10 basics to wear in summer

Today we want to talk about the 10 basics to wear in summer. Because summer is here in all its blazing glory. Everyone is more thirsty suddenly and looking for shade. Do not let the fashion alarm bells start ringing! No way, ladies. Just adapt and update your wardrobe to be summer-ready. There are some choices that suggest itself, given the weather. There are some others that an outfit planner can ably guide.

Just give your wardrobe a thorough rummaging to decide upon your summer style.  Not essentially getting down on your hands and knees though. Wondering how? This is where an app like Chicisimo plays a role. You have your entire range of clothes documented on the app.  Once you have grouped them appropriately, you are all set to go. You can download Chicisimo  here for IOS and here for Android (if you need information on how to start with the Chicisimo fashion app, please check this previous post.). Ready? So, let’s go!

Here is a look at 10 basics to wear in summer and rock it:

Crop and tank tops

The coolest fashion item of clothing to own in summer. The outfit rather suggests itself, right? It is a must-have in your wardrobe. Not only does it look ‘cool’, it acts cool to. These are short tops with thin shoulder straps. Or none at all! They might be body hugging or with a loose fit.  Essentially they are midriff-baring outfits.  It is great if you have a flat tummy to flaunt.  If not, it’s ok too. Who cares after all! It is the comfort that sets the tone, right?

A basic summer outfit with crop top from Chicisimo fashion app

Shorts

Another outfit that spells summer. These are available in a variety of styles, colours and fabrics.  Have a word with your outfit planner regarding ones best suited for you. Each of you has a different body type. What suits one might not work on another. Try out various styles to find the perfect one.  One might also use Chicisimo for suggestions and ideas.

A basic summer outfit with shorts from Chicisimo fashion app

Cotton tees

Thinking beyond cottons is quite criminal in summers, right? Cotton is the most skin-friendly fabric out there. Make sure to make a place for cotton tees in your wardrobe. There are colours and styles galore. Your outfit planner will compulsorily advise having a white tee.  This is because it pairs easily with any other colour. In addition go for tees in pastels shades. The plainer they are, the more suited for summer. Give the embellished ones a miss. Deep necklines and loose fits help with airiness and coolness. 

A basic summer outfit with cotton tees from Chicisimo fashion app

Shirt dress

This one is a fashion clincher, ladies.  Very much in style these days, try them out.  Essentially long shirts, they are also called boyfriend shirts because of loose fit. They sit loosely upon you. They finish just above the knee generally.  A tee shirt dress too falls in this bracket.  Except for the fabric and styling, both answer to a general description. Shop for a belt to go with this.  The belt gives definition and shape. Of course how you choose the belt depends on your shirt.  Narrow or wide, plain or plaited, bold or subtle, you take the call. You can also look for suggestions on Chicisimo.

A basic summer outfit with a shirt dress from Chicisimo fashion app

White jeans

The accent here in on ‘white’, ladies. You will definitely feel braver to face the sun when clad in white.  Go for the lighter denims in white.  The advantage is you can pair these with any colour top of your choice.  As long as you settle for light shades and fabrics, you are summer ready. Stock up your wardrobe with this today, because definitely white jeans are one of the 10 basics to wear in summer.

A basic summer outfit with white jeans from Chicisimo fashion app

Linen clothes

Coolest and most comfortable fabric for summers.  Every designer opts for this fabric for the hotter months. Best part is- every kind of outfit is being made out of them.  Be is shirts, tops, skirts or trousers. Your outfit planner can suggest the best ones for you. Linen collection is a must in your summer closet.  They are a bit difficult to maintain though.  One needs to iron these and properly fold and store.  The comfort and the advantage of the fabric are all worth it though. Go for linens, girls. 

Linen clothes are one of the 10 basics to wear in summer

Palazzos

Airy, summery and cool, literally.  Palazzos are designed so that you keep airy in the hot months.  These fit snugly at the waist but then flare and flow like pyjamas. Ideal for summer wear.  The beauty of this outfit is that it can be super casual as well as semi-formal. Depends on the material you choose, as well as the top and accessories. Flexible and fashionable at the same time.

Palazzo pants are one of the 10 basics to wear in summer

Sandals

Just cannot stress on this more. Must, must, must own these in your wardrobe. How else would you give your feet some respite?  No way can you imprison them in closed shoes.  Let the closed ones be kept aside for office if you wish.  And then lovely open footwear for your galas. For every other time in summer go for sandals. There is nothing more comfortable than slipping your feet into them. Get a range of these today.

