Mix and match for travel wardrobe capsule
Question: Can you elaborate on the concept of wardrobe capsules• I am retired and dress casually for the most part. But my husband and I travel internationally and still attend some dressy business functions.
Answer: A wardrobe capsule is a collection of basics, plus a few versatile accessories, that can be mixed or matched in a number of ways. The key is to stick with compatible fabrics and just two or three coordinating colors.
A travel capsule might include a jacket, cardigan, skirt and two pairs of pants in a favorite neutral color, and several tops in coordinating colors or prints -- all in lightweight, washable, wrinkle-resistant fabrics. Add walking shoes and evening shoes, a few scarves or pieces of jewelry, and an all-purpose handbag. Every piece should go with at least two other pieces in the capsule. For those business receptions, include a simple dress that could be teamed with the jacket or cardigan.
An informal capsule might include a skirt, jeans, capri pants and/or shorts, knit tops, a cardigan, sandals and sneakers, plus a few accessories.
Play around with the pieces. You'll be amazed how many different looks you can create.
Q: I have a long neck and like to pop my shirt collars so I look less like a giraffe. I used to be able to buy these thin, thread-covered wires, which could be inserted into the collar to make it stand up. I can no longer find them. Are they still available• And if not, can you suggest any alternatives?
A: A popped collar is a great look on anyone. It just gives an outfit a bit more attitude -- the way pushed-up sleeves do. And if your neck is especially short, just undo an extra button to make your neck appear more swan-like.
I'm not familiar with those thread-covered wires. (Readers, have you spotted them anywhere?) But a good fabric store should have the flat plastic stays that can be slipped into a collar to provide extra stiffness. I simply apply an extra spritz of heavy-duty starch to my collars when ironing my shirts.
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