Capsule Wardrobe Pieces + Finds

Fall capsule wadrobe steals via besotted blog1/2/3

Every week I have high hopes for blog posts and almost every week I come up short, I am seriously the worse blogger ever. I told Michelle that putting together the capsule wardrobe post was taking forever and yes it still is, this mama is super slow these days. I figured it might be easier to just post what I have found thus far, in case you were waiting with bated breath, you never know, someone out there might be.

First up is that elusive white cable knit sweater, I have found some options, hint I am going to go with this steal, but it’s definitely a wildcard (and maybe a total bomb), but the cut looks nice and the price is insane?! I have been on the hunt for some ivory cords, again this is as elusive as that darn cable knit turtle neck and unicorn!  I got seriously lucky and found them on sale (50% off), I am not sure about sizing since I have never tried this brand on in person, but I’ll keep you posted. I did get these black jeans, they fit incredible are super comfortable and so far have kept their fit, black jeans are one of those items that I really hate spending money on because they wear out so quickly no matter how high the quality and I really like my black jeans to look black. They are comfortable like a legging but are more put together, the price is so right it’s worth giving them a try. I really wanted a motorcycle boot in black and a pair of brown booties, but when I spotted these motorcycle boots in brown, I thought maybe they’d be the best of both world’s, at the price you can’t go wrong. I got them in and they are a really dark brown and I needed to send back to get a full size larger (it was free to exchange and pretty effortless). At first I wasn’t sure if the dark brown was to my liking, but after wearing them for a few days I am pretty happy with my purchase, they are really nice quality for the price, although I do wish I would have gotten them in black, because there is a reason black motorcycle boots are a classic. If you found the ‘zero waste’ wardrobe inspiring (I certainly did), and there isn’t a good resale or consignment store near you, I found this online one that seems to get rave reviews and you can even send them your clothes to re-sell, which is a bonus if you are both trying to pare down and want to make a little extra cash.

What about you? Have you been trying the capsule wardrobe? Any success stories? Any great budget shops that have great silhouettes?

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Minimal Fall Capsule Wardrobe 2015

fall 2015 classic minimal wardrobe

Last fall I got truly inspired by the concept of the capsule wardrobe. In true Tristan fashion, I took to the purging of my wardrobe with such gusto that I was left with just a handful of items to wear. My intention of course was to fill in the gaps of what was missing, but life got in the way and I basically have looked like a hobo since last fall. In fact, my husband was so used to seeing me look like one that when I started to write this post last night he smirked and said, ‘what do you know about fashion?’ not something you want to say to a tired mom with a fork in her hand. I venomously spat out, ‘I did run a bi-coastal fashion PR firm for 15 years, thank you very much’. He nodded, he obviously forgot, because his wife has spent nearly two years looking like a hobo, complete with mysterious stains on her clothes. Now that I am feeling like I should really try an eensy bit harder, I thought I would give it a go again. I put the above board together to see if I could translate this into a more mom friendly version–keep the chic, lose the heels and add the comfort factor (and yes, try to keep it all within a reasonable budget). We’ll see if it can be done (I’ll add this week). I am already finding that the search for the perfect cable knit turtleneck is about as easy as spotting a unicorn. I am thinking loose and comfy on top, more fitted bottoms, some good shoe choices and we’ll be good to go! I am not sure how many pieces this will take, but I am going to try to keep it as minimal as possible, wish me luck!

Have you tried this before? Feel free to let me know where to find that elusive cable knit turtleneck!

If you are interested in learning more about capsule wardrobes and getting some inspiration I collected some resources for you below!

//RESOURCES//

33 piece wardrobe plan, the pros and cons from a master of the capsule

This chic woman only buys 2nd hand and her wardrobe fits in a carry-on!

50 piece capsule wardrobe for the entire year

French girl style starter kit

12 wardrobe essentials

Toddler capsule wardrobe, never to early to start

photos by emerson fry

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

PREGNANCY SURVIVAL KIT I

pregnancy survival kit i besotted blogThis is actually not just for pregnancy as everything I do/purchase needs to have a longer shelf life than a few months. You can easily incorporate the items on this list as great wardrobe foundation pieces and the beauty items can be incorporated into your beauty routine for truly soft + luminous skin.