Sandals are one of the 10 basics to wear in summer

Sunhats and sunshades

Not every summer basic need be about clothes, right? It is the overall look you are aiming for. Sunhats and sunshades protect your hair and eyes from the harmful UVs. Not only that, they bring in a dash of style that is amazing.  Invest in high grade UV-resistant sunshades though.  Not only your eyes but the delicate skin around them needs protection. Also, go for broad-brimmed, floppy straw and crochet hats. Talk to your outfit planner for the perfect summer look.

Sunhats and sunshades are one of the 10 basics to wear in summer

Sunscreen

Last but definitely not the least of our 10 basics to wear in summer. Taking care of your skin is a must in summer. Avoid tanning and sunburns with a good sunscreen.  It is a summer essential to see you through the harsh months.  Remember to check for the SPF value before you pick one. The damage caused by UV rays can be immense. And the repercussions many.  Take all steps to protect yourself before you go out.  This is a must-wear in summer.

Girl applying sunscreen

So remember ladies that summers demand whites and lights.  Follow this golden rule when finalizing your summer outfits. Wear your clothes lightly. And carry yourself with confidence all the time.  Because this enhances and promotes whatever you wear.

7 fashion accessories you need to wear this summer

The seasons have changed. Spring and summer have hotfooted upon you, and how! Before you go out in your summer avatar, check with your outfit planner because there are 7 fashion accessories you need to wear this summer. Is everything in your wardrobe in keeping with the latest trends? Do you have the wares to flaunt this summer?

Clothes are all very well but it pays to have the right accessories to flaunt. The role that accessories play in enhancing a look cannot be stated enough. As the heat of summer gets to you, choose simple clothes to wear.  And then head to the accessories section in your collection.  Because this is where you can turn on the magic.  As simple items can jazz up the entire look.  Why not update yourself on the latest accessory trends this season?

Here is a list of 7 fashion accessories to wear this summer:

Scarves on bags

A fashion trend that is doing the rounds is with scarves. And no, they are not around the neck. Brightly coloured scarves are finding themselves around handbags. You heard it right, ladies! Ask any outfit planner for confirmation. You might choose a simple summer outfit with a cross-body bag. And all you need to do to up the fashion quotient is to add a scarf. Whatever kind of bag you are going out with; just pick a scarf from your wardrobe. Knot it around the shoulder strap or place it casually and let it hang long.  Because this is the trendiest way to go with scarves this season. It would be advisable to pick brightly coloured ones to offset your simple outfit.

A bag with a scarve added

Natural fabric bags

Summer automatically eliminates leathers and silks from the handbag fabric choice.  Check Chicisimo for their latest summer collection.  And you will find suggestions in jute, straw, crochet and denim. Make sure you have a summer collection in your wardrobe.  What the size or design is will depend upon latest trends.  Right now shrunken bags are in fashion. You should talk to your outfit planner to get a clearer idea.  Big or small, summer means going natural. Some bags have actually shrunk in size, barely enough to hold a mobile device.  And some others are way too big.  However, you ought to go natural with the fabric this summer.

Natural fabric bags to wear on summer

Bucket hats

The only way to say this is, “They are back”. Yes ladies! Take a peek into your wardrobe right now. Do you have them, or do you have them? Yeah, it is that vital an accessory. Summer of ’19 is with bucket hats.  They are here in a variety of colours. Many of them are reversible too. And they not only provide ample shade, they are comfortable too. Most bucket hats are in cottons or other summer friendly materials. Men and women alike are going for this style statement. For suggestions on how to pair them right, download the outfit planner app, Chicisimo. You will come to know how best to wear these.  They are available everywhere, at online as well as real stores. So, get a collection right now.

Girl wearing a bucket hat

Layer necklaces

Quite a rage this summer, are layer necklaces.  They are everywhere when you look around. The beauty of summer outfits is they usually come with deep necklines.  And allow you to flaunt a layer necklace quite nicely. Layer necklaces go beautifully with high necklines as well. They sit on the fabric of your top in that case. Multiple layers are in vogue.  Each layer can be an altogether different pattern. Material even.  There are innumerable choices for the wearer.  Chicisimo will suggest different ones for you.  In addition, it can also help you assemble your summer look. Just go to the app and look for various summer suggestions. And you can play with lengths and metal also.  In fact, solely your imagination limits you.

