Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe

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Let’s talk capsules! I haven’t shared one here since last spring/summer. Last fall, I had just purchased a few new things and then realized that much of it wouldn’t fit for long because I was expecting. I returned what I had purchased as none of it would be pregnancy friendly and cobbled together a little capsule with my existing clothing that had room to grow. Then I did a small shop at Thyme Maternity at the end of 2016 and that has gotten me through until this point.

As I am due at the beginning of June I knew that I needed a few easy warm weather pieces that are still work friendly to get me through until I deliver. My plan was to choose things that fit well now, can transition me through the end of my pregnancy and then into the postpartum period. I understand that this post will not apply to everyone but I think it’s important to show how useful a capsule wardrobe can be no matter where you are in life. This is a really different capsule for me to put together and I’m excited about the challenge. I’m also looking forward to the simplicity of using a capsule when I’m way too tired/overwhelmed to think about outfits with a new baby. I always feel my best when I feel put together so I’m hoping if I plan some easy options now that will help me through the shock of new motherhood.

A different approach this time around; this capsule will include three very different components:

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Core Closet

  • Casual Dresses
  • Leggings
  • Super Stretchy Jeans
  • Tunic Tops
  • A Light Cardigan
  • My Fave Jean Jacket

In short: things I’ve always loved and know I will wear, that wash well and are unfussy. With an ever-changing body this is not the time to take fashion risks. I do need these pieces to get me through my last month or so of work before maternity leave starts so that had to be considered also. Example: that midi dress above is a non-maternity one but I just wore it to our Easter gathering over my third trimester bump and it worked great.

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Lounge Wear

  • House Dresses
  • Light Robes
  • Pajama Sets

Nothing groundbreaking, just things that will be comfortable and easy for nursing at home but will also be semi-presentable in front of guests if necessary. I haven’t ever focused on these items as part of a capsule but I know I’ll be glad to have them in this new season of life. Example: Tom bought me that beautiful (non-maternity) robe above and I’ve been wearing it since earlier in my pregnancy. I’m hoping it will help inject some glam into things when I haven’t washed my hair in a week and am covered in spit up.

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Active Wear

  • Compression Capris
  • Basic Tanks
  • Printed Leggings
  • A Hoodie or Sweatshirt

This is a component that I plan to finalize when I’m a month or two postpartum; a fun little active wear capsule so I can feel put together while casually dressed. I am also hoping this motivates me to get outside with baby. I’m giving birth at the beginning of summer and I want to take full advantage of that. Example: this distressed blue sweatshirt was a recent Minot find (also non-maternity) and I’ve been wearing it a TON. I know it will work well post-baby and can be worn so many ways.

Some key traits in all of the pieces I looked for:

  • Ease of wash and wear
  • Flattering and forgiving on my changing body
  • Nursing friendly
  • Silhouettes that will work with a bump and without

The biggest thing I’ve learned when dressing for pregnancy is that you probably don’t need to invest in an entire maternity wardrobe. Obviously this will depend on your style, size and shape pre-pregnancy but I’ve found that because I wore a lot of flow-y silhouettes and empire waist dresses those things have been easier to make work throughout. I also love knowing that I can keep wearing my new favourites after baby comes. All the items pictured above are non-maternity and I’ve been wearing them at eight months pregnant so I hope that encourages you if you find traditional maternity clothes lacking, as I did.

That’s about it! I’ve been doing capsules for two years now and I’m still amazed at how much I’ve learned from this practice. It has simplified my life, streamlined my closet and ended my impulsive shopping habits.  I don’t remember the last time I made a clothing purchase I’ve regretted because I truly know what I will wear and what I won’t and that feels like a huge win to me.

Do you capsule? I’d love to hear your tips!

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Recent Obsessions #9

hashbrown pizza

I’ve been making this tater tot breakfast pizza whenever we have overnight guests. It tastes as good as it looks and is pretty simple to throw together.

After a crazy long dry spell, I’ve been able to catch up on my reading! I finished When Breath Becomes Air, which was both heartbreaking and thought provoking and now I just started Where They Found Her. I loved the author’s last book, Reconstructing Amelia, and so far I’m enjoying her new one too. It’s also my favorite time of year when it comes to books; Elin Hilderbrand’s summer novel came out yesterday! I ordered Here’s to Us on my Kobo and am hoping to savor it at the lake sometime soon!

Tommy surprised me with Hillberg & Berk’s Picadilly earrings a few days before our wedding. They are the perfect mix of delicate and edgy and I also love that they can be worn multiple ways. Definitely a worthy investment piece.

Starbucks S’mores Frappuccino. I got to knock this one off my summer bucket list last week. They nailed every component and the s’mores flavor was prominent, which I appreciated. I’m already craving another.

My peony addiction is in full swing right now. I love that I can pick them up at the grocery store these days and I’ve been keeping a bunch in my kitchen since the wedding.