My goal with my “maternity” wardrobe is to be able to wear it for longer than my last 3 months, it is going to need to work way post pregnancy. My alternate goal, (which only time will tell if this is realistic) is to actually not buy any true maternity clothes. I tend to wear a ‘uniform’, this is my current one. A well fitting striped shirt is always in my closet, I have these which I upgraded to one size larger than I would normally wear. They have a stretch to them and they seem to be growing with me quite nicely. For the under $15 price tag, I can afford to stock up and the quality seems to be fantastic as both my growing belly and chest have not seemed to phase them and they have maintained their shape. The Belly Bra is pregnancy specific, but it has been one of my best purchases to date. As the name implies it supports your belly, much as your bra supports other things. I wear it under everything even my fitted striped tee’s. It smooths out my newly acquired love handles (help me!), adds extra support to my back and keeps my chest from looking too offensive; basically it creates a nice clean line for me to build on. Treggings, okay I don’t know what the word means but they are extra stretch legging type pants with denim-esque details (mock fly front), rivets, etc. Zipping up your normal jeans when you expand into 3rd trimester is either impossible or impossibly challenging, the treggings give the illusion of a jean but with the comfort of a legging (or sweat pant) without compromising your style (or budget). A wedge bootie is a comfortable way to add height, which you’ll want if you aren’t blessed with Gisele like limbs already. It also hides the place where your ankles once were, mine are definitely looking like cankles! A fitted military style jacket will last you forever and goes with pretty much everything. You can find amazing deals on jackets in the kids section of most stores (buy the largest sizes), especially in stores that indulge in vanity sizing such as Old Navy, Banana Republic & the Gap.

pregnancy survival kit i beautyI am a little obsessed with avoiding stretch marks, they are supposedly heredity and my mom has them, but she was also only 85 lbs and had a toddler size baby for a newborn so I am hoping that I will be okay. I read that vitamin e is the key to keeping the stretch marks at bay or at the very least minimizing them. I have been applying Argan oil (super high in vitamin E) and this essential oil blend to my skin multiple times a day. I also dry brush (a form of exfoliation) a few times a week to get rid of excess dry skin + use a non-soap natural body wash to avoid drying my skin out. It’s not enough to just topically apply the vitamin e, I have been eating an avocado a day too! And of course, I am trying to avoid getting more hyper pigmentation when I am out and about so I carry around my powdered sunscreen and re-apply every two hours (I am serious about sunscreen).

Any items I should be adding to the kit for the next round up?

uniform / basic striped tee/ belly bra/ extra stretch treggings/ wedge bootie/ fitted military style jacket

argan oil/ alt. argan oil/body brush/ stretch oil/non-soap body wash/ powder spf

THE PERFECT BUTTON DOWN SHIRT

uniform the perfect button down shirt besottedFor years now I have wanted to add a fashion component to my blog, but I have been weary since I am not one to shop nor go for the latest fads. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE looking, I was a fashion publicists for more years than I prefer to admit and I get very excited to see what creativity comes out of the fashion industry each season but most items that come out won’t pass my criteria for adding to my wardrobe. I seasonally create a ‘capsule’ wardrobe of highly edited pieces that I can mix & match and create multiple outfits with, this is what I affectionately term my ‘uniform’. It makes dressing effortless and everything pretty much goes together, looks polished and feels very me. Contrary to what you may presume, it’s not boring and can be very creative. I think a beautiful tailored white button down shirt is a perfect edition to anyone’s base wardrobe, it’s super versatile and can easily go from office to casual without missing a beat.

Now for the downside of a button down for a girl (like me) that is uhm, a little busty–the dreaded gape. A gape can take an otherwise polished look and make it look unintentionally slovenly. That is where The Shirt by Rochelle Behrens comes in! It has a patent pending hidden button design that controls the gape and allows you to wear your button down without flashing everyone–brilliant!  They have many different bodies and colors, I am especially loving this silk camp shirt. If you are having a hard time imagining how you could incorporate such a basic shirt into your wardrobe, stylista Erin Hiemstra and a handful of her fashion savvy friends have some amazing looks to inspire you here.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall-truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.