I’ve got fancy clothes on the brain right now because it’s about time to start pulling them out! In October, my hubby and I are celebrating our 3 year anniversary. (Insert heart and confetti emojis here!) In November, there’s Thanksgiving and the start of holiday gatherings. And in December, there’s the Nutcracker ballet, Christmas, and New Years. So much fun stuff to look forward to!
You’ve probably gathered this by now, but I don’t include special occasion clothes in my 37 piece capsule wardrobe. Why not? Because I want my capsule wardrobe to serve as my everyday, real life wardrobe. It’s only once in a blue moon that I need a fancy dress.
BUT. On the rare occasion that I do need to dress up, I’m so glad to have these three looks prepared + ready to go.
Let me paint a picture for you:
In the past, I would fling open my closet doors day of, realize I had nothing to wear, and impulsively go shopping for the perfect outfit. I usually ended up feeling frustrated + rushed and I’d inevitably end up with a ball of guilt in my stomach because whatever I’d bought wasn’t something we had budgeted for. Oh, and because of that guilt, I had settled for something cheapy that didn’t fit quite right and deep down I knew it was just going to end up in the donation pile. Oh, and then I didn’t feel all that pretty for the special occasion anyway because of my new ill fitting dress.
Now, things are different. Special occasions aren’t stressful because I have three totally different looks that I L-O-V-E. (Cue Nat King Cole)
Now all I have do to before a fancy night out is shave my legs. No guilt, no frantic last minute shopping, no ill-fitting dresses. Much better!
Let’s get into the how-to of it.
How do you build up a collection of high quality, fancy outfits without breaking the bank?
I mean, these pieces weren’t cheap — they are decidedly marvelous with each dress coming in anywhere from $180-$350.
- Take your time. I’ve built up this little fancy capsule slowly + intentionally over the years. I got the striped dress in 2012, the fit+flare dress in 2013, and the fringe dress in 2014. Just one a year — totally manageable.
- Start building your collection before you need it so you don’t suddenly put unneeded stress on your budget the day of an event.
- Go for distinctly different styles so you have something for any occasion.
- Ask for them as gifts – or – ask for gift cards to go towards them.
- Build one complete look at a time (including undergarments) so you don’t end up with several unfinished, unwearable outfits.
- To cut down on cost, try to use a bag + coat from your regular day to day wardrobe. For any of these looks, I’d carry my everyday Marc Jacobs cross body + I’d wear my grey cocoon coat.
chunky heels: Steve Madden
classic pumps: old from DSW — similar here
ankle wrap heels: Steve Madden