The Search for the Missing Statement Focal Point
In the quote above, Rachel names several items needed to build a good outfit formula. But in the book referenced above, she goes on to say that the biggest problems her clients face in creating their outfits is that they forget to create a statement focal point.
She says that having such a focal point gives the eye somewhere to go when someone looks at the outfit. Without it, you may find that something is off with your outfit, or that it seems plain or boring. That's a problem I have had with my own wardrobe, and now, I know that that is probably why.
In creating the outfit formulas for your capsule wardrobe, the focal point might be the most important thing to choose, and that is true for any capsule, French style or not.
A statement focal point can be any part of the outfit, from a blouse to a pair of earrings or even shoes, it just has to have the power to draw the eye. - Rachel Nachmias, The Curated Wardrobe
Statement Focal Point Ideas for the French Capsule Wardrobe
a trench coat
a floral neck scarf
a colorful blazer
Can you think of any ways to use one of these items to upgrade and create a focal point for one of your outfits?
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The Ooh La La of Working from Home
Would it be fun to bring a little French style into your work wardrobe?
If you are unexpectedly working from home right now, you may not want to dress as formally as you do at work or as casually as you do at home. But if you're also working fewer hours, you may not have the budget for a big spend to add to your wardrobe.
One common French style practice is to add five new pieces to your core wardrobe for each new season. Here, I am suggesting five that you can add to use for those times when you are working from home but will be seen on video by employers, colleagues, clients, etc. You may already own one or two of them...
The 5-Piece French Girl Work-from-Home Capsule Wardrobe
Use these pieces to upgrade & transform your outfits for those times when you have to work from home but have contact with others. Not only are you likely to feel more confident, you may find it helps to make those work days more fun.
Which of these five piece would you most like to use in a work from home ensemble?
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Have you ever wanted to add a little ooh la la to your capsule wardrobe?
This week, at The Capsule Wardrobe Blog, we are going to speak French. By that I mean, we'll be talking about French style.
As we begin to dive into all things French style, let's take a look at the book, Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Lessons I Learned While Living in Paris, by Jennifer L. Scott.
Your ultimate goal is to create a wardrobe that you love, in which every item of clothing speaks to who you are, and to create a space for your clothes to breathe. Your wardrobe should consist of ten core items, give or take a few, but those ten items do not include outerwear,...occasionwear,...accessories,...shoes, and what I call under shirts—mainly tee shirts, tank tops, or chemises that you wear as layers or underneath a sweater or blazer. - Jennifer L. Scott, Lessons from Madame Chic
Lessons in Style from Madame Chic
We could argue that one of the most important lessons we could learn about French capsule wardrobes is how to live with less. According to this book, it's very common to have capsules of about ten items only.
Imagine that you've been challenged to choose ten items from your closet, using the quote's guideline, and wear only those clothes for 2 weeks.
Could you do it? What would you choose?
Each season, you would re-assess what you had, getting rid of or putting away what you no longer needed, and replacing those items with things that would work better. So the three pullover sweaters you wore during the winter, might be replaced by three short-sleeved tops in the spring.
In the book, the author creates two ten-piece capsule wardrobes, one for cold weather and the other for warm, and then shares what it was like to wear each one for a month.
Opening my closet in the morning makes me happy. Not only is it wonderful to see my clothes hanging so neatly in their own space (not jam-packed next to each other), but it makes me inordinately happy not to wonder what to wear for the day. There are so few options, it only takes me a minute to make a choice. - Jennifer L Scott
Finding True Style
Another important lesson the author says she learned is to develop a sense of style & identify or create a signature look.
Frenchwomen really seem to know their style and weave it into their lives masterfully. By defining your style, you are deciding how you would like to present yourself to the world. - Jennifer L. Scott
Can you describe your own style in a few words or less? How would you describe it?
Tell me in a comment & keep it in mind this week as you consider how to augment it with French style.
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