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Creating a capsule wardrobe

Photo credit  Vinoth Chandar

Photo credit Vinoth Chandar

I mentioned last week that I am planning on creating a uniform for my wardrobe. The reality is that clothing options for plus-sized women are limited. Granted, they are way better then in the 90's when I was wearing men's clothes because I couldn't find anything to wear. It was either that or the really bad polyester stuff from Lane Bryant. Ugh. 

Anyways, I've seen the term 'capsule wardrobe' tossed about the interwebs (I would credit it if I could remember where I saw it). Basically a capsule wardrobe is comprised of the essentials in very classic styles. 

Given limited options and resources I decided to revamp my wardrobe (so much of it was ill fitting or worn out) and stick mainly to a black and grey color palette with a bit of pale pink thrown in.  I want to create a uniform where everything matches and I don't have to think about what to wear. I don't know if it is because my wardrobe was so sadly limited before or if it is because I'm 40 and I'm tired of picking out clothes, but regardless, I'm tired of picking out clothes. 

My new wardrobe channels a little bit of my inner goth (I never did stop wearing burgundy lipstick) and implements modern shapes. So, I've got some black leggings with leather on the front paired with a black tunic top; a grey sweatshirt lace dress; some black skinny jeans with black or grey shirts. I mix in my jewelry and scarves and voila- I have a uniform.

Can we talk about jeans for a moment. Ironically I wear skinny jeans not because they are in fashion but because I can't find normal jeans. Also, once you start wearing skinny jeans you realize that they are basically pajamas and you can't stop. I do long for the days of a straight leg trouser jean. 

Does anyone else feel this way? Tired of thinking about clothes! I do have a ton of scarves, hats and bright jewelry to make each outfit interesting, so I don't think I'll get bored. 

What's your uniform? 

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When Fashion and Interiors Intersect

I saw the Boden Spring catalogue I was struck by how much the patterns and colors would look great in the home. 

Photo via Boden

Photo via Boden

These big bright florals translate well to wallpaper. 

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Romo Kimura Wallpaper. Image via Centsational Girl

Image via Boden

Image via Boden

Same print but in lavender (which I am coveting) looks amazing on the walls. Plus this wallpaper is simply stunning. 

Image via Boden

Image via Boden

This dress inspires the use of shape and botanical florals. 

Image via  Decorpad

Image via Decorpad

This green lattice wallpaper makes a small space look dramatic. 

Image via Pensees Crouer

Image via Pensees Crouer

Or put botanicals on the wall and trellis print fabric as accent pillows. 

So, take a look at your closet for inspiration. You may find a print that you like or a favorite color that will look great in your home. 

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Comfy, Fashionable, Utilitarian (CFU)


This idea came to me as I was writing a blog post about fabric and my memories and thoughts about it.  I was remembering my endless trips to fabric shops with my mom in Puerto Rico and realized that I actually remember which were my top three favourite types of fabric... comfy flannel, fashionable linen, and utilitarian canvas.  

At that time, before I was a teenager, I had already made fabric associations which now I see as key aspects of life.  The comfy flannel was for pjs, there was no other purpose in my mind for that fabric.  Linen was for dress up clothes... specially for blouses and shirts, and the canvas was to make the hammocks that we took with us on camping trips.  Simple!  

I am beginning to believe more and more that the perfect outfit (perfect for me) should cover those three categories.

1.  Comfy - Let's face it, unless you have your own driver and/or plan on not moving much, what you wear needs to be comfortable.  I am not saying that it has to be flannel pjs, I am just saying that if you are not comfortable wearing the clothes, it is going to show in a bad way.

2.  Fashionable - Oh yeah, fashion!  There are many articles and blogs out there about finding your style.  Which ever it is, make it yours and make a statement.  I think that a great way to making that statement is by upcycling.  Getting your clothes to fit well is pretty much half the battle and unless you have your own tailor/seamstress, chances are that what you have in your closet could use some attention.

3.  Utilitarian - Let me just give you an example...  an awesome and colourful wool scarf is comfortable, fashionable AND utilitarian.  When it comes to clothes, if the whole piece is not what you would consider utilitarian, parts of it may be.  Example, most women jackets do not have inside pockets... I say "boo!" to that trend.  A small inside pocket can keep your license, a credit card and a dollar bill or two with out making too much bulk.  Utilitarian does not have to mean that you are dressing to paint a house.  To me it just means that there is a purpose and thought to your clothes, bags, shoes and accessories.

Share with us how does your outfit complies with the "CFU" scheme!

-KQ

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Inspiration

I could not sleep one night and so I created an inspiration board. I did not want anything cluttering up the walls in my study and so I put it on the closet door in my kitchen. I have been tearing out things that catch my eye for years now. In fact I think some of these tear outs may be more then a few years old, but in my eyes they are timeless. That is a bit of what I am going for. A feeling of being just a little out of time.
It was hard to get a picture due to the glossiness of the pictures, but here is my overall inspiration board.

I love the women below in the top left. The layers, the big hand warmers and hat with the oversized bag. It all feels well put together, yet effortless and it looks like something I would wear. I love the color combination in the center of teal and red. Brilliant. Of course I like any and all capes. 
It is hard to tell, but the top left picture below is a jacket made out of an old quilt. How delicious would that be? I also adore the bottom right photo that has an orange jacket with a pair of golden yellow pants. Mmmmm.




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