5-10-21 THIS WEEK: Spring Capsule Wardrobe

May 10, 2021, 1:33 pm by MSP


Clear out the clutter and get a real working wardrobe. It's spring and the start of something wonderful for you: real working wardrobe. All you need is the how-to's for creating a "capsule wardrobe". 

This week: create a "capsule" within your wardrobe. 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. It's the best way to dress.


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

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


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 Capsule Wardrobe" will become an essential tool that will change your way of dressing.

This week: the list of 10 essential items (and 10 rules to follow)This week...it's Wardrobe Planning 101 at its best. 


Get your copy this week in your MSP Personal Profile! 


MSP's Weekly Style Mission

For sure, this week you'll get lots of tips to 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! Use this same idea (shown from this week's article) to do this week's style mission below.

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

It's might be a little early to break out your sundresses...yet it's time to lighten-up!


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 

Example below: light denim blue warm brown



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


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