"Style is a fascinating way to tune into who we are, understand who we are not, be creative, and express our inner selves."

~ Garance Dore

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This project has been saved in my drafts for almost a year. I am so happy that I have a following that is interested in my style tips! Style has been a passion of mine since I was old enough to go to the mall. My personal style has changed and evolved over time, naturally, and I think I have finally got a grip on what my style is at 27. I have learned to stop buying the cheap + trendy pieces and stick to purchasing the quality and timeless pieces. This lesson is a hard one, but once you simplify your buying, your closet completely transforms. I have been reading a lifestyle book that has really helped me put these thoughts into writing and photography. You will see me quote the fashionista and author, Garance Dore throughout this post. She is so inspiring and has empowered me to express my personal style and not care what anyone else thinks. Style is apart of what makes you YOU and you should embrace it!

our clothes carry the message we want to convey to others, and it changes, depending on what we’re going through in our lives.
— Garance Dore
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With Spring just around the corner, I have been sorting through my closet and cleaning out old items that I no longer have use for. It's so hard to go through the clutter of your closet and simplify into only 15 pieces. How can you possibly narrow down hundreds of items to just a few? I'll show you! 

  1. If you haven't worn it in 5 years, Donate Pile! No questions asked. 
  2. If it doesn't currently fit you, Donate pile!

When I was cleaning out my closet, I made two piles, and you should too! The key; use your heart and not your brain when sorting. 

Pile 1: Things I wear everyday. The pieces that give me a warm and fuzzy feeling when I pick it up and hold it (i.e; The jeans you reach for daily, your favorite sweater, that dress that makes you look thin.)

Pile 2: Everything else. (i.e; That one dress I bought for that one thing last year and haven't worn since.)

Finished? Awesome! Now get that pile 2 out of your sight! You don't need to put it in the back of your car for a Goodwill drop off, but just remove it from your closet/dressing area.

Now you are left with a pile with clothes that you LOVE. You love these clothes for a reason. Pick up each item and decide what that reason is for each piece. For example, I love my favorite jeans because the brand I buy is flattering for my body type and is good quality. Whatever your reason is for each piece, right it down or make a notes tab in your phone. Once you've gone through your adored pile 1, you will start to see a pattern. You will remember these light-bulb moments for the next time you are shopping! These new discoveries are helping you define what YOUR personal style is, and it is oh SO exciting! 

You are now at the base of your Capsule Wardrobe, yay! See? That wasn't so hard. The next part can be a little tricky because it involves creativity. Fashion is an art that everyone isn't good at. If you have a hard time with putting outfits together, Pinterest can be your best friend. Back when I was a new mama and had 2 babies, I had no time (or money) to have nice outfits. If we were invited to a birthday party or a playdate, I wanted to put on something that made me feel confident. I would go to my slim-pickin' closet and pick out a few pieces. I would go on Pinterest and type in exactly what I had in front of me for inspiration. Pinterest did the job I didn't have the creativity or time for. There are so many websites and apps these days that can help you with that part, so don't be afraid to use them! 

The final step here is to examine your Lifestyle. Fashion is a huge part of lifestyle, so it is important to have your closet reflect what you do all day long! I am a stay-at-home, business owner, running loving mama who some days doesn't even get a shower. With that being said, stilettos are not in my Pile 1, and neither are leather pants. If you are a Monday through Friday lawyer, your Pile 1 looks much different than mine. Using your lifestyle to create your capsule is important to ensure every item in your wardrobe fits your lifestyle and includes only the items you need.

You only have the clothing you love in front of you now, along with a list of items you will need to purchase to complete your capsule. I have put together my personal capsule and wanted to share mine with you! 

1.) Basic white + black tee

2.) Camisole: 

https://www.ae.com/women-clearance-ae-plush-ribbed-tank-gray/web/s-prod/0366_3214_020?cm=sUS-cUSD

https://www.ae.com/women-clearance-ae-plush-ribbed-tank-gray/web/s-prod/0366_3214_020?cm=sUS-cUSD

3.) Button Down: 

4.) DENIM! White jeans, ripped jeans, "nice" jeans. I picked 3 different types of denim for my capsule. Favorite brands; American Eagle, Free People, and Lucky Brand.

https://www.ae.com/women-jeans-ae-denim-x-high-waisted-slim-jean-destroy-is-a-thing/web/s-prod/0436_1392_934?cm=sUS-cUSD&catId=cat8230078

https://www.ae.com/women-jeans-ae-denim-x-high-waisted-slim-jean-destroy-is-a-thing/web/s-prod/0436_1392_934?cm=sUS-cUSD&catId=cat8230078

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5.) Denim overalls. {absolutely favorite item, hands down.}

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6.) Rainboots! Georgia Springs are wet, so these are on repeat weekly. 

https://www.zappos.com/p/hunter-original-tall-rain-boots-hunter-green/product/8426300/color/5629?ef_id=VQqz8QAABQ0XgisK:20180131133017:s

https://www.zappos.com/p/hunter-original-tall-rain-boots-hunter-green/product/8426300/color/5629?ef_id=VQqz8QAABQ0XgisK:20180131133017:s

7.) Cardigan

https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/bdg-jesse-oversized-cardigan?category=SEARCHRESULTS&color=011

https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/bdg-jesse-oversized-cardigan?category=SEARCHRESULTS&color=011

8.) Shirt Dresses!

https://www.abercrombie.com/shop/us/p/cozy-v-neck-dress-10255724?search-field=cozy%20v-neck%20dress

https://www.abercrombie.com/shop/us/p/cozy-v-neck-dress-10255724?search-field=cozy%20v-neck%20dress

9.) Athleisure 

https://www.macys.com/shop/product/nike-womens-tanjun-casual-sneakers-from-finish-line?ID=2804493&CategoryID=63268#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D65%26ruleId%3D78%26kws%3Dnike%20tanjun%20casual%26searchPass%3DallMultiMatchWithSpelling%26slotId%3D1

https://www.macys.com/shop/product/nike-womens-tanjun-casual-sneakers-from-finish-line?ID=2804493&CategoryID=63268#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D65%26ruleId%3D78%26kws%3Dnike%20tanjun%20casual%26searchPass%3DallMultiMatchWithSpelling%26slotId%3D1

https://shop.lululemon.com/p/women-pants/Speed-Tight-V/_/prod8480218?color=0001

https://shop.lululemon.com/p/women-pants/Speed-Tight-V/_/prod8480218?color=0001

10.) Vegan Leather Jacket

https://www.6pm.com/p/free-people-cool-clean-faux-suede-jacket-rose/product/8919914/color/603?zhlfid=139&kpid=41921187&ef_id=VQqz8QAABQ0XgisK:20180131134120:s

https://www.6pm.com/p/free-people-cool-clean-faux-suede-jacket-rose/product/8919914/color/603?zhlfid=139&kpid=41921187&ef_id=VQqz8QAABQ0XgisK:20180131134120:s

Boom! Spring Wardrobe Capsule complete! It feels *so* good to simplify my wardrobe into these few pieces! I still have a lot left in my Pile 1, but I'll accessorize with those later. ;) 

I hope this has inspired you to create a wardrobe capsule this Spring! And if it didn't, maybe it inpsired you to just clean out your closet, which is an awesome start! 

For those of you who did make your own Capsule, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE for you to share with me! Use the hashtag #PhototiqueCapsule to share! <3 

Shot with Love,

~Sarah 

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