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Easily Revamp Your Wardrobe

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Recently, I stumbled across a piece on XO Jane entitled "I Only Have 33 Items of Clothing: How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe". Of course, my initial thought was "this chick is stone crazy," but curiosity got the best of me and I read the article. Believe it or not, me, the Queen of Excess, actually agreed with the overall sentiment of the article! The point of paring down her wardrobe was to force herself to laser focus on pieces that she loved, that were flattering, and fit into her everyday life. Of course, me being who I am, decided to put a different spin on this. Because I seriously feel like my wardrobe is in a constant state of flux, I decided to leverage that thinking into a wardrobe revamp.

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You see, even though I shop throughout the year, the end of season sales in June/July and Nov/Dec are the best times to really go for broke and get great deals on high-end, high-quality items. That's when I usually go after designer shoes and handbags, outerwear, and tailored clothing like slacks and blazers. I actually hate paying more than $30 for tops and that would usually lead to a quality issue. To remedy that, I joined (and LOVE) LeTote where I have unlimited access to everyday pieces (like tops!) for a monthly subscription fee. Still, it's crucial to build your "permanent collection." I've definitely invested in my other pieces and I feel good about that.

But back to this wardrobe revamp! I took the premise of Taylor's article and focused on key pieces that were versatile and interchangeable. The shoes, bottoms, and accessories were neutral, but I really had fun with the tops and dresses, infusing lots of color, texture, and pattern into my selections. I spent a few hours on Polyvore pulling together items (nothing over $100!) that I would actually wear, and I have to say that I'm pleased with the results. When it was all said and done, I compiled the following:

  • 2 pencil skirts
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 1 pair of slim-leg trousers
  • 1 pair of leggings
  • 5 dresses
  • 6 pairs of shoes
  • 2 tees
  • 6 blouses
  • 2 handbags
  • 1 jacket
  • 1 blazer
  • 3 pairs of earrings
  • 1 necklace

My picks stayed in line with my personal style and assumed spring through fall temperatures in Texas (i.e. nothing too heavy). There were picks for work, play, and lounging. One thing different in my "capsule wardrobe" is that Taylor bent her rules to include special occasion dresses, and I didn't because it's more than likely that I'd rent a dress for a big event. Honestly, I think if I could hit the end of season sales twice a year, following this blueprint, I can easily revamp my wardrobe with some great, meaningful pieces and avoid impulse purchases that sit in the closet with tags on them. Check out my picks in the slideshow and get a closer look on my Polyvore.

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