Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Spring Wardrobe


Spring is finally here so it's time to dust of your saltwater sandals and have your legs waxed. To get you a little in the mood, meet my friend B who's sharing her ideal 'Capsule Wardrobe' for this fragrant season.

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Hi, my name is B. I write over at bbeingcool. I write about food and fashion and some whimsical arm chair travel. I love, love, love writing about fashion. I extra-specially love using polyvore to make lookbooks of fashion ideas. Today I am sharing some spring ideas for those of us who are Stay At Home Mums. I know how easy it is to wear boyfriend jeans, boxy t-shirts and converse sneakers from Monday- Friday, but girlfriends, I think we can do better... I know I can! I have put together some outfits based around the idea of a 'Capsule Wardrobe'... Firstly, for those of you who have no idea what this is, here is a very quick summary:
  • It is very Frenchy chic to have a capsule wardrobe
  • Basically, you have 10 items in your wardrobe that can be mixed and matched
  • Don't panic - the 10 items does not involve sleepwear, underwear, coats, shoes or basic items used for layering (leggings, long sleeve Ts and camisoles etc.)
  • By focussing on less total items of clothing, you actually give yourself MORE choice
  • The capsule wardrobe begins when you shop - purchasing items that work in various ways to create cute and practical outfits

The Capsule Spring Wardrobe for the SAHM




Above, you have an example of a SAHM's Capsule Wardrobe: 1. Sleeveless t. 2. T-Shirt 3. Blous/button up shirt 4. Blazer or dressy jacket 5. Cardigan 6. Jeans 7. Relaxed fit pants 8. Classic cut shorts 9. Denim Skirt 10. Shirt Dress All of these items are built around a colour palette of blue, coral and shades of white. Most things will go with at least two other items. The look of an outfit can change depending on the combinations of things worn: let's take a look at some look-books to get some inspiration....


  Spring Capsule Wardrobe SAHM - Jeans & Blazer




This outfit is made up of the sleeveless T, the little coral jacket and the jeans. This little jacket can be worn with either of the casual shirts and really finishes off the look. Teamed with ballet flats and some cute accessories, these outfit can take you anywhere from play dates to coffee dates. Being able to dress up jeans is really handy. Having various shirts that are different, but matching the jacket and jeans is helpful - especially when you have little people with sticky fingers around!


  The Spring Capsule Wardrobe for SAHM - Patterns, Denim & Spots




This season is all about patterns and mixing things up. I love that both the shirts shown can be worn with all of the items worn on the bottom half. They can be switched around depending on how playful you are feeling that day. I love the relaxed fun look you would get wearing the coral hearts shirt with the spotty pants; very cool and hipster. I don't think I can sing enough praises of the denim skirt ... cute, trans-seasonal and always hip. Add tights, leggings, boots or sandals - a denim skirt is a must have item. By carefully adding accessories you can bring your outfits to a whole other level - also - having bags big enough to carry nappies and the other arsenal needed for outings is important. These outfits would be great for Monday to Friday, play dates, groceries, library visits - I think that they would make the mundane seem much more fun!

  The Spring Capsule Wardrobe SAHM - Shorts, Blouse & Jelly shoes



I think it is important to have clothes that make you feel pretty and preppy, but are also really easy to wear and effortless. These shorts are crisp and cute and match the blouse and the T. Add some jelly shoes for a bit of fun and pop on a cardigan if it is cool in the morning. This outfit could be worn for the school run and play dates in the park. Also, great for weekend picnics and gallops on the beach.

  Spring Capsule for SAHM - Dress & Boots

 A Dress is an essential item for a SAHM. In an instant you can feel girly and pretty... love that. Also, it is ONE item. One item that needs washing and one item and you are essentially dressed - you don't have to worry about match-matchy - you are done with the dress. Adding accessories that are earthy and cute can give you a really polished look too. This outfit is perfect for coffee dates, school events and weekend fun. I love trans-seasonal dresses... this dress would also look great with leggings and flats or sparkly sandals... Very handy.


