Karin Emily

Interview

My favorite quote from the most recent formula post is: “I think most people have some sort of outfit formula, but it may not be super obvious. But once you figure out what yours is it makes dressing/shopping a lot easier.” Can you give us some tips on how to identify our formula and how to build off of it? Figuring out your outfit formula can be tricky... even though we often already have a formula in action! We often get in our own heads after being bombarded with style inspiration from every direction on social media, and that innate attraction we have to a certain formula can get drowned out by what we think we should be wearing. So my best advice for figuring out what your formula is, is to take a social media fast. It doesn't have to be for super long... a few days, a week, whatever! Just take a bit of time off, and during that time pay attention to what feels really good when you're getting dressed. We can trust our feelings more than I think we think we can! Write down what felt good about the outfit, and keep writing things down as you discover them. After about a month (or in some cases a few weeks), you'll start to see patterns emerging which will be the key to figuring out what your personal style uniform is.

I would love to know more about your term “timeless wardrobe”. You talk about capsule wardrobes on your 'about page', and mention the term timeless wardrobe in your welcome message. How do you differentiate the two/what does it mean to have a timeless wardrobe versus a capsule wardrobe? In my opinion, a capsule wardrobe is a tool to help you minimize your wardrobe options (whether permanently or for a short while), whereas a timeless wardrobe is a mindset that avoids wasteful consumption of fashion. I used to keep a permanent capsule wardrobe in a much more formal way. Now I've realized that I don't prefer keeping my overall wardrobe small just for the sake of keeping it small, rather I like to take a more wholistic approach to my wardrobe and shopping, which is to only add pieces to my closet that I will love and wear for a long time. It's not about a specific number, but instead about only adding pieces to my wardrobe that will carry me through many seasons. So when I'm looking to make a purchase, I do my best to avoid trend pieces that will be out of fashion by the next season. Instead I look at more classic pieces that are timeless so that I can keep them for as long as their lifecycle will allow.

I have plenty more styling questions but I will leave it to our viewers to check out your blog :) My last question is one that we ask all our interviewees. Who inspires you and/or where do you draw inspiration from? I know I said to stay off of social media, but I find a lot of inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest! Some of my favorite influencers are Audrey CoyneAida of Basics TouchHannah of CocoBeautea, and Anouk Yve. They all embody that classic, timeless style I'm very drawn to! I also really love searching through old photos of Diane Keaton on Pinterest.

My favorite quote from the most recent formula post is: “I think most people have some sort of outfit formula, but it may not be super obvious. But once you figure out what yours is it makes dressing/shopping a lot easier.” Can you give us some tips on how to identify our formula and how to build off of it? Figuring out your outfit formula can be tricky... even though we often already have a formula in action! We often get in our own heads after being bombarded with style inspiration from every direction on social media, and that innate attraction we have to a certain formula can get drowned out by what we think we should be wearing. So my best advice for figuring out what your formula is, is to take a social media fast. It doesn't have to be for super long... a few days, a week, whatever! Just take a bit of time off, and during that time pay attention to what feels really good when you're getting dressed. We can trust our feelings more than I think we think we can! Write down what felt good about the outfit, and keep writing things down as you discover them. After about a month (or in some cases a few weeks), you'll start to see patterns emerging which will be the key to figuring out what your personal style uniform is.

I would love to know more about your term “timeless wardrobe”. You talk about capsule wardrobes on your 'about page', and mention the term timeless wardrobe in your welcome message. How do you differentiate the two/what does it mean to have a timeless wardrobe versus a capsule wardrobe? In my opinion, a capsule wardrobe is a tool to help you minimize your wardrobe options (whether permanently or for a short while), whereas a timeless wardrobe is a mindset that avoids wasteful consumption of fashion. I used to keep a permanent capsule wardrobe in a much more formal way. Now I've realized that I don't prefer keeping my overall wardrobe small just for the sake of keeping it small, rather I like to take a more wholistic approach to my wardrobe and shopping, which is to only add pieces to my closet that I will love and wear for a long time. It's not about a specific number, but instead about only adding pieces to my wardrobe that will carry me through many seasons. So when I'm looking to make a purchase, I do my best to avoid trend pieces that will be out of fashion by the next season. Instead I look at more classic pieces that are timeless so that I can keep them for as long as their lifecycle will allow.

I have plenty more styling questions but I will leave it to our viewers to check out your blog :) My last question is one that we ask all our interviewees. Who inspires you and/or where do you draw inspiration from? I know I said to stay off of social media, but I find a lot of inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest! Some of my favorite influencers are Audrey CoyneAida of Basics TouchHannah of CocoBeautea, and Anouk Yve. They all embody that classic, timeless style I'm very drawn to! I also really love searching through old photos of Diane Keaton on Pinterest.

On your blog, you go into depth about capsule wardrobe formulas which I found fascinating. I was wondering if you could give our audience your thoughts on capsule wardrobe formulas and how to build them? Capsule wardrobes are a great tool for anyone starting out on a wardrobe curation journey! Often times I hear people say that they could never have a capsule wardrobe because they love their clothes too much, and I totally get that! I think when we are able to hold a more loose definition of capsules they can be an extremely helpful tool. What I mean is, sure you can do a typical 30 some piece capsule wardrobe and have that be the entirety of your seasonal wardrobe. That works for a lot of people, and it's a great way to truly enjoy the clothes you have in that capsule. But for a lot of people, living with 30 pieces of clothing a season is out of the question. So instead of trying to pare your closet down to 30 pieces, you can work on creating mini capsules within your larger wardrobe. Maybe its a 10 day mini capsule, or a 30 day larger capsule... the point is if you set a few paramaters for a limited amount of time, you can really hone in on certain style elements you are drawn to that might be harder to notice when you're working with a larger set of clothing. And when you do these smaller capsules (or larger ones!), try to ignore any "rules" you may have heard about what should be included. Go with your gut! What feels right in that capsule? I mean, if you feel like you need 20 pairs of 5 inch heels in a 30 piece capsule... maybe you should think about diversifying (or maybe not!), but your gut will tell you a lot about what should be included. And then the more you do them, the more you'll figure out what works and what doesn't!

Follow Karin at @karinemilyblog

Karin Emily

Interview

On your blog, you go into depth about capsule wardrobe formulas which I found fascinating. I was wondering if you could give our audience your thoughts on capsule wardrobe formulas and how to build them? Capsule wardrobes are a great tool for anyone starting out on a wardrobe curation journey! Often times I hear people say that they could never have a capsule wardrobe because they love their clothes too much, and I totally get that! I think when we are able to hold a more loose definition of capsules they can be an extremely helpful tool. What I mean is, sure you can do a typical 30 some piece capsule wardrobe and have that be the entirety of your seasonal wardrobe. That works for a lot of people, and it's a great way to truly enjoy the clothes you have in that capsule. But for a lot of people, living with 30 pieces of clothing a season is out of the question. So instead of trying to pare your closet down to 30 pieces, you can work on creating mini capsules within your larger wardrobe. Maybe its a 10 day mini capsule, or a 30 day larger capsule... the point is if you set a few paramaters for a limited amount of time, you can really hone in on certain style elements you are drawn to that might be harder to notice when you're working with a larger set of clothing. And when you do these smaller capsules (or larger ones!), try to ignore any "rules" you may have heard about what should be included. Go with your gut! What feels right in that capsule? I mean, if you feel like you need 20 pairs of 5 inch heels in a 30 piece capsule... maybe you should think about diversifying (or maybe not!), but your gut will tell you a lot about what should be included. And then the more you do them, the more you'll figure out what works and what doesn't!

Follow Karin at @karinemilyblog