The Cluster Effect
Raise your hand if you’re excited for Fall! This girl is definitely ready for all Autumn has to offer, golden colored leaves and cooler temperatures will be a great change from the heat and humidity that practically had me melting on the daily. So now that Summer is officially over it’s time to cozy up in our sweaters and jackets.
When this time of the year rolls around I don’t stress about what to wear. The key to the ultimate Fall wardrobe is owning pieces that are interchangeable (think capsule wardrobe). If you’re not familiar with this term, it’s several pieces (tops and bottoms) in neutral colors (black, brown, ivory, gray, tan or navy ) accompanied by a brighter color (red, pink or violet for example) of your choice that harmonizes with the neutrals. Prints are also apart of the capsule, but must contain colors from your palette.
Yes, this season there are lots of trendy items to splurge on, but do you really need it? The dad sneaker trend, the plaid trend, the logo trend, the animal print trend, you would go mad trying to keep up. Some women have the energy and the cash flow to keep up with the latest. I on the other hand, like the idea of choosing one or two trends that suit my personal style and sprinkle it into my wardrobe. This is the best way to update your look every season without breaking the bank. I’m all about no guilt shopping.
Before looking to create a capsule wardrobe which can be very time consuming and overwhelming all at once. Start with a cluster wardrobe which can create a segue into creating a capsule. All it takes are a couple tops and a couple bottoms that can be interchanged to create a small number of looks. Just like the capsule wardrobe, adding different shoes and accessories can make your outfits look fresh and new.
Think about your lifestyle before you begin putting your cluster or capsule together. How much time do you spend for leisure, work, home and extra curricular activities? This will determine how you begin creating a wardrobe that is functional everyday and makes sense when it comes to your needs. Creating a pie chart is a good way to determine where most of your spending budget should go.
My work, hobbies and entertainment time all mesh together. So, in my case my clothes work all day long from day to night. I don’t spend much money on gym clothes and wear old t-shirts when lounging around taking care of my son.
Putting your cluster and capsule wardrobe together will save you so much time and money. You won’t be spending time in your closet searching for the “right” outfit. Every outfit will be the “right” outfit and you won’t have to think or even stress about it. Taking a few days to really plan out your wardrobe either with a wardrobe consultant or on your own will give you relief for the season ahead.