  Spring Capsule Wardrobe of the SAHM - Jeans, Blouse & Killer... - Polyvore



And then there are the times when you need to dress up a bit... you know, date nights, dinner with the girls, meetings with teachers, interviews with someone etc... So... you are going to need ways to dress up from your capsule wardrobe. Jeans are a fabulous way to do this, if your jeans are really dark and have a nice skinny leg, they will look fabulous with heels and a blouse. Add some well chosen accessories and you are ready to impress! This outfit can take you to all of those places listed above, but... don't be afraid to wear this on a Tuesday, for no real reason. Sometimes dressing up just because is a fabulous reason to do so! If you are interested in finding stockists or purchasing any of these items... You can find them on the Polyvore website. (Note: not all are available in Australia - some are fabulous designer things that I love, I use Polyvore to play with dress ups, but it is a shopping site also...) There are more ways to wear these basic 10 items, these are just five ideas. The challenge from here is to look at what you have in your wardrobe and think about the way you put together your outfits. I know I can actually now process culling a whole heap of things from my wardrobe as they just don't match many other things.... I also hope that this post inspires you to love fewer items but wear them more.

 Thanks for having me Emily! I have had a blog-crush for a while, what a buzz to be HERE! You can find me: Blog - bbeingcool.com :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest :: Polyvore

no no, thank YOU B.

28 comments:

  1. This is fantastic - I want no NEED everything on here. Love that the focus is on us SAHM's. Thank you! xo

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    1. Naw... thank you! It so nice to be here! We SAHM need to look fabulous - it is part of our job description!

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  2. Hi B (and Emily) this is so impressive! I don't think I'd be able to put together a capsule collection, I'd keep changing my mind!

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    1. My wardrobe is anything but capsule - I imagine it would be very liberating though! I dress for mood, so I need lots of clothes *wink*

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  3. Blah - I wanted to buy that white blouse with the awesome bird print - but alas it is sold out :(

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    1. Rats... that is not cool!

      Hope you find something similar. The fun is in the hunting!

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    2. Boo! That was my favourite too. So fun and flighty! (A bit like me!)

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  4. I love this idea! I remember in the heydey of 30 for 30's that this was a common trend. I love all the outfits you made, too! Also, how did you get text in polyvore?

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    1. Ah.... it is just a feature on the page where you choose the elements like 'dress' or 'jeans' - just look down the selection box, you can even add frames and feathers and things - it is a very cool program! The text makes it so much more useable! I have noticed that they now have homewares - that could be something I should never ever play with *goodbye life*.

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  5. If you are fond off clothes then you have to changes so many thing according to that. Now a days if you want to change then you have need to change totally. You have shown to this very carefully. So thanks for share to this nice blog. If you want to see more then you need to just visit at:
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  6. Love B's post! I want all of these items in my wardrobe RIGHT NOW!

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    1. Thanks Janet! I would like them in my wardrobe too... although - I really don't need anymore clothes! My cupboards are full! (Don't tell Mr Cool, okay?)

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  7. Looooving that gorgeous blazer, where do I find it!?

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    1. The little coral blazer is sold out - sad face. The link to the details are here: http://polyv.re/1a5fAPh.

      Thanks also for liking my facebook page. Lovely to see some new faces around!

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  8. Fantastic post! These are exactly the ideas/advice I need as a SAHM going back to work even!

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    1. Yay! Thanks for commenting! I am glad you liked it. It is easy to think that all we SAHM can wear is jeans and tunic shirts. There is more out there for us.

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  9. So fab! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks Traci. So fun to be here!

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  10. I never want to look pretty, preppy, or girly, but I would rock the shit out of that anchor shirt and skinny jeans! Off to have a squiz now :)

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    1. You are awesome lady! Hope they have one for you! You would totally nail it.

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  11. WOW, I love everything. I am going to have a real god look at my wardrobe.....and then hit the shops!
    Thanks for sharing this useful post, Em xx

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    1. That is what I like to hear! Hit those wardrobes first! Do some clearing out so that there is room for some new pretty things! I find the clearing out the best bit - but... that could just be me!

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  12. Love these wardrobe ideas B ,they are all very very nice and just what I would wear thank you.
    Lisa Mckenzie

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    1. We must have fabulous taste Lisa! Thanks for commenting!

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  13. This is so great! Thanks b and thanks Em. I'm so inspired I might try a month of 10 items and see how much I can mix it up! I might even log about it!

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em