Layer necklaces are a fashion accessorie to wear this summer

Giant sunglasses

The biggest, the weirdest angles, they are trending this season. Sunglasses are anyway a must to go through summer. They are the only way to protect the delicate skin around your eyes. So, make sure to check with your outfit planner regarding them.  Sunglasses have a way of changing shapes every season.  But that holds true for everything actually.  Stock your wardrobe accessory section with huge ones this year.  You understand how big, right? The ones that will cover your eyebrows and then go down almost halfway to cheeks. Okay that might be bit of an exaggeration but you get the drift, right?

Giant sunglasses are a fashion accessorie to wear this summer

Shells and feathers on shoes

The latest trends this summer season is with embellishments to shoes.  Sandals are the best in this season. But with feathers? Well, it would seem so when one browses through Chicisimo. This app shows trending fashion tips and you will get an idea. How wise it is to go around like a grounded bird is questionable. However, lightly embellished sandals with coloured feathers are a good idea. It will surely enhance the appeal of your outfit. Check out with your outfit planner right now. And another fetching footwear trend is shell embellishment. Many shoe designers are coming up with beautiful designs.  But shells can be slightly uncomfortable to wear all day though. Check your comfort level before giving in to trends.

Bohemian sandals are a fashion accessorie to wear this summer

Pearls

Eternal. Delicate. Beautiful. If anything screams elegance, pearls do. Anytime, anyplace, any occasion. They really are all weather too. This means you just need to pull them out of your wardrobe and get going. They go well with every dress. With times changing, their designs and patterns have also undergone a change.  Catch the latest designs on Chicisimo and you will get an idea. Earrings have changed to ear cuffs and bracelets are sculptured.  Necklaces can always be layered, of course. Designers are coming up with newer styles. However much they change, pearls retain their classic chic always.

Pearls are a fashion accessorie to wear this summer

Own the perfect look in these fashion accessories to wear this summer.  Add on to your wardrobe as needed.  And remember to update your virtual outfit planner app, Chicisimo too.  This will enable the app to advise you best. Chicisimo, the fashion planner app, can be downloaded  here for IOS and here for Android (if you need information on how to start with the Chicisimo fashion app, please check this previous post.). Best foot forward then ladies! Here’s to the summer of 2019.

How to rock your sneakers and make the most out of them

A classic case of transference from sport to vogue, sneakers is go-to footwear. It is tough to believe they were originally designed for physical activity. Yeah, right! And now they are everywhere. And not only with the tried and tested jeans look. Any outfit planner will tell you to include them in your collection, and that’s why we are going to teach you how to rock your sneakers.

In fact, they have easily transcended the fashion barrier.  Turn the pages of any fashion magazine, they are there. Chicisimo has countless looks featuring them. Celebrities are sporting them, literally. Even royalty is rooting for sneakers. Kate Middleton, to be precise.

What are the different ways to rock the sneaker look? You can actually wear them with any outfit in your wardrobe. Here is a look at some ways to use them.  Watch your cool quotient and style meter zoom. Let’s learn how to rock your sneakers with these tips:

Converse

By far the most stylish sneakers, they are a class apart. Do not have any in your collection yet? What are you waiting for? Your outfit planner will endorse cropped jeans with these. Converse in bold colours with white laces all the way up is a style staple. They have such a distinct look. Pick up any denim from your wardrobe to go with these.  White jeans would look ultra cool. With a pop of colour in the top, you are sure to own this look.  Converse shoes might not always be high on comfort though.  Make sure you walk around in them before going out.  Fidgeting in your outfit will do nothing for your style. And be prepared to put in some time lacing them all the way up. 

Outfit wearing converse sneakers and rock in it

Dress

The trend of wearing your sneakers with dresses was set rolling by royalty.  Literally! Kate Middleton has made this style relatable with her choices.  It seems her wardrobe is full of outfits commoners relate to. And she has set the trend for sneakers too. There are hundreds of visuals of her in dresses with sneakers. Not only she, many fashionistas and celebs are seen sporting this look.  White is the predominant colour but everything goes. The sheer comfort of sneakers gets people hooked.  Your outfit planner can suggest between low or high ankle types. This will of course depend on the type of dress. More and more people are opting for sneakers with dresses. You will rock the look too.

