STOP right there! PUT DOWN that top. Walk away. And ask yourself these questions before you buy! It's like virtually taking part of me shopping with you this winter!
Now that Christmas is over, you know what that means! SALES, EVERYTHING MUST GO, 99% off!!!! Yes I love a great sale especially the after Christmas sales when every store is trying to get rid of everything and make room for resort wear! I've been dreaming of resort wear lately as I write this BUT before you start buying and filling your wardrobe full of new goodies, lets make sure you are spending those dollars wisely with pieces that will make the most impact & will help you create a plethora of options that you hardly can't wait to slip into every morning!
1. Is it comfortable? Is it something that you are going to want to rip off as soon as you get home from work or that party? Drop the top. Everyone has different comfort levels and these are REALLY important to consider because let's be honest, if you don't find it mostly comfortable, if that fabric feels like sand paper or those pants are falling down and riding up all day you are not going to reach for them when you open those closet doors.
2. Are you only buying it cause it is 1000% off? or because it is a fancy fashion brand that is 200,000% off??? Marketing ploys are so effective sometimes. It's like pieces are practically free or you are even losing money by not buying them right?! Wrong. When you are buying a new piece for your wardrobe, always consider cost per wear before buying it. It might not be so inexpensive or your money might be better spent on that piece you are going to wear 100 times but is full price. Estimated Cost per wear= Cost of piece / how many times you wear it. Yes even stylists likes math.
3. Quality? Is it only on sale cause it is already falling apart? OR a step away from collapsing into a million pieces? Put it back or if you have fallen madly in love with the piece consider the cost/time it will take you to get it fixed or have yourself fix it to get it up to parr.
4. Is it trendy but not you? Put it back. You don't have to be fashionable/trendy to be well dressed. Let me explain. A lot of the most famous fashion icons were well dressed because they knew what trends were for them and which weren't. They knew who they were and that is what made them well dressed.
5. Do you need it? Sure you love this top, but do you already have the same one at home? If so either vow to get rid of the one in your closet as soon as you walk in your humble abode or put back the one at the store unless of course it is a basic/ staple piece you plan on wearing all the time like a black v-neck tee etc.
May the odds be ever in your favor!
So whats the deal with these capsule wardrobes? With the New Year coming up you are definitely not going to be able to escape the 5000 pins of capsule wardrobes on Pinterest, they can be helpful if you know how to translate them all. HERE'S HOW!
OH first though...What is a capsule wardrobe? If you scroll Pinterest at all you'll often see a cute graphic full of classic pieces of clothing and accessories with a hint of flair with a title that says make 5000 outfits out of 25 pieces! OK so maybe it's more like 50 outfits but you get the point. Capsule Wardrobe's are a way of honing in on pieces that will give you the most bang for your buck and in return focus on adding pieces that will bring life and more options to your closet!
Let's switch gears for one second. I promise only a second. REALLY.
I've always loved planning and organizing future plans but this past year has been a great lesson in living in the day that is NOW. Nothing more nothing less. Enjoying each day while still being mindful of the future but not living in it or letting it consume you. Anyone else struggle to not live in the future? Sometimes I forget to stop and smell the roses per say. This is why capsule wardrobes are near and dear to my heart. They can save you time, money & keep that important mindset! Especially while filling the gaps in your repertoire. I mean what more could you want? TRIPLE PLAY. So, just like how it is easy to live in the future and want to be confined to what your plans may bring one day... capsule wardrobes should take on the same mindset. FLEXIBILITY.
Originally I was going to write about helping you decide whether a capsule wardrobe is even right for you but you can tailor a capsule wardrobe to fit any lifestyle! So YES a capsule wardrobe IS RIGHT FOR YOU.
