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.
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.