There are many posts out there on the Pros & Cons of a Capsule Wardrobe for Women over 50; however, I do not believe the topic to be a one post event. Unless you are male….
Mr. B is a pretty typical male. He has a very small wardrobe with a few core pieces that are all top quality. He has no problem with wearing what fits and looks good over and over again. His new work-at-home life has him more into what I call trendy athletic wear. He is a huge fan of Lululemon….along with my children! But, for the most part, his clothing mantra is simple, quality pieces that he knows fit well and look good. And many of them are tailored to fit.
TOP ADVANTAGES OF CAPSULE WARDROBES
The majority of proponents for a capsule wardrobe all say the same things:
- The less is more philosophy of a capsule is less stressful. In fact, many say it is peaceful and liberating.
- Money is saved with less shopping.
- Personal Style is easier to develop when you are willing to wear often the pieces you know speak your style adjectives and tell the world this is you over and over again.
- You will always be wearing what fits best since that is all you find in your capsule.
- Despite the smaller wardrobe, others believe you are always well dressed….even on casual days at home. (Why everyone is encouraged to have several good aprons! Which is our first slideshow!)
As I reported, Jennifer L Scott has written and spoken often about these advantages and more with her 10 Core Pieces wardrobe that she learned in France. She also adds special pieces to the core and switches out pieces for different seasons. She writes, “These are the foundation pieces that you wear every day, that you build your looks from.”
Ines de la Fressange writes in Parisian Chic that brilliant basics are the key to great style. She has a magnificent seven that she believes every wardrobe must include: a menswear-style blazer, a trench coat, a navy sweater, a tank top, a little black dress, jeans and a leather jacket. She has many cautions for women of a certain age…I will share more of those later. I learned much from her in my early 50s, but only a few of her magnificent seven work for me.
CHALLENGES OF THE CAPSULE WARDROBE
Please allow me to repeat how important changing my style was to my reinvention seventeen years ago. Clothes became transformative for me and they became the outward expression of new maturity, growth and joy that I was experiencing on the inside. For me fashion has always been fun and about art. This is why I love a well curated fashion show. It is more like a museum experience for me than something I look for to own in my closet. However, I love to go out looking my best, no matter where I am headed. I feel engaged with life, more confident, more joyful when I do. This look is perhaps my favorite of all time! I love leggings styled this way.
However, this is a new phase of life. I believe I am done with professional/office wear. I am still working…(where I am the boss)…and mostly from home. As I wrote last Friday, my busy lifestyle has resulted in a mess of a closet.
The challenges of the capsule for me are:
- It seems too constricting. Since one of my adjectives remains “creative,” I want options.
- It doesn’t seem to be as much fun as it has been before.
- Ten pieces? I cannot ever see me working with only ten pieces.
- It doesn’t seem to allow space for thrift shopping or fashion experimentation.
- Where do I find the balance between my “mostly-work-from-home-life” and the need for a few professional/stylish pieces in a capsule?
Now, this doesn’t mean that I am negating the powerful advantages of a capsule wardrobe…I am pausing and pondering them. So, I officially dove into the closet in a big way on Saturday. That story and what I learned from it will be on Thursday! For now, what do you think about capsule wardrobes. Do any of you practice it and can you share what you like and don’t like about it?
ADVANTAGES OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
I was asked yesterday about what I believe GOLI Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies have done for Mr. B and I since we began to take them four months ago. What I have noticed the most, is the bloating I was experiencing went away almost immediately and my digestion became much, much better…he agrees with that statement. It has been easier to say no to sweets since I began to take it and I believe it supplements nicely other things that I do that give me increased energy. Since we started to take it, I have not experience constipation at all. He likes the fact that it is a gummy that tastes good and he looks forward to taking it. The link is below for more information…I hope that helps, Ginger.
For those of us looking for some summer fun (amidst a brutal heat wave for those of us in Texas), here is a fun slideshow! Remember, it is the last day for Chico’s 50% off sale on summer items.
JUST A NOTE:
There are several ways that I generate income through this blog in order to cover business expenses and give myself much needed income. Purchases through the slideshow links is one way, ads on the page is one way and a new way is through ordering or re-ordering the GOLI Apple Cider Vinegar gummies through me with my GOLI LINK HERE. Again, if you are not familiar with the benefits of apple cider vinegar, you should speak with your personal physician. My husband and I are sold on the benefits and I am proud to represent this product. I am going to leave this at the bottom of my posts so that when you, friends or family would like to order you can use my link. Thanks for the support. This is a great product; as well as, the ones below!
Mr. B and I love our meals from Sun Basket!
My Complexion Loves Chamonix…My esthetician says my complexion is super tight!
By Pamela Lutrell