Best Friends Guide: How to Style a Graphic Tee

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by Angela

Graphic T- shirts are not as easy as they seem to find. I figured spring would be the best time to look for one. If you were my bestie, I would pick you up so we could go shopping to find you the perfect one.

You want your Graphic Tee to fit into your Capsule Wardrobe. So that means it needs to be the right color for you. And you will want it to match not only your jeans, but some of your shorts/ skirts too. It is the texture/ pattern part of the fashion formula so you will want several neutrals to pair it with!  Once you find the right color or mix, the wording or picture need to go with your personality. That was where I ran into a dilemma. I liked many parts of the shirts I saw, but the picture or what it said- just wasn’t me. So I kept looking.

My Mom and I went shopping  last week and I found this t-shirt. It fit all the requirements!Graphic Tee by itself

I found it at Maurices. If you have a Maurices near you- you will want to go. They have the most colorful front door and the CUTEST dressing rooms 🙂 That is always a good reason to shop at a store, right? Those front doors sure made a great impression on me.

Some other good places to shop for Graphic T’s might be Kohls, the Loft, or Gap. Floral Grapic T’s are on trend. Here is a one from Downeast.

So, my friend, once you have found the Graphic Tee, your jewelry lady friend here can help you style it!!!

This is way too much necklace.  And the colorful bracelet too. Too much!!!  It’s competing with your graphics. I can’t even smile completely with this much jewelry on! You are not allowed to pin this pic 🙂 Too Much NecklaceThis is better. Premier Designs Jewelry is the best about its versatility. This is just one part of the Sugar Rush necklace (same necklace above). It still has color that compliments beautifully but is more simple.Simple Sugar RushA Graphic Tee fits in more of the Sporty/ Casual look. So pair a necklace that is the same. This Silver Charm Necklace, Mix and Mingle, is my favorite look. Simple with a splash of fun- just like the Graphic Tee.

Mix and MingleA sweet necklace in the neckline is a good look too.

Love NecklaceLayer up the bracelets- pulling in one or two of the colors. Add some big earrings in place of a necklace.Earrings BraceletAdd in a completer step- denim jacket or cardigan sweater.

Denim JacketCardigan SweaterIt was a delightful morning out in the desert and my little friend kept photo bombing and posing with me! Is she the cutest photo bomb ever?!!

Daphne Photo BombHappy Graphic Tee shopping! Let us know in the comments where you have found a good Graphic Tee this Spring! All of your “So Delightful” Friends want to know!

Photo cred to my friend Terra Stopher of  Terra Stopher Photography . She is moving to AZ, bad for me but good for all our AZ readers!! Take a look at her website! She is fabulous!

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Friday Current Favorites

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Let’s talk about what we’ve been enjoying lately.  Ok?  Ang, you go first.

Ang: My favorite winter shoe has been the Ankle Bootie….then I saw the Spring Version! Peep Toe Bootie. I pinned a zillion of them on our Pinterest page.

Laura: I LOVE my ankle boots too, but my spring capsule for shoes is mostly flats. I need to branch out of that this year.

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One thing that has really upped my makeup application is a little thing called the Beautyblender Makeup Sponge Applicator.  This little sponge gets dampened and squeezed out.  Then, it works to smooth and blend in your foundation etc. and really leaves your face looking polished.  I use it every day. There are several places you can buy this, and several names it goes by.  I found mine at TJ maxi for under 10.00.

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Ang: I realized today when needing to order a vacuum part for my really old Dyson Vacuum, (like 14 years old)….that it has been the BEST vacuum. Looking for a dependable vacuum? Because REALLY, who wants to buy vacuums too often?? Boring! Check out the Dyson Vacuum, I saw recently!

Laura, what are you reading?

Laura: I’ve been working through, Bringing Up Girls , and Bringing Up Boys.  It has been helpful to understand some of the psychology of my kids, and encouraging me to try some things I haven’t thought of.

Ang: My hubby and son read New York Best Seller and enjoyed it! So I decided to give it a go. It’s good. Short chapters to read here and there on the go.

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Laura: My current favorite busy mama devotional is Jesus Calling .  I keep it ON the kitchen table in a little tray we have there.  I can open it up and in between bites and little bodies that want hugs and helps, I can start my day with a verse and directive thinking.

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OK!  Well, that was fun!  We are getting so excited about our entire March blog theme: March Meal Makeover!  It’s going to be an awesome reboot to your entire kitchen workload.

See you soon!

