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Weekly Capsule Wardrobe: “Whatcha Wearing?” Wednesday, Week 2

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This Week’s Capsule Wardrobe!

Do you stand in front of your closet full of clothing and think, “I don’t have a THING to wear!”…?

A Capsule Wardrobe will save you time, money, and frustration.

My clients have asked about learning how to do a Weekly Capsule Wardrobe — so here we go!

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a Capsule Wardrobe, start with this short video series to guide you.

And if you are familiar with Capsule Wardrobes but need help shaking out of a rut, try this Capsule Sudoku idea.

Here’s the key: If you’re a beginner, pick two neutral colors and one accent color.

(Advanced Fashionistas will pick two accent colors and one neutral!)

Last week, we started with beige as our neutral and blue & red as our accent colors.

This week, we’re working with two neutrals (grey & black) and one accent color (purple).


 

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Weekly Capsule Wardrobe: “Whatcha Wearing?” Wednesday, Week 1

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Weekly Capsule Wardrobe!

Do you stand in front of your closet full of clothing and think, “I don’t have a THING to wear!”…?

My clients have asked about learning how to do a Weekly Capsule Wardrobe — so here we go!

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a Capsule Wardrobe, start with this short video series to guide you.

And if you are familiar with Capsule Wardrobes but need help shaking out of a rut, try this Capsule Sudoku idea.

Here’s the key: If you’re a beginner, pick two neutral colors and one accent color.

(Advanced Fashionistas will pick two accent colors and one neutral!)

For this week, we started with beige as our neutral and blue & red as our accent colors. Various accessories will spice up and change outfits around, too.

 

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Style Academy How To Build a Capsule Wardrobe Part 3 Colleen Hammond

Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part 3: Style Personality

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Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part 3:
Style Personality

In this series, I’m teaching you how to build your ideal Capsule Wardrobe with only 22 pieces that will mix and match to make hundreds of outfits.

For Part 1 (Lifestyle Analysis), click here. OR Watch the Part 1 video here.

For Part 2 (KATDOM & Closet Analysis), click here. OR Watch the Part 2 video here.

Style Personality

You may still be working on your Closet Analysis and KATDOM, so please don’t panic! That may take weeks — or even months. Take your time! You don’t want to make any of the 10 Fashion and Style Mistakes! This entire process will take a while to complete. But in the end, you’ll be so happy you did!

Today, we’ll chat about your Clothing, Dressing, & Style Personality. (And if you’d like to watch the video of this, click here.)

So what is your Style Personality?

It’s the story that your clothing tells about who you are. The message it sends. The impression people get of you within the first 7-seconds of seeing you.

As we’ve discussed before, people will perceive you differently based on the clothing you’re wearing. After reading this post, go look at your friend’s pictures on their Pinterest page. Can you see a theme? A mood? A style? What impression do you get about them just based on what pics they post? 

Now, go look at your pics on Pinterest. Or flip through your closet. Can you see a theme, mood, and style?

Keep in mind that you’ll select different clothing styles, moods, and personalities for work, for home, and for your social life. It’s important to understand that your clothing will be a combination of a few Style Personalities — and that’s normal.

7 Style Personality Types

So let’s look at these seven personality types. I’m sure you’ll recognize yourself in a number of them.

Classic Style Personality

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First, a Classic personality which prefers a smart, neat and tidy look. Classics like to play it safe. They don’t necessarily follow fashion. They like to keep things simple and structured. They enjoy, and invest in, high quality items. The Classic look will be symmetrical with even hems — nothing edged, fringed, or scalloped.

A more relaxed or sporty style will opt for simple lines and low maintenance clothing. Personal comfort is of prime importance. Little, if any, makeup. Or very natural makeup. Very easy, relaxed dressing. Minimum fuss is their signature style.

Dramatic Style Personality

Dramatic

Intense, bold, and dynamic identify the Dramatic style. They love to make an entrance and wear clothes with a “wow” factor. They don’t mind suffering for fashion. They love bright colors. Bold patterns. They love leopard print, which, as we have discussed before, is a neutral.

