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August 25th is National Secondhand Wardrobe Day!

To celebrate we are reposting Kari’s Accidental Capsule Wardrobe Blog on how to create your own capsule wardrobe. What is a capsule wardrobe you ask? Well, Wikipedia defines a Capsule wardrobe as, “A collection of clothing that is composed of interchangeable items only, to maximize the number of outfits that can be created. The aim is to have an outfit suitable for any occasion without owning excessive items of clothing. This is usually achieved by buying what are considered to be “key” or “staple” items in coordinating colors. You could achieve a great capsule wardrobe at Thrift Town. A wardrobe is a personal thing and so much depends on what you do with your days like, if you work, have kids, etc.

Mix, match and layer for endless possibilities.

  • Fun Jewelry to Accessorize Any Outfit
  • Fashionable Scarf
  • Statement Jacket
  • Shrug/Poncho
  • Cardigan Sweater
  • Vest
  • A Dress (can be dressed up or down)
  • Sweatshirt
  • Long Sleeve Ts
  • Blouse
  • White T-Shirt/ or Graphic T
  • Neutral Tank Top (black, grey, white)
  • Dark Skinny Jeans
  • Distressed Boyfriend Jean
  • Black Leggings
  • Tall Boots
  • Ankle Boots
  • Heels/Dress Shoes
  • Ballet Flat
  • Athletic Shoe
  • Casual Tennis Shoes such as Converse or Vans

Check out our Fashion Fridays on Facebook or Instagram every Friday for inspiration. Our blog is also full of great ideas on creating fantastic fashions for much less than buying traditional retail or shopping online. -Ashley


Ever Photo image of a closet rack and women's clothingyone wants life to be a little simpler, decisions be a little easier to make, things be more affordable and to look effortlessly pulled together at all times, right? Have you heard of capsule wardrobes? If I said I’d “been wanting one” for awhile that’d be a lie. I wanted to want one, because it seemed to make getting dressed so much simpler, but I didn’t actually want to give up all the great clothes I love in order to attain the simplicity. Then a capsule wardrobe kind of happened to me.

I have tried to do the capsule wardrobe a few times and I just couldn’t let go of the volume of clothes I have, mostly because I actually like and wear almost all of it. But then our landlord told us he was selling our beautiful house and we needed to find a new place. By the time we had to move, we still didn’t have a place lined up and I had to pack almost everything in storage and pick just one small bin of pieces to have while we stayed with friends.


This is now all of what I choose from every day. I’m just over a month into my forced pared-down wardrobe and I’m not in agony over lack of choices like I thought I’d be. It is so FREEING to have a super versatile set of pieces that can mix and match any which way, and I know it will look good. I have yet to have one of my sessions where I try on a ton of different outfits and just can’t decide. It is WAY easier to be decisive with less to choose from.


     Photo image of women's feet in sandals


ONE pair of sandals. Two pairs of booties, 1 black, 1 brown. 1 pair of heels. 1 pair of tennis shoes. That’s it. WHAT? Just essential well-made pieces.

Here’s a super comfy look I threw on to run some errands. The beauty of it is, almost any of these pieces can be dressed up or down and are versatile (especially since they’re all neutral) and I didn’t over think it, or get overwhelmed because there weren’t a TON of things to choose from.

     Photo image of woman in sweatshirt that says Heart and Soul


All neutrals. Cozy, comfy.


     Photo image of woman's black leggings with texture pattern


Love the super subtle pattern that gives it interest without being too much.


     Photo image leggings, top and sweatshirt


Layers of soft and simple.


     Photo image of woman in t-shirt, leggings and sweatshirt tied around waist.


The great thing about layers is un-layering if need be, and still looking cute.


     Photo image of woman in t-shirt, cardigan and black leggings


And in a pinch, I can swap out the sweatshirt for a less casual cardigan, throw on some booties and bring it up a notch from running errands to grabbing dinner with a friend.

Now that I know that I can not only survive with less, but am actually thriving in it, the only thing that could feel better is sending my things on for someone else to love.

Happy National Secondhand Wardrobe Day!




    Kari Shipman is a personal stylist, image consultant and art director with her company   Juniper James. Thrifty, crafty, and resourceful this passionate momma and business owner has been our featured blogger since we started the blog in 2010.


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