Angela and Laura

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Step By Step Capsule Creating (Part 4 of the Capsule Wardrobe Series)

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by Laura

We wanted to give you some step-by-step instructions to the capsule wardrobe and we’re going to dive right in because we know you’re anxious to do it!

Step One: The Collection (5-15 minutes)

  1. Go and find every single top that you own and throw it on your bed. (Not your workout clothes, not your grungy clothes, not your camisole tank top thingies).
  2. Go and get every pant, shorts, jeans, and skirt you own and throw it on your bed.  (Not your workout pants, not your pants with paint splatters).
  3. Go get the dresses. Dump onto bed.
  4. Hunt down all of your shoes and put them on the bed.  (Not your running shoes, not your house slippers).
  5. Go and find all of your coats, jackets, and other outerwear and bring that onto the bed.

*Having all or most of your laundry done before you begin is VERY helpful.

Good Job!  Now, don’t take a break, because you have to sleep here, so let’s keep plugging away at this ok?

Step Two: The Set-Up (5 minutes)

Go get a couple trash bags or empty hampers to help you with this sort, and COME RIGHT BACK.

The trash bag will be for things leaving your house.  Donations, give aways, trades with friends or actual trash.  The laundry basket will be for clothes that need to go in storage to wait for a different capsule.  Don’t take them off their hangers though, ok?

Your closet will now house absolute yes’s, the “I LOVE IT” clothes for your upcoming capsule wardrobe.

You’ll need a place for your maybe’s too.  I suggest keeping those on the bed.

Go print this printable, and take it into your sort room with you.Women’s Capsule Wardrobe Printable PDF

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Step Three: The Purge and Sort (1 hour)

  1. Starting with your outerwear, place anything you don’t like anymore, things that are too small, outdated, or smelly…in a trash bag.
  2. Your brain gets to start thinking about the upcoming capsule now!  So, if you are creating a spring capsule, and you have a parka in your hands, determine based on where you live if this piece should go in the closet, “maybe” pile, hamper, (different capsule), or trash bag. 
  3. Work through these steps with your shoes, dresses, your bottoms, and your tops.

OK!  That was a great initial sort. But, keep those trash bags and hampers there. We’re not done yet.

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Step Four: The Worksheet (45 minutes) 

Now is the time to start filling out your worksheet.  A pencil is a good option here, but who owns pencils anymore?! So, just be down with doing some crossing out.

Starting with the clothes you put back into your closet, (the absolute yes’s).  Put those clothes on your worksheet, noting color, pattern, sleeve length etc.  Feel free to change up the numbers too!  I decided I wanted one less dress, and 1 more pair of shoes in my capsule.  Totally fine.  Just try to stick to between 35-40 items total.

You should have some blanks when you are done for the maybe pile.  If not, it is time to get rid of a LOT of clothing.

Step Five: The Maybe Pile (30 minutes) 

Then, it is time to work through the maybe pile.  Try clothes on, figure out why they are maybe’s and decide right then and there what needs to happen with them.

If they are too small, have a reality moment, and let a friend enjoy them, if they don’t fit well on your body type, be like Elsa and “let it go”! Out of style-see ya.  Now some might be in the maybe pile because they don’t have the right pants to go with, or they need tailored.  Are you going to buy pants to go with it? Or take them to a tailor?  That’s for you to decide. Be real with yourself.  This section will take the most brain power, but you can do it.

Now, if any maybe’s made it into the closet YES zone, add them to your worksheet.

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Your bed should be totally clear now and you should have a closet of yes’s, a trash bag of OUT OF THE HOUSE stuff, a pile of clothes for another season’s capsule, and a proud moment!  You can take your trash bags to the car, you can take your “not this capsule” clothes to a different closet, or under-bed storage. Deal is, you can sleep in your bed tonight and get dressed tomorrow.  WINNING.

Step Six: The Plan

This step is for those who do not yet have a full worksheet/ have missing pieces from their capsule.

Maybe you only have 15 things in your closet that you love.  That is totally ok, because now you come up with a plan!

Sitting in a place where you can see your closet, decide what you need to help make this capsule work for you.  Think about a color story to stick with, or if you need a few shirts with patterns to break up the monochrome.  Maybe you have all color in the closet and you need some good neutral pieces. If your shoes don’t match your clothes, put those on the shopping list.

I like to do one week of shopping to fill my capsule, I take a picture of my Capsule Worksheet with my phone so I have it if I’m out.  Then I can see, “NO, you do NOT need another navy shirt, PUT IT DOWN.” Sigh, I heart navy.

