When creating a capsule wardrobe, it is important to choose several silhouettes that you feel confident wearing. The reason why you take the time to choose silhouettes when planning a capsule wardrobe is so that you will have greater flexibility in mixing and matching your outfits, because they will all “magically” work well together. Simple, huh?
I showed you one silhouette that we chose for Amy during the last post. Another silhouette that we chose for Amie was an a-line skirt, fitted top, and cropped jacket. Her cropped jean jacket is perfect to put over this outfit, and completes the put-together look. We don’t need to own very many jackets in Florida, but a light-weight jean jacket is a timeless staple that every woman should have in her closet. For Amie’s figure, a cropped jacket lengthens her bottom proportion, and defines her waist.
For the first part of Amie’s story, read here.
We took Amie’s lifestyle into consideration when designing her capsule wardrobe. Since Amie is a stay-at-home mom she needed quite a few casual and comfortable looks. One silhouette that we chose for her was a loose comfortable top with a fitted bottom. We also made sure that she could always add a third piece like a cropped jacket, necklace or scarf to instantly have a more put-together look. She had this beautiful black jacket in her closet, which is a little playful twist on the basic black blazer. But, since her tops are mostly plain, the jacket was perfect to go over anything and added an element of playfulness, which was one of her style words.
Here are the last four outfits that I styled with this one dress. Just in case you are new to the party, this one dress was styled 12 different ways. You can catch up by reading about the previous outfits here:
As I promised, I will be sharing about what I learned from this challenge, so stick with me until the end!
Look 9: The proportions of this look work really well, and let me tell you why. If you were to cut my body into 3 equal pieces (1/3’s), you would see that my top 1/3 is the chunky cream sweater, and my bottom 2/3 is the maroon dress and brown tights & boots. In geometry this is called the golden mean, or the golden ratio. I’ll go into this a little more in the future, but for now just know that math is everywhere, even in fashion. Anytime you proportion 1/3 & 2/3 in this way with two colors, you’ll nail the look!
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I’ve shared with you that I challenged myself to style the same dress twelve different ways, but I haven’t exactly told you why.
Here’s why. I was seven months into capsule wardrobing, and really getting the hang of things. I had my well-thought out, pared down closet that included key pieces that went with everything. But, something inside of me was itching to find out how far I could push the theory of a basic wardrobe necessity. I kid-you-not that I arbitrarily chose the number twelve because of the twelve days of Christmas. (It was December after all.) Once I chose that number, it was game on! And, if you make it to the end of series I’ll share with you everything that I learned. It is guaranteed to surprise you!
If you missed the introduction, please visit 12 Days of a Dress so that you can get caught up on what’s going on here. Now, I’m sure you have a few questions concerning this challenge, so let me get these out of the way. By the way, these are real questions that I was asked by my family and friends (in real life, so they are legit!)
- Are you actually wearing this dress every day? Hate to burst your bubble, but NO. I wore the dress 8 out of 12 times. I’m also a stay-at-home-mom so I didn’t need to leave the house every day.
- Did you wash the dress? I washed it and line dried it every weekend. Yes, this gal sweats, and thank you for asking instagram follwer.
- Why are you doing the dress thingy? It began as a personal challenge, and turned into a tool to help empower women on how to be creative with a basic dress, and not feel like they have nothing to wear.
- Will you do it again? Absolutely.
- Did you photograph yourself every day? Nope. My eleven year old daughter graciously shot these photos in front of our house on two different days. She rocks!
Hello! I’m beginning this blog with a challenge that I gave myself to see if I could style the same dress 12 different ways. What began as a personal challenge turned into a way to educate women on how to create multiple looks with the same dress. It turned out to be a starting point for conversations with women about fast fashion, basic wardrobe essentials, finding a dress that suits your figure, and many more thoughtful conversations.
Here were the parameters that I gave myself for choosing the right dress:
- The fabric of the dress must be able to be dressed up or down.
- The fit of the dress had to be basic, and have short sleeves.
- I preferred a bit of an a-line drape because of my figure.
- The dress needed to have a texture.
- The dress needed to land slightly above the knee.
- I wanted a burgandy (red, wine, etc..) dress to wear throughout the holidays.
- I wanted a well-made dress that I could keep in my closet through all of the seasons.