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One Month In A Carry-On

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It can be done, my friends! I did it this past holiday season. For four weeks I lived out of a suitcase with only the bare essentials. I was thrilled by the prospect, excited for the challenge, and overall pleased with the outcome. It is all thanks to my favorite app on my phone, Cladwell. This little genius tells me everything I need to know about what is in my closet. *Insert classic Clueless Cher master scheming face here.* Now, I will confess off the bat, I did stray away from the challenge, but these loopholes were preplanned. While I did construct an efficient number of items and cohesive styles, the bonus to this challenge was that I would not be more than a few miles from one of my three sisters closets. Shout out to older siblings for always having something spare to share. Now, back to business.

FullSizeRender-1.jpgI use Cladwell all the time, but for this purpose specifically, it is worth its weight in gold. Traveling is already hectic enough between TSA guidelines, itineraries, and homesickness. With Cladwell you know at least you’ll be guaranteed to look good doing all that and more.

IMG_7797.jpgAs you can see, I have uploaded my planned wardrobe into the app. They have 1,000s of items to chose from, so if you can’t find something identical to what you own, you’re sure to find sometimes damn near close. And if you are like me and some things are too special and very specific, my tip is to go to the webshops and use a screenshot of the items sale page to add to the closet capsule record. Like I did here with my Billy! tee.

FullSizeRender-2.jpgNot only did this app help me go from planes, trans, Christmas parties, and a wedding, but it also saved me money! I knew exactly what I packed and what to wear, so at no point did I feel the need to impulse shop. That means walking around downtown shopping areas during the holiday season worry free of ensemble crisis thanks to one little planning application.

So, if you too have plans this year for some serious long term traveling, or if you’re going away for a quick weekend trip, make 2019 the best year ever and bring Cladwell with you. Better yet, if you are still on some new year new me game-changing vibe, clean out your closet and build your dream from the bottom up, constructing it piece by piece directly on your phone. You will not regret it!

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.