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3 Ways To Restyle A Wedding Guest Dress

June 12, 2017

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The summer months are a popular time of year for weddings, parties, dates, and galas. This can only mean one thing, finding a dress for all of these special occasions!  But what are you supposed to do with your new dress after the special event?

For myself, the dress would typically be found inside it’s garment bag shoved to the back of my closet.  Or maybe even in a separate closet other than my daily closet.  Regardless of where it was stored, the simple fact remained, after the special event my new dress always sat unworn.

But not anymore.

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Prepping A Summer Capsule Wardrobe (Part 3)

June 8, 2017

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This is part 3 of a 3-part series where I am preparing my summer capsule wardrobe.  Here’s an overview of how I’ll work through this process:

  1. Part One I’ll review, edit, and shop my closet for my summer capsule wardrobe
  2. Part Two I’ll write my shopping list and go shopping for my summer capsule wardrobe
  3. Part Three I’ll review what’s in this capsule wardrobe and pre-plan how to wear some of the new things I’ve added to my summer capsule wardrobe

Now onto the fun!

Part Three-Review Your Capsule & Plan Your Outfits

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Prepping A Summer Capsule Wardrobe (Part 2)

June 5, 2017

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It’s time to start adding a few of these!

This is part 2 of a 3-part series where I am preparing my summer capsule wardrobe.  Here’s an overview of how I’ll work through this process:

  1. Part One I’ll review, edit, and shop my closet for my summer capsule wardrobe
  2. Part Two I’ll write my shopping list and go shopping for my summer capsule wardrobe
  3. Part Three I’ll review what’s in this capsule wardrobe and pre-plan how to wear some of the new things I’ve added to my summer capsule wardrobe

Now onto the fun!

Part Two-Write my shopping list and go shopping

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Prepping A Summer Capsule Wardrobe (Part 1)

June 1, 2017

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According to the summer solstice the official first day of summer for 2017 is June 21.  But for me, it’s the first day of June that signals the start of the season—the “wear my summer capsule wardrobe” season.  During the next 3 months I’ll pull from this capsule wardrobe for my daily outfits.  But before I can start sporting my summer capsule wardrobe first I have to assemble it.  I’m going to prep my wardrobe by following the same 5-steps I used for my spring capsule wardrobe in this post.  Here’s an overview of how I’ll work through this process:

  1. Part One I’ll review, edit, and shop my closet for my summer capsule wardrobe
  2. Part Two I’ll write my shopping list and go shopping for my summer capsule wardrobe
  3. Part Three I’ll review what’s in this capsule wardrobe and pre-plan how to wear some of the new things I’ve added to my summer capsule wardrobe

Now onto the fun!

Part One-Review, Edit, and Shop My Closet

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10 Essentials For A Casual Summer Wardrobe

May 25, 2017

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One of the best things about when the season’s change is that I get to create a new capsule wardrobe.  To begin my capsule wardrobe, I always like to include a core group of pieces, they are the items that my wardrobe can’t function without.  Here’s my personal list of 10 items I must have in my casual summer capsule wardrobe, along with the reason why I’ve picked each item.

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2017 Spring Capsule Wardrobe

May 1, 2017

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With only 1 month left of spring I’ve already started reviewing this year’s Spring Capsule Wardrobe.  In my last post I began my Spring Capsule Wardrobe Check-In and discussed what was and wasn’t working over the past 2 months.

As long-time readers of Shopping Brake already know, I’m a big fan of crunching numbers.  Today I’m going to review exactly what’s inside my 2017 Spring Capsule Wardrobe, as well as what the total cost of this wardrobe is.

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe Check-In

April 27, 2017

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It’s time to check-in on my 2017 Spring Capsule Wardrobe.

My area gets roughly 3 months of spring weather—March, April, and May.  With 2 months under my belt since my Spring And Summer Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 3), I thought it would be a good time to check-in on how my Spring Capsule Wardrobe is doing thus far this season.  Here’s what’s working, and what isn’t:

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Top 10 Must Have’s For A Casual Spring Wardrobe

March 27, 2017

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My top 10 must have’s for a casual spring capsule wardrobe.

What do you do when you want to update your capsule wardrobe but you don’t like any of the latest trends?  Easy.  Ignore them all and make your own!  To help you with assembling your spring wardrobe, here’s my personal list of Top 10 Must Have’s for a Casual Spring Wardrobe, along with the reason why I’ve picked each item.

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Updating A Business Capsule Wardrobe

March 6, 2017

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Five new additions to my Business Capsule Wardrobe.

Striped Cardigan | Ivory Sleeveless Blouse

Cobalt Pants | Burgundy Blouse (similar) | Black Lace Up Flats (similar)

While I was shopping for my Spring and Summer capsule wardrobe I found an opportunity to update my Business Capsule wardrobe too.  When I wrote my shopping list (in this post) I had 4 items I wanted to add to my Business Capsule wardrobe (1 new outfit consisting of three pieces and 1 blouse to pair with my current trousers).  I came close to this goal and added the 5 items at the top of this post.

Here’s what I bought and why:

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Spring And Summer Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 3)

(This is part three of a three-part series.  For part one, click here and for part two, click here.  This will be a long and photo heavy post.)

February 27, 2017

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9 new additions to the spring capsule wardrobe

Camo Hoodie | Boyfriend Shirt | Turtleneck Tunic (similar)

Ivory Blouse | Ivory Knit (similar) | Olive Knit (similar)

Blue Short Bootcut Jeans |Black Straight Ankle Jeans | Brown Flat Shoes

In the last couple of posts I’ve been working on updating my Spring and Summer Capsule Wardrobe.  It’s time for Part Three, where I’ll review what I purchased and how I am planning to wear some of the new things I’ve added to my Spring and Summer Capsule Wardrobe.

Part Three: Purchase Review and Wardrobe Planning.

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