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Fall French Capsule Challenge Update

September 18, 2014

Right now I'm craving more of the bootcut style jean on the right, than the skinny jeans on the left.

Right now I’m craving more of the bootcut style jean on the right, than the skinny jeans on the left.

I’ve just completed my second week of the Fall French Capsule Challenge.  And as usual, I have a few observations.

  1. Preferences change with the seasons
  2. A small wardrobe requires discipline

Here’s a closer look at each observation.

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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.

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French In The Fall

September 4, 2014

The French Capsule Challenge Wardrobe.

The French Capsule Challenge Wardrobe.

The French Capsule Challenge is back, this time for fall.  Fall is always a challenging time of year to dress for because the weather will often bounce around quite a bit throughout the day.  I’m itching for fall clothing but some days the weather is still warm (85F or higher) and the nights grow cooler (55F or lower).  This means a very versatile wardrobe with layers to allow for adjustments throughout the day.

Inspiration:

I am once again inspired by the numerous posts  about ‘Parisian or French Chic wardrobes.’  Last time I was inspired by some links of French wardrobes to use fewer colors for an outfit.

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Shifting a Core Wardrobe Color (Week 36)

July 13, 2014

A few of the pieces from the French Challenge Capsule 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.

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More on French Wardrobes

July 3, 2014

My first pair of worn out shoes.

My first pair of worn out shoes!

It’s been two weeks since I began The French Capsule Challenge, which was inspired by French/Parisian wardrobes.  I selected a core of 4 colors, spread out among 21 items for 3 weeks.  For my observations after week one, check out this post.  After two weeks, I have a few additional observations:

  1. The more you wear it, the faster it wears out
  2. Prefer a non-black core, less contrast, or both

Let’s jump right into the observations.

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Dressing Like the French

June 26, 2014

Which is the correct shoes for this dress?

Which is the correct shoes for this dress?

It’s been one week since I began The French Capsule Challenge, which was inspired by French/Parisian wardrobes.  I selected a core of 4 colors, spread out among 21 items for 3 weeks.

After only one week I already have a  couple of observations:

  1. Pick the correct shoes
  2. Fewer clothes and colors = faster dressing

Let’s jump right into the observations.

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Capsules By Color (Week 32)

(Lots of analysis this week, this is going to be a long post with lots of photos!)

June 15, 2014

Clothes not in the French Capsule.

Clothes not in the French Capsule Challenge Wardrobe.

I recently began a French Capsule Challenge.  I am working with a capsule wardrobe of black, white, blue, and green for my workday and weekend looks.  But as the photo above shows, my challenge clothes are not all of the clothes in my spring summer capsule wardrobe.   Now it’s time to assemble the additional capsules in my working closet for workdays and weekends. (I am not including an analysis of my gear clothing but if you want me to run one just let me know.)

Identifying capsules by colors is helpful in a few ways:

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The French Capsule Challenge

June 12, 2014

Capsule wardrobe

French Capsule Challenge Wardrobe-Clothes

In my last post I mentioned I’m very tempted to shop right now.  The stores still carry a nice assortment of summer items and I have a few months left until our summer season is over.  For the next month our weather should stay fairly consistent in temperature, so this is the perfect opportunity to ‘play’ with my wardrobe.  I adore the concept of a “French or Parisian” inspired wardrobe (few items, few colors, wear everything often) and this is a great opportunity to test the idea.

For the next three weeks I’m going to test out a smaller sized working closet, by using a smaller number of items and less colors.

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