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Best of August

September 2, 2015

Fall capsule wardrobe time. This season, I have created a sort of micro capsule that’s designed to get me through the dog days of summer and into those first few crisp September days when you need a cardi in the AM and but a breezy top and sandals in the afternoon. Here’s my favorite.

I am all over that statement necklace and this is the second green pencil skirt that’s found a home in my closet. It’s a beautiful turquoise that goes with all of my black and white.

Comically large buns on the tippy top of your head also go with most outfits.

In a couple of weeks I’ll be breaking out a few more sweaters and some tights and you’ll probably find me whipping up all the soups in the kitchen.

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Molly, Can I Have Your Style?

July 29, 2015

I have a super stylish friend named Molly. Last month, I watched her cat Milo while she was on vacation, and I found myself wandering her house mentally taking note of all of her spot on decorating choices that my apartment seems to be lacking: textured rugs all throughout, more thriving green plants than you could shake a stick at, and some of the most authentic feeling gallery walls ever. She is my real life style icon, and this goes for clothes too. For the longest time, she’s had these perfect brown ankle boots that make everything she wears seem so sophisticated and classic.

Scarf and boots for fall.

Needless to say, I’ve been on the hunt for some similar boots for a long time. After an amazing pencil skirt haul from the thrift store and the addition of a black and white plaid button down, I was thrilled to come across this pair of boots at Target. Super comfortable and totally affordable, they’ve rounded out my Fall 2015 capsule wardrobe quite nicely.

Classic Scarf

I’ve been playing with the idea of making a minimalist wardrobe work harder for a crazy Midwest climate, and I can’t wait to share with you how I’ve adapted it this time around. In the meantime, let me know if you snag these cute boots (or this pair, or this one), and I’ll go back to flipping out over Molly’s epic style.


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Field Guide To: Approaching Your First Capsule Wardrobe

July 8, 2015

Summer Capsule Wardrobe


If you’ve had any conversations with me about clothes lately, you know I’m all about the capsule wardrobe. Anytime I get a complement on an outfit I say “THANK YOU, it’s part of my 37 piece capsule wardrobe, you-should-totally-try-it, itchangedmylife!” Then I promptly direct them to this blog that is still my go-to resource for sartorial minimalism, and whose guidelines I followed pretty closely for my first capsule wardrobe. I’m seeing more and more talk about capsule wardrobes these days, so today I’m going to share how I approached my very first.

Quickly–why did I decide to minimize my wardrobe? There are several reasons, from a need to be more conscious about my spending habits to a desire to refine my wardrobe without adopting stuffy office attire. But mostly, I just really wanted to live with less. More on this on another day.

My first capsule wardrobe was Fall 2014. I was a month away from starting an internship and I looked in my closet and thought “I have nothing to wear.” The first truth was I had a closet bursting with clothes and a dresser of drawers that couldn’t close. The second truth was that I had plenty to wear, but my best pieces–and those that spoke to my style the most–were just totally cancelled out by the noise of everything else: cardigans that were missing buttons, jeans that hadn’t fit for five years, and a hoard of vintage dresses I was never going to alter.

So I put on some tunes and got to work. I sorted into three piles:

…the “why did I buy this” pile

…the “why am I shoving my body in this, it’s uncomfortable” pile

…and the “not appropriate for that season in Missouri in which it’s supposed to be cold” pile

The out-of-season clothes were stored, but the other items found a temporary home in a laundry basket in the corner of my room. Whatever was left became my first capsule wardrobe. It wasn’t exactly 37 pieces, but it was around there. It wasn’t perfectly coordinated, but most of it worked. And I didn’t 100% love everything that was left, but I had to strike a balance between want to keep/need to keep to make sure I actually had clothes to wear.

Throughout the next three months, I focused on wearing only those clothes from my “capsule” wardrobe, but I also allowed one thing to happen. Anytime I needed or wanted to, I “shopped” from that laundry basket. Sometimes I swapped items out of my capsule, sometimes I just added something outright.

I approached my first capsule wardrobe this way for two reasons. First, I was unable to actually spend money to build a capsule wardrobe at that time. So, I focused solely on paring down and then reworking what was left with the freedom of adding back in anything that piqued my interest again. This is a totally risk-free approach to building a capsule wardrobe. At the end of three months, I learned that I could mix and match a minimal wardrobe with success, but more important to me, my totally true, natural style started to emerge. A lot of black, a lot of skinny jeans, and a lot of ballet flats. And I totally loved it.

Three more capsule wardrobes later, I’ve started to figure out exactly how to make this concept work for me. I now commit fully to a capsule–no laundry basket of “maybes” lurking in the corner. Some capsules have been larger, some smaller. And this fall, I’ll be approaching the timeline very differently by exploring the idea of shopping for seasons that better reflect Missouri weather–like creating a macrocapsule wardrobe for “true winter” and a microcapsule wardrobe for that week or so between winter and spring that makes for a blizzard on a Tuesday with birds chirping you awake on a Wednesday.

So…are you up for trying a capsule wardrobe? If you need further convincing, read Becca’s post on how reducing the amount you own can make you feel awesome!


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Wardrobe Staples from Season to Season

June 27, 2015

Mint Green Skirt for Summer

I think here in Missouri, at least in our neck of the woods, we’ve experienced some of the first truly hot days this summer. The beginning of the week was sweltering–Becca and I lived in rompers and lived on popsicles. Naturally, though, yesterday gave us a chilly rain that called for a sweatshirt in the morning. Weather is perpetually undecided here in the Ozarks. Thus, my wardrobe always hinges on layers, for any season.

Mint Skirt for WinterColder Weather Accessories

This past spring, I probably wore this mint skirt about 102 times. It is one of the most versatile pieces in my very small wardrobe and I thank my dear friend Molly for thrifting and gifting me with it every time I see her. During the colder parts of the spring I relied on a simple formula of mint skirt + printed top + cardigan to get me through the busiest parts of my student teaching. I seriously love this skirt so much, I knew I had to find a way to make it work for summer…

White ShoesEasy Summer Outfit

Can you believe how powerful accessories can be? Swap the chunky cardigan for a bright denim vest and the booties and socks for summery mules and a totally new outfit emerges. When it’s humid, I tuck the vest in my purse or leave it in my car while out and about. And then when the thunderstorm rolls in and the wind chill starts to give me goosebumps, I put the vest back on. Bright, easy, and features my favorite skirt. And appropriate for the summer weather spectrum in my neck of the woods.

What’s your favorite wardrobe staple, and how to you make it work from season to season?