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.
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
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....
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.