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at this point, there are several factors to consider:

  • what is your budget?
  • how do you want to shop?
  • where do you want to shop?
  • which items are most important to you?
  • how strictly do you want to define your capsule wardrobe?

these questions and the degree to which you answer them will define your capsule wardrobe and give you a shopping plan. since style is personal, everyone’s answers will vary.

below is my thought process if you find it helpful.

  • {what is my budget?} i have $25 a month to utilize. for my first foray into shopping again {only a few days left!} i  also have some gift cards to use.
  • {how do you want to shop?} i want to thrift and find really good deals for my items. if i find a great piece that’s more expensive i’ll consider it, but that will be the exception rather than the rule.
  • {where do you want to shop?} based on my ‘how,’ i’ll start at thrift stores, then head to a few favorite consignment shops and finally, look at stores like forever 21, old navy, gap, and target. for jewelry i’ll stop at charming charlie’s.
  • {the most important items to me} a plain sweater, a gold watch, a layering piece, and a pair of shoes. adding these will give me a huge jump on remixing the pieces i already own. i’ll shop looking for these pieces, but keep an eye out for other items on my list, since it’s rare i find exactly what i’m looking for.
  • {my capsule wardobe defined} i won’t curate my closet to the point where everything goes with absolutely everything. however, i will buy pieces to compliment multiple items i already own, and the additions must be classic and fit impeccably.

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  • Selah January 2, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    I’ve been thinking:

    My budget – I have about $25 / month. For the short term, I also have some gift cards and a portion of my Christmas Bonus.

    The way I shop – Online. For me, shopping online cuts down on impulse buying. Plus, it’s hard to shop for clothes with 2 kids in tow. ;)

    Where I’ll shop – I will stick to sites that have a brick & mortar locations nearby (Target, Old Navy, Dressbarn, Kohls, JCP, and Walmart) for returns or that offer FREE returns (ASOS, Nordstrom Rack).

    Most important pieces – Gray skinnies, olive cardigan, a black sash belt (I may just buy some black ribbon)

    Capsule Wardrobe defined – I don’t think everything in my wardrobe has to go with everything else but I do want each piece to go with at least 5-7 other things. Also, I want my pieces to be versatile (for instance, when shopping for a cardigan, can I wear it open, closed, belted, tucked in?). Mostly, I want my wardrobe to be fun!

    • Caitlin January 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      Love the way you described versatile. Yes- that is exactly what helps a wardrobe be so remixable. Ah. I love this. Great to know about ASOS and Nordstrom rack. I was thinking as I shopped about mamas who looked stressed out with kids in tow and know I’ll have to shop differently when I have little ones. Can’t wait to see what you find!

      • Selah January 3, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        Part of the problem for me is that I have a 7 year old boy. It’s weird to have him in the fitting room with me but he’s way too young to wait outside by himself. It is a puzzlement!

        ASOS and Nordstrom Rack are more expensive but the clothes are better quality too. And with free shipping and free returns there’s no risk.

        I’ve started a board on Pinterest for the stuff I’m buying with my Christmas bonus. It helps me keep track of what I’m spending so I don’t go over. :)

        • Caitlin January 4, 2013 at 7:44 AM

          That is a puzzle! It seems like you’ve got it figured out, though.

          So fun! That’s a great idea. The floral top is gorgeous!

      • Selah January 3, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        I forgot to mention – when shopping on line I always check for promo codes.

        • Caitlin January 4, 2013 at 7:44 AM

          You better believe I evernoted that one! :)

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