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!
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. 😉 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!!" 😂). 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. 🙌🏻🎉
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!