Let me just start by saying this: capsule wardrobes are a good idea in theory. For some people, they work. However, they’re absolutely not for everyone and they certainly aren’t for me.
For those who aren’t familiar, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothes limited to seasonless, ultra-versatile pieces that you mix and match to create your outfits. Caroline Rector first popularized this method a few years ago, when she started documenting her capsule experiment on her blog Un-Fancy. It actually is a really great read and is a testament to the amount of creativity it takes to sustain such a minimalistic approach to style. But the longer I let it sink in, the more turned off I am by the entire idea behind capsule wardrobes, and here’s why.
It locks you into a neutral color scheme.
I think this is the biggest flaw I have with implementing a capsule wardrobe. Color is so expressive and one of the most decisive aspects of fashion. I am not saying I shy away from neutrals by any means, but I think if I were staring down a closet full of only black, white and grey, I’d feel so bored.
There’s too much emphasis on the number.
Ideally, you keep your collection to under 40 pieces for capsule wardrobes. What? And that’s including shoes. Instead of focusing on the limit of items in the collection, I think it is more important to focus on the reason behind the approach. Which is basically, buy with intention, shop consciously, etc. That I can get behind!
It puts your style in a box.
By committing to a capsule wardrobe, you’re committing to a very specific style. And not a very exciting one at that. Half the fun of getting dressed is trying new looks, branching out and evolving your style. With capsule wardrobes, you are less likely to try something that doesn’t fit that specific aesthetic.
Of course, this is all very much just my opinion. You may have a completely different take on it. If you do, I would love to hear why! Would you try implementing a capsule wardrobe? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments!
Vintage Dress & Neck Scarf | Zara Shoes (old) | Chanel bag | Beehive Cherry Scarf
Usually, I can remember exactly when and where I got a piece of clothing. Everything I own is tied to a time or a place. I can recall the amazing deal I found on this dress from Reformation, or that I got these shorts when a friend and I bought 20 pounds of vintage clothing from a warehouse. I remember running to Dolly Pythons on my lunch break and grabbing this tee. You could ask me about anything in my closet, and I can tell you how, when and where it came into my life.
Except for two pieces. The first is a basic Forever 21 black tank. NO idea where it came from, it just appeared one day. I like to tease boyf that it’s probably because he is #cheatingonme and his dirty gumar left it in his car. He is not fond of this theory. I don’t think the mystery will ever be solved.
The second is this dress. I’ve had it for years and years, and for the life of me, I can’t remember where it came from anymore! Did I get it in Austin? Did I inherit it from an old roommate? Who knows at this point. It’s such a stunner though. It reminds me of “The 80’s take on the 20’s.” Flapper vibes with some classic 80’s details. Plus it has that “make curves look curvier” effect that I am all about. I always feel so special when I wear this piece!
Just a side note – this building is called the Fort Worth Flatiron and is modeled after the Flatiron building in New York. At 7 stories, it was once the tallest building in North Texas. AND the architect’s name was Sanguinet, which is the street I currently live on. I love learning little tidbits about my city!
Wearing: Nasty Gal red bathing suit, Vintage wrap skirt, Dolce Vita Booties, Madewell tassel necklace, Jenny Bird Crescent Moon necklace, Vintage silver rings
Once we booked our trip to Marfa, I knew this skirt was the one piece I for sure wanted to bring. Specifically for the pool. It just screams “Wear me around water.” I get such a thrill out of finding the perfect vintage piece to add into my wardrobe, especially ones that don a unique print like this. Truthfully, I’d die to find this print in wallpaper form. It’d be the perfect office accent wall!
Since I have been featuring so many of my vintage pieces on the blog, I wanted to share some of my tips for thrifting and vintage shopping. My love of vintage can easily be dated back to when I met thrift queen (and close friend) Rebecca Wright. Her outfits are fire! Seriously, you’ve never seen a vintage wardrobe as magical as hers. She taught me everything on how to hunt down the best pieces and I think my vintage shopping skills are at an all time high!
