So its the last day of October and its time to explain what exactly all this excitement is about!
Well, I have been invited by a blogger whose style I absolutely adore, Jojo from iCurvy, to join in her challenge. And the challenge involves creating a capsule collection, something I have always been interested in. As a stylist I think this is an extremely useful way for me to demonstrate how best to pick great pieces that will take you a long way in terms of outfit planning.
So quickly to shed some light on the rules- I have to pick 30 and only 30 pieces of clothing including tops. bottoms and outerwear AND shoes (yes, you can imagine my misery!) to wear over the next 30 days. All outfits will have to be created making combinations out of the pieces chosen to form this capsule collection. Handbags, scarves and jewellery are exempt.
Here’s a look at the collection with all details:
(Note: The pieces shown in the graphics are the closest indication of the real pieces, used for capsule collection demonstration)
1. Floral ditsy print shirt- Hawes and Curtis (gifted) | 2. Beige tee- Sportscraft | 3. Polka dot tee – Sussan | 4. Striped tee – Dotti | 5, Silk top – Banana Republic | 6. Coral wide stripe tee – Katies | 7. Red peplum top – Target | 8. Turquoise shirt – Sportscraft | 9. White sheer shirt – Witchery | 10, Striped tee shirt dress – Chicabooti | 11. Monochrome print dress – Banana Republic | 12. Black ponte dress – Cue | 13. Grey jersey dress – Marcs | 14. Snake print tee – Jeanswest
1. Cobalt linen blazer – Marcs | 2. Yellow leather sandals – Sol Sana | 3. Beige slouchy blazer – thrift buy SES | 4. Patent nude flats – Cole Haan | 5. Denim shorts – Cotton World (India) | 6. Printed pants – Katies | 7. Pink tee – Sussan | 8. Monochrome printed pants – Sussan | 9. Black pull on panys – David Jones | 10. Striped skirt – thrift buy SES | 11. Black ponte pencil skirt – Sportscraft | 12. Ripped skinny jeans – Jeanswest | 13. Black leggings – thrift buy SES | 14. Tan pumps – Jane Debster | 15. Black wedges – GH Bass | 16. Black slides – Therapy shoes
I had to strike a balance between the corporate and the casual pieces including the shoes. I also tried to pick some pieces that might be interchangeable between these two. Another factor was having enough versatile neutral yet not making it too boring. I’ve added a fair bit of pattern (dots and stripes) and some colour to make outfits livelier although this can be done by addition of accessories too!
I will be attending a religious workshop on 22nd and 23rd November and have an Indian dress code for those days. So I will not be following the rules for that period.
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So here goes…