For Effortless Mornings, Go French

September 11, 2014

Two favorite outfits of the first week, both with brown and white.

Two favorite outfits of the first week, both with brown and white.

I’ve just completed my first week of The French Capsule Challenge for fall.  And once again, I already have a few of observations after only one week of dressing with this capsule:

  1. Brown is my new favorite core color
  2. Too many solids are boring
  3. Mornings are faster with less

Here’s a closer look at each observation.

1. Brown is my new favorite core color.

I’m really enjoying brown as a core color.  During week two of my last French Capsule Challenge, I discovered that brown may be a more flattering core color for me.  And so far, I’m really enjoying the brown pieces in my challenge wardrobe.  The brown still functions as a dark neutral yet is more flattering than black on me.  This challenge wardrobe has been a great way to road test this new core color before I begin to invest heavily in brown shades.

2. Too many solids are boring.

Too many of the same item gets boring. In my last challenge wardrobe, I had 6 printed items.  For this fall challenge wardrobe I only have one.  While it is helpful that three of the short sleeve tops have some texture to them, I’m already wishing I had a few more prints in the challenge wardrobe.  This is probably why the French are known for scarves as a ‘go-to’ accessory.  A printed scarf could really help mix up my solid pieces.  I’ve been adding more necklaces and earrings than I typically sport to add more interest to my outfits.

3. Mornings are faster with less.

Once again I’ve noticed that I get ready faster with my French Capsule Challenge wardrobe than I was with my larger seasonal wardrobe.  When you don’t have many things to sort through for outfits, you can’t help but get ready faster.  And by selecting an outfit faster, I have more time to complete the rest of my ‘look’ for the day (ie hair, make-up, accessories, etc).  I leave the house feeling more ‘put together’ and begin my day without any stress caused by my wardrobe.

 Do you find French inspired wardrobes interesting or boring?

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