Outfit wearing a dress with sneakers and rock in it

Colour pop

Sneakers come in all shades and all colours now.  There are fluorescent streaks popping up too. Not only in fashionable avatars but in sporty ones as well.  Sportspersons have been setting trends, in fact. Who can forget Usain Bolt and his special footwear! All metallic might not be what you look for.  Not always, anyway. But certainly a touch of sparkle, a pop of colour helps. Go through Chicisimo to find out what is trending.  You will get an idea what to pair your colourful sneakers with.  The obvious choice seems white.  Think an all white outfit that is perfectly summery! Add to this colour sneakers and you really need nothing else. You can pair them with any colour jeans. Match them with a dress or a skirt and top. That’s how you rock your sneakers!

Outfit wearing colorful sneakers and rock in it

White all the way

The coolest look by far! The winner hands down.  All white might not be anything new. That does not stop it from upping the fashion quotient any day. White sneakers go with everything.  You can blindly pick up a top from your wardrobe, and then go for jeans or a skirt or shorts with it. Finishing with white sneakers gives your outfit that cool look. It is simple and elegant.  No worries if you are going for an all white dress either.  You can always add colour by way of a belt. Or a colourful sling bag! How about a checked shirt over a white spaghetti? In fact, anything that catches your fancy. 

Total white outfit from Chicisimo

Leather lather

A surprising and rocking combination. Pair your sneakers with cropped leather pants.  The effect will wow you. And others, of course! This is a raging trend and your outfit planner will vouch for it too. Whether you are wearing denim tops or white shirt really does not matter.  Pull on your leather pants from your wardrobe and grab a pair of sneakers.  You are ready to hit the roads, lady! Take care to pick a colour to go with the overall look.  Coordinate it well.  But not always. Which means, do not always go for a too-coordinated look.  At times planned chaos works best.  Choose your outfit with abandon and rock it. 

Outfit wearing leather pants and sneakers from Chicisimo

Friday dressing

Most workplaces endorse Friday dressing.  Finally it feels like the weekend.  Casual sets in right then.  And what better way to reinforce casual comfort than with sneakers? Most of you would have mastered this look by now.  In case there is any confusion, go back to jeans and sneakers.  That is the most trusted and reliable. Sneakers spell comfort and are casual too.  At the same time, they are not overly so. You can pair them with your jeans or cropped khakis beautifully. Consult Chicisimo to hit upon more ideas for this,  the fashion planner app that can be downloaded  here for IOS and here for Android (if you need information on how to start with the Chicisimo fashion app, please check this previous post.).

Casual outfit for work from Chicisimo

Chunky sports sneakers

Quite the in thing are chunky sneakers.  Pair them with feminine outfits from your wardrobe. The contrast will only highlight the look. You can wear them with midis and cropped pants too. They lend a very relaxed look.  Add a touch of glamour with colourful socks. Your outfit planner will be able to suggest best ones. A hint of these socks peeping out is a stealer. Wear these in different colours depending upon your outfit.  If you are wearing something very colourful, keep the chunkies to whites.  If the outfit is monotone, choose colourful chunkies.  You get the drift here, right? This is kind of a throwback trend but it is gaining ground.

Outfit wearing chunky sneakers and rock in it

Have you already learn how to rock your sneakers? It’s easy-peasey. Get down to enhancing your collection.  The right socks and good choice of outfit will add to the appeal. 

The fashion influencers you need to follow to get inspired

According to Wikipedia, “A fashion influencer is a personality that has a large number of followers on social media, creates mainly fashion content and has the power to influence the opinion and purchase behaviour of others with their recommendations”. This means for anyone who lives and breathes fashion, these are the people to follow. The way they wear outfits will reflect positively on your wardrobe choices. Any social media platform graced by such influencers can be an able guide for you. That’s why we’ll introduce you some of the fashion influencers you need to follow to get inspired.

It is true that experienced outfit planners and virtual fashion apps like Chicisimo help.  However, they in turn always look towards influencers.  In fact, their recommendations and interpretations of style are given shape by fashion influencers. Needless to say, you will need to follow some of them closely. Instagram is where most of the action is. You are sure to herald in a new attitude in your outfit following their styles. 

