a capsule wardrobe defined

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as i read everything about remixing i could get my grubby little hands on this year, i kept hearing the term ‘capsule wardrobe.’

‘what the heck is that?’ i wondered. i felt like it was something you’d wear to rocket into space.

my favorite explanation is from the no brainer wardrobe by hayley morgan (aka the tiny twig). she artfully wraps it into a statement about the history of women’s wardrobes:

“For generations before us, women utilized capsule wardrobes out of necessity. It was simply too expensive to buy items without thought. A woman would carefully curate a set of clothing in which each piece was infinitely wearable and would complement any other piece in her collection.” (page 9, The No Brainer Wardrobe)

over time, the retail industry has made clothing less expensive and more readily available- while at the same time, constantly bringing “new” fashions to the forefront.

a couple of months ago, i began to wonder if there were articles of clothing that continued to be “in” fashion over and over again. could i build a basic capsule wardrobe out of those pieces that would serve me better than amassing the latest and greatest items that i wore only a few times?

i’m so excited about what i found i can barely wait to share with you! no matter your age, style, size, or shape, it’s possible to have a timeless capsule wardrobe. it will save you time, money, and free you up for things that are so much more important than sitting on your closet floor staring, eyes glazed over at the items in front of you, the thought, ‘i have nothing to wear!’ echoing in your precious mind. (or is that just me?)

timeless capsule wardrobe

linking up at the pleated poppy and because shanna said so!

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  • Selah December 5, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    I’ve been reading Haley’s 31 Days to a No Brainer Wardrobe series on her blog. I finally started a Pinterest account so that I can define my style. It’s been very enlightening.

    • Caitlin December 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      Yay! I thought that was you, Selah. Isn’t it so interesting to see trends come to light that you might not have realized you liked? So fun!

      • Selah December 5, 2012 at 8:11 PM

        I find it hilarious that I HATE the preppy look on guys and LOVE it on girls. I also realized that as cute as scarves, statement necklaces, and turtlenecks are – they aren’t for me. I don’t like having anything on my neck. Even my chin length hair is bugging me! I do love the look of a collared shirt though so I’m going to have to find a way to deal with that. :)

        • Caitlin December 5, 2012 at 8:15 PM

          Too funny! I’m glad that you’re learning a lot. I love that style is so individual. Hope you’re having a good week, sweet friend!

  • Sheena @ A Girl's Guide To Retail Therapy December 12, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    I love your outfit! I am a big fan of pieces that can be worn multiple ways for several years and never go out of style! Love that bag!

    Sheena @ A Girl’s Guide to Retail Therapy
    http://sheenaashlock.blogspot.com/

    • Caitlin December 13, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      Thanks Sheena! Hope you’re having a great week!

  • Alison @ Get Your Pretty On December 12, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    I love this look, so classicly chic and effortless. Can’t wait to see the rest of the pieces in your collection.

    • Caitlin December 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM

      Thanks Alison! Hope you’re having a great week :)

  • joyshana December 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Love your shirt

  • shanna schneider December 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    I need to focus on this more. I am so bad about buying the latest trends. Can’t wait to see what you got!!! You look brilliant in this style…so classic! Thanks for linking up!!! xoxo

    • Caitlin December 16, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      Thanks Shanna! You are too sweet. And of course! Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend.

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