Skirt Girl Edition: Capsule Wardrobe Process

I’m in the beginning stages of building a capsule wardrobe. This is the Skirt Girl Edition. I’ve done the easy part so far; filled a bin with what I call “final contestant clothes” — items I’m going to try on and decide what goes in the give-away bin and what stays. We’ll soon find out who the winners are.

I have a planned process. I’m sure it’ll be refined along the way. After careful consideration, I don’t plan on doing an all or nothing capsule wardrobe, but building mini-capsules based on function. For example, I’ll have a workout capsule, casual-wear capsule, professional-wear, etc. These pieces, minus the workout items, will have some clothes that fit in more than one capsule. I wear both casual and professional clothes to church, so both capsules will suit that function.

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My Process

  1. Complete a clothes assessment; which includes trying on clothes before the great giveaway. The most important questions to answer are, “Am I really going to wear it?” and “Have I worn it yet?” There are some things I’ve held on for too long and it’s time to say goodbye.  Some things I’ve never worn. Then I have some great quality and classic pieces that are going nowhere.
  2. Complete a color analysis coupled with considering what items I love and feel most confident wearing.
  3. Pair and coordinate items based on my body type, color analysis, season and function.
  4. Put aside any items I’m unsure about until I decide what to do with them. Donate what’s in the donation bin.
  5. Make a list of essential items I need in my main capsule. This is also called filling holes in my wardrobe.

I don’t feel the need to make a list of my clothing items until I’ve separated the clothes I’m going to donate from the keepers. Also, I started making a list of what I do and where I go, but I stopped because I found it unnecessary. Like most people, much of what I do is routine. As long as I can group my clothes into mini capsules that are generic; like casual, professional, workout/sports, etc., that’s good enough for me.

I’ll continue to update you on the progress I’ve made. Stay tuned!

Modest Fashion Stylist 101: Rectangle Body Shape

If you are a rectangle, your body shape is the most common among women. Forty-six percent of American women are rectangle. This shape is also called ruler, straight and banana.

Kate Hudson is an example of a rectangle. Curvy or full-figure ladies can also be rectangles.

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Description

•Bust, hip and waist measurements are nearly the same
•Waist is straight and not very defined
•Typically has a small bust, but not always
•Backside tends to be more flat than round
•Not many curves
• May appear to have more of an athletic or boxy look
•Straight legs, but may be shapely
•Straight shoulder line

Add Balance

One woman may want to celebrate her awesome athletic look by wearing a fitted sheath, classic shift or shirt dress. These silhouettes reinforce the rectangle shape.

Another woman may want to create curves that aren’t naturally there on a rectangle shape. You can modify the appearance of your body shape and add curves with certain types of clothes. This is what we call adding balance.

 

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Ruffle dresses are your friends, especially if worn near the bust or shoulders. Other dresses that suit your body shape include the wrap dress; dresses with rouching or cinching, especially on the sides (hips); gathering at waist & bust-line; dresses with a flared skirt and empire waist. Belted and banded dresses work especially well because they add definition to your waist. Dresses with front or side pockets look great on you, too.

Modest Fashion Styling Tips

The rectangle shape tends to have a straight shoulder line. Some stylists suggest opening up the neck area by showing cleavage. But it’s really not necessary to wear a deep-V just to draw attention away from your shoulders. You have the option of wearing a nice V-neck, sweetheart neckline or scoop neck dress that doesn’t dip too far down. If it does dip more than you’d like, a nice cami or smooth tank underneath can solve some modesty issues. Modesty4Me has high-neck camis. No pulling and tugging at sliding camis!

If you’re worried a cami or tank may bunch underneath or add unnecessary bulk, there are clip-on mock camisoles available. I bought a pack of five from Gordman’s. I’m not sure of the manufacturer, but it included a white, black, nude and 2 animal print mock camisoles.

Another tip to manage deep V-necks is to wear a statement necklace or lovely scarf. Perhaps choose a dress that has beautiful buttons, tiers or ruffles down the center of the bust area. These tips still handle the “draw attention away from your shoulders” suggestion without compromising modesty.

