There are a few key elements that are important to have during your capsule planning session. The first is choosing style words, which help you to focus on what overall look that you are going for. For Amy, she chose: classic, attractive, and comfortable.
Another element that will make the versatility of your capsule multiply by 100 is choosing a couple of silhouettes that you feel your best in.
Choosing style words and silhouettes may seem a little daunting, but with the guidance of someone who asks the right questions, it becomes an eye-opening process.
Remember! A capsule wardrobe is for a pre-determined amount of time. My personal comfy zone is three months time. Think winter-spring-summer-fall. This allows me to experiment a little more with fashion. Some people may prefer to go six months without changing things up. Some might prefer a year. When I work with clients, we do a three month capsule because it is do-able and not scary.
So, for three months Amy agreed to follow her style words, her silhouettes, and also a color palette.
Her color palette was easy because she already knew exactly what colors brought her joy to wear. These were the colors that she felt comfortable and attractive in. Remember, Amy had a strong sense of personal style and what she liked and did not like to wear.
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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!