Are you watching The Bachelorette this season? I’m a little scared for JoJo…so much drama! I saw a spoiler early on and now I can tell where things are headed which isn’t as much fun. The Chad story line is super distracting, although it makes for good entertainment.

My mom was raving about some pretzel buns she found at Save-On-Foods recently so I stopped by and got my own. OMG, these were unreal. They seem to go fast, so go get some! You won’t regret it.

Remember when I said I wanted one more dress to add to my most recent capsule? I found it! I’ve had my eye on this one for a while and after trying it on multiple times, I bit the bullet. I love the lady-like shape and unique print. It’s also on major sale now (of course!) and is perfect for wedding season.

If you’ve been in our home you know that I have a bit of a throw pillow addiction. I’ve been hunting for new ones for our living room refresh and when I saw these beautiful tie-dye inspired ones, I knew they’d add the perfect summer-y pop of color.

 

What are you obsessed with lately?

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Spring 2016 Capsule Wardrobe

mainAhh, I’ve missed this. The last capsule I planned and shopped for was for Fall 2015. I had a lot of fun with that one and it really solidified the benefits of the practice itself for me. Choosing outfits from a streamlined closet of coordinating pieces that you love just makes life easier. Fall was fun; then Winter came. I had a Ton of Winter-y clothes in storage and decided that I could get through the season with what I already had. However when I actually pulled those pieces out of storage, I wasn’t excited about many of them and the majority didn’t work together at all, with mismatched colors, random patterns and a ton of grey. This made for a season of limited outfits I wasn’t super happy in.

Now it’s Spring. We’re in the throes of wedding planning and a new capsule hardly seemed like a priority. I pulled out all of my clothes again at the beginning of March and did another mini overhaul with what I had but I knew I needed to just bite the bullet and buy a few things. It may seem superficial, but fashion is a form of self-expression for me and I’ve learned that if I neglect it for whatever reason I just end up down in the dumps. The good news? Capsule wardrobes have made me a much smarter shopper and it didn’t take me long to decide on a short shopping list, keeping in mind what I already had and looking back on my 2015 capsules as a reminder on what did and didn’t work for me previously.

Here’s the thing; I could pretty much choose 30 maxi dresses for this capsule and that would be all I need. I love them. They are comfortable, easy to wear and work in a multitude of ways. Hot day? Throw it on and go. Cooler weather? Put a cardigan over it. Beach day?  Wear it over your bathing suit. Wedding? Put on heels and throw on a blazer in the evening. That said, I still like a little variety, especially because our weather is unpredictable and so I chose a few bottoms and tops. A big lesson to keep in mind here; do what works for YOU. I love the look of capsule collages filled with separates but that just isn’t what I like to wear myself and I’ve learned that if I don’t love it, it doesn’t get worn.

After looking at what I had to work with I decided I could use 2 or 3 new dresses, a few basic tanks and a pair of capri leggings. I had one super successful afternoon of shopping and I found everything I needed. I will still keep my eye out for one more dress though. I had a harder time with the color story for this season because most of the maxis are colors and prints that don’t coordinate. That said, I don’t ever wear a maxi dress with anything but a neutral topper of some kind so I didn’t worry about that too much. Here is what I came up with for a color story:

COLOR STORY

And here are the pieces I’ve chosen. Keep in mind that for many of these items I had to choose the closest looking image I could find. The visuals are a bit painful to create but I also find them helpful for outfit inspiration, so until I find better way, here it is:

DRESSES
Dresses:

  • 3/4 Sleeve Black Maxi
  • Army Green Shirt Dress (purchased for this capsule)
  • Black Caftan
  • Grey Tank Maxi
  • Chambray Shirt Dress
  • Sleeveless Black Maxi
  • Blue Ikat Maxi
  • Blue Floral Maxi
  • Pink Floral Maxi
  • Cobalt Blue Maxi (purchased for this capsule)
  • Black and White Printed Maxi

TOPPERSToppers:

  • Lightweight Black Cardigan
  • Jean Jacket
  • Black Shrug
  • Green Print Kimono
  • Black Drape Blazer

BOTTOMSBottoms:

  • Black Capri Legging (purchased for this capsule)
  • Distressed Boyfriend Jean
  • Dark Skinny Jean
  • Printed Soft Pant
  • Black Full Length Legging
  • Hot Pink Midi Skirt
  • Black Midi Skirt

TOPSTops:

  • Nirvana Concert Tee
  • Gray Tank (purchased for this capsule)
  • Navy Graphic Tank
  • ¾ Sleeve Black Graphic Tee
  • ¾ Sleeve Gray Tunic (purchased for this capsule)
  • Army Green Tank (purchased for this capsule)
  • Black Tank
  • Fleetwood Mac Concert Tee

 

As usual, I took photos of everything and uploaded it in my Pureple app and now I’m all set! I’ll let you know how I make out this time around.

