Reader Feature: Laura's LA Chic Fall/Winter Capsule
As a relatively new blogger, hearing from readers is really, really exciting. I love getting feedback on the site, reading what you would like to see, and whether you have tried a capsule wardrobe. So, I was ecstatic when Laura emailed me to let me know that the site had inspired her to create a Fall/Winter capsule wardrobe! Then, I was momentarily jealous when I saw just how cool her capsule is:
I thought maybe it was aspirational, but no - this LA lady is just that cool a dresser!
Jealous fit over, I returned to being overjoyed and asked Laura if she would be interested in being my first reader feature. Thankfully, she said yes!
Meet Laura Ford
She looks like someone you want to hang out with, right? Laura is a tv and film producer in Los Angeles and a self-proclaimed fashion junkie. I am obsessed with her beautifully stylish blog Style Station, which you should check out as soon as you've finished this post. She lives in Santa Monica with her two sons, and keeps herself busy working on projects like a currently untitled Bruce Willis/John Goodman action comedy. (How amazing is that?! Can't wait to see it.)
OK, let's get down to business now and see what Laura had to say about her capsule wardrobe!
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO CREATE A CAPSULE WARDROBE?
I've always had a fairly streamlined closet so the notion of a capsule wardrobe made a lot of sense to me. Ines de la Fressange's Parisian Chic, Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and your blog have been great sources of inspiration.
What kind of capsule wardrobe is it?
This is a fall-winter capsule. Hopefully, it will cool down so I can wear more of it! I do wear a lot of these pieces year-round, though.
How did you select these beautiful items?
I chose these pieces because they are versatile and I love wearing them. I tend to buy what I like but I'm selective. When trying something on, I'll ask myself: Does it make me feel good? Is it comfortable? Will I wear it a lot? The answers have to be "yes" or I'll pass. I also get a lot of inspiration from women whose style I admire like Emmanuelle Alt and Charlotte Gainsbourg. They wear classic pieces and always look sexy, relaxed and rock & roll.
Did you choose only from your current wardrobe or did you purchase items, too?
I've owned most of these pieces for years; however, I did buy a few new things this season. I found the leather pencil skirt at a Helmut Lang sample sale. The R13 leather chaps were a big treat to myself and I've been wearing them ever since they arrived. The Chloé skinny scarf is new, too. I admired it on the runway (online) in February. It pulls together my outfits really well.
What are your favorite outfits for work, a night out, and weekend brunch?
If I'm pitching to a network or studio, my favorite work outfits are:
Joseph silk blouse, Frame Denim flares, Barney's belt, J Crew Pea Coat, Giles and Brother Choker, Givenchy bag and Acne boots
(Note: examples are similar items if original item was not able to be found.)
Rag & Bone black tank, J Crew Blazer (my son's), R13 grey skinnies, Barney's belt, Chloé skinny scarf, Givenchy bag and Isabel Marant boots.
On set, I'll wear:
Sonic Youth tee/black Rag & Bone tee/Levi's Vintage denim shirt, Made and Crafted blue skinnies, Everlane cashmere sweater, Rick Owens leather jacket and Nikes.
If I'm going out for dinner or drinks I'll wear:
R13 leather chaps, black Rag & Bone tee, Everlane cashmere sweater, Balenciaga bag and Nikes.
Sonic Youth tee, Helmut Lang leather skirt, Balenciaga bag, Rick Owens leather jacket and Tory Burch flats.
L'Agence lace camisole top, Chloe scarf, J Crew peacoat or blazer, R13 grey skinnies, Balenciaga bag and Acne boots.
For brunch I'll wear:
Made and Crafted blue skinny jeans, white Muji button front shirt, L'Agence lace cami, Balenciaga bag and Isabel Marant boots.
Gap striped shirt, Helmut Lang leather skirt, Balenciaga bag and Nikes
For a cocktail party or industry event I'll wear:
L'Agence black dress with Tory Burch flats, Balenciaga bag and Rick Owen's leather jacket
For cruising around Abbot Kinney in Venice on a Saturday afternoon:
Levi's Vintage denim shirt, R13 grey skinnies, Givenchy bag and Nikes
Gap striped t-shirt, Frame Denim flares, Balenciaga bag and Nikes.
The Only Hearts camisole I wear under everything.
How is it going for you so far? Have there been any challenges? What's the best thing you've noticed about having a capsule wardrobe?
I think having a capsule wardrobe makes things easier. There is so much product out there these days - in stores and online - that we can literally shop for anything, anywhere, anytime. It's fashion overload. With a small, well-curated closet, I can enjoy the beauty and fun of fashion without feeling like a slave to trends and consumerism. It's more creative, as well. It forces me to think outside the box and put together combinations I never considered before. In a weird way, with fewer clothes, I feel like I have more options.
What's your #1 tip to someone taking the capsule wardrobe plunge?
Only choose pieces that make you feel good...you'll never get tired of wearing them.
Thank you, Laura!!!!!
Later this week we'll take a look at what makes Laura's capsule wardrobe work so well. I don't know about you, but I'm inspired to pare down my closet even more after seeing just how versatile Laura's 28 item Fall/Winter capsule is. How about you?
If you have a capsule wardrobe and would love to share it, please drop me a note at rosie@thecapsuleproject,co!