Style Build: Winter Capule, Grown Up Goth

Hello Lovelies,

Today I bring you a super quick style post. I was day dreaming about my ideal city chic Gothic winter wardrobe and decided to put it together on Polyvore. I love black, I wear it a lot, from head to toe. It makes me feel tough, sexy and chic. I can relate to Gareth Pugh when he said ‘I think in Black’. It’s not so much the colour as how you wear it. To keep things grown up, opt for elegant items in classic silhouettes. To keep things interesting and to stop it looking flat, play with detail and texture. Leather look trims, wet look fabrics, lace, velvet, zippers and beautiful draping.

Winter Capsule: Grown Up Goth

Winter Capsule: Grown Up Goth by misshoneybare featuring black boots

I managed to come up with at least 50 outfit options with just these few pieces, proving you really can buy less and wear more (as Gok always says). I’ll always advocate quality over quantity, it’s better for your wallet, the environment and your sense of style. Are you a lover of black clothing too? Would you say you have a Gothic streak or do you wear black because it feels safe? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

That’s all for today, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Style Build: Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- Tough Girl

Hello Lovelies,

Well, Autumn feels like it’s really here now. The thermometer has finally dropped below 20’c and it’s been raining on and off for the last few days. With the season change in mind, I’m going to answer a question I get asked a fair amount. How do you take the Rockabilly style through autumn and winter? I have to admit, I struggled with this a lot when I was younger, I was always trying to make my spring and summer items work for me through the winter with a bit of layering but it never always looked right or I was just freezing all the time. With time and experimentation comes experience and, after rocking the retro vibe for over half my lifetime, as well as a background in fashion, I feel I’m suitably qualified to give a little advice on this matter. These are by no means hard and fast rules, as always, dress for yourself, make sure you feel comfortable and forget about what other people might think! So, here are my autumn/winter rockabilly basics…

Style Build: Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Baiscs

Style Build: Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Baiscs by misshoneybare featuring a wide belt

CLOTHING:

Black and white or navy and white striped long sleeve tee- A classic basic for all wardrobes.

White and/or black tee- A classic basic for all wardrobes. Fitted but not too tight.

Plaid flannel shirt- In a colour that suits you; red, navy and emerald are the classic colour options. Make sure it is super soft and not too tight.

A few pieces of knitwear- Fitted knitted cardigans, sweater sets and turtle neck, slash neck or round neck sweaters.

Zip up college style jacket- Can be layered under a warmer jacket/coat or worn alone as a jacket on the warmer autumn days.

Tailored, lined wool pencil skirt- A classic basic for all wardrobes. Go for plain black, tartan or leopard print.

High waisted turn up jeans- dark, black or mid wash denim- Freddies of Pinewood are my fave.

Tailored high waisted trousers or comfy swing trousers- Suitable for the office and super comfy. Go for black, navy or grey flannel or a even plain bold colour, such as red.

A versatile full skirted dress in a jewel tone that suits you- Something smart enough for evenings. This will double up as a full skirt.

A stretchy sleeved sweater/t-shirt dress in black, leopard print or a jewel tone that suits you- Sleeve length dependent on personal taste. Comfy AND sexy, bam!

Leather biker jacket- A classic basic for all wardrobes. Comfortable, chic and edgy. Every bad girl’s staple.

Full faux fur or faux fur trimmed coat- Depending on how brave you’re feeling. Some tailored coats come with a detachable furry collar trim for versatility.

Boots in a couple of different styles- Biker boots, lace up boots or furry lined ankle boots, depending on personal taste.

Some smart shoes- Creepers, brogues or saddle shoes work well. Again, depending on personal taste, or a pair of each.

Converse high tops- leather ones are better in wetter weather than the canvas ones. Buy a pair in a neutral colour like black, grey or brown.

A pair heels- Be them wedge heels or low heels, just as long as they are comfortable enough for daytime.

ACCESSORIES:

Bandana- Classic paisley, polka dot, leopard print, stripes. You can never have too many of these.

Hat or earmuffs- Furry leopard print ones are my personal choice for earmuffs. I also have a few berets. Something to keep your head/ears warm in the bitter cold.

Hair accessories- Bows, flowers, jeweled clips etc. Poinsettias and holly for xmas are a fun choice. Bows and sparkles add a little extra something. Get ones with the brooch fastening on the back for pinning to outfits and hats.

Braces/Suspenders- Plain black always work. They can be smart, fun or tough looking depending on how you wear them.