 

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Modest Fashion Stylist 101: Dress Silhouettes

The line, shape or form of a garment is called its silhouette.

The silhouette of a garment may alter the appearance of a woman’s body. It may flatter, or in some cases, be unflattering. It’s important to match the most suitable silhouette to your body, activity and event.

Dress Silhouettes

There are many dress silhouettes. The A-line dress is one of the most common silhouettes. For example, the skater dress is just a short version of the a-line dress.

Another popular dress is the maxi dress. The definitive silhouette of a maxi dress is its length. However, the length may be combined with other shapes to create a unique style, like the sundress, empire or tank dress.

Dress Silhouettes — Modest Fashion Stylist 101— Skirt Girl Edition — Model Me Girl

We’ll look at each type of silhouette as part of a series for Modest Fashion Stylist 101 – Skirt Girl Edition. We will talk about why a specific dress silhouette works well for a particular body type and suggest modest styling options.

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Skirt Girl Edition: Building a Capsule Wardrobe

Like many of you, I’ve looked in my closet and exclaimed, “I have nothing to wear!” While  there existed what some would call an excessive amount of clothes, I felt as though I had absolutely nothing. This nothingness was a result of not having the “right” clothes for me. Too many trends; not enough classics.

Capsule Wardrobe

I’ve been looking into creating a capsule wardrobe. For one, I’ve donated a lot, and I do mean a lot, of clothes, and my closet is still bursting at the proverbial seams. It’s time to purge more and upgrade by taking a minimalism approach. Could it be less really does mean more? We shall see…

A capsule wardrobe (coined by Susie Faux) is a collection of a limited number of clothing items that are timeless, transitional and classic. The online dictionary, reference.com, defines a capsule wardrobe as:

a collection of clothes and accessories that includes only items considered essential

The key is to select interchangeable pieces that coordinate well to create a fashionable, minimalistic style. When I think of a capsule wardrobe, the terms base, foundation, building-blocks, key and staple come to mind.

There’s a wealth of wonderful information about the capsule wardrobe across the web. I’ve found a lot of it very helpful in getting me started. With all of the information, I didn’t find anything that catered to skirt girls.

 Skirt Girls

Who are skirt girls? These are ladies and women (girls as a term of endearment and not belittling) who wear only skirts, dresses and skorts. The wardrobe is sans pants and jeans. Leggings, for example, are worn under skirts and dresses with length. I am a skirt girl. It’s my personal style choice and it’s reflected here on Model Me Girl.

Many fashion stylists give styling tips supposing the advice translates to all women. Surprise! It doesn’t. This is where I step in as a modest fashion stylist. I am in no way alienating women and girls who are not skirt girls, but welcoming the solo skirt and dress wearers who get left out of the mainstream fashion parade.

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It’s Only the Beginning

I hope you’ll enjoy this wardrobe building exercise with me as I present to you the Skirt Girl Edition: Building a Capsule Wardrobe.

I’ll give you peek into my closet and wardrobe as I update building my own capsule wardrobe—from lists, color analyses and styles, to fabrics, coordination and organization. Stay tuned!

Items

RSVP Spencer Peep Toe Pump • $69.00
STEVE MADDEN Women’s Frennzy Dress Pump • $129.00
TABITHA SIMMONS ‘Alexa’ ballerinas •  $595.00
GUCCI White Canvas Trench Coat (different color in set)  •  $1,995.00
ARMANI Check Tweed Blazer – Black/Red • $455
EQUIPMENT Harrison Bright White Slim cut silk blouse •  $214
WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET Long Ponte Black Pencil Skirt (alternative selection) •  $78.00
SEASALT Eden Skirt, Midnight Wash •  £45/$72.40
MARLENE BIRGER Jeanette skirt •  £175/$281.55
LIPSY Rachael Suedette Heels •  £60/$96.53
SAINT LAURENT ‘Paris’ ballerinas •  $578.17
PAOLO IANTORNO Marion Black Tall Leather Boots • $329