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Monday, 11 September 2017

Capsule Wardrobe Planning | #fakeituntilyoumakeit LINKUP

Capsule planning | Fake it until you make it link up

After last week's #fakeituntilyoumakeit Link Up, I was very excited to start planning my first ever Capsule Wardrobe.

{How someone gets to be 43 without ever trying to create a capsule is a mystery, but anyway...}

With a love of colour, and pattern mixing, I thought that planning a simple (and pared back) capsule wardrobe would be a new challenge for me.
New challenges, and trying something different, is always a good idea.

Time to get stuck in!

Capsule Wardrobe Planning | Fake Fabulous

The Capsule Wardrobe 'Rules'

5 simple rules apply to choosing pieces for your capsule wardrobe...
  1. CLIMATE. The climate where you live (or travel) is the main factor you need to consider when choosing your capsule pieces. It doesn't matter how much you love those white linen trousers, they won't get a lot of wear if you're knee deep in snow!
  2. LIFESTYLE. Getting real when it comes to your lifestyle is essential. Evening gowns may make you smile, but they have no place in your capsule if you spend most of your time either; chasing the kids around, walking the dog or getting the messages in (Scottish for food shopping)... unless, of course, you love to make a bold statement!
  3. COLOUR. Make sure your capsule contains colours that make you happy. Just because every capsule wardrobe you see online has black, grey and navy as its key pieces doesn't mean YOURS has to! Pick your preferred colours, patterns and textures. Leopard print and stripes your thing? Go for it!
  4. COMFORT. The level of comfort you need (and want) from your clothes is so important. You won't want to wear uncomfortable and unsuitable clothes. Tailoring is great, but totally impractical if you need to move around a lot in your daily life... for whatever reason.
  5. MIX & MATCH. How well the individual pieces Mix and Match with each other is crucial. This doesn't mean you have to be boring or even 'classic' with your combinations... the mixing and matching only has to work for YOU, and your personal taste. No one else. If you love teal with coral then do it. Leopard print with florals? Go for it! It's your capsule wardrobe after all.

The Pieces

The pieces in my first capsule were very easy to choose.
{Almost too easy... which always makes me worry!}

I had decided to pick a specific type of capsule (autumn season, work based) so the items seemed to jump out of the wardrobe at me.

At this point it's important to note that (for me) a capsule wardrobe does NOT include the following;
  • Underwear, including 'secret' thermal layers that are not part of the outfit.
  • Hosiery.
  • Jewellery.
  • Belts.
  • Gloves & Hats.
  • Waterproof coats, wellies or umbrellas!

My Autumn Work Capsule

My capsule wardrobe consists of 37 pieces, including;

3 pairs of shoes
2 pairs of ankle boots
.... and I wanted more!

2 trousers 
1 culottes
2 skirts

2 dresses

4 fine knitted tops
3 polo neck tops (great for layering too)
2 shirts

1 wrapover cardigan
2 classic crew-necked cardigans
1 long sleeveless cardigan/waistcoat

Coats & Jackets
1 short leather jacket
2 coats, both warm, one slightly heavier.
1 trench

(narrowing it down to five was very hard!)
1 large
2 medium
2 small

2 lighter weight
2 wool.

37 items in total

Job done!
No more worrying about what to wear.
Hello stress-free mornings.
Goodbye to standing staring blankly into the wardrobe, wondering what to put with what.
Hello simple life.
Much more detail on that tomorrow!

Now it's Over to You...

Now it's time for the main focus of this post.

It's time to get linking your posts and images.

Last week Jennie's outfit's colour combination really caught my eye.
I love this deep petrol/teal colour mixed with the coral red.
Check out her original post HERE.

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  1. So glad to join you in your new link up adventure.

    1. Thank you SO much's great to see you here! XXX

  2. I love that you've entered into the brave new world of linking up. Good luck with it! The post is very informative but way beyond me to pare down to a capsule of any size.

    Anna x

    1. Hahahaha...I feel the same Anna! It's challenging for sure!
      Maybe we could get special dispensation?? :oP

  3. I'm wondering whether I DO have a capsule wardrobe...? Maybe I do, but then it's topped up with dozens and dozens (and dozens!) of extra, statement pieces, hehe ;)

    Thank you for the link up Samantha - your 'rules' make perfect sense IMO!

    Catherine x

    1. Hahahaha... Maybe Catherine!
      I don't really like (or listen) to rules so it was quite hard to write them down, but I think that making a capsule wardrobe needs them...rules that is.
      I'm not 100% sure it's for me yet!

  4. What a pleasure to see a capsule build with colours! And with photo's of most items. I'm longing to read your comments about it in some time. How will things go with other pieces of clothing lurking from your closet, key pieces in the loundry, new items or idea's.

