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Creating A Capsule Wardrobe Part 2

Happy March! Now that we are heading into Spring, I wanted to expand on my post Creating a Capsule Wardrobe Part 1, by showing you how I incorporate different accessories and accent pieces into my wardrobe to liven up the daily building blocks. Because I wear so many basics, I rely heavily on accessories and accent pieces for color and pattern. Spring is the perfect time to begin a capsule wardrobe by going through items you haven’t worn in a long time and figuring out what classic pieces and fun staples you would like to start bringing in.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ACCESSORIES

Shoes are probably my favorite item in my closet. I am just starting to invest in quality flats, heels and boots as well as including some less expensive colored heels that I will only wear on certain occasions. As with all my other clothes, neutrals are far superior, but I also like a fun print like leopard or a great texture. As for accessories, I have a bit of an obsession with straw hats and gorgeous sunglasses. I have talked about how sunglasses are an item I don’t mind spending money on, as I keep them for years and I can always tell the difference in coverage and quality with a really nice pair.

Shop Shoe: (Top Row) 1, 2, 3, 4 (Middle Row) 1, 2, 3, 4 (Bottom Row) 1, 2, 3, 4


Shop Hats: 1, 2, 3, 4 Shop Sunglasses: 1, 2, 3, 4


SAVE THE PATTERNS FOR THE ACCENTS

A majority of the shirts I own are either solid or striped. It doesn’t matter if it is a button down, a soft blouse or a t shirt, I find when building a capsule wardrobe working with solid or striped shirts gives you a lot of outfit options. Where I really like to wear prints is in my dresses and jackets. A great printed jacket works wonders over a white t shirt and jeans. I have a bit of a jacket obsession, but I have paired them down a lot recently and my main staples are a classic leather motorcycle jacket, denim, military and printed bomber.

In the warmer months I live in dresses and that is the one area I like to have a lot of options, but catered to my lifestyle. I hate lists that say “the ten dresses every woman needs in her closet” because we don’t all have the same body type or attend the same functions. I can without hesitation say I have never worn a sweater dress or a sheath dress in my life. They don’t look good on me and I would never have a reason to wear them. I also don’t own a fancy gown (hello rent the runway) or dozens of little black dresses. I gravitate towards flowy sundresses and comfortable solids. It is about finding a few options that you will actually wear again and again and having a couple that you love reserved for special events.

Shop Jackets: (Top Row) 1, 2, 3, 4 (Middle Row) 1, 2, 3, 4 (Bottom Row) 1, 2, 3, 4


Shop Dresses: (Top Row) 1, 2, 3, 4  (Middle Row) 1, 2, 3, 4

 

  1. Lindley Schneider

    March 2nd, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Chrissy- where’d you get the dress hung up in the first photo! I love it!

  2. Anastasia

    March 2nd, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Another amazing post, Chrissy! I love your roundup of dresses soooo much. Don’t ever stop this series!

  3. Chrissy McDonald

    March 6th, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you Anastasia! You know I love my dresses! There will definitely be more to come!

    Xo

  4. Chrissy McDonald

    March 20th, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Hi Lindley!

    I just saw your comment, It’s actually a super cheap jumpsuit from Marshall’s!

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