And where a Dramatic is about “look at me”, the creative, Avant-garde style is more about being one of a kind, unique, or quirky. Think artsy. Or Bohemian. A Lolita look, for example. They will look for interesting items in unusual shops or markets and pull together their own unique look.

The edgy or rebellious dresser doesn’t want to be boxed in, they don’t want to be like everyone else. They’re unconventional, left-of center, a rebellious Rocker chic. Anything with studs, or torn or has zippers, even the shock of wearing something with a stark personality contrast.

Romantic Style Personality

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In direct contrast to that is the Romantics, who love pretty, soft, feminine things. They adore luxurious fabrics. And although they may love the details like bows, ruffles, fringes, they’re more about the gentle, curved line. Things that exude a soft, warm, nurturing, and friendly feel.

And finally, the Sophisticated Chic style is planned, organized, and very fashion forward. Like a Classic style, the Sophisticated is never fussy or frilly, but where the Classic style does NOT follow the fashions, Sophisticated Chic is all about fashion. They choose smooth, elegant, and sleek styles that aren’t afraid to say, “I am a woman”. Think along the lines of the Duchess of Cambridge, for example.

Homework

So there are the 7 Style Personality types. Did you recognize yourself in at least three of them?

Your homework is to choose your own 5 or 6 words that represent who you are as a person. The kind of traits you’d like others to pick up on when they see you. The story that you want to come out of the clothing you wear.Examples of words to define the various style personalities

The pic shows some examples of words, but I want you to select your own words that resonate with you as a person and how you want others to perceive you.  A list that expresses your authentic and best self, or who you are striving to be. This is a list that we’re going to be using later — for example, when you go shopping for something to add to your Capsule Wardrobe. Or if you’re shopping for a special event, or even when you’re putting together your outfit for the day.

Now you can go look at your Pinterest page and flip through your closet! Look for, and write down, the different Style Personalities that you are attracted to, and that you see in your own closet.

In Part 4 we’ll discuss the secret formula to determine your REAL body type, and why those online calculators leave you frustrated.

And make sure you know the Top 10 Fashion & Style Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)!!!!!

Top 10 Fashion and Style Mistakes and how to fix them

 

Style Academy Building a Capsule Wardrobe Part 2 Colleen Hammond

Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part 2: Closet Analysis

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Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part 2:
Closet Analysis

In this series, I’m teaching you how to build your ideal Capsule Wardrobe with only 22 pieces that will mix and match to make hundreds of outfits.

For Part 1, click here. 

Today, I’m going to explain KATDOM.

In Part 1, you had some homework. Constructing a Lifestyle Analysis.

Now, we’ll do a Closet Analysis and de-clutter your life.

Studies have shown that the clutter around us actually causes our brain to dance and reduces our ability to focus. The clutter around us actually makes ‘noise’ in our brains! It can also cause internal pain. In the book, One Year to an Organized Life, professional organizer Regina Leeds says that clutter reinforces distress:

Leeds states that clutter creates a “brain dance,” an agitation and inability to think clearly amidst the stuff. She believes that “our clutter makes noise” keeping us “upset and churned.” When confronted with the piles and junk drawers we are also haunted with the “tyranny of shoulds,” stemming from our feelings of guilt about our disorganization.

But we live in a culture where we are encouraged to admire and acquire. And that’s one reason why our closets are bulging.

There can also be other issues, as discussed in this article by Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner:

Clutter is not only a container for our memories, but can be distractor for tackling deeper issues. Leeds cites that “stuff can be a buffer from pain.” It is the padding from the cold hard world, the anchor in a sea of confusion, or the dam that holds surging emotions. With a safe person, such as a professional organizer or altruistic friend, in a structured time-limited fashion, removing the clutter and confronting the pain can be a cathartic process.

Let’s begin to de-stress your life

But first, something that may feel stressful: We’re going to examine every item that you own.Pile of Clothing MorgueFile

You may LOVE this idea, and you want to do it all at once. If you’re the “all at once” type of person, just pile everything on your bed and start going through it.