After you get back from your shop, there it is!  Your full capsule!  You did it!

Now if you want to see how I created my spring capsule keep reading!


 

How I made my Spring Capsule

Knowing it was one week away from March, I decided to get my Spring capsule all lined up and take you through my process.

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First I took the clothes out of my closet that were for the winter capsule and wouldn’t continue into spring and put them in one pile.

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Then I took out what I thought could possibly continue into Spring and put it in another pile.

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Then I went and got the clothes out of my garment bags where I keep them if they are not in the capsule.  It’s like Christmas seeing some of my favorites again!

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Then I pulled out my worksheet and started filling in the absolute yes’s and laying clothes out so I can easily see them.  I worked through the maybe’s and if they didn’t make the cut I either put them in a hamper for donate, or I put them into storage for the summer or cold weather capsules.

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After some rearranging, I decided on these clothes, (above) for my spring capsule.  I changed up my numbers a little on my worksheet because I decided to go down to one dress so I could have one more pair of shoes.  Totes legit.

Capsule Wardrobe Storage

Then it was time to put away the clothes that didn’t make the cut.  I keep them in my children’s closet in garment bags, and also in under-bed storage bins.

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The clothes I don’t need anymore will get taken to the trash, sold, or donated.

I put my capsule back in the closet and was done.  It took me 1 hour start to finish.

So, you guys. I love the capsule wardrobe because my eye only has things I love to look at in my closet.  There’s less to look through, less options, so faster outfit choosing.  All my clothes are organized.  I save money to buy more quality pieces and I feel good about everything I put on.

We wish you the best with your capsule!

Click here for a free worksheet printable.Women’s Capsule Wardrobe Printable PDF

 

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Capsule Wardrobe for Kids (Part 2 of the Capsule Wardrobe Series)

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by Laura

Have you had the experience where your kid has grown out of their clothes and as you’re putting away the “too smalls”, you realize they didn’t even wear some of them?  How frustrating that has been for me!

After doing my capsule wardrobe and my husband’s the kids were next!  (If you don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is start here.) I could reduce excess clothing, and plan for what I needed to buy ahead. However, it wasn’t as cut and dry as the adult capsule wardrobe. There didn’t seem to be a universal formula.

With the adult capsule wardrobe the number 37 is generally how many items are in the collection.  I liked the numbers method, it gave me boundaries and goals, so my aim was to apply numbers to the kids clothing categories.

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BUT.

Kids wear warm weather clothes for six months, and cool weather clothes for six months and then they grow out of them.  So, I did a little math, and if they wore a shirt every other week, they would only wear that one shirt 12 times total. Was that worth the money I was spending?  SO I decided, shirts could be worn more than once every 14 days, but not less than seven because-honestly, who wants to see the same 7 shirts every week.  Tops=10.

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I thought through the rest of the categories, starting with my boy first, (way easier).  Taking into account; laundry, what season it was, wearing pants more than once before wash, potty training or not, how often we dress up, how many layers the season calls for, etc.  I came up with this!

Boy Capsule Wardrobe (Spring)

Tops:10

Bottoms: 9

Park and Play Clothes: 3 tops, 3 bottoms

Shoes: 4

Outerwear: 2

Dressy Outfits: 2 tops, 2 bottoms

Grand Total: 35 Items

I created a worksheet and filled in the clothing for a boy’s Spring wardrobe.

Malachi Spring Wardrobe

I made sure to note the colors I had, and collar or length, so that I could diversify, and make matches. So, I was ready to go for Malachi, now to take a deep breath and get to the girl capsule.  THRILLING.

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I mean, maybe your daughter only wants to wear skirts and dresses, maybe she puts clean clothes in the laundry, maybe she hates strongly dislikes the clothes you love on her.

I decided I would print out a template for her, haul out the spring clothes I had in storage and just start chipping away at it.  I didn’t need to know what the end result was, I just needed to start and worry about the numbers later.

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It came together!  Hey, I might have to do some flexing,we’ll try these numbers for three months. And here it is:

Girl Capsule Wardrobe (Spring)

Tops: 10

Bottoms: (pants, leggings, skirts): 12

Park and Play clothes: 3 tops, 3 bottoms

Shoes: 4

Outerwear (including cardigans): 3

Dress Clothes: 2 dresses

Grand Total: 37!

