Blue and Green SAHM Capsule Wardrobe

We are smack in the middle of winter here in Oz, but new season's spring/summer stock is starting to hit the stores, and I am assuming the same is true (with fall/winter stock) for those of you in the northern hemisphere. This is usually the time I start to look at my wardrobe with an eye towards spring and what I need to replace or add to my closet. As regular followers would know, I am a convert to the ten item wardrobe concept, as defined by Jennifer L Scott in her fab book, Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris, and I will certainly be following that again for the upcoming season. A lot of critics, of this and other capsule style wardrobes, is that they can be boring. I find the opposite is true, and so over the next few weeks, I thought I would post some examples of capsule wardrobes that are easy to put together, easy to wear, and stylish.

Blue & Green SAHM Capsule Wardrobe

My first capsule wardrobe is designed for a SAHM who spends most of her time in casual wear, but wants a day-to-day wardrobe that is a step up from yoga pants and tracksuits. The key for any limited wardrobe to be workable is to stick to a limited colour palette, usually one neutral base colour and one or two pop colours for interest. In this case I have gone for navy as the base, with white and apple green as the interest. With just 23 items, including shoes, bags and accessories, this capsule can give you a multitude of outfits (I have shown 12 outfits, but there are so many more) that would be suitable all year round in a climate like my home in Perth, or most of the year in places that have proper cold winters.

Blue & Green SAHM Capsule Wardrobe - Skirt

A solid colour jersey maxi skirt is a great option for a SAHM wardrobe - it's comfy and practical to wear, looks great, and is easy to look after (you can usually throw them in the machine). 

Blue & Green SAHM Capsule Wardrobe - Jeans

Jeans have become the mainstay of most people's wardrobes and mums are no different. A dark rinse pair in a slim or skinny cut (depending on your figure) with little to no embellishments will get you the most mileage.

Blue & Green SAHM Capsule Wardrobe - White Jeans

Some people may be surprised at the addition of white jeans to a SAHM wardrobe, but I love them. While maybe not suitable with those with babies/little toddlers, for any one else, they are a fantastic choice, and if sticky hands do happen to fall on them, a good soak in some bleach will bring them right back as good as new.

As you can see, because all these pieces mix and match, you can make far more outfits than just the 12 I've shown here. Obviously you can adapt this to suit your own needs and desires; if you don't wear pants, swap the jeans out for a denim and a patterned cotton skirt. If you live in a cold climate, then add in a few true wintery pieces like a woolen coat, woolen scarves and some extra sweaters. Hot not cold? Switch in shorts instead! Finally, watch the fabric choices - my tanks and tees are usually made from a polished cotton or a modal, as they can be dressed up or down, unlike a ribbed cotton which is clearly casual.

Stay tuned for some more capsules over the next few weeks, and please leave me a comment if there is something specific you would like me to cover!

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