This week’s Wardrobe Architect is about finding out what silhouettes we like to wear. It builds on last week’s assessment of the shapes of garments we like to wear and puts them together to make outfits, which emphasise or hide different areas of our bodies by ease or length. The idea is that we will come up with some key silhouettes we like, which will become the templates for what we sew and what will hopefully become a capsule wardrobe.
I came up with a few ideas for outfits I like to wear – some are smart, some are casual, some are for Winter and some for Summer. I found pictures that were the shape of garment I was looking for, but not necessarily the colour. All image sources can be found on my Wardrobe Architect Pinterest board.
1.Skinny jeans, loose top, cardigan flats.
1.b Or the above outfit as a bit more casual with trainers and a different top.
2. Pleated Trousers with a loose shirt, jumper and flats
2.b Then there’s a more casual version of this with boyfriend jeans and trainers.
3. Short skirt, tights, slightly fitted top/shirt (tucked in), cardigan, flats or ankle boots.
4. Loose shift dresses, tights, cardigan, ankle boots.
5. Fit and flare Summer dresses with sandals.
I could swap out sandals for shoes or trainers and lose the cardigans and jumpers for more Summery versions of the outfits. Living in England we don’t have much of a Summer usually – a couple of weeks if we’re lucky – so layers are usually the way to go when it’s warmer.
I’ve found this week really helpful in terms of working out a capsule wardrobe! I’ve been feeling recently that I have lots of clothes and not much to wear, and I carry on making things but still think I have nothing to wear. This exercise will definitely help me pick what to make so that I have lots of combinations I can put together into outfits I actually like and feel are ‘me’.
I realise these are old posts, but still very interesting. I read a book called The Curated Closet which does the same sort of thing. Like you, I’m short , but in my 70s. I like my clothes to last but then get tired of them.
I can recommend shirt shaped dresses ( I have a bright red one from Jigsaw and plan to make as well) and if you are still keen on nice brogues, Clarks have some dull gold lace ups.
I like your blog.