Friday, 2 October 2009

Day 5 of Capsule Wardrobe

Before I accost a member of the public again to take a photo of me in today's outfit which I will reveal later, I would like to share what have I learnt enduring the week on a capsule wardrobe. I thought a lot about how much we truly need (yes I know need isn't the rationale de jour) and snippets of advice imparted by fashion bloggers over the years. I discovered what I really like to wear when I'm not being swayed by glorious images that talk to me and compiling never ending wish lists.

  • It requires a lot of thought and effort to survive on a little
  • It is surprising how liberating less can be
  • I realised I truly do love black
  • Red nails brighten the day when only wearing black
  • I can't live without stripes
  • My £18 scarf from Accessorise has been the best buy of the season
  • My bum does look big in sequin leggings and not in a hot way
  • It has made me reappraise my buying strategy and I think a few key quality non mass market pieces truly is the way forward
  • I don't need lots of choice to be stylish and have fun with clothes
  • I can't bear too many things or over stuffed wardrobes/drawers
  • I can cycle in any shoes
  • I need more than 2 pairs of shoes
  • I could have bought a lot of things from Cos if I'd had the money
  • I'm more Anna Wintour than Carine Roitfeld, I love a cardi
  • I'm looking forward to wearing my Gap chinos
UPDATED

I managed to grab Mr MDS before he escaped this morning and got him to snap my outfit.
It is a bit like a receptionist at an S&M club, all I need are some piz nez spectacles to go with my flats. I will put on my shrug for my cycle and be grateful for wearing flats to work today as I've got a private client so it will involve tramping around Selfridges and the streets of Mayfair.


Final outfit Bustier dress, H&M white shirt, Topshop jade green coin necklace and Tods loafers

I'm not sure if it really works, but the best thing about being a stylist is even if what you wear is questionable, there is always the element of is it fashion forward/edgy/sartorial style/quirky/tolerated etc. etc. Basically one can get away with it!

28 comments:

  1. Love your style rules, mine are pretty similar. Less is more, and black never goes out of style!

    And PS: You'll never see me without red nails!

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  2. I love your summary.
    I, too, have discovered that I can't live without stripes.
    I look forward to seeing your final outfit.
    Jane

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  3. Hi there-you and the others have done extremely well, well done for seeing through the week in such versatile and stylish pieces, you've inspired me with layering and stripes for sure!!

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  4. Your rules are great, I have tried to live by some of them for a while and still haven't managed it. Thanks for an inspiring read.

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  5. Great rules, and I think you look awesome!!

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  6. I like this look, think I could do with a white shirt, seems very versatile, but my favourite item in your capsule wardrobe is still the sequin leggings, even if they do make your bum look big (which I doubt!).

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  7. That's a sex-ay look but I still think more is more :-)

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  8. I love your list. A few years ago, I was broker than a rat and had to think carefully before even buying a cup of coffee from a food truck in the street. Having no choice other than to get creative, I learned so much about accessorizing and investing in quality pieces, rather than the dress of the moment, during that time! Definitely agree on red polish and black being a great, versatile color.

    All your capsule wardrobe posts this week were really enjoyable!

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  9. Great conclusions, dear.

    And you look so fantastic, I'm thinking of doing a similar look.

    xoxo

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  10. This look definitely works, don't doubt it! xx

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  11. I love white shirts and yours is lovely.

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  12. Love the look of ANY bustier over a white button down. It's the contrast of sexy and sensible that makes it work.

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  13. yessss... spoken well!!! I can't live without my candy like red nails!!!

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  14. Oh no! Does this mean the sequin leggings are being retired already?

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  15. I want you to know that I'm wearing latex leggings today in honour of your sequin ones. Don't stop now! (PS I'm running to the washroom to check out my ass.)

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  16. Hi again-love the updated photo, and also how you're keeping the layering theme going too, its a fab outfit. I just had to go charity shopping this afternoon to get a stripy tee, found a navy and white one, plus a long sleeve red gap tee-I so want to layer up, you're a great inspiration!! Have a lovely weekend my dear!!

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  17. That bustier dress is just brilliant. It is soooooo great. Love it with the tee and with the white shirt.

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  18. Hey you lovely,

    Thought you were coming to Miele's Sparks charity event last night? A few bloggers didn't make it but it was fun!!!

    Kit x

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  19. I like the S&M secretary look! heh!

    Good point about the red nails, a lovely deep red is a great was to jazz up an outfit!

    xxx

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  20. Love your list and your look, darling! And your bum looked fabulous in those leggings, not to worry!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  21. It works. Don't worry. :)

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  22. Great conclusions! And I wanted to let you know that I have added you to my blogroll today - I am so sorry that it took this long, I am unforgivably behind on updating my links.

    Andrea xx

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  23. i like it, it sort of reminds me of 1920's?




    http://alectonyx.etsy.com

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  24. I prefer to own just a handful of clothes but must have at least double (triple?) the amount of shoes.

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  25. I think that is awesome that you've learned so much about what you can do with a very small wardrobe. You style your capsule outfits so incredibly well! I love the unusual combination of pairing the bustier dress with the button-down shirt.

    Unfortunately my wardrobe drawers are perpetually overstuffed. I think the capsule challenge was a very good exercise for me in that it taught me that I *don't* need so many things to look chic and utilize a lot of creativity!

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  26. Ditto being more Anna than Carine. I'm all over that. At least, in my head I am. :)

    xoxo
    Julia

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