This is key! All the time, I hear “You find the best stuff at thrift stores! I never find anything good while thrifting.” I’ve also said it a hundred times. To Rebecca. And every time she tells me, “I go all the time.” Find the places in your city that always have something that attracts you, and then frequent that place. Chances are, you will start to find more as they bring more product in. You can even take it a step further and ask when they get shipments in. Early bird gets the worm!
Make Friends with the Employees
This really applies more to vintage or antique shops, but talk to the employees! They know what is in the store if you are looking for something specific AND they know all the good vintage shopping spots around town to find other treasures. I recently bought a hanging lamp at my local antique mall, and I struck up a conversation with the employee who helped me get it down. He ended up clueing me in on FOUR different places around Fort Worth to find cheap mid century modern furniture. Score!
Be Ready to Dig
Sometimes literally. The skirt above was found in a warehouse with piles of clothes as tall as I am. Rebecca and I spent a summer picking vintage for an online shop we briefly ran (RIP), and we spent many days waist-deep wading through vintage clothes. While vintage shopping will rarely be that dramatic, do be prepared to have to hunt for the perfect piece. It wouldn’t be a hidden gem if it were out in the open.
Know Where to Look
There are sections I know I am going to hit as soon as I walk in to a thrift store. Likewise, there are ones I know I am going to skip. I like to go through the dresses, skirts, blazers, lingerie (love little silk shorties), bathing suits, and jewelry (look for silver!). I usually skip blouses, pants, jackets and shoes. Rarely do I have an amazing T-Shirt find at a thift store, but sometimes I’ll give it a go. I usually prefer to go through tees at a vintage shop instead of a thrift store. During the winter, I will sift through coats and sweaters as well. That being said, Rebecca likes to hit it all, but she has more stamina than I (and it pays off).
Look for Textures and Prints
When you’re staring down racks of clothing, it can be daunting to know where to start. You certainly can’t look at everything. To help sort some pieces out, keep an eye out for interesting prints or unusual textures. I like to use thrifted or vintage piece to add variety to my basics and contemporary clothing, and I know that fun textures and prints will help me achieve that.
Don’t Skip the Home Goods Section
The home goods section is honestly my favorite spot to search! Some of my favorite home finds include a hanging macrame lamp/planter combo, a vintage What-a-Burger glass & pitcher, a peacock chair, and so so much more. You can easily be breath life back into these pieces with a little spray paint or an afternoon of sanding and re-staining. Make sure you give this section the once-over next time you thrift!
I hope you found these vintage shopping tips helpful! Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more like this in the future!
Wearing: Vintage Shorts, Madewell shirt, Vintage Levi Denim Jacket, Alaïa heels, Madewell scarf, Cape Robin mules
Full disclosure, since I put these rainbow stripes on, I’ve worn them three times. I’ve had these shorts for years but hadn’t worn them until now. I guess you could say I am catching up for lost time! I have always thought these shorts had a bit of a “clown factor,” but somehow that was offset by adding more stripes. Or maybe not, you can be the judge. To my delight, the size and spacing of the rainbow stripes matched the ones on this Madewell shirt, which definitely helped create a more cohesive feel.
I didn’t realize this until I started to document my outfits more regularly, but I hate wind. The wind is now my ultimate nemesis. I can’t tell if it has just been extra windy the past few weeks or if I am just more aware of it now. Either way, it’s driving me crazy! On this morning in Marfa, the weather was surprisingly cold and windy, so that’s why my hair is all over the place. The wind literally blew my bun right off my head! I am praying for a wind-free summer.
On another note, how amazing are these external marble walls? I was completely dying over them!
Is there anyone who doesn’t love the occasional all-black ensemble? It is one of the few times that I love to pile on the gold jewelry. It is such a classic combination that looks chic but is easy to put together. I found this vintage Pendleton blazer while thrifting a few months ago ($3 holla!) and its been on repeat in my rotation ever since. I like to call it my “party blazer” becuase I wear it out a lot haha.
Our new couch is being delivered today! I think it is going to be bigger than I imagined, and I’m hoping it doesn’t look too oversized compared to our other furniture. Ready for it to get here though, I want to lounge for the rest of the day!
I just love this picture of boyf low-key making fun of me. It is so funny!