With Eva, I realized I have some shopping to do.  I’ve got my plan in place, the worksheet helps me see the blank spaces quickly.  I took good notes including the color of clothes, so that I didn’t buy all navy shirts and navy shorts.  #blueberrykid.

Then, I took a picture on my phone of the list, so I’ll have it on hand when I’m at the store and see a sale.  GENIUS.  I mean… what a great idea.

To download your own kid capsule worksheet,

click here: Printable Kid Capsule Wardrobe Worksheet

Happy Planning!

 

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Why I like the Capsule Wardrobe (Part 1 of the Capsule Wardrobe Series)

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by Angela

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

A wardrobe that is paired down for you of pieces that you love, that fit you well, appropriate for your lifestyle and for each season. In the desert, I have two capsule wardrobe bases- Summer, (hot weather) and Winter, (cold weather) and then a few things that are added in making Spring and Fall.

Why Did I Start a Capsule Wardrobe?

Thanks for asking! 🙂 Because I had a closet full of Summer and Winter clothes mixed together. I had some mediocre clothes I didn’t like that much, but just hadn’t gotten rid of.  Laura kept telling me about her Capsule Wardrobe and sending me blogs about it, and you just take note of these things your bestie is doing! At the same time, I read a George Brescia book, called Change Your Clothes Change Your Life.

Capsule Wardrobe Rules I followed.

There is a lot of info about Capsule Wardrobes out there! These are some that Laura and I have used!

Rule #1- Only keep things you LOVE! This principle came from The Change Your Clothes book. You will immediately know what items those are and you don’t really need to think about it. If you have to wonder- you don’t love it!! Empty your closet- everything! And only put back in the pieces you love. Even if you only have a few pieces in there at first your style will scream at YOU!

Rule #2- When you have emptied your closet you will have a pile of maybes. Assess why they are in the maybe pile. Doesn’t fit? Needs tailoring? Trade it with a friend or give it away. If you need help with this stage invite a trusted girlfriend or someone who you like their style over or skype with them if they live far away!

Rule #2- Pair down your wardrobe per season. Have approximately 35-40 pieces. This could include: 15 tops, 9 bottoms, 2 dresses, 2 outwear and 9 pairs of shoes. No need to include your pajamas/lounge wear, swimsuits, purses and the jeans you wear when you paint your living room. If you live in a place with 4 seasons, figure out your seasons- Winter (Jan- March), Spring (April- June), Summer (July- September), Fall (October- December). Don’t get caught up on the number of items or the seasons as much as what is working for you! I have found that I love to include one new dress in my Spring/ Summer Wardrobe that I can wear for Easter, and then graduations, weddings and any other summer events. Less is sometimes more and pieces that you LOVE with often interchange.

Rule #3- Enjoy your wardrobe for the full season. Don’t feel like you need to go shopping. As you get started you will still be doing some sorting of that season capsule. Take your time and figure out what is working or is not working. Then you will be able to keep those rules for you into the next season capsule.

Rule #4- During the last part of the season, plan what you have for the upcoming season and what pieces you want to add. Put away the current season, figure out what you will transfer to the next season and make your list for the few things you want to shop for and add. Check out the sale racks too for the end of season things you know you are needing.

Rule #5- Jewelry and Accessories are not apart of your seasonal capsule wardrobe so your possibilities of mixing things up is endless! I talk more about that in my Accessorizing your Capsule Wardrobe coming at the end of this week.

The Extra Findings of the Capsule Wardrobe.

  1. Keeps laundry manageable. Since it is more of a minimalist wardrobe. I do wear my jeans and certain clothes several times (especially if I just have them on for a few hours). My Laundry System and the Capsule Wardrobe work nicely together 🙂
  2. I found that I stopped feeling like I had nothing to wear when I stood in my closet! I liked all my options and found that the pieces mixed and matched so nice into outfits! See my Fashion Formula to how I put outfits together. I thought the Capsule Wardrobe might cramp my style, but instead it defined my style more!
  3. Keeps my closet cleaner and more organized! That is a plus!!! 🙂
  4. Having a Capsule Wardrobe has made shopping easier. I know much quicker what I LOVE and need. I have made fewer mistake purchases.

Don’t delay- no matter where we are at in a season, start today!! Clear out your closet with your BEST options! Be sure to watch for Laura’s post on a Capsule Wardrobe for your Kids! And then next I am going to share how you can add in Accessories to your Capsule Wardrobe. 🙂

Disclaimer: The closet above is my DREAM closet! Would love to have that closet system!

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