Here are the fashion influencers you need to follow:

Kylie Jenner

THE fashion influencer if ever there was one.  Because she seems to get every look just right. Be it tracksuits or a gorgeous dress. Every item of clothing sits perfectly on her perfect body. No wonder top fashion brands look up to her.  Kylie Jenner wearing a particular outfit ensures its success. Get inspired to try out new looks and bold designs.  Follow her to create a niche for yourself. Because mixing it up with your own inputs will create something unique.

Kylie Jenner wearing a red dress

Rihanna

RiRi, as she isaffectionately known, is a true-blue fashion icon. Because she creates fashion effortlessly.  In fact, your outfit planner will possibly be her follower too.  A major influence, she is at the top of the fashion game. And she has her own brand, Fenty.  You could consider adding some item to your wardrobe from this line. Even if you don’t actually buy, you can always build your look around her.

Rihanna at the MET gala

Ariana Grande

A big name in trendsetters, Ariana Grande is a classic influencer.  She endorses a large number of brands too.  Vera Wang and Reebok are a few such names.  Turning heads in anything she wears, she is a model. An outfit planner would definitely follow her for guidance. What one essentially gathers from following her is not only outfit ideas.  It is the art of carrying oneself with grace and confidence.  And as you know, these are ingredients that enhance any kind of look. 

Ariana Grande wearing a pink mini dress

Gemma Talbot

Based in London, Gemma is a well known fashion blogger.  She has a huge following on Instagram. And she encourages followers to develop their own personal style.  And the best part is that she allows links in her blog too.  These enable you to get things from her wardrobe, things that catch your fancy.  Just click on the links provided and get for yourself. Her long list of endorsements is formidable.  And it goes to show how powerful she is in the world of fashion.  

The youtuber Gemma Talbot

Maria Vizuete

Everyday street style is a big part of fashion.  Not always do you have to promote a brand. You can see your own wardrobe as example. It is a clever mix of everything that creates style.  Maria, or Mia Mia Mine, does just that. Also she talks about the exotic to the everyday on her blog. And of course she endorses big names along the way.  So, follow her for great inputs about styling your look. If you like leopard prints and such, you are sure to fall in love with Maria. Because she is often found sporting these.  

The style of Maria Vizuete

Robert and Christina

A case of couple influencers, they rock the fashion scene.  They are bloggers with a huge following.  Do check out their blog “New Darlings”. Not only your wardrobe, but they will also inspire in lifestyle changes too.  Setting couple fashion goals, you must follow this couple for new ideas.  They endorse and promote many brands too. You can also find guidance for similar ideas on Chicisimo.

Robert and Christina of New Darlings

Emma Hill

She is from London, a city known for its understated style.  Along with promoting various brands like Burberry and MANGO, she has her blog too.  Following her blog has provided inspiration to many outfit planners. And also she has been a major fashion influence for people. You can redefine your fashion goals with her. She definitely is one of the fashion influencers you need to follow.

Emma Hill is one of the fashion influencers you need to follow

Jeanne Damas

Paris is the capital of fashion, for sure. And this is where Jeanne Damas has found her fashion niche.  She is promoting her own label at this point. RouJe is what this is called.  Follow the creator as well as her label.  And you will end up with cool ideas to spruce up your wardrobe. No wonder she has 870k followers on Instagram.

Jeanne Damas is one of the fashion influencers you need to follow

Georgia Tordini

Another of the fashion influencers you need to follow is this fashionista from Milan, she is every gorgeous. And carries fashion like second skin. Also she has her own label, The Attico. Italians are known for their innate sense of fashion.  She will lead you to make new additions to your wardrobe. Because her sense of style is very elegant and very Italian. 

Georgia Tordini is one of the fashion influencers you need to follow

Monica Ainley

With her huge fan base, she brings a mixture of many styles to her followers.  That’s why you should plan your wardrobe under her influence.  It will be a heady mix of English, Canadian and French. And she hosts the podcast, Fashion No Filter, too.  One can get a lot of ideas here.  These can be followed up on Chicisimo for best results.

Monica Ainley is one of the fashion influencers you need to follow

Patricia Manfield

Hailing from Milan, Patricia is a fashion influencer of top order.  Along with her enormous fashion following, she is a singer and blogger. Follow her for street style and trending fashion tips. Like your outfit planner will tell you, not everything needs to be couture. As it works wonderfully if worn right. 

Patricia Manfield is one of the fashion influencers you need to follow

Chiara Ferragni

The name that showcased Dior like never before, Chiara Ferragni is a major influencer.  Her extraordinary wedding wowed her massive Instagram followers.  Also, following her will give you insights into wardrobe utilization.

