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Work Travel Capsule For Summer

(This is a photo heavy post.)

June 22, 2017

If you’re following me on Instagram then you already know that I recently went on a 5 day, 4 night trip by plane for work.  As a seasoned traveler I rarely use more than 1 checked bag for a business trip, even when it requires multiple outfit changes throughout the day.  Here’s what I packed for 4 days of meetings require a business professional dress code (bring on the suits) and outfits for squeezing in a little sightseeing in between meetings (bring on the jeans!)  I’ll discuss how I put together my work travel capsule.

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Why Everything I Just Bought Was Black

April 20, 2017

Everything I bought was black

The stores are fully stocked with the spring collections right now.  Blush, mint, coral, sky blue, lavender, pale yellow, daisies, roses, tulips, forget-me-nots; everywhere I look I see pretty pastel shades and fun floral prints.

But if you take a look at my recent shopping haul one color in particular immediately stands out—black!

Why would I buy so much black when there are so many other pretty colors to pick from?

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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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Double Duty Capsule Items (Month 5)

April 2, 2015

Recently I updated my business capsule wardrobe in three parts:

  1. Part One: Purging.  In part one, I reviewed my wardrobe and purged items as necessary.
  2. Part Two: Shopping.  In part two, I purchased new pieces.
  3. Part Three: Remixing. In part three, I double-checked that my new additions remixed well with my capsule items.

Any time something is added to my wardrobe, it’s going to have a ripple effect.  Not only will the capsule it’s added to change, but my overall wardrobe will change as well.  Let’s take a look at the impact of the new business capsule additions on my entire wardrobe.

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Updating A Business Capsule Wardrobe-Part Three

March 29, 2015

Updated Business/Special Occasion Capsule (minus a white bag for the special occasion dress, whoops!)

Updated Business/Special Occasion capsule wardrobe (minus a white bag for the special occasion dress, whoops!)

I’m currently updating my business/special occasion capsule wardrobe in three parts.

  1. Part One: Purging.  In part one, I reviewed my wardrobe and purged items as necessary.
  2. Part Two: Shopping.  In part two, I purchased new pieces with a focus on the bottoms as the starting point.
  3. Part Three: Remixing. In part three, I’m going to double-check that my new additions will remix well with my items.

While I only ended up keeping items purchased from four stores, I actually shopped, purchased, and returned from over a DOZEN stores.  Every time something was purchased, the piece went through a review process at home, and if the items did not pass muster, back they went.

My Review Process:

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Updating A Business Capsule Wardrobe-Part Two

March 26, 2015

I’m currently updating my business/special occasion capsule wardrobe in three parts.

  1. Part One: Purging.  In part one, I reviewed my wardrobe and purged items as necessary.
  2. Part Two: Shopping.  In part two, I’m going to purchase new pieces.
  3. Part Three: Remixing. In part three, I’m going to double-check that my new additions will remix well with my items.

To update my business/special occasion capsule wardrobe, I focused on the bottoms.  My goal was to purchase bottoms that were seasonless colors and prints.  Pieces that could be sported year round.  While this capsule is being used more often than in the past, it’s still not my daily clothing.  For my non-primary capsule, I’d rather own fewer items that can be used year round, instead of a lot of seasonal items.

New Additions.

New Additions.

I purchased the following items and here’s why:

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Updating A Business Capsule Wardrobe-Part One

March 22, 2015

Business and Special Occasion Capsule

Business and Special Occasion capsule wardrobe

The use of my business capsule has increased considerably over the past few months and the time has come to update this wardrobe.  Previously, my business/special occasion capsule wardrobe was covered in this post. 

Rarely used, the photo at the top of this post highlights that this capsule was a collection of random items.  The business portion of the wardrobe was amassed from last minute impulse purchases.  I’d have one or two day notice of an upcoming meeting and be off to the stores to purchase something quickly to fulfill the role.

But this time around, I’m focusing on updating this wardrobe BEFORE I need the clothing.

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Squeeze The Capsule Wardrobe

January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!  One of my goals in 2015 is to continue to reduce the size of my wardrobe.  At the beginning of month 1, I realized that I have many capsules in my wardrobe.  And if I want to succeed with The 80/20 Challenge, then I’m going to need to do more than simply purge clothing that I’m not using.  I also have to stretch the use of my capsules.  By using items in more than one capsule, I can maximize the use of my wardrobe.  The less divided into capsules my wardrobe is, the less chance there is for pieces to sit unworn for long periods of time.  This reasoning means my least used wardrobe capsules are my latest target for a little closet editing.

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One Wardrobe, Many Capsules (Month 1)

November 23, 2014

 

Business and Special Occasion Capsule

Business and Special Occasion Capsule

Business and Special Occasion Shoes

Business and Special Occasion Shoes

My first step for The 80/20 Challenge, is to figure out how much I own, in my entire wardrobe.  Until today, the focus of Shopping Brake has been on my most used capsules, which are my shoes, fall/winter, and spring/summer wardrobes.  And while these capsules have included my gear and workout wear, they’re not my entire wardrobe.  I also have business/special occasion, beach/swim, and lounge/sleep capsules.  Today I’m going to take a look at these capsules and how they affect my wardrobe totals.

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