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How To Curate A Capsule Wardrobe – #4: How Pinteresting…

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Okay, buddies!  We are in the home stretch…now it’s all about making final selections, filling in any holes, and finishing up that gorgeous capsule wardrobe of ours!  I’m so excited!

STEP 1 – Purge + Pile
STEP 2 – Nerd Alert List Time
STEP 3 – Fashion Show
STEP 4 – How Pinteresting
STEP 5 – Pull It Together, Girl!

If you are just tuning in, NO WORRIES.  There is no rush.  There is no beginning or end date.  Capsuling is a lifestyle change that can start whenever you are ready!  If you’d like to see how I create my capsules, here are steps [ONE], [TWO] and [THREE]…easy and quick!

And now…step four!!

For the second to last step, you’ll need a free Pinterest account if you don’t already have one, or you can accomplish this step by taking screen shots with your phone and saving them to a specific folder/album on your phone.  Either will work!  If you have a Pinterest account, create a brand new board entitled “Spring Capsule Looks” or something similar.  We are going to use this board to strictly narrow down our taste, style and outfit inspo before making final decisions on our actual capsule.  Here’s how I utilize this (fun!) step…

First…let’s not get all wily nilly and Pin-happy here.  πŸ˜‰  The purpose of this Pinteresting step is to really, really, really look at what outfits inspire you, what would actually work for your lifestyle, and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, looks that you could put together using only what you have left in your closet, give or take a few new purchases to round things out.  If you already have a style board or two, go poke around in those haphazard boards and see what drew you to the outfits in the first place.  Hint: look for patterns….  We’ll narrow these outfits down by using the new board we’ve created.  Only the top picks and most favorite looks get pinned to this new board.

Honestly, that’s the hardest part of this step for me: not pinning what I WISH that I looked like, outfits that are stunning but not actually feasible to my lifestyle, looks that I’d need to buy 85% of the pieces new, etc.  This step goes against the natural draw of Pinterest (“Pin all the things!!” πŸ˜‚).  Instead, we are narrowing choices, really being conscious of what is left in our closet for that season after the purge, being mindful of what we learned while filling out the Capsule Planner…curating.  This is curating!  We are DOING IT, people!!  We have arrived.  πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸŽ‰

Let me show you how I used this step to pull together my own spring capsule–here are groupings of like images that were in a few of my style boards.  (*Please see original pins for all image source credit*)  I moved them to my Spring Capsule Inspo board, and…what do ya know……?!?!?!  Patterns emerged!!  See what I mean below!

Notice any patterns?!  I was really vibin’ the blush pink and stripes, huh?  Well…that’s how I started to figure out my style, my looks, my pieces of interest for this spring capsule!  I began to notice these patterns which meant my eye (and my shopping habits, in turn) was being pulled in certain directions.  I knew I could put these looks together more or less with items in my closet, and the soft peachy pink and subtle striped pieces would help me add interest and pops of color to my capsule wardrobe for spring.  Boom!

Here I found a few more patterns emerge…

Y’all, 99% of my time is spent Mommin’ and the ‘drobe needs to fit that lifestyle!  Apparently, I was drawn to some comfy athleisure looks including joggers, sneakers and leggings, and those outfits are perfect for days on the go with the babies.  Likewise, casual denim looks with easy spring layers kept finding a home on my Pinterest boards, and so I gathered up the ones I knew I could replicate more or less with items I already owned!  Boom!

It’s so so SO satisfying to start to see patterns emerge (your favorite colors, cuts of clothes that draw your eye, styling similarities, lifestyle-appropriate outfits, etc), and I feel like once this step is complete and you realize what your style looks like, you are on your way, man!  It’s all downhill from here.  I love this step, because it gives clarity and cohesion to my closet…which once made me feel overwhelmed and embarrassed.  After step four, I hope you’ll come away with a little road map of sorts, knowing what your style looks like, and some fresh ideas on how to utilize pieces you already own and love!

Also, if you notice any gaps or missing necessities in your capsule, this is the time to really pre-shop and be mindful of what you want to buy in order to fill that hole.  For example, if your sandals from last year busted, your tees have stains, or those jeans have seen their last days, now is the time to research their replacement…and we’ll talk about pulling together the FINAL CAPSULE in step number five, the last step!

Almost done, buddies….!!

Hey–QUESTION: what’s YOUR question?!  I’m writing an FAQ blog post on capsules, so if as we’ve moved through the series you’ve come across any extra topics/questions you’d like me to talk about, leave them in the comments below!  I’m taking notes–for real!  Come say hi on Instagram and peek at my spring capsule inspo on Pinterest, too!

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  1. Lori says:

    I love your style! Very similar to mine! And my lifestyle is 100% mommin too haha
    Do you think you could touch base on your makeup?! I love how simple yet pulled together you always look & I need major help in the every day makeup department 😬😬

    • Erin Kern says:

      Mommin’ for dayzzzz. πŸ™ŒπŸ» And that could be a fun one! Thanks for the feedback! (Would it surprise you to know that my makeup is basically a little capsule, too….πŸ˜‚)

      • Lori says:

        No it actually doesn’t!! In a good way!!! I now want to capsule everything haha even my comfy clothes! You should def blog your makeup capsule!!! I’d love to see!