Woolly tights- In various colours, prints and patterns. Have fun with these, they really can make a difference to an outfit.

Skinny Belt and a wide belt- One of each at least. I love waist cinchers and obi belts at the moment.

Of course, a woolly hat, scarf and gloves should be on your winter wardrobe list too. Especially if it snows like it does here in England these days.

Now, you may think that the above pieces may not look overly rockabilly to you but remember, these are the basic items for your wardrobe. Everything else will be built off of and around these. They are fairly plain and neutral for the most part, this means they will mix well with other items. Also, it’s totally down to how you put them together and of course, the finishing flourish, your hair and makeup! So, here are some outfit examples using just the basic pieces above…

The High Waist Turn Up Jeans

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The High Waist Turn Up Jeans

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The High Waist Turn Up Jeans by misshoneybare featuring short sleeve knit tops

The Jersey Wiggle Dress

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Jersey Wiggle Dress

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Jersey Wiggle Dress by misshoneybare featuring collar tops

The Tailored Pencil Skirt

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Tailored Pencil Skirt

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Tailored Pencil Skirt by misshoneybare featuring a red handkerchief

The Tailored Trousers

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Tailored Trousers

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Tailored Trousers by misshoneybare featuring purple tops

The Full Skirted Dress

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Full Skirted Dress

Autumn/Winter Rockabilly Basics- The Full Skirted Dress by misshoneybare featuring logo shirts

That’s 30 different outfits right there. I didn’t even include the outerwear or hosiery, which would mix things up even more. Think how many more outfits you could create by adding in an extra pencil skirt, sweater or shirt! The key to winter wardrobes is always in the layering when it gets really cold. So layer a long sleeve tee over the check shirt and then a cardigan or a sweater over that. Wrap a scarf around your neck, add a woolly hat and the furry coat and you’ll be nice and cosy. I hope that you found this post helpful, let me know how you carry your style through the winter, I’m always interested in new ideas. In the meantime, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Style Build: The Style Grid

Hello Lovelies,

Earlier in the week I posted an Autumn/Fall workwear capsule wardrobe using items currently available on the UK high street. I used the style grid developed by Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb because I think it is simple to use yet really effective. I encountered Catherine’s blog last summer and became a little obsessed with creating mini capsules with her grid on Polyvore. I thought I’d share some of them with you here. Most of them are pretty colourful and fun. I hope they inspire you to create mini capsules with your own clothes and help you when you shop for new items.

This one is called ‘Slimy Pink’. It’s a play on the psychobilly look I love to rock on most occasions. Slime green is one of my favourite colours, it contrasts well with pink (and purple too). It’s kind of creepy but humorous too.

Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Slimey Pink

Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Slimey Pink by misshoneybare featuring a cotton knee length skirt

This one is called ‘Juicy Brights’. I think this is a great work wear capsule for summer time, the colours are so fun yet a few of the pieces are tailored and chic. Pink and orange are not seen together very often yet they harmonise well.

Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Juicy Brights
The following one is called ‘Sly Green’. The various shades of green harmonise with one another and are taken back a bit with the black and grey pieces in the capsule. Check out those McQueen peep toe heels, drool!
Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Sly Green
I named this capsule ‘Monochrome Splash’. A black and white set with splashes of bright red to lift it a little. These are the colours I used to wear almost exclusively for a good long while, black, red and white. Apparently tartan is on trend this season, so it seems every Autumn/Winter!
Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Monochrome Splash
The final capsule I’m sharing with you today is called ‘Cute Chic’. Very overtly girly pieces mixed up with some tougher elements, like the DM boots and the spiked cuff.
Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Cute Chic
And there they are. Which one is your favourite? I think mine are Monochrome Splash and Sly Green, they closely resemble my current style. I hope you enjoyed looking at them as I did putting them together. That’s all for now. Thank you kindly for reading!
MHB
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Style Build: Introducing the Style Grid & Autumn Workwear

