Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring Capsule: The Pieces

It's about time I shared some news with you: I'm moving! On April 29, I'll be moving to my first real apartment just outside of downtown Kansas City. After four years of living in campus housing and then a year of living with my parents, getting my first place has been a looooong time coming.

I can't wait to share bits and pieces of my home decorating process with you! But until then.....I must pack. So, I've decided to do a 30x30 capsule wardrobe for the month of April--30 pieces for 30 days. That way, I can pack the rest of my clothes throughout this month and not have to decide on the spot what I want to keep and what I can do without until my move!

The last time I did a wardrobe challenge was a 30x30 remix in September 2015, so if you've joined in since then, here are the rules I follow!

The Rules:
  • I selected 30 pieces to last me 30 days. In the past, I have selected 30 pieces to last me for 30 outfits (because in college, I would sometimes wear two different outfits in one day.) This time, I will truly need it to last me for 30 days since I will not have access to the rest of my clothes until May! I don't anticipate having more than 30 outfits, though, because I usually only wear one outfit per day now.
  • Shoes, accessories, and jewelry don't count towards my 30 pieces--I'm just limited to the items I haven't packed yet. I have left a lot of shoes out and most of my jewelry, but most of my scarves are packed. I love my scarves, so I'm interested to see how that one plays out!
  • I planned for 3 events where I will need to wear something outside my capsule--Fashion Week this past weekend, a funeral coming up next weekend, and Easter. I left out one dress for each of these events, so hopefully I don't get any surprises other than those three days!

Now that the housekeeping is done with, let's get to the fun part--the pieces! Unlike my past 30x30 remixes, I tried to stick to a color scheme to allow for maximum coordination. The color theme I selected was navy + mint + pinks, so although there are a few pieces outside of that scheme, I tried to stick to those tones!

Tops:

I tried to pick a few tops that are versatile but underworn in my closet--my white button down, that lavender blouse, and my gray tee in particular. I think I can do a lot with those pieces if I am intentional about it! There are also a few tried and true favorites--my striped tee and white tank, in particular. I also added in a few textures/prints with the striped button-down, red crochet tank, and black polka-dot tank!

Runner-up: It was miiighty hard to leave my trusty chambray out of this remix--I don't know that I've ever done a remix without one! But since my chambray is a popover and I wouldn't have the option to wear it open over a dress or shirt, I decided to give it the ax since I already had another popover.


White button-down: Polo Ralph Lauren (exactsimilarsimilar)
Striped popover: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Striped tee: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Mint tee: Target (exactsimilarsimilar)
Gray tee: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Lavender blouse: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Red tank: Old Navy (exactsimilarsimilar)
White tank: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Black tank: thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilar)

Bottoms:

Pants are usually pretty straightforward for me. I definitely knew I wanted my blue, black, and white jeans because I wear those so often. Then to round it out, I chose my hot pink pants to stick in the pink color family! I also chose two pink/purple skirts (one more professional and one more casual,) and my navy skirt as opposed to black because I wanted a basic neutral pencil skirt and felt navy would go better with my tops/completer piece choices than my black one.

Runner-up: My green pencil skirt made it to the final cut, but it wasn't quite mint, and I felt that the lavender was a bit more spring-y. 


Blue jeans: LOFT (exactsimilarsimilar)
Black jeans: LOFT (exactsimilarsimilar)
White jeans: LOFT (exactsimilarsimilar)
Pink pants: JC Penney (similarsimilarsimilar)
Lavender skirt: NY&C via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Coral skirt: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Navy pencil skirt: Target (exactsimilarsimilar)

Dresses:

Dresses were BY FAR the hardest category to whittle down! I went with three basic, neutral dresses--a nice neutral maxi, an EXTREMELY comfortable jersey polka dot dress that I wear all the time, and a nicer professional dress in a classy polka dot/plaid print combination. Then, for the colored pieces, I chose a plain mint dress and a printed floral dress with pinks and reds in the print. 

Runners-up: The hardest pieces to take out were my white lace dress and my gray sweatshirt dress because they are both so comfy and versatile; however, I decided that a printed dress was the way to go.


Chevron maxi: thrifted (similarsimilarsimilar)
Mint dress: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Navy dress: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Floral dress: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Gray dress: Liz Claiborne via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)

Completer Pieces:

I've realized I don't use this term often on the blog, but a "completer piece" is something like a jacket/vest/blazer that "completes" an outfit rather than being one of the base layers (that is, a shirt or a bottom.) I picked two blazers--gray for the neutral and pink for the color, in fitting with the color scheme. I added four cardigans, three cropped ones in the navy/mint/pink color scheme, and then a longer one in off-white. My classic denim jacket and cargo vest were a must, and then I also added a white kimono for funsies! The pattern on the trim of the kimono has several of the colors of tops I chose, so I think it will be sufficiently remixable!

Runner-up: I think my striped collarless blazer would have been a really cool addition to this remix, but I decided that due to its rather unconventional shape, it wasn't *quite* versatile enough to be included in the remix. 


Pink blazer: JC Penney via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Grey blazer: Talbot's via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Denim jacket: H&M (similarsimilarsimilar)
Mint cardigan: H&M (exactsimilarsimilar)
Navy cardigan: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Pink cardigan: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
White cardigan: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cargo vest: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
White kimono: Target, thrifted (similarsimilarsimilar)

You will still probably see a lot of posts this month that aren't from the capsule since I have quite a large bank of outfit photos saved up right now that I haven't gotten around to posting yet. But I am planning on checking in once a week to share the previous week's outfits and talk a little more about my capsule! 

I definitely want to go into my selection process/how I chose my pieces, but are there any other questions or topics you want me to cover during this series? Let me know in the comments section and I will try to cover it!

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