How To Build a Capsule Wardrobe For The Holidays (And Spend Less!)

Worldwide the fashion industry is a $25 trillion industry that is one of the biggest consumers of  water.  People go through 80 billion pieces of clothing every year and the average American produces 82 pounds of textile waste annually.  This is a far cry from previous generations when clothes were viewed as an investment; something so valuable they were to be tended to, mended and worn for years versus today’s cheap wear “once-and-done” clothing items that are considered so disposal, that we dump pounds into landfills every single day.

In this article I will show you how to create a capsule wardrobe for Fall, Winter and the Holidays, which will allow you to look different every time you wear the same basic pieces while also feeling good about not adding to the mounds of textiles in landfills. 

What is a capsule wardrobe? 

A capsule wardrobe is simply building on what you already own in your wardrobe to create groups of 5-12 related pieces that can be worn in a multitude of combinations.

Here I’m presenting a capsule wardrobe of 7 essential pieces and using my favorite palette colors of red, black and cream with a hint of teal.

The capsule contains these seven pieces: 

  • Red Ruana
  • Cream Ruana
  • Black Tuxedo Pants (or Black Trousers)
  • Chambray Tuxedo Pants (or Jeans) 
  • Cream Slacks
  • Black Pointed Toe Booties
  • Red Pointed Toe Booties

Look #1

Red Ruana, Black Tuxedo Pants, Black Pointed Toe Booties with red sweater 

This look goes from work to play!  The red is called a “blue red” hue, so it is not overly bright, which allows it to work for fall and the holidays.  Having a ruana in a bold color will help you work it into your wardrobe.

It also helps if you know your color palette as this will save you a lot of money by not buying colors that wash out your complexion or make you look older.

See the tuxedo strip!? 

Everyone should have a pair of classic black trousers in their closet; it’s a work horse of any wardrobe that can be dressed up or down, especially for the holidays.  However, this year I want to wear a different style trouser. 

While also a classic, the black tuxedo pants have just a little bit more “flair” from the silk stripes on the side.  While these too have variations, especially to the leg (skinny, wide, straight), this pant style has been and will continue to be around for years to come. 

Look #2

Black Tuxedo Pants, Black Pointed Toe Booties with velvet kimono topper and velvet tank top 

With this ensemble, you take the same black tuxedo pant from the first collection and arrange for a more formal event by pairing with a velvet kimono topper and velvet tank top.

This outfit is so comfortable, you will feel almost guilty!  Additionally, it allows for dressing up as much as you want with jewelry.  I recommend either red or silver.

Look #3

Red Pointed Toe Booties, Chambray Tuxedo Jeans with chambray blouse 

This ensemble will quickly become your go-to outfit! The chambray tuxedo pant with a matching shirt is monochromatic (the same color on the top and bottom). However, adding the red booties also adds confidence and whimsy with its cherry pop of color.  Adding a little red to your necklace will pull it all together making the outfit work for numerous occasions. 

Look #4

 Red Ruana, Chambray Tuxedo Jeans, Pointed Toe Booties  

Pair the red ruana wrap with the tuxedo jeans and booties for a fun and  casual, but put together look.   

Look #5

Red Ruana & Cream Pants with red sweater  

Luckily, true white is back too, and beautiful as ever. If you are not sure how you will look in cream, find out through your color palette.  Or, if you haven’t had your color palette done, go to the department store and try on several items in the color cream.

Look #6 

Cream Ruana, Cream Pants, Black Booties with turtleneck sweater

The final look brings the capsule all together with the cream ruana, cream pants and a turtleneck sweater.  Being a true neutral, you can finish off the ensemble with your preference of either black or red booties, both will look amazing!


Two pointers for this season: 

  1.  If you buy only one new piece of clothing, make it outerwear or a topper.  Why?  Because this is what people see first and makes the first impression.  
  2. If your boots or booties are round or almond toe, you may want to consider an update.  Pointed toe is in and will be stylish for some time. 

Warmly, 

Brenda

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Motivation Monday: Inspiring Gift Ideas To Start Your New Year Off

Gift Ideas to start your new year off…inspired by a few of brenda’s favorite things

Happy Monday friends! Hope you all had an exciting weekend filled with all things seasonal and are ready to take on the last two weeks we have left in the year (Am I the only one who STILL cannot believe how fast this year has gone by?!). That being said, this Monday Motivation post is based on some holiday spirit, which we all could do a little more of. With Christmas quickly approaching, I listed some of my favorite inspiring items that are perfect gift ideas for the New Year. They make for very thoughtful gifts that I’m sure all the special people in your life will appreciate.

Have a very Happy Holiday Season! Let’s dive in

here’s a list of some of brenda’s favorite things

  1. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – Book by Jen Sincero You Are A Badass - by Jen SinceroThis book, written by best -selling author and success coach Jen Sincero, is a game changer. One of the best books of 2017- it a refreshingly blunt guide that will help you find motivation and direction to start living your true authentic life.

 

 

 

 

2You Are a Badass Desk Calendar 2018  

Based on her New York Times best selling book mentioned above, this 28 day calendar has daily entires that encourage you to embrace the best part’s of your life and constantly remind you of the power you have to change the parts of your life you don’t love. It makes for the perfect gift to help someone live their best life. you are a badass 28 day calendar

3. Gratitude Jar

Gratitude Jar

“I’m grateful somebody came up with the Gratitude Glass Jar. It includes 365 cards so your family can take turns jotting down notes about things they truly appreciate. At the end of the year, everyone can gather for a celebration of whatever is on those cards.”—Oprah Winfrey

What a great idea to add notes to the jar that you are thankful for during the year. Read them at the end of the year.

 

4. Violet Handbag

Iman and Joy Handbag – www.hsn.com

Violet is the color for 2018 – I love this handbag! It looks and feels just like a Chanel handbag. Why not get a Genuine Leather crossbody handbag to add the pop of color for the New Year? I love this bag and it is so reasonably priced ($59.99). It has RFID (which has credit card protection inside your purse). You also receive two straps including one leather and one chain for evening. Colorblock your outfits and wear this color with navy, red, and gray. You will look so stylish. It also comes in 9 other colors.

 

 

If you are an entreprenuer or thinking of becoming one, this is a must-have book. Dorie gives you an excellent view of how to create multiple streams of income and be a successful entrepreneur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations – Book by Oprah Winfrey

Find this soul-stirring and inspirational book on Amazon.com.

I read something from this book everyday. Truly uplifting!

 

 

 

 

 

7. The Sound of Your Soul – Free podcasts series of Super Soul Sundays

Listen to Oprah’s personal selection of her interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts.

(Free.applepodcasts.com/Oprah)

 

Speaking of songs, what is your Song for the Year?

For me – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – by McFadden & Whitehead

(Old School) When I sing the song I always change the “us” to “me”.

I have this song on my phone and if get down, I play it and I’m feeling good again. The song reminds me of good times in the day. It makes me happy and I dance.

Add a song to your playlist that makes you HAPPY and will be your song for 2018.

 

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