.

10. I have made the executive decision that “underpinnings” don’t count. I decided if the piece can’t be worn alone then it shouldn’t count as a capsule item. You will see in my outfit combinations this season that I am very dependent on slips, shear tunics and long tank tops to extend my line and cover my bootie. You know where your trouble spots are so make sure you have what you need to be comfortable.

As you can see in my “bottoms” section I did not use all 9 slots as pants and substituted in more dresses because of church and the holidays coming up. And don’t forget you get to have an endless supply of accessories like jewelry, scarves, tights, hats and purses. You will be surprised how much an accessory can change your look.

In the coming months Aubrey and I will keep posting outfit combinations modeled by us, not just on the hanger, and other postings as I feel inspired. I would love to hear if you are feeling inspired to give this a try…or maybe you want to wait and see how this turns out for me. Even if you don’t think this is for you, I would encourage you to keep tabs on what you wear this fall and in December do a head count of your most popular pieces. Statistics show we only wear about 25% of our wardrobe so capsuling gives you permission to let go of the 75% and relax and enjoy what you have.

I’ll sign off with a quote from Caroline, the originator of the Capsule Wardrobe, “To me, a capsule wardrobe represents more time and energy for what really matters (less time spent deciding what to wear / less time spent shopping / less time doing laundry or caring for clothes) more money for our dreams + helping others (less money spent on clothes that never get worn) and more contentment and happiness.

Now I’m just waiting for a sweater and dress to arrive and my first fall capsule will be complete.  I’m looking forward to resting these next months.  I have realized that new fashion comes in to stores about every 4 weeks.  There will always be more to buy, more to see, more to want, and more to spend time on, so my hope is that you will be freed from of all that by building a capsule wardrobe and loving every outfit you put on each season.  I pray this fall is full of peace, relaxation and many sweet memories with family and friends while feeling and looking great from the inside out!

#37capsulelove #readyforfall
xo missy

Capsule Gratitude

Since our last post, I have had the joy of working with two sisters in law, one totally new to my style appointments and one that I have consulted with before but wanted help putting her own capsule together. So here are their pictures and thoughts…

First is Wendy. Wendy is a pastor’s wife and mom of four very active children, college age down to freshman in high school. Wendy hasn’t spent a lot of time thinking about her closet and is always happy to accept clothing from friends and family even though it may not be her best style, color or fit and she decided it was time to get more involved in her clothing decisions. So here is adorable Wendy before we got started.
wendy's closet
As you can see I did not leave her with much but I made her a great shopping list with very specific items so she will feel less overwhelmed when out and about. Wendy has a very interesting mix of “Pure Natural” and “Creative Original” so I am anxious to see how her capsule turns out. This is what Wendy said later, after her experience, “Thank you! It was such a great experience for me! It’s like I got permission to take care of myself in a new way…this could even help save marriages if women could feel better about themselves…etc.”

Next is her sister in law Christy. I have already worked with Christy.  Her original closet is on my “services” page. Christy LOVED the idea of capsuling when I first posted the concept so we made an appointment to revisit her closet again and it was so worth it!

This is so common at the end of my closet/style appointments. We get everything cleaned out and organized by color, but it still feels overwhelming for both of us. I know we need to put together outfits from what is left but there is still so much remaining we both get overwhelmed and I’m not feeling much closure. But now, with the capsule all that has changed.
christy before
So in Christy’s “before” you see a closet organized by color with lots of slacks/jeans up top and down below a slew of shoes. When I came over I brought my rolling rack and I had Christy start picking out her favorite tops, bottoms, jackets and shoes and then we counted them out (15 tops, 9 bottoms, 9 pairs of shoes, 2 dresses and 2 jackets). We both realized as she was going through all her slacks (folded on the top shelf), she had way more than she needed of jeans and no dress pants. So after picking out her favorite two or three pairs, all different in style, we made a list of new pants that needed to be added. Christy has done an amazing job of thriftily shopping and filling in her gaps and purging out the excess.   This is how her closet looks now: (along with new velvet black hangers from Costco, my favorites)
christy after
Here are Christy’s thoughts so far…
“At first I thought that doing a capsule wardrobe would be so limiting but have been pleasantly surprised to find the opposite true. Capsuling is so freeing! I’m freed from all the extra clothes that I would dig through to try and make work but couldn’t and never really knew why. Now I know, I didn’t love them. Freed to spend a little more and get quality over quantity because I now know EXACTLY what I need AND what I don’t. Freed to walk in a store and focus on what is necessary to complete an outfit or add to my capsule instead of wasting valuable time aimlessly wandering through and being distracted by pretty yet unnecessary items. To me, living without a capsule wardrobe is like managing your household with out a budget. Thank you Missy for introducing me to the capsule idea and helping me free up my closet, budget, and time.”