I LOVE options and am very detail oriented. I love planners, containers made specifically for ornaments & my closet looks like a divine rainbow sorted by item type. So, I typically would not be a candidate for a capsule wardrobe. I have too many black pants/leggings/denim for the "traditional" capsule wardrobe they talk about on Pinterest but to me they are all very different from one another because of their unique detailing, leather leggings, regular leggings, black denim, joggers, distressed denim, non distressed, fleece leggings, moto leggings, etc. you get the point. I like leggings. ALOT. No shame here. They are God's gift to the fashion world.
All are staples to me though! BUT that does not mean I cannot utilize a capsule wardrobe and that certainly does not mean you need to instantly develop my love of black clothing and leggings. For me choosing a few to focus on each week is helpful obviously mixed with other bottoms! Your capsule can be 50 pieces or 150 pieces. Whatever works for you. We all lead different lifestyles that require a different amount of clothing. Use all the references as more of a guide than hard fast rules. This is the beauty of fashion, interpretation, like a fine painting.
AND remember don't be confined by a number find a number that works for you! Then from there create your capsule wardrobe. Everyone has a different number of clothing that doesn't overwhelm them. That really is the key to a capsule wardrobe. Not being overwhelmed by what is hanging there or nicely folded cause I mean I know NO ONE has a pile of clothes on that bench or chair that they can't make work... haha So this way in the morning, getting ready is easy breezy covergirl. So while my capsule wardrobe may not be standard it still saves me time and money every week and it can do the same for you!
HAVE A FABULOUS HOLI-YAY & HAPPY NEW YEAR CC'ers!
Goodbye APPENDIX & HELLO all of you lovely people!
I missed you & you & you & you!
Ahhhhh it's SO nice to be back. Being sick really burns you out but you already know that I'm sure, sometimes we just forget. I was trying so hard to ignore being sick for so long because I didn't feel like I had a good excuse to be feeling the way I was feeling but let me be the first person to give you permission to rest when you need to. Even if you don't know why you need a break, you owe it to yourself. You don't owe anyone an explanation. Take time for yourself, say NO to things. Embrace your inner three year old. They seem to have the whole no thing down. Saying no is one of the hardest things for me to do. How about you? I don't know about you but I hate cancelling on people or not being able to help. You can't give to others what you don't have to give in the first place though. Something to chew on. Try not to spit it out.
*When I got out of surgery and was so uncomfortable and in pain my first thought when I got home was wow it is nice to have a break. I knew as soon as I got out of surgery that I could have my life back again. What a blessing! I barely know what to do with myself, all my new found energy and words. Oh how I missed words. My brain was so broken when I was sick, MAJOR creative, major everything block. Apologies if my posts didn't make sense or our conversations hahaha just a casualty of being sick. Your brain is focusing so hard on getting better that there isn't much room for anything else as those around me constantly reminded me.
Please see previous post about my ER visit if you are confused as to what is going on but as my surgeon said, the surgeon in the ER just wanted to send you to a better one that knew what was happening haha We always learn things through trials. In my case ALWAYS GET A SECOND OPINION. OR A THIRD OPINION. If you know that the first one doesn't make sense or feels wrong to you. DON'T GIVE UP. Being defeated is the worst feeling in the world.
That being said that is one reason why I started this company. I never want anyone to feel defeated getting ready for your day or an event, your closet or a dressing room should never do that to you. Yet so many times we are often driven to tears by that hole in the wall full of fabric, lies & sequins. A second or third opinion never hurt anyone. In my case a second opinion was the difference between life and death. Death of not being able to pursue my passions, dreams and living with a bomb inside of me that whenever it wanted would one day get set off. I know it is not always going to be that extreme but we owe it to ourselves to never have to feel defeated when there are so many resources out there.
I would be lying to you if I did not tell you that this has been a very difficult year for a variety of reasons but being able to do what I love has kept me going. It was so hard to take a break from it to focus on my health and myself but I had to if I wanted to continue to pursue my dreams of helping YOU. So let me be your second opinion or your third opinion. Don't live without hope. It's the worse state to be in. There is always hope somewhere you just have to keep looking for it.
*****Thanks for all your patience. You are so important! Appreciating today as well as what's on the horizon for CUT CHIC! ******