Or if the thought of that overwhelms you (like it does for me), then set your timer for 20-minutes and just go through your closet and dresser in smaller chunks of time.

Remember these three things:

  1. When I wear this, do I look and feel like a million dollars?
  2. Does it fit my coloring, career, current body type, dressing personality, lifestyle analysis? (See the Style Academy for more info.)
  3. The Rule of Three: Can I wear this item with three things OR in three different ways?

You’re going to divide your items according to KATDOM: Keep, Alter, Toss, Donate, Orphan, Memento.

Keep

Remember, in order for you to keep it, it must match three other items.

  1. Does it fit you properly?
  2. Does it flatter your body type and your coloring?
  3. Is it in good condition?  
  4. Is it obviously from another decade?
  5. Does it work with your current age and your current lifestyle?
  6. Is it the right color for your skin, hair, and eye color, and the right style for your body type?
  7. Does it make you look and feel like a million dollars?
  8. Does it have special memories, like a wedding?

Alter

Now, some things can be altered, but it must have 3 friends to wear it with it. No orphans! Remember, dying clothing is an option.

Toss

Is it tattered? Faded? Frayed? Worn out, including shoes? TOSS IT.

Donate

If you haven’t worn it in a year, let someone else have the advantage of wearing it before it gets moth holes in it. (Or if not sure, box it up for a couple of months and see if you miss it.

Sometimes we have emotional attachments, like you got it for your first date. Or we feel guilty because we spent so much money on it. Or if you’re like me you have dreams of losing another 50 pounds.

You know what, box it up, put it in the car immediately before you change your mind. Donate it. Let somebody else get the advantage of being able to wear it!

Orphans

Remember, an Orphan is something that looks great by itself but doesn’t match anything in your closet. Only keep an item if it matches three other things, OR you want to build a capsule around that particular item.

Mementos

Some clothing items are “vessels” for memories, like a wedding dress.. Keep it, box it up, and put it in storage.

So there you have it! Pile everything up on your bed and start whittling down your items so we know where to start with Building your ideal Capsule Wardrobe!

In Part 3, we’ll discuss the 7 Style and Dressing Personalities!

And make sure you know the Top 10 Fashion & Style Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)!!!!!
Top 10 Fashion and Style Mistakes and how to fix them

Photo compliments MorgueFile

View the video for Part 2 here:

Building a Capsule Wardrobe Part 1 by Colleen Hammond

Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part 1: Lifestyle Analysis

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Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part 1:
Lifestyle Analysis

I first heard of a Capsule Wardrobe when I was having a glass of wine with my girlfriend. She said she was building a Capsule Wardrobe, and I thought it was part of some school rocket science project she was working on with her boys.

Once she explained the concept, I knew I had to do it, too.

But she couldn’t give me details on exactly what to do and how to do it. How many of each piece? What core pieces? How to adjust for seasons? What colors, styles, etc…? How does it vary depending on where you live? What you do for a living? How old you are? Coloring (your hair, eyes, and skin)? What colors to use to make an impact? Etc…

That night, I went home and stood in front of my walk-in closet — which could no longer be walked into.

I knew I needed help. So I went to Google and typed in, “How to build a capsule wardrobe” and received over 220,000 results!

And I began to read.

The Project Manager side of me wanted a step by step process to building my own, personal, useful Capsule Wardrobe. But although everyone had their own idea, I wasn’t finding what I wanted — or frankly, what I needed. The recommendation to, “Pare down your closet to 37 pieces for three months, then see what you need” didn’t tell me what 37 pieces I needed! Or there were suggestions for what to put in your Capsule Wardrobe didn’t fit my lifestyle or dressing personality.

So I researched everything in minute detail and came up with my own process — so now you don’t have to!

Why Build a Capsule Wardrobe?

Most of us have too much “stuff”. We suffer from STUFF-A-CATION! 

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, women will spend (on average) $3,400.00 per year on clothing and apparel — that’s $283.00 a month.

But statistics also show that we only wear 10% to 20% of what’s in our closets. And even we only wear 20% of what we own, that means we waste $2,700.00 per year buying clothing we don’t wear.

