3 Reasons To Love a Capsule Wardrobe
Feeling like you’re in a fashion rut with a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear? I’ve been there and truly think that a capsule wardrobe is the answer. Even just looking up the word can be intimidating as it’s hard to know where to start. After my personal color analysis, I finally knew the right colors for me and even already knew how to dress my body shape, but I was having a hard time putting all of that together.
All of that changed when I discovered Get Your Pretty On, an online style group. I learned about it from a friend during a conference. She confessed to me that she used to be a fashion disaster, but was transformed when she started doing style challenges. Given that she looked fabulous all three days of the conference, I was intrigued. I am now on my sixth season of style challenges, which are really just a capsule wardrobe by season, and I’m a super fan!
Top 3 Reasons to Love a Capsule Wardrobe
#1: Venture out of your Comfort Zone
It’s good to know who you are, but sometimes we all need a little push. Before the style challenge, I was stuck in a rut. I knew what looked good on me and I went with that. Leather pants and animal print shoes – never. I am way too classic for that! Alison, the founder of Get Your Pretty On, changed all of that. I was so stuck on only wearing my colors, that I would have never bought animal print shoes. Now they’re a favorite. Nope, they aren’t in my color palette, but that’s what make them great. I can wear a t-shirt in my colors, a pair of jeans, and then “pop” the outfit with animal print flats. I am just as comfortable going to the grocery store, but people will stop me and say I look great – bonus!
#2: Take the Guesswork out of Dressing Each Day
Speaking of the grocery store, the other part of my rut was only getting dressed when I had to. If I had an event (appointment, coffee date, what have you) that day, I’d get dressed, but only for the event. I LOVE being comfortable, so before and after the event I was back in sweats. My poor husband – that’s all he ever saw at home. My family always said I was all or nothing – dressed to the nines or like a vagabond. The style challenges changed all of that for me.
I started with the Casual Wardrobe Builder and now I participate in each season’s style challenge. The challenges force me to dress every day and I’ve learned that I can look comfortable and still look put together. The best part is I don’t have to think about what I’m going to wear. “Dressed to the Nines” takes time. Now with my seasonal capsule wardrobe, I don’t need time to figure out what I’m wearing. I just turn to the next day – no muss no fuss!
Reason #3 – Save Money
The GYPO Style Challenge helps me spend less by allowing me to shop my closet first and giving me a shopping list of on-trend pieces. I can buy as much or as little as I want. Knowing your colors and body shape helps. I look at what Alison provides and then adjust to suit my coloring and what I already have in my closet. In the Winter Style Challenge, for instance, there is a camel colored coat. Camel is not my friend, but my cream colored coat works great! I did buy the leopard booties and a pair of faux leather leggings – what?! Yes!!! I am in love with both – me – the classic! Sam Edelman leopard booties are expensive, but I found them on ThredUp for $75 and they were brand new – score! For faux leather pants, I spent $14 on Amazon and could not be happier – they’re cheap but look great! I thought for sure that wouldn’t be something I would wear, so I wasn’t willing to spend on the trend. Now, when the season is over, I may find a great deal on a nice pair and I will feel confident buying them.
Favorite Capsule Wardrobe
At $39, the GYPO Style Challenge is the easiest way to rebuild your wardrobe and always be on top of seasonal trends. It’s called a ‘challenge’ because you’re challenged to get out of your comfort zone and try new styles. Members include women of every stage of life. Most of the women are between the ages of 35-65 in all beautiful sizes from petite to plus.The great news is the Winter GYPO Style Challenge launched just last week with shopping lists and information. We start wearing our outfits and posting to our Facebook group on December 17, so there is still time to join me!
If you don’t live in a winter-like climate or just want a simple capsule wardrobe, consider the Closet Staples Capsule or the Stay at Home Mom Casual capsule.
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