Let's create a capsule wardrobe

 

Crazy busy moms out there?  I'm talking to you today.  Are you struggling to find anything to wear these days?  Don't quite fit into your old clothes, but don't know where to go from here?  Let me help!  I'm sure you all have heard the phrase, "capsule wardrobe" before.  If not, let me quickly get you up to speed.  It's great for people like me because it's a minimalist approach to fashion, sticking to around 30 pieces in your closet that you can then mix and match, adding accessories to change up the look. 

My advice?  First, purge.  Go through your entire closet, and throw out or donate the things you haven't worn in the past 2 years.  Ask yourself, "Does this fit? Will I ever wear this again?  If I were out shopping right now, would I even buy this?  Do I feel confident when wearing this?"

JUST DO IT.  All of the old clothes need to go.  They're probably outdated, and let's be honest, you really only wear the things in the front 1/3 of the closet anyway, right???  Sometimes it's scary to get rid of things, because then you simply feel like you have nothing to wear!  If you can get beyond this thinking, you will be fine!  Push through!

Next, a list of things that you should own.  Simple pieces you can mix and match.  Here are some things I think everyone should have in their wardrobe.  Things you can dress up or down.  Here we go...

1.  Simple white tee shirt

2.  Dressy, crisp white button up

3.  Slouchy, cropped tee shirt

4.  You're favorite worn in graphic tee

5.   Simple tank (I have MANY of these!)

6.  Cozy sweatshirt

7.  Off the shoulder sweater

8.  Simple midi dress (dress up or down)

9.  Denim shorts

10.  Black skinny jeans

11.  Relaxed boyfriend jeans

12.  High rise flared jeans

13.  Blazer

14.  Leather jacket (real or faux, which ever you prefer)

15.  Military style olive green jacket

16.  Trench coat

17.  Down coat for the REALLY cold days

18.  Pencil skirt

19.  Floral dress

20.  High tops

21.  Sandals

22.  Ankle bootie

23.  Ballet flats (love these sweet, basic options from Ellen DeGeneres)

24.  Pumps (in a neutral color so you can wear them with EVERYTHING)

25.  A fun colorful heel

There are obviously many more things you could add to your wardrobe, but I figured these 25 were a good jumping off point!  Happy Monday, and thanks for stopping by HW!

Photos by Tiffany Redmon Photography

 

3 ways to wear Birkenstocks

 

I posted the other day about dusting off your birks for Spring/Summer and suggested buying a pair if you don't already have some.  Well, next I figured I'd better throw out some suggestions for those of you who have been asking about how to style them.  Here are my 3 favorite ways to wear my birks:

1.  With my favorite distressed black skinnies

2.  With a dress!

3.  With my leather skinnies

Try to pair them with something fun, edgy or fashionable so they don't look too frumpy...avoid the circa 1990 look with fleece and sweatpants. (Maybe this was just a Seattle thing??? Lol)

 

Dust off your birks

 

It's the perfect time of year to dust off your birks, or if you don't own any, now is a great time to purchase some!  I love that they've been back for a few years but with a fresh, fashionable twist!  Wearing them with frumpy fleeces or sweatshirts is a thing of the past.  Now, try pairing them with your favorite skinny jeans, a cute floral dress for spring topped with a leather jacket, or a pretty lace top.  I like to wear something feminine or pretty with mine, or I go big on my lipstick to kind of counteract the tough/gender neutral feel.  You know what else?  They're pretty darn comfortable!  Swap out your tired flip flops for a pair this spring/summer. 

I prefer the oiled leather look to the suede, but that's just my personal preference.   They all can be cute....Arizona Birkenstock