There are times when I can predict the future. Today is one of them. Because I know that if you dedicate an afternoon to the activity I am about to describe, you will be happy with the results...
This post is about decluttering your closet. But not in the way you might be used to doing. I have a plan! And if you'll follow these steps, you will be much more likely to enjoy what's in your closet throughout the fall season.
Start with Your Own Plan
First, take out anything that is too worn to continue wearing or that no longer fits. Do whatever you want with them, but don't put them back into the closet.
Next, take out and store the summer clothes that you know you won't wear during the fall.
Closely examine what's left and for each item, ask and answer this question...
Does this fit both my fall capsule wardrobe plan and my current lifestyle?
For example, if your plan includes what you will wear to work once the pandemic is over, gather those clothes and store them together in one container, so you can get to them immediately, once it's time. But don't keep reaching around them this fall, to get to what you'll be wearing at home.
Your Fall Capsule Wardrobe
Now, the only clothes left should be what you are planning to wear this fall. Look at your plan again to see if you have everything you need that you already own and everything listed that you plan to acquire.
Once that is done, you will be finished with your closet makeover and ready for fall.
Is there anything you already know you are looking forward to wearing this fall?
See you tomorrow!
Stop right there. Take a moment to immerse yourself in orange...
Orange is a color often associated with happiness, warmth, enthusiasm and excitement. Think beautiful and warm days, bright with sun. Or cozy nights by the fire.
The Orange Manifesto
Not only is orange a beautiful color, aesthetically, but psychologically, it does beautiful things. too. It's the color of happiness, after all!
And we need more happiness in this cold, cruel world, am I right? So that means we need more orange.
Who's with me?
The color psychology of orange is optimistic and uplifting, rejuvenating our spirit. In fact orange is so optimistic and uplifting that we should all find ways to use it in our everyday life, even if it is just an orange colored pen that we use. - Empower Yourself with Color Psychology
How to Create an Orange Lifestyle
(1) Wear it - even if you don't think of orange as your color, there is some version of orange that you can wear.
(2) Bathe in it - by which I mean, get yourself a daily dose of sunshine.
(3) Let it warm you - if you don't own a fireplace, borrow one from Netflix or YouTube.
(4) Be surrounded by it - decorate with it and bring happiness home.
(5) Wake up to it - orange juice, anyone?
Have I converted you yet? Are you an orange believer?
Tell me in a comment how you could add more orange to your life.
As for me, I'll keep wearing it and decorating with it!
See you tomorrow!
Today, I want to introduce a type of capsule wardrobe that you may have heard about before. It's called the 4x4 core wardrobe.
The original core four concept and strategy came from Nancy Nix-Rice who wrote a style book called Looking Good Every Day. Following her core four process leads to creating a 12-piece capsule wardrobe.
The Vivienne Files created a similar but slightly larger core wardrobe process that gives you a 16-piece capsule wardrobe. Her many lovely templates were the inspiration for the 4x4 process I am writing about today.
The 4x4 Core Wardrobe Process
(1) Choose a neutral color for your first mini capsule of four.
(2) Decide & purchase the four pieces you want to buy.
Which ones you choose might depend on your lifestyle. If you wear suits a lot for work, your best bet would be to start with a jacket, a skirt, a pair of pants and a top in your neutral color.
But a stay at home mom might choose two tee shirts and two pairs of leggings, or colored jeans, instead. Or one tee shirt, one pair of leggings, a casual dress and a cardigan.
(3) Repeat the process with another mini capsule of four, using a different neutral color.
(4) Choose accessories in those two colors, or try blends of the two in a scarf or other accessory. This set will be your core accessories capsule.
(5) Choose two accent colors that will coordinate well with your neutrals
(6) Repeat the process with them, choosing and purchasing four pieces for each color, and possibly adding a print that combines them, as one of your choices.
(7) Find a few accessories that match your accent colors, if possible.
This 16-piece capsule wardrobe will be your core wardrobe. Choose quality fabrics and sturdy construction, because ideally, these will be with you a long time.
Though you may create seasonal mini capsules from time to time, this core wardrobe will be your foundation.
Here's what an ideal 4x4 wardrobe might look like if I created one, using brown, ivory, green and burnt orange...
What do you think of the 4x4 concept? Would it work with your wardrobe?
See you tomorrow!
Here's how to make sure you choose
your best neutrals and accent, or pop colors
for your capsule wardrobe.
My mission is to help you discover, embrace and celebrate your own beauty and style.
Thanks for dropping by! I'll see you soon.
All 10x10 Challenge Capsule Wardrobe Capsule Wardrobe Color Palette Casual Mom Capsule Wardrobe Celebrity Women Of Color Clear Dominant Closet Detox Color Analysis Color Analysis For Black Skin Color Analysis For Women Of Color Cool Dominant Daily Uniform Deep Dominant Fall Capsule Wardrobe Fashion Mood Board French Capsule Wardrobe French Minimalist Style Gamine Capsule Wardrobe Gamine Style Homebody Outfit Formula Light Dominant Loungewear Capsule Wardrobe Mini Capsule Mini-capsule Mini Capsule Wardrobe Outfit Formula Outfit Formula Capsule Wardrobe Process Outfit Formula Ideas Personalized Color Palette Plus Sized Gamine Capsule Wardrobe Plus-sized Gamine Capsule Wardrobe Signature Style Soft Dominant Spring Capsule Wardrobe Style Challenge Tonal Color Analysis Warm Dominant Winter Capsule Wardrobe