Photo by Alejandro Escamilla via Unsplash

Photo by Alejandro Escamilla via Unsplash

Hello Lovelies,

Today’s post is all about dressing for work this autumn/fall. I have put together a small capsule of items to get you inspired, drawing on the stunning colours we see during this season; burnt orange, deep reds, plums and gold. As soon as the weather cools, it seems many people turn to trusty old black to get them through the season, especially in the office. On the London Underground I see a mass of black swarming up and down the escalators and squeezing into trains. There’s nothing wrong with all black, I love it and it can be very very chic, this is simply an alternative for those of you wanting a bit more colour. Inject a little visual vibrancy into the office! All items are currently available on the high street, from budget friendly retailers like River Island, to higher end labels such as Reiss. I have used the style grid, a system developed by Catherine at Not Dressed As Lamb, it’s absolute genius and I applaud her for coming up with it! I think everyone will find it fun and easy to implement. It uses four pieces in the following groups; tops, bottoms, shoes and accessories. They are then put into the grid system and as you can see, whichever way you trace a straight line, you have a full outfit that includes one of each of the four categories, making up an outfit. You can go vertically, horizontally and diagonally. This will give you ten combinations. If you zig-zag along the lines, you can make even more outfits. Throw in a few toppers (cardies, sweaters, blazers etc) and you have rather a large selection of outfit options. This is a great way to start developing a capsule wardrobe if you’re unsure of how to begin, just make sure that the pieces mix and match (I’ll have a post on this at a later date). It’s also a great way to get you wearing those items in your wardrobe that rarely see the light of day. I do this on a regular basis, I use a capsule system (be it this one, or say, 333 or 30×30, all of which I will be posting about in due time) on a regular basis to ensure that I’m using all of my clothes and not getting stuck in a rut. This particular grid system will see you through at least three working weeks! Be your own stylist, get into your closet and see if you can come up with a style grid with stuff you own, or keep it in mind when you shop for your autumn/winter pieces.

Mini Capsule Wardobe- Autumn Workwear

Mini Capsule Wardobe- Autumn Workwear by misshoneybare featuring an amber bead necklace

The items included in this capsule are…

TOPS:

*Red Shell Top £16 Dorothy Perkins

*Burgundy Shirt Dress £45 Oasis at House of Fraser

*Gold Metallic Top £49 Planet at House of Fraser

*Purple Roll Sleeve Shirt £23 Dorothy Perkins

BOTTOMS:

*Green Polka Dot Jacquard Trouser ££35 River Island

*Purple Paisley Jacquard Skirt £22 River Island

*Black Leather Trim Trousers £120 Reiss

*Dark Brown High Waisted Leather Pencil Skirt £85 River Island

*Cream Colour Block Square Tote Bag £45 River Island

SHOES:

*Burgundy Quilted Ballet Flat £95 French Sole

*Two Tone Riding Boot £100 Schuh

*Purple Suede Platform Court Shoe £49.50 M&S

*Tan Wide Heeled Brogue £62 Office

ACCESSORIES:

*Amber and Silver Statement Necklace £295 Be-Jewelled at John Lewis

*Woven Basket Print Scarf £85 Jaeger

*Black Stretch Belt with Gemstone Fastening £15.99 Zara

*Apollo Statement Bangle £15 Accessorize

TOPPERS:

*Black Jersey Blazer/Cardi £30 River Island

*Neutral Cropped Rib Knit Zip Cardi £149 Reiss

*Orange Cut Away Jacket £225 Jaeger

*Vine Bloom Open Front Jacket £110 French Connection

*Cream Colour Block Square Tote £45 River Island

Below I have put together some examples of outfits using the pieces that were not joined on the grid by a straight line. Can you spot any others?

Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Autumn Workwear; Outfit Ideas

Mini Capsule Wardrobe- Autumn Workwear; Outfit Ideas by misshoneybare featuring knee high black riding boots

I hope you find the style grid as fun and as interesting to play with as I do. Let me know how you get on, I’d love to see some other people’s versions. In the meantime, that’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Style Build: Style 101 (Homme)

Dapper Dog

Pug in a Pea Coat – By The Rover Boutique

Hello Lovelies,

Earlier in the week I brought you the ultimate basic wardrobe for women. 101 mix and match pieces to keep you looking chic all year round, as well as a 15 piece capsule with outfit ideas. Today I bring you the men’s version. 101 basic staple pieces, including accessories, to help make being stylish easier. Click here to see the Pinterest board (until I work ut how to embed it in this post).

Style Build: 15 Basic Items to Fast Track Style!

Style Build: 15 Basic Items to Fast Track Style! by misshoneybare featuring a leather laptop bag

Again, I have put together a 15 piece capsule of essential items, with outfit ideas for those of you who really want the super quick and easy way to look instantly pulled together. It’s the no brainer way of looking like a dapper dog, rather than a scruffy mutt. Again, these are not hard and fast rules, just suggestions to help you on your way. Instead of a navy three piece suit, you may prefer a grey one. Instead of Chelsea boots, you might like something a little tougher and hard wearing.

