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Accessories – Capsule Series (5 of 5)

No matter where your interest is in the Capsule Wardrobe lifestyle, one thing is certain, accessories are your friend. This is the opportunity in a minimalist lifestyle to really let your personality shine through, and add all the function and versatility you need in your day to day life. Unlike the maximalist who would entice you to consume as many options, colors, and variations of things, it is my hope to be the voice of reason. Find what you love, pick your obsessions, and cherish what you own. With this mindset, you can live with a more ethically curated closet.

IMG_5726.jpgIn my eyes, accessories are practical tools on the field. So for me, my natural attractions are versatile pieces, functional bags, and neutral tones. This is also where I spend the most money in my wardrobe. For example, all the bags I own I have purchased with the intention to wear them for my life. Literally, I am in the store imagining how my grandkids will recognize me by these bags. So you could say I am very attached to these pieces. And as for my shoes, it is something similar. I buy shoes with the intent to repair, wear, and keep them as long as possible. My black boots took years to break in, and I have re-soled them twice since moving to Finland. My newest pair of white trainers is my favorite based on their thorough ethical standards. But I will get into that later with a full blog post about why I love them so dearly.

IMG_5745.jpgSo whether your accessories have a story, are made to last, or bring you the deepest joy, chose wisely! These are the pieces that get the most attention, use, and tested by time. Consider your lifestyle too, do you need to dress more professional at work or are you more casual with your style? Do you live in a city always on the go, or do you live a slower rural life? Do you want to put in the time and effort to maintain leather for years, or would you rather have a more recyclable material like a natural cotton product? These questions may vary depending on the climate where you live, the place where you work, and the activities you partake. Although the most important thing is to reflect and ask yourself these questions. I find it is best to reflect before a shopping trip. Really consider each piece you own and wear, why you wear it, do you need it or need to replace it.

IMG_5724.jpgSometimes these questions aren’t easy, our closets hold more emotion than we give them credit for. If you’re already here reading this text and followed along through the five-part series then my guess is you are on the right path! Trust your instincts and know that a capsule wardrobe is something to build for the long run. It is a marathon, not a race. So fight the urge to consume fast fashion, ignore the seasonal bombarding of marketed trends, and dig deep into how you wish to dress and be perceived. If there are holes in your wardrobe, accessories, or other belongings, know that there are ethical options everywhere nowadays. The best places to start looking are in your own community; siblings, friends, and local secondhand shops are ideal. Then if you have something more specific, venture out on to the world wide web to find that special particular item.

IMG_5719.jpgI hope this series has inspired you to reconsider how you dress and what you wear. Work at this one season at a time, break down what you own into small manageable projects. This can be done on a smaller scale by participating in a 10×10 challenge, where you pick 10 items to wear for 10 days. This can begin to cultivate the creativity back into your closet. Or next time when you’re out shopping consider some of the questions I have mentioned in this series, will you wear it at least 30 times, is it something you have been needing, etc.

Good luck to all and thank you for following along!

 

 

Floral Dress – Capsule Series (4 of 5)

Screen Shot 2018-10-23 at 11.56.13 AM.pngThe common thread between many different capsules is the consistent theme of minimalism. While the concept is based on less is more, that doesn’t mean you have to look like a minimalist i.e. beige, greys, whites, and black tones all the time. Patterns, textures, and layers all have a place in a capsule wardrobe. Which is why I wanted to specifically highlight one of my favorite pieces, an A-line floral dress.

Screen Shot 2018-10-23 at 11.56.57 AM.pngThis piece is wonderful to dress up or down. Originally I had purchased this item to wear to my sister in laws wedding, but as it turns out, my money stretches much farther than strictly formal wear. I love the fit, the colors and the materials of this item. I have worn it through nearly every season and believe I can continue to do so for many years to come. Recognizing that on a day to day basis my wardrobe is considerably minimalistic in color and style, little moments like this can help brighten up a mood or an occasion. Keeping in mind I purchased this dress knowing for certain that I loved the detail, the black backdrop of the floral print, and the natural colors of the flowers, it could be interpreted as a black dress with a pop of color. These details made investing in this item worthwhile.

