I am so excited! Ever since I first heard about the concept, I have loved the idea of having a capsule wardrobe. I keep thinking I'll come across the "perfect" set of clothing, buy it all and be done. But, that's expensive and completely unrealistic for me. Someone here on the boards recommended The Vivienne Files where the writer has extensive instructions on how to gradually create a capsule wardrobe, including tips on choosing colors. She also recommends an app called "Stylebook." I think it's her app, but I'm not sure at this point.
I've been buying a lot of clothing lately and after yesterday's spin through Talbot's (everything was 50% off), I decided I needed to organize things and get my clothes under control, so to speak. So, today, I downloaded the app and started playing with it. The most tedious part was talking pictures of my clothes, but I decided to do only the clothes I remember wearing recently - within the past couple of weeks and the clothes I purchased yesterday. Then, it was playtime! This app it really cool and makes "seeing" things really easy.
So far, I have created fourteen "looks." I have used nine pieces of clothing, one scarf and two pairs of shoes. The clothes are:
1 pair blue jeans
1 pair black slacks
1 black pencil skirt
1 red pullover
1 grey jean jacket
1 black dress blazer
1 black casual blazer w/black & white stripe cuffs
1 light blue long sleeve t shirt
1 black long sleeve t shirt
1 Christmas scarf
1 pair grey tennis shoes
1 pair black flats
I know that I can create even more outfits with these clothes by changing out the individual items. It's easy to do with the app by "cloning" outfits and then changing just one or two pieces. I still have several pieces of clothes that I haven't started playing with, too. I also have necklaces and earrings to add. I think I will eventually be able to weed some things out of my closet that I don't use very often, too.
I honestly never knew this could be this easy, but that blog really helped a lot. So, I'm up for any tips or tricks anyone has on creating a capsule wardrobe - what pieces do you think are "essential?" Do you use an accent color? How do you use accessories? Have you tried to do this and it hasn't worked for you?