    1. Thank you so much Joze.... I would love to hear what you think of my full capsule and how I got on with it!

  5. Interesting read, I still can't get my head around a capsule wardrobe. Thanks for hosting. x Jacqui

  6. I'm 54 and have never had a capsule wardrobe! I look forward to hearing about how you get on. Thank you for hosting Samanther xx

  7. I'm so excited to hear how this is going to go for you, Samantha. I know when I go on vacation (which in a way is a capsule wardrobe) I get awfully bored of those pieces and then end up not wearing them much when I get home---for months on end!!
    But maybe you will change my mind??

  8. Good luck on this adventure. I'm keen to read about your experience. Thanks for the link up.


  9. I have tried a capsule wardrobe, and didn't really work for me. Instead I go with thematic dressing. So for example, I'm super into making sure I wear all my fall dresses. I wear it, and if it feels good, it's keeper; if it didn't work too well then I know I either need to get rid of it or maybe try again with a different styling. I have WAY TOO MANY CLOTHES. (Sorry for shouting there, but it's true.) So thematic dressing helps me put stuff away. I have an empty drawer set aside for stuff that's been worn and is ready to be put away. This helps me rotate my clothes. It's kind of like a capsule--but not really!

    Hahha! Thank you for the linkup Sam.

    Love, Annie

    PS I hope it's ok that I linked up four times.... :S

    1. I love this Annie! Thank you for sharing it....makes perfect sense to me!
      p.s. Link away. The more the merrier as far as I'm concerned... I love reading them all.

  10. I think my work wear is capsule by default. I tend to have a set of clothes that don't get worn weekends. A couple of things cross over like jeans. I tried a capsule over the summer and did get bored as it wasn't big enough. I'll link it for interest.
    I look forward to hearing your experience.

    1. Thank you for linking your capsule wardrobe made an interesting read. XXX

  11. I've thought about doing the whole capsule wardrobe thing but I'm too much of a shopaholic for whatever catches my eye LOL! And yes, I do end up "with nothing to wear" all the time!!! ;)
    Suzy xx
    Suzy Turner at Yogadocious

  12. I think one of the reasons that the mention of capsule wardrobes generally makes my eyes glaze over is that I'm afraid I find the oft-suggested neutral colour palette (black, grey, navy, beige, white) very uninspiring, and it doesn't flatter me at all (although of course it can look great on other people). I should have known you wouldn't follow such 'rules' though, and I'm very happy to see the red, and yellow, and that splash of teal! If I were to plan a capsule wardrobe myself, then yellow trousers would definitely be included. I bought a pair this summer (a Boden bargain, in a sale) and haven't regretted it for a moment as they're so surprisingly useful!

    1. Oh yes Fran.... me too! Capsule Wardrobe = BORING!!!!
      Yellow trousers seemed an obvious capsule piece to me... (what would the capsule purists say??) and the cardigan on the top row is really bright jade green (the photo doesn't show here) and goes with EVERYTHING.
      Well, IMO anyway :oP

  13. Oh, thank you for sharing your tips on how to create a capsule wardrobe. I really need to create one for fall and winter. It makes things much more easy.
    Have a wonderful week!

    1. You're very welcome Miriam... please check my more detailed Capsule post!

  14. I always admire this kind of challenge, and it's really interesting to see how you manage your wardrobe to create a capsule. Really interesting!
    I think that the hardest part (for me) could be to pick a few bags and shoes. And scarves! and coats!. Really difficult!

  15. Great capsule tips, Sam! And I love the color palette you chose! It is so rich and vibrant!


  16. hi Sam
    love how you put together this capsule so there are bright colors. i couldn't be without alot of color. i do admit, it would be tough for me to have less shoes now that i can wear more styles!
    nice job!
    jess xx

    1. Hahahaha... as a fellow shoe lover you will understand my pain! XXX

  17. You have exceptional talent in all things fashion Sam. I think that the only time I really ponder a capsule wardrobe is when I'm taking a trip. It's definitely tough to think in the "minimal mode" required for travel. I like to have choices!! I do think that your tips would work nicely for an extended vacation however!
    Is it your practical, empirical thinking that comes into play for a capsule wardrobe compilation? I think so! Not only are you multi-talented but you look fabulous all the while!

    1. Thank you so much for your generous comment Judy!
      TBH I tend not to use any of my science/maths/ logical skills when working on my blog... it's almost like I pack them away and put on my impulsive and creative head.
      There was no plan, as such, just open the door and grab what jumped out at me.
      I let the clothes choose themselves!

  18. Wow! You have really put a lot of work into this! I'll be looking forward to seeing how you'll style the pieces. I think a capsule is such a smart idea and you have included some great tips. I haven't tried one yet, but you may have just inspired me to do so!

    1. Thank you so much Cathy!
      I must admit that there was very little planning, the clothes kind of chose themselves, if that makes sense?
      I was slacking off! :oP

  19. Oh what a pleasant surprise to be featured! Thank you, Sam.

    I really like the color palette you have selected for your capsule wardrobe. It looks as though you have a nice variety to mix and match. I am looking forward to seeing how you style everything!


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