Wardrobe Architect: The capsule wardrobe, palette, pieces and accessories

My participation in the Wardrobe Architect (WA) project was initially so I could create a Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter wardrobe for myself. Since we’re already in August, I suppose you could say I failed miserably at creating a Spring/Summer wardrobe (at least for 2015) but there’s still time for Autumn/Winter 2015. My last post finished with week 8 so let’s move on to weeks 9-12: creating a capsule wardrobe.

The capsule wardrobe

In week 9, Sarai explains:

A capsule wardrobe is a small, manageable subset of your wardrobe, and it usually is something you can plan seasonally (twice a year, or perhaps 4 times a year). A typical capsule wardrobe consists of between 20 and 33 items … it is the foundation for the rest of your wardrobe.

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Wardrobe Architect 2015: colour, print and beauty

Somewhat later than planned but better late than never; it’s time for another installment of Wardrobe Architect. This time, looking at the colours and prints that make up my wardrobe, and my hair and beauty style.

My colour story

Week 5 introduces you to colour: those you like wearing, are drawn to, have a large amount of, etc. To analyse my colour preferences, I pulled everything out of my wardrobe and like La Dulsa Tina, I used my phone and software (in my case Inkscape) to identify colours. Below are the main 20 colours in my wardrobe.

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Wardrobe Architect 2015: style, shape and silhouettes

Wow, 2015 is moving so fast! How is it March tomorrow?! Arriving late to the Wardrobe Architect party hosted by Coletterie meant I had to pretty swiftly work my way through the posts and exercises for January and February, weeks 1-8. Today’s post looks at January: defining my core style by exploring shapes and silhouettes.


My core style

After catching up with weeks 1 and 2, and following the suggested exercises, I outlined how my history, activities and body have shaped my core style. And then chose 3-5 words that I thought described me and my style. It turns out, choosing so few words is difficult but in the end I narrowed it down to: classic, simple, tailored, tessellate, monochrome. They’re pretty self-explanatory really apart from, perhaps, the last two. Some of my favourite styles involve tessellated patterns but I also very much like monochrome elements. I considered monochrome by itself to be quite restrictive, especially as people often take this to mean black and/or white. It doesn’t; monochrome simply means one colour.

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Wardrobe Architect 2015 Challenge

When I started following sewing blogs back at the start of my dressmaking journey in early 2014, I’d seen Colette Patterns’ Wardrobe Architect and was very intrigued. At that stage, I wasn’t of a suitable skill level to take part: still learning new techniques and selecting patterns based on what caught my eye. But when Colette Patterns launched the Wardrobe Architect 2015 Challenge in January, with Kristen at the helm, I recognised that I might now be ready to get involved. So I am!

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