  2. Ashlee says:

    Hi!! Loving this..series? πŸ˜‚.. whatever it is.. I’m loving it! do you do some sort of capsule for accessories? Such as a go-to bag or staple jewelry? Also..your hair is so cute. How do u style it?! I recently went for a lob and I love getting ideas on how to wear it.

    • Erin Kern says:

      Well, thanks for reading along, Ashlee! And these are such good questions and fun ideas for future posts-thank you!

      • Jessica says:

        Kristina,
        I lived in Texas for a bit and know what you mean. I lived in skirts many times or easy knit maxi dresses…super comfy, breezy and can be dressed up or down πŸ™‚

  3. Kara says:

    So you might have said this somewhere already, but aboit how many pieces are in each of you capsules? And broken down by category (just an estimate) of how many tops, bottoms, shoes, etc? Thank you!

    • Erin Kern says:

      Oohh that’s a pretty frequently asked question, so you are not alone in wondering about it! I’ll for sure be touching on this first thing. πŸ™ŒπŸ»

  4. Lorraine says:

    I saw your story on instagram today… I missed the nane of the American eagle jeans and the target shirt… would you mind sharing, again, please? Thank you!

  5. Allison says:

    Just started following you and LOVE everything! You should post some hair and makeup tutorials…love your style! Also, I tried to click on the link to your Pinterest board and it is not working. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Erin Kern says:

      Ahh, thanks girl! Those would be fun posts, too–good idea! And I just went through and checked the links, and they are working for me….wonder if something’s up with Pinterest tonight?? You can click at the bottom of the page on the little black Pinterest icon and it should take you to my boards.

  6. Gloria says:

    Hi!! You may have covered this already -how many pieces or outfits do you recommend for a work attire (business casual) capsule? I tend to wear a ton of solid & black but I wanted to start adding more lighter colors. What are some classic attire combos/colors that you can recommend? Btw, I love your mommin style & NYX colors you wear 😊

  7. Jenifer says:

    I’m loving this capsule idea! I haven’t started even purging out my clothes yet because I am mid-diet!!! Should I wait till I am at my goal weight or start now? I also work in a high school library and need clothes comfortable enough to work in and supportive enough to last all day!!!
    Suggestions on HOW to start??

    • Erin Kern says:

      For sure–these are great! After changing sizes a million times with four pregnancies in five years, I FEEL YOU on when/at what size to start confusion. I’ll for sure touch on this in the post!

  8. Hayli Wells says:

    So excited to start this!! I saw on another blog post that you were considering a Mom Capsule Wardrobe…. YES PLEASEπŸ™ŒπŸΌ Thanks for all these awesome tips! I’m so ready!

  9. Kayla Edgeller says:

    I’m just loving all of this! I’ve been wanting to do this & you’ve given me the push I needed. I purged SEVERAL trash bags ( more than I’d like to admit πŸ˜‚) of all those "I used to love this" or "this will be good for when I go _____." Thanks again for sharing!! You’re stylish, but mommin’ style is totally me. I also would love to hear some beauty stuff from you, especially makeup. I too have freckles, but always cover them with a full face of makeup. I love your effortlessly chic look!!

    • Erin Kern says:

      Oh thank you! A makeup post could be fun! Would you be so super shocked to hear my makeup is basically in capsule form, too…? πŸ˜‚

  10. Miriam McKown says:

    You wore a gray Target top ( knotted) today…What size did you buy? I read some reviews saying that it runs big. I usually wear S. I’m wondering if I should size down.
    BY the way, I love your style and the Capsule Wardrobe idea!:)

  11. Kristina says:

    I have a question! So I’m a modest mama living in Texas – I have no true idea what spring is because HELLO! It is eternally summer sans like a month where we dip below 70 degrees. What are some of your favorite ways to stay cool without resorting to the dreaded short-short/daisy duke look that seems to still be ultra popular!? (Props to the mama’s that can pull it off – I just know that the spirit doesn’t lead me there and I know my limitations!) Thanks!

    • Erin Kern says:

      Ha ha, this made me laugh!! I’m in Oklahoma, and our spring is much like yours…nonexistent. 😩 That’s a great idea for the post!

  12. Stacey Sapp says:

    Thank you for introducing me to a capsule wardrobe! I love your blog and your style! My question is how do you find a balance in the different color and style tops you buy? While making sure you have enough layering shirts and nice blouses. I hope that makes sense.

  13. Kirsten Wentworth says:

    I’m an accountant, so I have clothes I wear to work (dress suits, heels, etc) and clothes I enjoy wearing at night and on weekends (jeans, sweats, etc). So I’m guessing I would do two capsules? I’m a little confused (concerned) how I would go about narrowing both down to about 40 pieces total- but heavens knows my closets need major shrinkage somehow! Also, with having a smaller wardrobe (coming from someone who has a definite style- classic and comfy- but also likes to spice it up occasionally) how do you avoid getting bored with your clothes re-wearing them so often or run out of cute outfits to assemble?

  14. Lindsay says:

    So excited to try a capsule wardrobe!!! It’s crazy to think I could have ONLY 40 pieces!!! And terrifying!! Quick question – you mentioned a lip gloss in your stories yesterday and I COMPLETLEY forget what it was!! I remember it was by NYC (I think?!) Thanks for the swell blog post!!!:)

    • Erin Kern says:

      Don’t be scared! It really stretches much farther than you’d think…promise! And the gloss was NYX in Tiramisu!

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