Capsule Wardrobes Don't Work and Here's Why

Even if you don’t believe in New Years Resolutions, the start of 2019 feels like a time to make little and big changes. Eating healthy, journaling more, or creating a vision board may be on the agenda, but there’s one last thing I’d like to add to the list.

It’s time to ditch the capsule wardrobe and the idea of it all together.

Here’s why:

  • Capsule wardrobes don’t teach you anything about your style.

We’re all hungry for knowledge, and instead of nourishing your desire to learn, capsule wardrobes are like a diet pill that will eventually leave you needing more.

  • Capsules wardrobes don’t allow your style grow.

No one wants to be stuck in what they wore back in 1995. Your style should always grow with you, because it should be an accurate representation of you in this current moment.

  • Capsule wardrobes don’t give you meaning, purpose, and understanding.

These three things are inherent human curiosities and when you love your style, you’ve find them in your style.

  • Capsule wardrobes put you in a box, when you style is completely unique.

Your style is 100% unique. Why? Because it’s the physical representation of you. Your closet should be made up of pieces that represent your personality, experiences, and preferences.

  • Capsule wardrobes aren’t designed with your body in mind.

Every woman has a different body type and color palette, which are among the most important factors to take into consideration when building a wardrobe that's specific to you. That's the foundation from which you can grow your style.

  • Capsule wardrobes rob you of your creativity.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a creative person, your ability to choose one piece over another in the store makes you creative. Choosing, styling, and playing with your wardrobe is one of the most satisfying and exciting part of style.

  • Essentials and staples don’t exist.

You can’t build a wardrobe and think you absolutely must have certain pieces in your wardrobe, because there are no staples. Even if your job is business formal, you should have the choice between a navy suit or grey suit. Each choice is specific to you.

But there’s hope. There always is with style, because guess what…

You have style. You always have, and you always will. And there are keys is to continuously developing it.

Here’s how:

EMBRACE KNOWLEDGE.

There is nothing more important than knowing what works for your body type, color palette, and lifestyle. Even if you fluctuate size or change your hair color, your body type and color palette do not change over the course of your life. In learning these guidelines around your style, it allows you to get unstuck and feel the absolute freedom that comes with your unique and thoughtful style.

UNDERSTAND TECHNIQUE.

When I work with my clients, I apply a number of styling techniques in their current wardrobe or when building a fresh one. As I style, I talk through these concepts with my clients, so you can take what you learn and run with it.

You have style. And the concepts I apply you may already be familiar with from other creative endeavors, but you may not know how they apply to your closet.

In understanding exactly how styling works and owning your creativity in your wardrobe, you get the confidence and perspective on your wardrobe that your style has always needed.

Unsure of what that might be like? Hear from these bold and powerful women.

BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF.

This is such a core part of developing your wardrobe, because it requires you to think about your needs, wants, and goals. What are the words that speak to you when you think about your ideal wardrobe? Is comfort your number one with all your outfits? Do you reach for a smart sneaker in lieu of a pump for a day out in Austin?

I uncover these answers in your wardrobe, so your wardrobe isn’t just a bunch of random pieces. It’s a collection of items that reflect exactly who you are at your core.

Style is a journey. It evolves and shifts with you. It should be fun and rewarding. It should satisfy your curiosity, and, at times be a little self-indulgent. It should celebrate you.

If you’re ready to bring your style up to speed with where you’re at in 2019, I would love to work with you.

In our time together, we would dive deep into your personal, unique style. Together, we uncover your most useful and most loved pieces from your wardrobe that accurately represent you in all facets of your life.

I teach you your body type, color palette, and how to apply styling techniques to your wardrobe based on your particular style. I help you build on what you have, so your wardrobe is made up entirely of pieces you love and have the desire to wear.

Want to connect with me 1-on-1? Let’s chat. Together we’ll discuss your unique goals, hurdles, and style to ensure we find the perfect solution for you and your style.

I wish you so much love and light in this new year,

Xx.

Raquel

Plump. Pout. Kiss. Repeat.

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, but probably not for the reason you'd expect.  I'm admittedly not the girliest of girls, but I can’t skip an opportunity to mix as many shades of red and pink together as possible. I love the vibrancy, the enthusiasm, and the passion of Valentine's Day. I like to get festive with my colors.

Last week a friend asked how my husband and I plan celebrate.  Does any other question come with more expectation behind it than that?! Always quick to divert, I spouted off how I plan to use the greeting card holiday as an opportunity to devour loads of chocolate. And as a feminist, I said I planned to purchase the chocolates myself, simply out of principle.

I cannot lie. I'm one of those types. I act like my only interest in Valentine's Day is the sweet treats, but when the day arrives, I'm a total sap. I'm going to want to get dolled up and have a night out. What actually came to mind when she asked my plans was my clothes and all the colors. 

Naturally, the shade of lipstick was top of mind along with a dress, heels, and lingerie. There's no better time than Valentine's to rock a killer red lip and feel like your most fabulous self (in the shade that most flatters you). Even if a date night is not your activity of choice this Sunday, you deserve to feel sexy. Red lips will do the trick. 

Let’s talk undertones. Like all beauty, its what's underneath the surface that counts. In case you don't know what undertones you have, lets do a quick assessment. Turn your palm face up. Look at the tips of your fingers. What colors do you see?

Do you see more purple, blue and deeper reds? If so, you might lean more toward cool undertones.

Do you see more orange, yellow or coral? If so, you might lean more toward warm undertones.

And if it's strictly red, you might have more neutral undertones.  Let's go from there!

for cool undertones:

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how raspberry hues and merlot hues will complement those with cool undertones.

for warm undertones:

Raquel Greer Gordian explains how warm undertones are complemented well by oranges, rubies, and reds.

A neutral choice:

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how neutral tones are complemented by bright rosy shades, as well as a classic cherry or brick red shade.

Cool undertones, I'm looking at you. Think: raspberry hues that will add pinks to milky complexions, and merlot for a striking contrast.

Warm undertones, you're next. Don't be scared to add a touch of orange to your palette! Or, is a matte ruby red more your style? And don’t rule out the warmth of the perfect plum.

To all the neutral tones: If you lean more in the direction of pretty in pink, find a bright rosy shade.  If red is more your style, go with a classic cherry or brick red.

Your style is a direct reflection of what makes you unique and what inspires you. This Valentine's Day, go bold with a shade that makes you feel romantic and perfectly suits your color palette.

Want more info on what your best colors are? Contact us to find out exactly what your true color palette is.  

 

Now I would love to know! Which color palette best suits your undertones? Do you have a go-to lipstick shade? Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me all about it!