On Pairing, Layering, and Just-Not-Caring

Creating a clothing capsule has taught me a lot already. Because my wardrobe is now limited to 32 pieces, I’ve learned three important styling tips: pairing, layering, and just-not-caring. Let me show you what I mean.

Pairing

Creating a clothing capsule forces you to narrow down your wardrobe to a select few pieces. You may remember from Empty Hanger, Full Life that my capsule wardrobe consists of 32 pieces. With less options, you are forced to pair your items in ways that you previously never thought of. It is so much fun! This week, I experimented by mixing prints, and by pairing pairing casual pieces with dressy and vise versa.

I love this look but would have probably never thought of it before. I mixed things up by pairing a fun, casual tank with a slightly more dressy midi-skirt.
I love this look but would have probably never thought of it before. I mixed things up by pairing a fun, casual tank with a slightly more dressy midi-skirt.
Mixing prints like a boss.
Mixing prints like a boss.

Layering

In the past, if I was wearing something and got too hot or cold, I would simply change. I guess in all reality I still have that choice, but I have a hard time using up too many of my pieces in one day because I’ve never liked repeating outfits. I know that I have limitless outfit combinations that are possible with my 32 pieces, but rather than burn through several of those options in one day, I prefer to layer and simply add or remove pieces as the day/weather requires. Basically, cardis have become my new best friend.

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Just-Not-Caring

This is my favorite styling tip that I’ve learned from creating a clothing capsule. I’ve always preferred skirts and dresses to pants/shorts, but I hate how wearing a skirt someplace other than work, or a dress to someplace other then church, elicits the inevitable questions of, “woa, why are you so dressed up?” (grrrrrr) I don’t know? Why are you dressed like you have the flu?

Anyways. I like dresses. I like skirts. I have more dress/skirt options in my clothing wardrobe than pants, so now I wear them whenever I feel like it and it’s been so fantastic. I don’t care that everyone else is in t-shirts and jeans or yoga pants and sweatshirts. Creating a clothing capsule has not only helped me narrow my choices down to the things I love, but it forces me to put them to good use. I love it.

Wore a skirt to Woosterfest, which is my town's version of Octoberfest.
Wore a skirt to Woosterfest, which is my town’s version of Octoberfest.
Wore this pretty little skirt to the park. Felt kinda rad.
Wore this pretty little skirt to the park. Felt kinda rad.
Just hanging around the house wearing a comfy skirt in an awesome aztec print!
Just hanging around the house wearing a comfy skirt in an awesome aztec print!
Wasn't sure if  this dress would be too dressy for an outdoor wedding, but went for it anyway. Better to look too nice, than to be underdressed!
Wasn’t sure if this dress would be too dressy for an outdoor wedding, but went for it anyway. Better to look too nice, than to be underdressed!

I hope these styling tips help you as you get dressed this week, and maybe even inspire you to create your own clothing capsule! I’ve had to tweak mine over the past few weeks as I’ve been surprised by a warm fall and unfortunately ruined a top in the dryer. I plan on re-shooting my capsule wardrobe and posting the final choices for you in a day or two. Stay tuned!

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