It’s been really refreshing to incorporate looser clothing items into my capsule wardrobe recently. I’ve been slowly pruning my wardrobe to a collection of high quality pieces of a variety of cuts, so that I can mix and match items freely. I had to remove a pair of old slacks and decided to order two pairs from ASOS to replace them. I ordered a pair of black and these powder blue ones. (This shade of blue is one of my accent colors). Watch my How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe video to learn more.
These are seriously the most comfortable “formal” pants I’ve ever worn. They’re perfect for spring and summer because they’re so flowy and bright. I can’t stand wearing tight pants in the summer – not a fan of pealing those suckers off after a hot day. (TMI – sorry!!)
I paired these slacks with a fitted blush colored tank top (which looks more nude than blush in the photos). I like the way the look turned out. It was perfectly fine for our Saturday evening walk through the park and I’m excited to pair it with more flowy tops in the future.
The lace-up flats have been featured so much recently, but I want to make sure that I share actual outfits I wear from my capsule wardrobe with you guys. Hopefully, it’s not annoying to see the same piece multiple times, but helpful because it gives you ideas of how you can style something multiple ways! See how else I styled these flats, here, here, here, and here.
Also, I apologize for the coffee cup being in almost all the photos! Before we went to the park, we stopped to get a snack and I totally forgot to put my coffee down before taking photos hahah. 🙈🙊
Anyways, hope you all are doing well. Please don’t hesitate to reach out – I love how social media gives us a platform to connect! I want to see your outfits and how you style your pieces.
Be sure to follow me on YouTube – I post every Wednesday and Friday at 6am! This week I’m sharing a bridal makeup tutorial since that time of year is coming up for a lot of people. (Lol any excuse to wear that dress again 😜)
Lots of love,
Check out my last post 5 Steps to Build a Capsule Wardrobe.
I personally prefer to store my wardrobe using a clothing rack because it’s an easy way to see everything together and assure that your colors and styles go well together. It’s also not as easy to hide items, which really holds you accountable to keeping things neat! (As a slob, I need storage to be as simple and easy as possible! If I have the opportunity to shove things in closets or drawers – I will)😄
My clothing rack is organized by color because it makes it easier for me to put an outfit together in the morning. I also think it’s more pleasing to the eye when things are organized by color. (That might just be me, but I think it looks sloppy otherwise)
Clothing that is out of season is stored in an under the bed storage box. I don’t switch out my wardrobe once per season because, at least in New York, the seasons tend to transition slowly. (Example: It’s been both 40 and 70 degrees this week hahaha). I’ll take a few items out when it feels right.
Style Worksheet #2
I take joy in a well organized room / home! It sounds so lame (seriously, I stayed home to clean for an entire day over the weekend), but have an organized closet makes me feel so much better. The questions below are an exercise to help you figure out which storage / organization system works best for you – there are no right or wrong answers. Don’t take it too seriously. Take it several times over several periods of time. I’ve included my answers to help you get started!
1. What kind of space are you working with?
A small (but BEAUTIFUL) apartment in NYC built in the 1930s when apparently wardrobes were pretty small / closets weren’t a priority. We have one small closet in the bedroom. We use it to store our socks, pajamas, unders, and workout clothes. Check out a tour of my closet here.
2. What can you afford right now?
Simple, but well designed clothing racks. I bought this one from Urban Outfitters on sale for around $130. I really like it because it has two shelves where I store some of my more attractive shoes and my massive mother-of-pearl jewelry box from South Korea. Sangbin liked my clothing rack so much that he decided to get one…so now we have two! Our bedroom is actually just a walk-in closet with a bed now.😄
It’s easy to forget about outerwear when planning your wardrobe, because at least for me, I didn’t really consider it to be part of an outfit until recently. When you go to an event like a wedding, people generally comment on the dress you’re wearing, not the coat you wore over it on the way there. However, after seeing photos of Kate Middleton in her coats, (Check out some of her coats here) I started to notice what a difference it makes. Plus since moving to NYC, I spend a lot more time outside looking at what people are wearing! (Seriously, I’m considering doing a post about my recent wardrobe additions that have been directly influenced from New Yorkers).
As much as I love Kate Middleton’s style, I still have to consider that I have a Capsule Wardrobe and can only allot two to three outwear pieces per season, because while I’ve discovered how fun outwear can be, I still have to save room in my wardrobe for shoes, denim, tops, dresses, bags, etc.(Watch a video on how I built my Capsule Wardrobe)
How to Choose Outerwear for Your Capsule Wardrobe:
(Check out my post: 5 Steps to Build A Capsule Wardrobe , if you don’t have one already / are interested in the concept)
Above all, make sure that you love whatever piece you buy!! (Because you’ll be wearing it all the time) :)
Lots of love,
For our trip to the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, I wore my button-up Madewell overalls (see the last post I wore them in.) They’re so comfortable and fun to wear! I decided to pair them with a light blue Madewell blouse I got last year and my blush leather bow flats. I bought these flats last summer and they got totally ruined one night when I got caught in the rain in the city! I was so upset because I had just gotten them. They got completely soaked and I had to walk home in the dirty New York streets. I thought they were done for, but I did a little googling and managed to salvage them a bit. They were originally a beautiful petal pink and now they’re almost the same color as my skin! One time I wore them and someone told me they thought I was barefoot… -_-
Has that ever happened to you – ruined a piece right after you bought it? I don’t know why I haven’t gotten rid of these yet. Not sure if it’s the quality of the leather or the water damage, but they’re so soft and comfortable to walk in now. I probably won’t throw them out until I find something just as cute – even though I know it won’t be nearly as comfortable.😉
This post is a little late, but I wanted to share what I wore to Saint Patrick’s cathedral for Easter this past Sunday because it’s such a special piece in my wardrobe. I bought this it two years ago for engagement photos with Sangbin in Indianapolis. I absolutely love the sequin and beading details.
Sangbin and I got to the cathedral an hour before mass because we wanted to take pictures on the stairs and with the arches. Still being novice New Yorkers, we had no idea how crazy it would be!! I think there was an Easter parade there earlier in the day because the stars and sidewalk were covered in people wearing the most outrageous Easter bonnets. (In hindsight, I wish we had gotten a few photos) We ended up taking our photos across the street in front of a beautiful gold wall, which worked out nicely.
Since starting my Capsule Wardrobe about a year ago, I’ve become picky about what gets added into my collection. However, when Brass approached me to feature one of their dresses on my blog I figured it would be a great opportunity to show you guys three different ways you can style their A-Line little black dress.
How I wore it in one week: Twice to work in mid-town Manhattan and once over the weekend hanging out in NoHo.
I’d recommend this dress to someone:
If you have this dress (or end up purchasing it) please tag me on Instagram with how you styled it, so I can see!
Lots of love,