Saturday, 24 January 2015

"Starting Over" Capsule Wardrobe

Hey guys! Hope your new year has started off with a bang! I've been a busy bee since I last posted, as I'm sure you have been too. Since we last talked, I quit my job, got hip surgery, moved to Portland, and started a new job!

As part of the moving process, my boyfriend and I packed up all of our belongings in a shipping container and just prayed that they would make it to our intended destination. Fortunately, all of our things arrived intact, but it did make me think about how I'd rebuild my closet if I had to start completely from scratch.

I recently discovered the store Aritzia (which has a a storefront in Portland! Guess I know where my next paycheck is going.... ;) and I'm in love with virtually everything they stock. So for today's post I decided to build a "starting over" capsule wardrobe entirely made up of items from Aritzia, with shoes from DSW:

"Starting Over" Capsule Wardrobe

Starting Over: Aritzia and DSW

Item List: 
  1. Chambray shirt
  2. Striped tank
  3. White tee
  4. Long-sleeved blouse
  5. Cozy cardigan
  6. Dark denim
  7. Slim-fit black trousers
  8. Striped skirt
  9. Black skirt
  10. Pencil skirt
  11. Colored pants
  12. Little black dress
  13. Long-sleeved dress
  14. Sleeveless dress
  15. Black jacket
  16. Denim jacket
  17. Black heels
  18. Patterned sandals
  19. Sneakers
  20. Black flats

Here are a bunch of outfits you could create from this capsule: 

Starting Over: Outfits

Starting Over Outfits Part 2

This isn't even close to all of the options I thought up for this closet, which made me wonder what made this particular capsule so versatile. I think it breaks down to this:

  1. Equal distribution of black, white, color, denim, and stripes across various types of clothing (for example, I have a denim option as a top, jacket, and jeans; likewise, I have a black jacket, dress, skirt, and pants).
  2. Items that are in and of themselves pretty basic, but layering makes them more interesting.
  3. Items can all be dressed up or down, depending on need. 
  4. Common colors (denim, black, white, and jewel tones) make everything mixable.

What would your dream closet look like if you got to start all over? 

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