Jennifer Skinner used to write about a concept she came up with called “A Very Small Closet”. She since took down her blog saying she was writing a book. I’ve searched for it repeatedly (she made that announcement in April, 2009) as I would buy her book in a heartbeat.
In the meantime, I’d love to explain her concept. She felt that buying everything in the same basic color or two made all your outfits look the same. If you google “wardrobe capsule”, tons of images will come up proving her point.
Instead, Skinner says to build a wardrobe around six bottom pieces with two coordinating tops for each bottom. Include fabulous shoes, a sweater or jacket, and all the accessories you need for a great looking outfit. You’ll end up with 12 complete outfits for your weekday wear. This works out to wearing the same outfit about twice a month. The bottoms can be skirts, pants, or both. I found darker neutrals worked well for me and it was easy to find two different tops to make each look like a totally different outfit.
She suggests you round out your wardrobe with true wardrobe capsules (coordinating tops and bottoms that mix to make different outfits) for evening wear, the beach, weekends, and the gym.
It’s amazing how well you can dress with fewer clothes.
What do you think? Would this work for you?
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