I get bored of wearing the same thing faster than I get bored of eating the same breakfast everyday. But with limited closet space and a limited budget, I have to make a few items go a long way. I learned the meaning of a capsule wardrobe a few years ago when I was looking to get ideas about how to wear the items in my closet in a new way so it didn't look like I was repeating the same outfits every 7 days.
What I learned is that if you buy a few staple pieces, you can interchange them with other common items in your closet and make your outfit look different every time.
One of my favorite staple pieces is a well-fitting skirt. Midi, pencil, Maxi, A-line, pleated. I love them all. They're very versatile from season to season because you can always add leggings or tights underneath (and personally I think they're better than pants in the winter, short people and slushy snow do not mix well).
But wearing a skirt and a cardigan can get boring fast. So here are 4 ways I've styled the newest addition to my closet (which, may I add, I found at a second hand store).
- Peek-A-Boo Pink – Layer a long colored tank underneath a sweater for a splash of color. (Don't tuck it into the skirt). Besides the shoes and glasses, all of these were also second hand purchases. (https://karismaticablog.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/img_5240.jpg)
- Edgy Librarian – Turtle necks are cool again! And they are warm and practical for crazy winters. Wear your hair up in a ponytail or bun to keep this look polished.(https://karismaticablog.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/img_5245-1.jpg)
- No Jean Day? No Problem – A friend and I have a running joke that we are defying the jean day policy at our respective workplaces when we wear jean shirts on any day other than Friday, or in her case, any day at all. (https://karismaticablog.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/img_5247.jpg)
- Put Together Casual – I wore this out for a weekend but you can easily adjust it for the workplace by adding a blazer, sweater or cardigan over the t-shirt if you want something more office friendly. (Shoutout to La Verdad for the t-shirt. It's one of my favorites).(https://karismaticablog.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/img_5242.jpg)
I didn't mention it earlier but a capsule wardrobe, in case you were wondering, is how you can stretch a few items (trousers, skirt, dress) and style outfits to look different every day of the month versus repeating the same outfits over and over. This is one skirt and I could mix up how I wear it every week, and you'd think it was a whole new outfit. Let me know your thoughts on which was your favorite! I'll be sharing more of my capsule outfit ideas and sharing how I've styled some of my thrifty finds.