In my last post, I shared some lessons I learned from examining my favorite clothes and shoes from this past summer. In the comments section, some of you pointed out that my favorites constituted a workable summer capsule wardrobe. While I hadn’t really tried to create a wardrobe capsule, I have to agree that my favorites work quite well together. Perhaps that’s why I wore them so much!
Since we started discussing capsules, I thought it would be fun to focus this week’s links post on the topics of wardrobe minimalism and capsule dressing. As many of us are looking to shop less and streamline our closets, learning how to create an easily “remixable” wardrobe can help us in these pursuits.
The Fall Season of Project 333 Begins October 1st
This post is especially timely, as a new season of Project 333 begins on October 1st. If you’re intrigued by this minimalist fashion challenge but have yet to give it a try, I highly encourage you to dive in! If you’re scared, I can totally relate. I was scared, too, but I’m so happy I decided to “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway!” I learned so much about myself and my wardrobe through doing Project 333 this past April through June and I’m strongly considering giving the challenge (or a variation thereof) another go this fall.
In fact, I plan to revisit the “Dress with Less” microcourse created by Courtney Carver, the founder of Project 333. While you can learn a lot about Project 333 on the “Getting Started” page, the microcourse offers a lot of extra information and support, including 11 PDFs, a recorded webinar, 4 audio messages from Courtney, 2 playlists for inspiration, and access to a private Facebook group for connection and accountability. It’s an excellent deal at only $15 and more than worth the price! (Disclosure: I am an affiliate for this program and will receive a small commission if you purchase it via the link above – but I’d promote it no matter what because it’s great!).
The Beauty of Capsule Dressing
Whether or not you decide to do Project 333 or a similar wardrobe challenge, I believe we can all benefit from learning about the beauty of capsule dressing. Below are some of the best articles I’ve saved from the top mix and match experts out there. Enjoy!
Une Femme d’un Certain Age makes the case for cultivating a simple and minimalist wardrobe. I know many of you don’t need to be convinced of the value of dressing with less, but this article provides extra reinforcement. The bottom line for Une Femme is that too much stuff is oppressive and too many choices are as burdensome as too few. As someone who’s had to work extremely hard to pare down a jam-packed closet, I wholeheartedly agree! Une Femme outlines a few strategies for creating a smaller yet cohesive wardrobe and links to some excellent resources for learning more.
I know many of you read The Vivienne Files and perhaps found “Recovering Shopaholic” through that site’s blog list. Janice Riggs, the author of The Vivienne Files, has been loosely following Project 333 for over a year. Like me, Janice only includes clothing within her 33 and incorporates shoes and accessories to her heart’s content. In this post, Janice shares her thought process for creating her Project 333 capsule last fall. This step-by-step process for combining neutrals, solids, and prints to cultivate a cohesive wardrobe capsule is inspiring and ingenious. As with all of Janice’s posts, there are lots of fun illustrations to highlight her key points.
This link is not just to an article but also to an excellent video on the power of dressing with less. Valentina Thorner da Cruz talks about her Project 333 experience and shows her 33 items, as well as a number of fun outfits she’s created with her minimalist wardrobe capsule. Valentina enjoys having a smaller wardrobe because it eliminates the stress that can come from having too many choices. I highly recommend watching this wonderful 11-minute video!
Jennifer Scott from The Daily Connoisseur advocates the concept of dressing using ten core garments per season and incorporating basics (think t-shirts and cardigans) and accessories to create outfits for all of the occasions of one’s life. She believes in purchasing classic, high-quality pieces that will stand the test of time and allow for chic dressing without closet clutter or sartorial confusion. This article also includes an excellent companion video that shows Jennifer’s core pieces and extras, as well as all of her fall/winter outfits. The music accompaniment is quite catchy and very French!
In one of my previous links posts, I shared the “Wardrobe from Scratch” series from Audrey of Putting Me Together. Well, the ever-helpful Audrey has also created a series on building a remixable wardrobe. This five-part series covers reimagining our clothes, shopping for remixable pieces, the importance of colored bottoms (I need to get on board with that one!), using layering pieces, and accessorizing. Like Janice above, Audrey includes a multitude of photos to illustrate her points (and many of them feature her adorable self in lots of fun outfits!).
This is another informative post from Imogen Lamport of the Inside Out Style blog. She outlines a simple formula for creating 72 outfits from 12 garments. This article includes photos of the 12 garments and accompanying accessories, as well as 21 example outfits featuring the lovely Imogen herself. I love the bright, colorful outfits Imogen created using her formula of neutral colors, accent colors, and a few patterned tops.
In this comprehensive post, fashion stylist Bridgette Raes presents her three-step formula for creating a versatile mix-and-match wardrobe. Bridgette’s three-prong approach uses base and accent garments, as well as “pop” accessories, to create interesting and cohesive outfits. This article includes lots of photos, as well as detailed instructions, to illustrate the key points. In all, Bridgette shows 42 outfits she created using each base piece three ways. Bridgette revealed that it took her 12 hours to write this post! Her effort was definitely worth it and I’m sure you’ll find the advice and photos as helpful as I did.
I hope you enjoyed this useful links post! If you have any other links to share or would like to offer advice and personal stories on wardrobe minimalism and capsule dressing, I welcome your input. Share away and enjoy the weekend!