Style Buld: Fast Track Style

Style Buld: Fast Track Style by misshoneybare featuring Vans sneakers

Take your lifestyle and personal style when making purchases. Always buy the best you can afford (especially when it comes to tailoring, knit wear and shoes), rather than throw away stuff. If you care for your items properly, they will last you years. On that note, make sure you’re going for classic cuts and details to ensure your wardrobe basics don’t date too quickly. Many of you will probably have a few of these items in your closet already, just fill in the gaps in your closet as and when you can. There’s certainly no need to rush out and buy everything all at once (unless you want to of course). I hope you find this post useful. I’ll be posting more in the style build series, including closet organising, how to care for your clothes and accessories, as well as picking colours and styles that flatter. That’s all for today though, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Style Build: Creating a Capsule Wardrobe. An Introduction.

StyleHello Lovelies,

This post is the first in a series based on developing personal style and building a capsule wardrobe of basics that you can then add to season to season. I know I blog a lot about hair, makeup and baking mostly but I actually have a background in fashion. I did my degree in product design and development for fashion at the London College of Fashion and I have worked as a garment technologist, trims and accessories buyer, pattern cutter and style developer among other things in a career spanning almost 16 years (I started young! I got my first summer job at 14 cutting out patterns and sewing garments for a small boutique) before re-training as an mua and hair stylist.

Workroom

I’ve spent a lot of time working in a room like this.

I’ve styled shoots, been a personal shopper and cleared out/organised many wardrobes and closets in my time. So, I figured I’d share the lessons I have learned, my eye for style (which is relative, these are just guidelines) and love of design. I have noticed that a lot of the capsule wardrobe advice talks about ‘classic’ or ‘simple’ pieces as a foundation for your wardrobe. I’m here to show you that even those of us with a more alternative style can build and develop working basics without even the faintest whiff of a ‘plain white shirt’ if you don’t what to. Everyone is different, so why would the same pieces work for everyone’s wardrobe? I understand that they are meant to be the basic staples that the rest of your stuff works around but really, if you’d rather have a Little Orange Dress instead of a Little Black Dress, then why the hell not? And quite frankly, I consider leopard print to be a neutral.

Leopard Print

Totally a neutral in my book.

There’s no room for navy and beige in my basic wardrobe (but if there is in yours, well that’s fine too). I guess the deal with the usual advice is that a lot of people are genuinely unsure of what to wear, have never experimented with clothes or have never thought about it too much. But I don’t think that means we all have to walk around like carbon copies. I remember seeing so many women who looked chic on a trip to Milan. Very chic in fact, very well put together and yet, no personality, no individual style shone through and it was kind of weird (being a Londoner from the Islington/Camden area, I grew up being used to seeing all kinds of weird and wonderful styles growing up).

So, here are the things I plan on covering over the coming weeks…

* Clearing out your wardrobe. The good, the bad and the downright fugly: Helping you evaluate what you already have and recognising any style patterns. Shopping your wardrobe. Helping you work out what to keep, what to customise and what to get rid of.

Is this your wardrobe?

Is this your wardrobe?

* Personal Style: Building on the previous installment where we look at any style patterns emerging from your current wardrobe, I’ll also guide you in deciding if this is what’s right for you or if you feel you’d like to make some changes/try something new. Get inspired!

*Suits You Madam: What to wear to flatter your body shape, height and colouring. Explaining the whole ‘warm’ and ‘cool’ thing that style consultants go on about.Body Types- Women

* The Basics: The workhorses of your wardrobe. Evaluating your lifestyle and tailoring your key pieces to suit you. I’ll do a ‘classic’ capsule collection comparison against several examples of my own.

*Wardrobe Additions: How to add pieces into your wardrobe from season to season. When to splurge and when to save. Looking at how many pieces you truly need for a versatile wardrobe. Looking at the 333 project and the Style Grid.project333hanger*Accessories: The staple accessories that will help you change up your outfits and add personal flair to your look. How to take an outfit from day to night.

*Putting it all together: Looking at my example capsule wardrobes to show you how to create many different outfit combinations.

*Mini-Capsuling: How to put together small (yet perfectly formed) capsule wardrobes for various scenarios. Including, short city break, business trip, country weekender, beach holiday and Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender.