So well said, I have nothing to add.
Like the Nike commercial says, “just do it”.
What have you got to lose?
What’s the worst thing that could happen?

To read the original explanation of Capsule Ward-robing, go here.
To download the Capsule worksheet, go here.
If you need my help, go here.
Next week my capsule will be complete and up for you to see piece by piece and Aubrey and I will share our own personal thoughts so far.

#soexcitedforoctoberone
#37capsulelove
xo Missy

Capsule Confessions and Duster Power

So, I’ve changed my mind.
I was going to be done and start wearing my fall/winter capsule starting this month but two things happened.
1 – I didn’t have enough time in August to prepare and I hate feeling rushed when picking out my clothes.
2 – It’s still hot and I’m not in the mood to wear my fall clothes yet.
So there you have it. I will now rearrange my quarters and follow Caroline’s example and begin my fall/winter capsule with October and end it with December. And with that decision has come much joy and a sense of peace as I slowly and thoughtfully change, add and move around my 37 piece capsule.

Aubrey, on the other hand, already has her capsule done. She starts her new job on Monday and needed to get her “work outfits” set up ASAP so what I’ll share today is a few snippets of pieces I have firmly decided on and the ones Aubrey has picked out for herself. I work part time in a coffee shop and come home covered in coffee so I am not including my work clothes in my fall capsule. Instead, my capsule will be focused on clothes to wear to appointments, run errands in, out with friends and church. And then you’ll have a nice contrast with Aubrey’s work clothes if that is more of what you need.

Here are a few of Aubrey’s pieces so far:
aubs fall capsule
And look how cool this is. Caroline has developed an app for your phone called StyleBook app (there is one for men too). It’s only $3.99 for the download and it allows you to bring in all the photos you take of your capsule as individual pieces, edits out the background and saves them in the folders you pick. You can then create outfits so you don’t forget and can even plan out your days in the apps calendar. If only I were young again…and what a blessing to young working moms too!
aubrey's fall capsule 2

And here are my pieces so far:
missys capsule
All of these pieces were either purchased at Nordstrom Rack or Evereve (Hot Mama) and all were on sale.  1 – Toms wedge booties, 2 – Free People, 3 – Evereve brand, 4 – Rack, 5 – Ugg from the Rack, 6 – Democracy from the Rack, 7 – Lucky from the Rack, 8 – Evereve, 9 – Free Bird from the Rack.  As I have been out and about shopping and moving my pieces around I have slowly come up with a color theme of navies, chocolate browns, blacks and touches of berry reds and golds.  I can already tell how much this is going to help as I reinvent outfits for the next 90 days.  And surprisingly I have had a hard time finishing out my 15 tops/jackets so I may sub in another dress or skirt.  We’ll see.  This is what some of my combos look like in the app:
missys capsule combos
I’m just getting started but wanted you to see how this works.

We’ll be back next weekend to show you our progress. But in the meanwhile, I want to introduce you to the power of the Duster Sweater.
duster samples
1 - Anthropologie, 2 – H&M, 3 – Evereve (formerly Hot Mama)
I love this time of year when my dusters can come out and play. Dusters typically are made of very light weight, loose weave knits that are long in length, almost hitting the floor. And because of their light weave are PERFECT pairings with your sleeveless tops and dresses or after a work out to cover your booty. It’s that perfect piece for this transitional month of weather when we still have summer in our closet but need our arms covered in the evenings.   And they are too thin to wear with long sleeves so now is the time to wear it!

I have ordered a fall/winter duster from Free People that is thermal and meant to be worn over layers and hoping to add it to my capsule so we’ll see.
duster winter
As you can tell I love this piece of clothing and think they look great on all body shapes and sizes.
Anyway, enough for now. I have more shopping to do!
And we would love to hear if you are trying this too!

You can read all about the capsule idea here.
You can download the capsule worksheet here.
You can enjoy Caroline’s blog posts and her progress on her own capsule here (Caroline is in her late 20’s and a free lance photographer).
See you next week.
#37capsulelove,
missy