You may remember this organic cotton dress that I designed this year for My Spring/Summer 2015 Capsule Wardrobe. As much as I loved creating it, this has been the one item in my wardrobe that I haven’t even worn. I wasn’t sure exactly why initially, but I decided to change it to make it more appealing to wear more often.
One thing that I have learned about myself after creating this season’s capsule wardrobe is that although I love bright colors and need them in my wardrobe, I don’t gravitate to wear them often. Also some colors are more sophisticated than others. When I initially dyed this organic cotton dress, I was hoping that it would have turned out a darker and richer blue. I had a feeling that changing this dress to exactly what I wanted would make wearing it so much easier.
When you have a small wardrobe it helps to have amazing pieces that you always want to wear, not novelty items to only admire.
I only made two changes to this dress. Surprisingly it made a huge difference. Obviously I dyed this dress a darker blue with fiber reactive dye, and I also removed the elastic from the sleeves leaving large kimono style sleeves instead. You can see all the details on how I made this dress here.
Color is extremely powerful and I am still learning exactly how I desire to incorporate it as my style evolves. With every capsule wardrobe that I have created for the past few years, I narrow in on my personal style even more. Having a capsule wardrobe is the best way to determine what pieces in your wardrobe make getting dressed easy. By only having those pieces there are no distractions and looking pulled together is a breeze.
Some may feel that a capsule wardrobe is limiting, yet make changes to it as you need to. Sometimes clothing wears out sooner than you hoped or was messed up laundering. Other times you just have a change of heart, or an item just isn’t working. Keep this process enjoyable by being flexible.
What have you noticed about your style creating a capsule wardrobe?
(Images by Dawn Michelle)