On top of that, I will be giving advice on how organise and store your clothes. How to fold things properly to save space and minimise creasing and tips on picking the right underwear for your outfits.By Rachel SylvesterI will be featuring some real life wardrobe hauls for you to see how I tackle other people’s closets in the real world. I’ll also be happy to help you with any questions you may have regarding your wardrobe and style. Whether it’s a garment you love but have no idea what to wear with it, how to customise and update an item, or how to freshen up your favorite dress etc. Simply leave a comment or email me via the contact page if you rather it be private.

I’ll also be doing ‘How to Wear’ posts as part of the Style Build series. Styling up one item in many different ways to show you how versatile garments can really be when you put your mind to it.

*PHEW!* Well, that was a lot to take in but I really hope you will enjoy this new series. Until the next time, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Paris Trip: What I wore.

Paris Trip. Tiki BarHello Lovelies,

I arrived home from Paris a couple of days ago, me and my Beau had an amazing time. We mostly looked at dead stuff which was interesting, creepy and fun. It was pretty cold over there but it was dry and sunny at least. We did a lot of walking, I am still pooped out! Here’s what I wore from my capsule wardrobe…

Day 1: I totally forgot to take a photo but I wore my black Capri pants, indigo vest top, black sweater and boots traveling out there. Comfy and practical and yet still smart. We checked into our hotel and then went wandering up to the Bastille (well, where it used to be) and along the river before heading to a vegan Asian fusion restaurant for take-away to eat in our hotel room.

Day 2: Striped stretch pencil skirt, long sleeve black scoop neck top and indigo sweater. I wore my leopard print beret to keep my head warm. I wore my boots again because we were doing a lot of walking and I decorated them with my purple rose hair clips. We went to the Pantheon, ate vegan cake and went for drinks at the Pop In bar in the evening.

Paris Outfit 01Day 3: I wore my striped skirt again but this time I wore it with my off the shoulder tee and a red belt. I wore a red bandana too to tie the colours together. I wore my boots and added skeleton hands to my bandana. We went to Pere Lachaise cemetery to see the graves of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison to name just a few. Paris Outfit 02Day 3- Evening: I changed into my leopard print wiggle dress and added red lipstick for the evening. I originally planned to wear my heels to my beau’s gig at the International but kept my boots on so I could have a proper dance.Paris Outfit 03Day 4: On the Sunday, we were heading off to the catacombs. It was freezing so I put on my Capri pants, leg warmers, boots, vest top, sweater and my convertible wrap with my fuzzy hat to boot. Not the most stylish of outfits but I was damned if I was going to freeze!Paris Outfit 04So, as you can see, I didn’t wear everything I packed. I didn’t wear my heels, all of my accessories, evening top or blouse but had we gone out for dinner somewhere fancy, I would have had something to throw on. It also meant I had plenty of choice without over packing. I managed to get my Mr’s clothes and toiletries into the same small case as my stuff! I’ll be posting more about my Paris trip over the next week, including a look at some of the vegan eateries and the creepy places we visited. That’s all for now though, thank you for reading.

MHB

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Paris Trip: Capsule Wardrobe

Paris Capsule Header Photo

Source: free-picture.net

Hello Lovelies,

I’m very excited because me and my Beau are heading to Paris for a four day break this week. Now, the holiday alone is great but I also really enjoy the pre-holiday ritual that is packing. I especially love putting together a small capsule of items from my closet, deciding what colours, patterns and accessories to use etc. Trying on outfit combinations and accessorising them in different ways and so on. Choosing the right number and combination of clothes and accessories to maximise outfit options can be tricky if you’re not quite sure how to do it. Here I’ll show you what I packed for my Paris break and some of the outfit combinations that can be achieved with those items.*

I recommend doing this a few days in advance, rather than the day before your trip. This way, if anything you wish to take needs washing, ironing, dry cleaning or mending, you can get it done in time. For me, my convertible wrap had a popper stud loose, my red belt buckle needed fixing and my favourite dress needed washing and ironing.

I decide what my inspiration is going to be. For this trip it is Disney (because of Disney Land Paris obvs’) and classic Parisian Chic. To me that means primary colours, bows, Minnie Mouse (Disney) and smart pieces like Capri pants, black and white stripes, beret’s, smart gloves (Parisian Chic). If you want to get really into it, you can make a mood board using Polyvore or Pinterest.

I then chose my colour palette. I chose black and white stripes, plain black and leopard print as neutrals (yep, leopard print is a neutral in my mind). I chose indigo blue/purple as my main colour and bright red as my accent colour to prevent the whole capsule being a bit too ‘flat’.