Chiara Ferragni is one of the fashion influencers you need to follow

So these are the fashion influencers you need to follow. Not without reason, are they called influencers.  Let Chicisimo be your guide every step of the way. Watch your mindset undergo sea change and evolve. You can download Chicisimo  here for IOS and here for Android (if you need information on how to start with the Chicisimo fashion app, please check this previous post.). This change will reflect in your wardrobe contents as well as attitude. Living the high life is set to become a reality for you.

11 museums dedicated to fashion you need to visit

Fashion is a way of life. It is who you are. And there is inspiration everywhere you look.  One just needs to look at the right place.  Not always does your wardrobe inspire you though.  You need to look elsewhere.  Say a fashion show on TV or a chat with your outfit planner. You may also check the latest trends on fashion apps like Chicisimo, your very own outfit planner that can be downloaded  here for IOS and here for Android (if you need information on how to start with the Chicisimo fashion app, please check this previous post.). Or pay a visit to a museum that revolves around fashion. What? You never thought of that one? But surely! Aah okay, never too late to start, girls! Here you have 11 museums dedicated to fashion you need to visit:

The Anna Wintour Costume Center

This one tops the list of every fashion follower. Every outfit planner worth his or her name would recommend a trip here. You can find it inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Inaugurated by the then FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, this museum has been host to big names. It hosts exhibitions by leading fashion houses.  You can plan your visit as per your choice.

The Anna Wintour Costume Center is one of the 11 museums dedicated to fashion you need to visit

Christian Dior Museum and Garden

Located in Granville, France, you can book tickets online for a visit. The House of Dior is a name synonymous with fashion.  The captivating designs will pull any fashion lover to beautiful Normandy. The whole world recognize french fashion and you can get an eyeful on this tour. The dresses on display might or might not end up in your wardrobe. But you will end up with contentment after this fashion blitz. 

The Christian Dior Museum and Garden is one of the 11 museums dedicated to fashion you need to visit

Ferragamo Museo

Whoever leaves shoes out does not complete their look.  Ferragamo in the quaint town of Florence, Italy plays host to some of the best. Outfit planners lay great emphasis on the right shoes. Visit this museum for a look at evolution of footwear through the ages.  You are sure to come back inspired by some.  You can also be part of various workshops that happen through the year. Pairing outfits with the correct footwear is an art.  Chicisimo can help you with suggestions too.

The Ferragamo Museo is one of the 11 museums dedicated to fashion you need to visit

Museum at FIT

New York is home to many institutes dedicated to fashion.  However, FIT has to be one of the top-rated ones.  Coincidentally, 2019 happens to be the 50th anniversary of FIT.  There are many events by the best designers to mark this year.  You need to plan your trip according to your choices. Different women fashion designers will be highlighted through the year.  Consult your outfit planner on whom to focus on in this temple of fashion. A visit here is a must.

Museum at FIT

Fondation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Lawrence

The French are known for their aesthetics.  YSL is a brand that needs no introduction at all.  Anyone who is in love with fashion swears by this name. You will not be able to resist adding to your wardrobe when in Paris. Their products spell classy chic all over.  Although YSL has outlets across the globe, this museum is a tribute to their journey.

The Fondation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Lawrence is one of the 11 museums dedicated to fashion you need to visit

Gucci Museum

Based in Florence, Italy, this is another museum for great fashion. From fashion divas to wannabe fashionistas, everyone wants to sport a Gucci.  Chicisimo will give you the most viable options to pair your Gucci with.  Whether you pick a bag or a perfume, you are assured of your fashion mettle.  Include this iconic fashion house in your Italy itinerary. There is a reason Gucci has made itself a name to contend with.  Be part of their impeccable fashion sense on this tour.

Gucci Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum

One of the most known names in British fashion is the V&A.  It is located in London. Not only the latest trends, but how clothes evolved, from the Victorian era and beyond.  After all fashion is not only about the present.  How you stock your wardrobe indicates how good a student you are. From the fabric used in yesteryears to the finery of needlework, it is here.  Under one roof you get your education in style.  Definitely, this is one of the 11 museums dedicated to fashion you need to visit.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Balenciaga Museum

The name that evokes grandeur, this museum is located in Getaria, Spain. A Balenciaga has to be part of a stylish woman’s wardrobe.Just that one piece ensures you have your foot firmly in the fashion door. A must visit for anyone who loves fashion.