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Finishing Touches

fall accessories

Just a few extras I picked up to go with my Fall capsule.

Although these weren’t counted in my 31 capsule pieces, this practice has impacted the way I shop for accessories also. I turned away countless bags (ask Tom) before finally falling in love with the one I chose. I think all of these purchases play well with this season’s capsule and that is exactly the point. The old me would have bought whatever caught my eye with little regard to what I’d actually wear it with.

Nine West Bag, The Bay

Kenneth Cole Wedges, Winners

Printed Scarf, H&M

Courtney Bib Necklace, Baublebar

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Fall 2015 Capsule Wardrobe

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 My favorite clothing season is here! I love, love, love Fall fashion and I had a ton of fun planning this capsule. I have an affinity for dark and edgy pieces so this capsule was right up my alley to plan. Things I kept in mind going in:

Overall “feel” of my capsule. In my Summer capsule I didn’t choose my pieces with each other in mind and because of that I had a harder time mixing and matching.

What do I love to wear in Fall? Leather, leggings, plaid, skinny jeans and long tops came to mind so I included lots of those. I also included a couple of maxi dresses that I can wear now when it’s still warm and transition with boots and jackets later in the season.

Stick to a color palette. In the Summer, I didn’t really have one and again, this made mixing and matching more difficult.

First I considered what pieces I would roll over from my current capsule:

  • Black Caftan Dress
  • Grey Racerback Maxi
  • Black Blazer
  • Black Cardigan
  • Camo Jacket
  • Soft Black Pant
  • Dark Blue Skinny Jean
  • Fleetwood Mac Concert Tee
  • Tres Cool Top
  • Black Tunic Blouse
  • Basic Black Tank

Then I looked at the items in storage that I could use:

  • Floral Blazer
  • Grey Sweater Coat
  • Oxblood Leather Jacket
  • Studded Black Leather Jacket
  • Blue Plaid Cape
  • Black Jumpsuit
  • Basic Black Leggings
  • Shiny Black Leggings
  • Black Snakeskin Pant
  • Navy Graphic Tank
  • Blue/Green Plaid Shirt
  • Chambray Shirt
  • Studded Black Tank
  • Navy Print Kimono

I considered these pieces and could clearly see that my emerging color palette was mostly blue, black, white and grey. I decided for the shopping portion to look for pieces that would work with those colors. I decided I could use a few new tops and a pair of black skinny jeans. I also left room in my budget for one fun wild card piece, something I didn’t plan for that spoke to me. I gave myself a limit of $300 and I did a TON of planning for the capsule, easily two weeks’ worth of pre shopping and scouting for items I wanted to try on when the time came.

We had our Calgary trip planned for mid-August and this was when I did my shopping. I ended up buying mostly only items I had already scouted out and then tried on but I still didn’t find that one special wild card piece. After quite a bit of contemplation I decided I would splurge on a statement necklace from Baublebar, specifically the Courtney Bib in silver. I’ve lusted after it for months and knew I would wear it a ton. Technically jewelry isn’t part of my capsule but I figured putting the money toward an accessory I’d get a lot of use out of was better than settling on another clothing piece I wasn’t stoked about.

I bought:

  • Black Skinny Jeans
  • Grey Paris Graphic Tee
  • Army Green Tunic
  • Indigo Cowl Sweatshirt
  • Black and White Plaid Blouse
  • Black and White Print Kimono

The cost of these clothing items was $213 total.

Here is my finished capsule, 31 pieces to be exact. Keep in mind that many of these items were old so I had to find something similar to give you an idea of what I chose. I debated skipping this part but I love visualizing when I read these types of posts and I decided that close is better than nothing at all in this case.

outerwear

dresses

tops

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Bottoms

 

Outerwear

Floral Blazer    Sweater Coat      Oxblood Leather Jacket

Black Blazer    Studded Black Leather Jacket    Black Cardigan

Blue Plaid Cape     Camouflage Jacket

Dresses

Black Jumpsuit    Black Caftan    Grey Racerback Maxi

Bottoms

Dark Blue Skinny Jean   Basic Black Leggings   Shiny Black Leggings

Black Snakeskin Pant    Soft Black Pant   Black Skinny Jean

Tops

Navy Graphic Tank       Grey Paris Graphic Tee

Tres Cool Top      Fleetwood Mac Concert Tee

Army Green Tunic      Black Tunic Blouse

Blue/Green Plaid Shirt      Chambray Shirt

 Indigo Cowl Sweatshirt       Studded Black Tank

Basic Black Tank        Black and White Plaid Blouse

Navy Print Kimono           Black and White Print Kimono

That’s it for now! I can’t wait to put it into action this Fall.

Main Image via Pinterest

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