I have a closet full of clothes. I should be able to reach into my closet, grab an outfit, and walk out the door looking pulled together on the weekends. But I can’t. Like all the moms I know, my weekends are full of errands, activities, and outings. When I look in my closet, I have two options. Option One: Work clothes. Way too dressy for the weekends and not comfortable for trips to Target or the zoo. Option Two: Sweatpants and a t-shirts. Comfy? Yes. Stylish? Not really.
Pinterest introduced me to the idea of a capsule wardrobe – a wardrobe made up of a few basic pieces that all work together to create stylish looks in a quick and easy way. The idea makes me excited because it gives me the opportunity to pare down my closet to things that actually work and it also makes getting dressed on the weekends easy.
I couldn’t begin this process alone (or I would have done it already!) so I turned to a local expert. Jackie Terribile, The Small Town Stylist, is a local mom, blogger, and fashionista who offers Syracuse women a variety of services from style consultations to closet cleanses to personal shopping. Jackie and I chatted about the ease of having a weekend capsule wardrobe and about the trend to simplify life – especially life with kids – and how our wardrobes are one area that we can control and simplify.
My biggest takeaway from my conversation with Jackie is something that I have struggled with since I became a mom:
“It’s not what you’re wearing, it’s how you wear it. If you feel good, you look good. Our closets should change as we change and our bodies certainly change after becoming moms.” It’s something that I think we all struggle with after having children. My body will never be the same as it was before children; no matter what the scale says, my hips will never shrink! It’s important to put clothes in our closets that fit well and that make us feel good. “If you have only clothes that fit and make you feel good in your closet, it’s just as easy to put those on as it is to stay in sweats, so you will automatically look put together.”
So, what do we need for a weekend, kid-friendly capsule wardrobe?
1. Two pairs of jeans that fit
Pair #1 should be a casual pair of good fitting jeans (I’m on the hunt for these mythical creatures)
Pair #2 should be a dressier pair of jeans in a darker wash (almost like dress pants, but denim)
“There isn’t anywhere you can’t go in Syracuse in a pair of great fitting jeans!”
2. 5ish different tops in solid, neutral colors
These can be t-shirts of any cut or if you’re feeling slightly braver with little fingers full of peanut butter and hummus running around, a dressier shirt. The key here is fit and versatility. These tops should wear nicely under a sweater or a blazer and also be able to stand alone. My favorites right now are Ann Taylor scoop neck t-shirts; however, I only have these in black, so I have some shopping to do. I’m on the hunt for white, gray, and maybe a navy or brown, too.
3. 1 great pair of statement sneakers (or a low or flat boot to brave the winter)
This is the place to make a statement with your outfits. Are Converse your thing? Grab a pair in a fun color (I’m looking for purple ones to fit my HUGE feet!). Nikes? Again, find a pair that reflects your inner-sassy-self.
If you would rather keep your tootsies warm and dry, then maybe a nice pair of flattish boots would be a better bet for Syracuse weather. Again, comfort is key!
4. A blazer that fits great or a lightweight jacket that can “take your t-shirt up a notch”
This piece is the difference between looking like you “pulled together an outfit, not simply rolled out of bed.”
If blazers aren’t your thing, maybe a cute cardigan or a moto jacket would work better. This piece should also be in a relatively neutral color (although I have a magenta blazer that I love that was $9.98 at Target) to coordinate with your 5 tops.
I am on the hunt to make this work for me. I am tired of looking at a closet full of clothes that I don’t wear, especially on the weekends. I’d like to look like I tried at least a little bit even if my hair hasn’t been washed in a couple of days and I couldn’t be bothered to even put my contacts in.