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    Tuesday
    Nov012016

    Capsule Wardrobe FAQ

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    I get tons of questions about capsule wardrobes so I thought I would share some FAQ's on capsule wardrobes.  

    What is a capsule wardrobe?

    A capsule wardrobe is a collection of high quality, versatile, and essential pieces that define your style and that you LOVE to wear. A capsule wardrobe varies from season to season; consists of 15-30 items; and can be tailored for work, travel, holiday wear, and more.  

    Does that mean you only have 15-30 items total in your wardrobe?

    Definitely not. You may still have a closet full of clothes if you choose but this capsule is meant to be for your "go to" and in season items. The majority of us only wear about 20% of our clothes 80% of the time so the idea here is to identify and curate a mini wardrobe of essentially those items in the 20% category. Creating a capsule with these items will take the stress out of figuring out what to wear all the time. Also you can absolutely still wear other pieces in your wardrobe but these are the pieces you wear the majority of the time and these are the pieces you can mix and match with other items in your wardrobe. 

    Does a capsule wardrobe really work?

    I believe it does work. Some may view a capsule wardrobe as being restrictive and limited but it really isn't designed to be that way. A capsule wardrobe should consist of beautifully tailored and versatile pieces that you love to wear.  And having a capsule wardrobe makes shopping easier and getting dressed faster so you can focus on the things that really matter to you.  

    I don't have the budget to create a capsule. Can I build one without spending a fortune?

    You can definitely create a capsule on a budget. The key step is identifying what you already have in your wardrobe that can be part of your capsule. Then all you have to do is fill in the gaps with items that are still high quality but fall within your wardrobe budget. And you can do this slowly over time-especially if you are unable to purchase several items at a time. 

    I like variety in my wardrobe. Can I still build a capsule wardrobe?

    If you like variety in your wardrobe that's great and yes you can still create a capsule. Your capsule may be a little more expansive or it may contain the foundational pieces and then you mix and match those with the statement pieces in your wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe shouldn't feel so restrictive and limiting-instead it should be a fun way to organize and set aside all the pieces you love and wear most of the time. 

    How do I build a capsule wardrobe?

    The process is simple and it works. The first step is evaluating what you have already and getting rid of the items you don't wear or don't like. After assessing what key pieces you already own and fit into your capsule you can begin to shape your capsule wardrobe and fill in the gaps by purchasing the missing items. You can create a capsule for work, the weekend, lounge wear, travel, or a capsule for the current season. 

    Shop my picks for a fall/winter capsule collection- HERE

    Learn more about Capsule - HERE

    Thursday
    Oct272016

    Dresses by Byron Lars 

    Last weekend my friend Lee got married and it was such an intimate and beautiful ceremony on Cape Cod. I decided to wear new this little black dress I got from Anthropologie. Since I love black and lace so much purchasing this dress was an easy decison. I also love Byron Lars dresses because they are feminine, comfotable, nicely detailed, and they fit really well. 

    Carissima Sheath Dress  | Margot Pencil Dress 

     

    Tuesday
    Oct182016

    On Air: Fox5DC-Fall Style with boohoo.com

    This morning I was over at Fox5DC sharing some fun fall trends with UK's top retailer Boohoo.com. This month boohoo.com is hitting the East coast streets with an interative branded trailer. And this week they are stopping by several Washington D.C. Universities giving students and consumers an opportunity to check out back to school trends for guys and girls with over 200 styles seleted for the East Coast consumer seeking cool and fun fashion. Trending this season is denim, plaid, stripes, floral, bomber jackets, and workout gear. This range of back to school trends is sure to give your wardrobe a makeover. 

    Check out the entire clip from the TV segment below! 

     

     

    Tuesday
    Oct042016

    Splurge vs STEAL 

    While I love investing in luxury pieces when I can, sometimes it’s not always practical from a budget standpoint - especially when it comes to trendy pieces (like gold heels or sneakers with stars on them). In this post I’ve rounded up a few trendy pieces (and a few classics) and found dupes that are much less expensive, yet still of great quality. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve found any fantastic dupes lately, I’d love to see your steals!- Faith

    Not Shown- Topshop Gold Heels | Copenhagen Star Sneakers |  Zara slides | Chanel Patent Quilted Bag 

    Friday
    Sep302016

    Style Tips: How To Dress Like A French Woman 

     

    We just got back from a vacation to France and it was hard to ignore the fact that French women eat better, drink better, and definitely dress better! French women really do have effortless style. So what is it about the French style that is so appealing? French women have this great attitude about them-like they are not trying so hard and they know what they like and don’t like. They also tend to find their style and they stick with it. Overall the French women’s style tends to be simple, minimalist, and unfussy.

     

    Here are my top 10 style tips for dressing like a French Woman:

     

    1. Don’t follow trends but instead develop your own signature style.

     

    2. Start with the basics. French women build their wardrobe around fabulous basics such as this white tee or this silk tank.

     

    3. Less is more. Uncomplicated and simple outfits are the way to go. Keep your look simple and chic and best if you can make it look like you didn’t spend any time putting your outfit together. This is one of the biggest secrets to dressing like a French woman.

    4. Find a great tailor. It’s important to buy clothes that fit well but it’s equally important to find a tailor who can make the appropriate adjustments so that your clothes are flattering and fit perfectly .

     

    5. Invest in a fabulous trench coat. It’s the perfect layering piece for the fall and winter season and you can wear it with just about anything in your wardrobe. Style it by rolling up the sleeves and scrunching up the collar.

     

    6. When building your wardrobe know which pieces to spend more on and invest in. Always invest in a signature pair of flats, and an everyday tote, and a well fitting blazer. These items will surely elevate your look.

     

    7. Keep accessories minimal but have a few chic pieces that define your style such as a printed scarf or oversized sunglasses.

     

    8. Incorpate black into you wardrobe. If you’re looking to tap into French style then add black along with other neutrals like grey and navy. And black doesn’t have to be boring-play around with textures and fabrics. This little black dress is the perfect piece to add to your wardrobe and this long black cashmere cardigan is super cozy and chic.

     

    9. The perfect jeans. So what kind of jeans do you need? As far as color goes it’s best to stick with dark blue and black and for the cut go for the style and pair that you love and that fits you best.

     

    10. Lastly, have a lot of confidence!

     

    Are you looking to build a french inspired wardrobe? Here are the top 10 French wardrobe essentials to add to your fall and winter wardrobe. 

     

    This post was also published at The Huffington Post on September 17, 2016. 

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