4-30-18 THIS WEEK: Build a Capsule Wardrobe for Spring

April 30, 2018, 2:06 pm by MSP


We prepare our yards for spring and spruce-up our front porch at the first hint of warmer days. But what about our wardrobes? Do we move our out-of-season clothes to the back of our closets and prepare our wardrobes for spring?

Spring has sprung! Have you stored away those thick winter scarves and fuzzy sweaters until next year? Most women don't. And this is what creates chaos in our closet. Over time, you end up looking at too much of this stuff every day... and 80% of this "stuff" never gets worn! Why do this to yourself? Wouldn't it be better to go into your closet and pull out something fabulous that goes with everything else? This week at MissusSmartyPants...this style simplicity will be yours!

This week: learn how to create a few "capsules" within your wardrobe-before the start of the season. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items that never go out-of-style. Items such as skirts, slacks, and blazers, etc; which are then updated with trendy seasonal pieces and accessories.


The concept of a "capsule wardrobe" was made popular by fashion designer Donna Karan back in 1985.  

She released "a capsule collection of 7 interchangeable work-wear pieces".

Who knew capsule dressing would stream-line our closets like this!


What could be better than a spring capsule wardrobe? Hmmm....Nothing. It's one of the best ways to ease your mind (and your wardrobe) into a new clothing season.

You will find that when you narrow down your choices to a few key pieces...suddenly you have more to wear, dressing is quick and easy and (get this) you are more stylish! Yes, really. This week's "How To Build a Spring Capsule Wardrobe" will become an essential tool you will use season after season!

This week: a list of 10 essential items (and 10 rules you MUST follow)This week...it's Wardrobe Planning 101 at its best. Find out how to plan your best spring wardrobe-ever!


Get your copy this week in your MSP Personal Profile!


MSP's Weekly Style Mission

For sure, this week you'll get lots of wardrobe tips to help you create one fabulous cohesive capsule wardrobe. In fact, you'll going to wonder WHY you've never done this before. Who knew dressing so stylish could be so easy and so fun??! Staying with this frame of mind...this week's Style Mission has been created to help you get your spring capsule started.

This week's Style Mission: Create ONE "go-to" outfit for spring.

It's a little too early to break out your sundresses (since there's still a bit of cool in the air)...yet it's time to lighten-up on the layers!


An outfit suggestion for you:

Pick a neutral-colored bottom.

Add a colorful tank or long sleeve tee.

Add a light spring jacket

Add a trendy necklace to complete the look.


Think: color theme. For example, as seen below: light denim blue 

warm carmel brown (with your jacket and accessories)...





What SYSters Are Saying


Dear MSP- Do you remove labels from scarves or not? Thank you. Jill


MSP HERE: Dear Jill,

Yes. You should remove tags from scarves whenever possible. They often get in the way and end up exposed. Use a seam ripper to carefully remove them.

TIP: I like to keep the tags in my panty drawer so I have the washing instructions when needed!

Love, Leslie MSP



Did you take the "no black" challenge we had a few weeks ago? If not...Give it a try this week!


Dear MSP: This challenge was really tough. I've been trying to break out of this rut for a couple of years, and it's a real challenge. I buy most of my clothes at a consignment shop, and it's amazing, but a lot of what shows up that is stylish is black!
I did wear light blue twill pants, instead of jeans, with several different colored tops. Best one was coral.
I bought a long necklace that is coral and pale brown and blue that livens up a number of my outfits.
I wore gray capris and a yellow and gray striped workout top to my yoga class instead of black.
But when we went out dancing on Friday night, I caved in and wore a black skirt and a black top.

This challenge was fun, and it definitely helped to get me out of my winter rut. Even here in Central Mexico, December and January were colder than usual. But the sun is now shining brightly every day. Next purchase -- a flattering sun hat!



MSP HERE: Dear Joelle,

Thanks for taking the "no black" challenge. It is fun to discover how much we rely on black in our wardrobes. I still challenge all my SYSters who did not join us to give it a try in their own wardrobes for just one (1) week! You'll be amazed at the results!

By the way, your non-black outfits for the week sounded wonderful....and yes, quite stylish (perhaps you even had to put more effort into your outfits in order to AVOID wearing black?) Glad to hear it helped get you out of your "winter rut" by participating this style challenge!

Love, Leslie MSP


Leslie, The one idea I have used the most from you is to wear a skinny belt under a jacket or vest to give the impression of a waist. When I was shopping the other day, I did not have a skinny belt on. I was trying on a blouse that needed one. So I improvised by detaching my handbag's shoulder strap from both ends and using that!!! It did the trick. Jane


A Long Overdue Thank You!

Dear Leslie and Staff,

I'll try to make my thank you as brief as possible: For a number of years now (8 or 9, I don't remember now, maybe longer) I have been subscribing to Missus Smartypants, off and on at times, but I've always had my eyes on the newsletters that come out. Growing up I was the long-haired girl that ran around barefooted in short short cutoffs and t-shirts (think 60's hippie wannabee) for way too long with no one to blame but myself. As a consequent I had no idea how to dress myself, and a four year stint in the Navy was uniforms all the time, that is, when I wasn't running around in cutoffs, t-shirts and flip flops. Then I graduated to blue jeans, etc.

Over the years, people have tried to help me with my lack of style, much to their pain and my frustration, until one friend of mine began to bug me about you. Finally, to get her off my back, I began to subscribe and honestly, at times I was in angry tears from some of the things you would say about people who don't know how to dress themselves. Unfortunately there was so much for me to change, I couldn't do it all in one year or even three or four due to cost and time. So I started with panties one year, bras the next and so on from the inside out. This year I had my pants altered, it was a huge expense for me (I get things from Walmart sometimes) but I did it anyway, not realizing how much more comfortable my pants would feel. All these years I was holding my pants up with belts (my waist is at least one size smaller than my hips) not realizing I could do something about it.

Meanwhile, after reading your articles, I began to get an eye for clothes. Do I look fashionable now? Well not exactly, I have something much better...I have style! I love spotting things that would look good on me, can be altered if I wish and everything color coordinates. I actually enjoy going in my closet. Now, people tell me I'm always nicely dressed, that I seem to "have it together" and I tell them about you. Last year I decided to lose weight (another story all by itself, maybe share it on another occasion) and lost twenty five pounds in one year (I had the pant alterations to burn that bridge)! So I'm still working on this lifelong project, now with joy instead of sorrow and just wanted to let you know how much your weekly style articles mean to me and most likely a lot of other women just like me. With that, I will close with a deep, heart-felt "Thank You!" and wish you more of the same from many others on the same road as myself.

Sincerely, Anonymous