Screen Shot 2018-10-23 at 11.57.34 AM.pngSo while you are building your wardrobe and looking around for inspiration, do not be disheartened when capsule after capsule is consistently neutral tones. Anyone can live consciously and dress as fabulously as they desire, as long as the intention is pure. The key is to be sure you absolutely love the piece, you can see it fitting into your lifestyle demands, and you are certain to get at least 30-wears out of it. These basic fundamental steps are the start of owning a consciously curated closet. Stay tuned for the final part of this series where I will break down the structure of how all your pieces will work together. No matter if you live somewhere with one season, or all four, you too can manage throughout the year with a stylishly curated set number of items to get through any season or occasion.

 

Special thanks again to my dear friend and colleague Milja Laakso for the images provided.

Cardigan – Capsule Series (3 of 5)

This piece is a special number that has played with my heart since moving to Finland. While living in the southern part of USA, this is not by any means a staple item. Yet, since moving north, the cardigan style has grown on me and I now value it for all of its versatility and functionality. This one, in particular, being from my all-time favorite Danish brand Samsøe & Samsøe.

IMG_5646.jpgThe thing with capsule wardrobes is that your pieces need to have functionality. There is very little room to have an item simple for the sake of sentimental value or beauty. These standards go to the wayside when considering what has the most wears, longevity, and timeless style. So in my case, working with a neutral pallet and colder climate, this thicker mohair noir cardigan suits my needs 12 months of the year.

IMG_5631.jpgWhile I know this isn’t the sexiest item in my closet, nor does it highlight any special features, in my eyes it is the perfect layer piece. And to be quite frank, layering pieces are not there to be sexy. A cardigan is a practical piece, as is a trench coat, a rain jacket, or other item designed around climate.

Speaking of the latter, I know this piece would actually work splendidly with my raincoat considering its lack of insulation, and this pieces sheer ability to stabilize my body temperate despite struggling with that for years in Finland. Basically, the problem goes as follows; it is too cold outside not to wear 3-layers and inside has little ventilation thus being too hot to wear half of what you need to get there from the outside. It is a cluster-fuck for your ensemble, but after a few seasons of practice, you start to get the hang of it.

IMG_5680.jpgWith that said, this about wraps up this part of the capsule series. While some of you may think I am a lunatic for limiting myself to simply one cardigan there may be others who are not yet persuaded to dive into the half sweater half jacket hybrid world. No matter where you fall on the scale of layers, keep in mind when building a capsule to use natural materials for added comfort, neutral colors that blend well with multiple looks, and always choose quality over quantity.

Little Black Dress – Capsule Series (2 of 5)

IMG_5707.jpgFirst on my list of capsule favorites is the ever timeless Little Black Dress. This number will get you from work to drinks, to moving day, to pizza dates, to the airport, and around the world again. I am not kidding when I say the list is endless to think of all the ways and places you can go to in a classic black dress.

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Black is a favorite of mine, especially to wear, however, this dress is particularly special. A recent investment and longtime wishlist, this midi Kowtow cotton dress is perfection in my eyes. The material is desirable for many reasons, the cotton helps regulate my body temperature in inclement atmospheres during the autumn season, long sleeves provide a cozy impression, and a flattering length to still feel a bit sexy. In reality, though I love it because it feels like a massive t-shirt. The brand is new to me, but I am excited to learn about this quaint company coming out of New Zealand.

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In the photos I am somewhere between dressed up with a red lip and super casual with a canvas tote, I guess you could say I will wear an LBD no matter what my mood. It is the perfect canvas for me to express my style, feel comfortable, and most importantly confident.

My tip here is that no matter if your basic blank style canvas is a black dress, a white tee, or a 3 piece suite, it is important to find what works for you. When you know what you feel comfortable and powerful in, you can slowly begin to build a wardrobe from the base. It is also worth mentioning those basics are a valued investment. Spending more money on the pieces you know get the most use out of in your closet means you can buy them less often and you can trust the quality of the purchase to last for years. That means less fast fashion, less impulse shopping, and overall less waste on the planet and in your wallet. Next time you go to your closet think about what your classic style is, let me know in the comments or on Instagram!