Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Capsule Wardrobe with Ten Pieces, 30 Outfits? (Part Three)

As you know, we have been doing a series on Wednesdays about how to create a month’s worth of outfits with your ten favorite pieces. I showed you how to combine cardigans/jackets, dresses or skirts, a pair of jeans, a suit, and a couple of shirts to create at least 30 different outfits.

But was I right? How did you do?
Create Your Capsule Wardrobe
If you haven’t yet tried creating a capsule wardrobe, here, again, are the steps. Take inventory of what you have in your closet and throw out anything you don’t love that doesn’t love you back.
(1) Identify three or four colors to use for your capsule that all mix and match well together.
(2) Choose your favorite pair of jeans
(3) Choose two of your favorite dresses or skirts
(4) Choose shirts in two of your chosen colors and a print that combines them
(5) Choose a suit, a jacket and a pair of pants, in one of your neutral colors
(6) Choose two cardigans in two different colors
Create the Outfits
Grab a camera and try everything on, taking a picture of each outfit you create. Try as many different combinations as you can think of and take note of how many you are able to create.
You should be able to come up with at least 30 outfits with your capsule wardrobe, but may manage to create even more.
Have you chosen any of your pieces yet?

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Aurie said...

I haven't paired down to 10 pieces yet, but I'm working on it! Do leggings (to wear under a skirt) count as 1 article?

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Aurie, good for you!

You know, this question came up with Six Items or Less. I think it depends on your intention. I would normally say that yes, they do count as an item, but if you are only ever going to wear them as tights, then they would be more of an accessory.

Jerome Ratliff said...

Hi Jeanine,

Thank you for the great insight on this. My wife is really going to appreciate this. I just sent this onto her.

Jerome Ratliff

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Jerome! That's great, thanks!!

Stacy | Grow With Stacy said...

Hi Jeanine,
I've recently redone my wardrobe because I felt that most things were out of style or didn't fit anymore. I've been working to buy pieces that I can combine into multiple outfits like you are talking about.

I can't wait for the weather to warm up so that I can start wearing more of my clothes! Winter just won't give up! :)


Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Stacy! Good for you for redoing your wardrobe.

I know just what you mean about being excited to wear clothes you can't wear right now, because I can only wear six of mine! :)

Janet Callaway said...

Okay, Jeanine. You are finally getting through to me. Since this will be a quiet weekend, I am going to spend some time in my closet reorganizing.

Though I have lots of accessories, I do not use them very much. Now, after learning your 1/3-2/3 rule, I am going to put my outfits together.

Thx for giving me such easy tips to follow. Best wishes for a terrific day. Aloha. Janet

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Yay, Janet!! Let me know how it goes! :)

Work With Marcus said...

Hi Jeanine,

As I was reading this I could think of at least three of my friends who may find your excellent advice useful so I will pass on your URL and hopefully they will pay you a visit too.

In the mean time I'll share this with my followers as I am sure there's bound to be a few who would want to know how to do this. :)


Michelle Shaeffer said...

I've started working on this and have a few pieces figured out but need to decide whether I can wear a cardigan. I don't think I own any... is there anything specific you'd recommend as a substitute if I'm not a cardigan kind of gal? On a positive note, I'm making progress on getting out of the sweats and jammies and it does feel better to dress in something that "fits."

Blogging for Beginners | Stella said...

Just reading this and thought this is the kind of idea I need to stick to when travelling, as I'm often stock far more than ten pieces.

Dev said...


Nice Post. Thanks for sharing your great insights about this. Just Retweeted it for you.

TS Mize said...

Does it count if all of your ten outfits are pajamas? ;)

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

@Michelle, that’s great! It doesn’t have to be cardigans. It could be button-down sweaters, jackets, blazers.

And for summer, if it’s just too hot for any of that, you could add extra tops. I’m not sure how that would affect the number of outfits, but you would still have plenty to choose from, I’m sure.

@Stella, yes, a lot of people use this idea for traveling. I plan, to, as well, when I go to my Dressing Your Truth conference in August.

I often bring far more than I need, too, and I hope this time, I will not only pare down to nine or ten, but down to six or less. I’ll only need four outfits!

@Dev, thanks so much for commenting and tweeting for me!

@Tori, LOL! For those of us who work from home, I think loungewear matters. I have two mix-and-match loungewear outfits for the walk to the mailbox or to wear while waiting for pizza or UPS :).

Oliver Tausend said...

Hi Jeanine,

I love this series. I just got the idea to apply your advice in other areas than clothing. 30 different outfits with 10 pieces, that could be applied in business as well. We'll see.

Thanks for sharing.

Take care


Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Oliver! Cool!! I'll look forward to seeing what you come up with for business.

Jym Tarrant said...

Hey Jeanine,

If only I had enough pieces of clothes to do this with. Maybe I should go shopping sometime...

Meanwhile (as with some of the other visitors here) I'll pass this plan onto my wife who can probably put it into action straight away!

Intrigued to see what Oliver comes up with...

Thanks Jeanine,
Wish you a very Happy Easter weekend!

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Jym, you, too!! Thanks for passing it on to your wife.

Emmanuel said...

Hello Jeanine,

I have unconsciously been following this Ten Pieces 30 days post series(right from the start if I'm absolutely right). I must confess, you're doing some awesome work in here.

More grease...

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

No way, Emmanuel, really? That's awesome! Thanks!

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