That’s over $226 a month wasted!

What’s in your closet?

I’m going to teach you a step-by-step process of building  a Capsule Wardrobe and that will help you:

  • Save money: You are going to pick and choose exactly what clothing items to invest in, and you won’t waste money on emotional or impulse purchases ever again!
  • Save time. You’re going to know what to wear everyday. (And you’re going to spend less time shopping as well.)
  • Reduce your stress level. You’re not going to stand in front of your closet and say, “I don’t have a thing to wear” ever again! And frankly, you’ll have less laundry or dry cleaning to do, too.

So let’s dive in!

Step 1: Lifestyle Analysis

The Capsule Wardrobe portion of the Style Academy goes over this in detail, but I’m going to tell you the basics here.

I want you to think about what you do in your daily, weekly, and monthly life.

Do you spend most of your time in casual situations? At home? In business situations? Sporting activities? Outdoor work? Or formal events?

Your homework for this week is to grab a calendar and block out times: what you do on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.

In Part 2, we’re going to dig into your closet and see if your actual lifestyle activities match up to what’s in your closet — and I’ll explain exactly what to do with these results!

And in Part 3, I’ll teach you the 7 Style Personalities.

And make sure you know the Top 10 Fashion & Style Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)!!!!!

Top 10 Fashion and Style Mistakes and how to fix them

Have you built a Capsule Wardrobe? Any frustrations or tips you found that would help others shortcut their process? Please share below!

 

Here’s Part 1 on YouTube:

 

Capsule Sudoku Bingo

Capsule Wardrobe Sudoku (or Bingo)

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Capsule Wardrobe Sudoku (or Bingo)

If you’ve watched me explain how to build a Capsule Wardrobe***, this will be fun and easy for you!


***(If you missed the series on building your unique Capsule Wardrobe:
Part 1 is available to read here on my Blog
or

Click here to watch the ENTIRE series on YouTube.)


This idea of a Capsule Sudoku is to “shake up” your wardrobe. It will help you “shop your closet”, and give you some different ideas of mixing and matching items of clothing.

If you’d rather watch a video of how to do a Capsule Sudoku, check it out on my YouTube channel here.

Ready?

Here’s the basic form:

Now, how to fill it!

Here’s the key: If you’re a beginner, pick two neutral colors and one accent color. (Advanced Fashionistas will pick two accent colors and one neutral!)

For this example, I stuck with blue & white as neutrals, and a blush pink for the accent color:

 

And this is how it mixes and matches.

Every row matches:




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Every column matches:
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You can even do the diagonals, because they match, too!

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Do you want to play around with it online before your personal closet? Try the Polyvore Template, first!

ADVANCED: Two accent colors (green & pink) and one neutral (black):

Capsule Sudoku Bingo Pink Green

Pink, green, and beige.

Beginner: Two neutral colors (black & white) and one accent (blue):

Capsule Sudoku Bingo Royal Blue Black

Royal blue, black, and white.

 

What do you think? Will this help you try new things? Let me know!

Here are some sets made by others by using the Capsule Sudoku Template on Polyvore.

 

Mustard and Grey, created by krista-knudsen

Mustard and Grey, created by krista-knudsen

Red, Orange, and Yellow, created by krista-knudsen

Red, Orange, and Yellow, created by krista-knudsen

Red and Sky Blue, created by krista-knudsen

Red and Sky Blue, created by krista-knudsen

Coral, Tan and Cream with a Touch of Seafoam Green, Created by krista-knudsen

Coral, Tan and Cream with a Touch of Seafoam Green, Created by krista-knudsen

Mint, Navy, and Orange, Created by krista-knudsen

Mint, Navy, and Orange, Created by krista-knudsen

Red, Green and Tan/Cream, Created by krista-knudsen

Red, Green and Tan/Cream, Created by krista-knudsen

Red, blue, yellow, Created by krista-knudsen

Red, blue, yellow, Created by krista-knudsen

Wardrobe #1 - Sudoku Style, Created by ariaquinn

Wardrobe #1 – Sudoku Style, Created by ariaquinn

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