I’m going for four days and three nights so I need at least three whole day outfits, at least one evening option for Valentine’s evening and an outfit for traveling out, so that means I need at least five outfits. Even though I won’t be packing my traveling outfit, I still count it as it has to co-ordinate with the rest of the clothes. I like to make my holiday capsules as succinct as possible while also allowing a little wiggle room for sudden weather changes and my mood. If you pack exactly four outfits, that do not mix and match, then you’re stuck with them, even if you don’t feel like wearing them when you get there!

Here’s what I took…Paris Capsule Resized. The Pieces 01* 3 Casual tops (1 vest, 1 tee and 1 long sleeved).

* 2 Sweaters (1 bright long sleeved and 1 3/4 sleeved)

* 2 Bottoms (1 pair of Capri pants and 1 stretch pencil skirt)

* 1 Evening top.

* 1 Dress.

Paris Capsule Resized. The Pieces 02* 1 Blouse.

*  1 Warm tailored coat.

* 1 Convertible wrap.

* 1 Fluffy hat (as a little snow is forecast).

* 2  Pairs of shoes (comfy boots and a pair of heels).

I then picked out my accessories. These are what will add a little flair to the outfits and help to mix things up a bit.Paris Capsule. Accessories* 2 Scarfs (1 silky, 1 bandana).

* 1 Beret.

* 1 Pair of smart gloves.

* 2 belts (1 red and 1 black one that came with my coat).

* A load of hair accessories (Including bows, skele hands, flowers and Minnie Mouse ear clips).

* A load of jewellery (Some dressy and some more casual).

It’s worth taking lots of accessories as they take up very little space and they can really change up an outfit. Now, here’s the best bit, the outfit combos! I know I’m only going for four days but this little lot would see me through a whole month! I took photos of 25 outfits, I’m only posting 12 here as I think it may just be overkill to include them all. But I could have made more than 25 outfits if I had kept on going. I’m just showing this by way of example of how little you really do need to take. Here are some of the Capri pant combos…Paris Capsule Resized. Capri Outfit 05

Paris Capsule Resized. Capri Outfit 07 Paris Capsule Resized. Capri Outfit 02 Paris Capsule Resized. Capri Outfit 01Capri pants can be dressed up or down, they’re a classic item and a an alternative to jeans. Here are the skirt combos…
Paris Capsule Resized. Skirt Outfit 04 Paris Capsule Resized. Skirt Outfit 03 Paris Capsule Resized. Skirt Outfit 02 Paris Capsule Resized. Skirt Outfit 05This pencil skirt is stretchy, so comfy for sightseeing. I really don’t like the idea of hopping all over town in a rigid, lined, tailored version. Again, it can be dressed up or down and worn with the striped tee, it looks like a dress. Here are the dress combinations…Paris Capsule Re-sized. Dress Outfit 02 Paris Capsule Resized. Dress Outfit 06 Paris Capsule Resized. Dress Outfit 03 Paris Capsule Resized. Dress Outfit 08The dressiest item in the capsule. It can still be dressed down with boots, the convertible wrap worn as a draped cardigan and tough accessories. Worn with a sweater, it looks like a skirt.

So, as you can see, there are lots of ways to wear this small collection of clothes. I used items in different ways than intended too; hair clips on shoes, necklaces and belts. I turned the blouse upside down to make it into a draped front shrug jacket instead (over the leopard print dress), and used the same silky scarf tied different ways and used as a head band. Think outside the box! Of course, there are a couple more things required to take and that is an across the body bag (means you can be hands free and it’s harder to steal when you’re wearing it), a compact umbrella and a pair of sunglasses.

I wear my heaviest stuff on the journey out, so I’ll be wearing my boots, Capri pants, fluffy hat, chunky silver jewellery and my convertible wrap. Here’s my traveling outfit and everything packed. I haven’t included underwear, sleepwear, hosiery, toiletries etc as this is a wardrobe post, but even with all that extra stuff packed in my little wheelie case, it’s only 2/3 full. That leaves room for shopping!Paris Capsule Resized. PackingWell, that pretty much covers it. I know it’s a mammoth post but I wanted to share this with you. This is my last post before heading off to Paris, I won’t be posting while I’m away but I’ll be back with what I wore/got up to over there next week.

* I will be launching a new blog series when I return from Paris which will cover capsule wardrobes in depth. So if you’re confused by terms such as ‘accent colour’ ‘accessories capsule’ etc, all will be explained in the coming weeks. Consider this a taster. :)

That’s all for the next few days. Au revoir et merci pour la lecture!

MHB

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