A few standout trends (some carrying over from prior seasons) caught my eye during my research for this post. Here's why: the "trends" shown can be timeless classics if you choose wisely.
I have been hearing rumors that the weather is a fickle friend (maybe foe?). Although we are just about to embark on our warm season here in San Francisco, it's hard to tell whether the weather is going to be 60 degrees and windy or 75 and sunny.
We are in a transitional time in the Northern Hemisphere, where weather seems to be getting chillier. If you have a seasonal capsule, you may not have transitioned your wardrobe yet. But, with the addition of just a few pieces you can prepare for the cooler weather ahead.
If you are in the Southern Hemisphere and preparing for the sun, just follow these tips in reverse!
Some simple planning for various temperatures (and functions) will save you from the "I don't know what to wear" panic! Perform this process with five different outfits and you'll see just how much easier life becomes during these unpredictable times.
Reader Lizzie reminded me how remiss I’d been in creating Outfit Recipes, quick and easy interpretations of how to wear clothes you likely already have. I immediately headed to my “Outfit Inspiration” Pinterest board to see what followers love: simplicity. Outfits that were easy to put together and could be dressed up or down are some of my most popular pins.
I also discovered that, like me, people love a minimal outfit of black, grey, or denim paired with a bright heel. This is one of my favorite looks, and it is such an easy way to transition the bones of a Winter outfit into Spring.
Take a look at some of my favorite outfits featuring bright heels:
As you can see, Olivia Palermo, who almost always succeeds at mixing basics with an element of surprise, follows this formula quite often. Bloggers and celebrities alike love adding a pop of color to an otherwise neutral outfit.
The formula is so simple here: neutral or striped top + denim or solid bottom + bright heel.
pick your favorite denim look and swap in a pair of colorful pumps.
Don’t have them? Work with what you’ve got, whether it be a colorful flat, a uniquely design wedge, or a patterned sneaker.
No, a fashion warrior is not someone who beats up all the other ladies to snag the last pair of Isabel Marant’s at the sample sale. In order to conquer your closet, you need a strategy as good as the most winning NBA team in history!
Wednesday night was a big night in the NBA. Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in the final game of his pro career. Love him or hate him, that is how to retire!
Closer to home (for me), the Golden State Warriors continued their record-break streak, winning 73 games in one season, besting the famed ’95-’96 Chicago Bulls. Pretty exciting.
I know what you’re thinking – um, so what does this have to do with getting dressed? Surprisingly, a lot. The same things that have made this team super successful are the keys to your winning wardrobe,the keys to being a Fashion Warrior.
Be a Fashion Warrior
Steph Curry may be the reigning NBA MVP, but each of the starting 5 bring something amazing to the team and are MVPs in their own position. Pick out your five go-to pieces: 1 dress, 2 tops, and two bottoms. These should all play extremely well together but should also each have a special quality, color, or design that makes them stand out.
There are at least one or two players on the Warriors bench who would start on another team. You want the same kind of depth in your wardrobe. Select 5 more pieces to round out your ten person team. These should be the same categories as the stars. They might play the best with each other, but you should also be able to throw one of these guys onto the court with your starting players.
The Warriors have some of the most dedicated fans in any sport. They have stuck with them during all the rough years, which makes winning even more beautiful. The encouragement the fans give the players is not to be under-valued. These are your layers: jackets, coats, leggings, etc. – the pieces that can turn a combination of clothing into a perfectly styled outfit. Although the Warriors have fans in the thousands at each game, you should have at least 5-10.
Fun to Watch
One of the qualities that makes the Warriors so great right now is that they are a bunch of characters. They are fun to watch! Don’t weigh yourself down with humdrum shoes, bags, or belts. These are the pieces that can bring an outfit to life. Even a simple black pump can have a special flourish that shows your personality. Shine on with 10 pieces that make your outfits the life of the party.
The Warriors love their community, and the community loves them. Quite a few of them choose to live in Oakland year-round because it has truly become their home. Not only do the players give so much to the community in terms of charity work, they also live in the community like regular people, giving back daily to the people who support them. Since you likely own more than 10 items of clothing, what can your top 10 pieces do to give back to the rest of your clothing “community”? Can your favorite shirt add life to a pair of simple pants that don’t see the light of day too much? By mixing up your favorites with those you like but aren’t stars, you can create a thriving closet community. (OK, a little hokey, but I like the idea of my clothes all hanging out at the coffee shop!) Create 10 new combos with your 10 key players and 10 community members.
Funny thing: if you follow all these steps, you’ll end up with a capsule wardrobe of 35-40 pieces centered around your wardrobe stars. Winning!
Are you ready?
Note: I don't love the term "Plus-Sized". I also don't like the term "Curvy" because it implies that all ladies in slightly larger bodies have all the same shape. EVERYONE has a different shape, no matter what her weight! Due to this, I had a hard time naming this post, so I went with the easily understood "Plus-Sized".
Ok, let's get down to business. Spring is approaching very soon, and it's time to think about your Spring Capsule Wardrobe!
I want to dispel a capsule wardrobe myth about color.
You do not have to dress in all black, grey, and white to have a capsule wardrobe. Certainly, if you love and feel great in these colors, by all means make them the core of your wardrobe! But, if you are like me and love wearing color, too, you can and should include all of your favorite colors in your capsule wardrobe.
I have put together this Spring Capsule Wardrobe geared towards Plus-Sized lovely ladies. This feminime wardrobe with both work and weekend appropriate pieces incorporates shades of blue and peach, the perfect colors for Spring.
Take a look:
Over 1,000 outfits can be made from these 39 pieces. Seriously. While not every single item will work together for you, so many of them will. You will easily be able to take an outfit from work to weekend just by swapping out a jacket or pair of shoes. (Note: the items below contain affiliate links. I will earn a very small commission per click, which goes to support the running of this website. Thanks!)
This beautiful spring trench will add a light pop of color to any outfit, whether work or play. Two contemporary blazers add polish to your look without being boring. A classic denim jacket is your go-to for kicking it over the weekend.
I may be biased, but I own the first two dresses, and I absolutely love them. The first one is surprisingly well-made and, despite the colorful geometric print, is quite professional. The second dress is a bit sheer (wear something under!) but is a perfect spring weight dress that can be dressed up with heels during the week and dressed down with booties over the weekend. The plaid and denim dresses are perfect for a day out with the girls.
I have read time and time again about capsule wardrobe examples that don't incorporate work wear, so I wanted to make sure to include pieces that are perfect for a creative work environment requiring some polish. Beautiful blouses and flattering peplums can be worn with both skirts and pants. Consider new ways to wear your favorite shirts. Think you can't wear your favorite peplum with a full midi skirt? Tuck it in and through a wide belt over your waist.
Who says bottoms must be boring? Mix it up with different shapes, lengths, and prints and your Spring wardrobe will look and feel as fresh as the newly budding flowers. Athleisure wear is still having a huge moment. Try mixing more casual pants with a fancier top and femnine shoe to see whether you love the look.
Shoes, shoes, and more shoes. I used to think 9 shoes for 3 months was not a lot, but the reality is this just happens naturally for me! Make sure to include shoes for work, nights out, days on the town, and laid-back laziness.