Transitioning from college to an office job. Dressing after having a baby. Entering retirement. These are a few example of the many challenges that life throws at us. And along the way your wardrobe has to adapt, while also maintaining your personal style.
When your closet contains the clothes that are in line with your personal style, you face the day with confidence. And when you walk out the door wearing things that you don’t love and are not in line with your personal style, your outfit feels “off” for the day. You don’t feel like “me.”
Developing a personal style can be a lot of work. It takes trial and error, intimate knowledge of how to dress for one’s body type, understanding which colors are most flattering on yourself, and the clothes must fit into one’s daily lifestyle. Which brings up an interesting question.
How do you keep personal style consistent in light of lifestyle changes?
Today I’m excited to announce that the book Shopping Brake: Proven tips to stop shopping wrong, and start shopping right for a wardrobe you love is now available as a paperback!
If you have ever done any of the following:
Stood in front of your closet and said “I have nothing to wear”
Bought something and then tried to hide it because you felt guilty
Found clothes in your closet with the tags still on
Looked for tips on editing and organizing your closet
Struggled to figure out what your personal style is
Become bored with your current wardrobe
This book is for you!
Filled with shopping tips, closet organization advice, and insights into the mindset of a shopaholic, Shopping Brake: Proven tips to stop shopping wrong, and start shopping right for a wardrobe you love will provide you with the tools that you need to own a wardrobe that you love.
Check out the Kindle version to read the entire introduction, as well as preview a few additional random pages. Or grab a print version from any of the following retailers: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Createspace
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?
Part One I reviewed and purged my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe.
Part Two I’ll plan and shop for my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe.
Part Three I’ll check-in on my total wardrobe and highlight how the changes to my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe affected my total wardrobe for The 80/20 Challenge.
After prepping my wardrobe in Part One, it was time for my favorite part—the SHOPPING! As I mentioned in this post about my favorite sale, I was unable to visit the brick and mortar stores for this year’s sale, so I ordered online. Fifty-two items! And here’s what that looks like.
How on earth was I going to whittle down so many items?
In my last post I began reviewing my fall/winter capsule wardrobe for the end of the season. Today I’m going to wrap up the analysis by reviewing the color capsules as well as the totals for this capsule wardrobe.
Now that spring is here, it’s time to review my Fall/Winter capsule wardrobe one more time and pack it up until fall rolls around again. In truth, I don’t actually pack up my seasonal clothes (although I used to) but I do tend to shy away from many of the items from my Fall/Winter capsule wardrobe and use my Spring/Summer capsule once the weather changes.
To help prepare for the next time I shop for this capsule, which would be in late summer, I’m going to review not only what’s in my wardrobe at the end of the season, but also, the color capsules in this wardrobe.
A few of the pieces from the French Capsule Challenge wardrobe.
I recently purchased a few new items and now it’s time to figure out how these pieces will work with my spring/summer capsule wardrobe. After The French Capsule Challenge, I discovered that black is one of the core colors in my wardrobe. Yet I don’t think it is the most flattering neutral on me and I would like to incorporate it as an accent color instead. But I do not want to shop just to shop, so I will have to adjust my wardrobe slowly over time. I’m going to mix in my French Capsule Challenge wardrobe with my new additions, into my spring/summer capsule wardrobe, by using my color capsules.
I declared I would not shop for one month here. My one month time frame is over. And similar to someone on a diet who ‘binges’ on a cheat day, I binged with my shopping for new shoes. My goal was to purchase two new pairs of shoes: a replacement for the black buckle loafer from this post, and a new addition to the total number of shoes for my business capsule wardrobe. But I ended up coming home with fivepairs instead, yikes! So, why was I shopping and what went wrong?