Balenciaga Museum

Museo Frida Kahlo

This museum is dedicated to the woman whose name brings forth magical imagery.  Located in Mexico City, it is a feast for those who are fans of her style.  Frida Kahlo stood out for not only her distinct style.  It was who she was, how she defined herself.  From her colourful outfits to her paintings, everything was unique.  So is this museum, dedicated to her memory.

Museo Frida Kahlo

Bunka Gauken Costume Museum

Tokyo houses this museum that is different from others in its content. On it you can see garments that tell the story of Japan.  There are lectures and pamphlets to help one soak in the culture.  Add this to your fashion museum list for its uniqueness. You are in for a sartorial exposure of a different kind.  Speak to your outfit planner on the best way to plan your visit.

Bunka Gauken Costume Museum

Simone Handbag Museum

Handbags are an integral part of a complete look.  Seoul in South Korea is home to this handbag museum. Not only is it a designer’s dream, you can draw inspiration too.  Imagine a whole museum dedicated only to handbags.  Not only trip down history, but you can also be part of workshops here.  Artisans working on various aspects of handbag making are here.  You can also shop for them as an addition to your wardrobe. Tickets to this museum can be booked online.

The Simone Handbag Museum is one of the 11 museums dedicated to fashion you need to visit

So as you can see there are many reasons to do a fashion tour.  Like you already know, fashion is ever-evolving.  Studying the history of fashion gives valuable insight into where things are headed.  Past trends come back, new trends become old. In a museum you can see it all unfold under one roof. Plan a trip to these 11 museums dedicated to fashion around the world.  You will gain new perspective in style.

11 fashion films you must watch at least once in your life

One never knows where inspiration will come from in any sphere of life.  When it is about fashion, obviously looking up to celebs and influencers is a must.  Then there are fashion magazines and blogs. And of course the online media! One can also download apps that work as a virtual outfit planner. Chicisimo is a case in point.

In addition to all of this, there are films.  Because films have movie stars and they mean fashion.  And also the latest outfits of the season can be seen on them. Whether it is in or out of movies, stars embody style. That means it is a good idea to draw inspiration from movies.  However, some movies revolve solely around fashion or fashion houses. So, here you have 11 fashion films you must watch:

The Devil wears Prada

The first film on our list of 11 fashion films that you must watch couldn’t be other. This movie revolves around the exacting editor of a fashion magazine. And her new recruit.  The entire premise of the movie is around fashion.  You are sure to get inspired in your wardrobe choices.

The Devil wears Prada is one of the 11 fashion films you must watch

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Based on the book by Sophia Kinsella, this is a fashion movie to watch.  Even your outfit planner would have watched this multiple times.  It is about how a shopaholic gets to create her own fashion articles. Inspiration here lies not only in the outfits but the attitude.  You might as well go out shopping for new wardrobeadditions. All the big fashion houses play a part in this movie.

Confessions of a Shopaholic is one of the 11 fashion films you must watch

101 Dalmatians

An unusual choice for a fashion film recommendation? Not really! The antagonist, Cruella Deville, is obsessed with fashion.  It is her quest to create new outfits with Dalmatian skins.  Although the film deals with preventing cruelty and skin trade, it is about fashion too. Cruella’s new outfits and hats are to die for. Any outfit planner would love to watch this one.

Valentino: The Last Emperor

Documenting the life and works of Valentino Garavani, you must not miss this one.  The man who can say ‘I know what women want’ deserves many watches.  After all how many men can ever say that! Not the most experienced outfit planners can lay a claim to this. You will get revolutionary ideas on how to redo your wardrobe after watching this.  Some lives are inspirational.  This is certainly one such.

Valentino: The last Emperor is one of the 11  fashion films you must watch

Dior and I

The House of Dior.  The name says it all.  Such is the power of the brand.  Fashion apps like Chicisimo regularly feature such heavyweights.  Dior after all created a whole new range. It is basically a documentary around Dior.  The best fashion tips, the classiest outfits, feature in this fashion film.  One must watch this for insight and inspiration.  How to look good is their business. You will pick up tricks too.

Dior and I

Factory Girl

This film is built around Edie Sedgwick, who was a glamour super girl in her times. Naturally the costumes and outfits in the movie are the best.  The movie and its execution might not appeal; however it is a lesson in contemporary fashion and styling. You are sure to end up feeling inspired to try on different outfits. Call your outfit planner in order to get going.

Factory girl

Sex and the City

A movie made on the massively popular TV series, each character has a different style.  Do watch this for picking up wardrobe tips.  Surely your outfit planner will recommend this too.  A fantastic stylized look into contemporary fashion. You will be wowed by how each character turns out.  And how they manage home and work life is an education too.

Sex and the City is one of the 11  fashion films you must watch

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

The eternal beauty of Audrey Hepburn defines this cult classic.  Ladies, it is a must watch.  How some fashion surpasses ages and remains relevant.  This movie will inspire every generation.  Some of the outfits worn in this movie hold pride of place. The monochrome theme and the perfectly cut ones must be part of every wardrobe.

Breakfast at Tiffanys is one of the 11  fashion films you must watch

Iris

A documentary on the life and work of Iris Apfel, watch this epic right now.  If you are into fashion you cannot miss this one.  How from a textile designer she grew to become a fashion icon is amazing.  A study into the buzzing fashion circle of New York City.  You can take your newfound discoveries and check out what Chicisimo offers.  For those of you who love bold and brazen fashion, Iris is for you.  She was known for her love of costume jewellery too.  A movie that will inspire the inner diva in you.  Answer your wild side and upscale your wardrobe now.

Iris Apfel

Picture Me

This one is more of a modelling autobiography on Sara Ziff. How an almost unknown girl makes it big is what it’s about.  The world of high glamour and fabulous clothes is shown in this film.  Models showcase great clothes after all, so inspiration lies everywhere.  On top of it, you will realize where grit and determination can take anyone.  And how important carriage and confidence is. Looking good is not only about having the best clothes always. It has so much to do with the right attitude.

Picture me

Coco Before Chanel

The name that is a legend, Coco Chanel.  This movie stars her character. It follows her life and evolution into a fashion diva. Chanel is a timeless fashion house that will always portray chic. Their simplistic lines spell class all over. Make this film your priority fashion film. While dealing with how Coco became the Chanel, it will inspire wardrobe additions. Chanel spells fashion in every syllable. 

Coco Before Chanel is one of the 11  fashion films you must watch

So these are the 11 fashion films you must watch. You should always remember that fashion is as much to do with trends as setting them. It is a way of life.  It is every day.  And inspiration is there all around us.  There are movies and models, TV shows and personalities. It just takes clever mixing up of resources.  Look into your wardrobe and combine with ideas from Chicisimo, the fashion planner app that can be downloaded  here for IOS and here for Android (if you need information on how to start with the Chicisimo fashion app, please check this previous post.).  And voila, you have done it!

How to prepare the perfect suitcase for your vacations

Vacation times, happy times, yeah?! No? But why is it so? Aah, the packing woes, right? Which clothes to choose from the many in your wardrobe? How to prepare the perfect suitcase for your vacations? Because wrong decisions can ruin the mood of the moment completely. Because you feel lost if you do not pack it all in. And that is not done, as simple as that. Besides, you cannot bring an outfit planner either! But wait, you can now. Download the Chicisimo outfit planner app onto your phone now, for IOS or Android (if you need information on how to start with the app, please check this previous post). The app acts as your virtual style guru.

But how does that happen, you might wonder? All you need to do is upload images of everything onto the app. And everything means all clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories. Once this is done, go onto sort these under different groups. After that, you can relax and let Chicisimo handle your wardrobe woes.

So, this being said, time to focus on your vacation packing, ladies! Also, below are some tips to help you pack perfectly for a vacation.

Tips prepare suitcase

Easy to carry suitcase

First things first. A moderate-sized suitcase that is easy to carry along.  And remember this is a vacation. You need not carry your entire wardrobe along. So, choose a size that will fit in your belongings and go by flight rules.

Easy to carry suitcase

Decide by place

Of course, what goes in into your suitcase will be solely guided by destination/s. A beach holiday calls for light and breezy outfits. But a trek vacation needs suitable gear. And a winter destination again requires totally different clothes. Sometimes there can be a combination of varied destinations too. That’s why it is good to consult an outfit planner for feasible solutions.

Decide by place what goes into your suitcase - How to prepare the perfect suitcase for your vacations

List it

Best way to not miss out on essentials – list. Ideally begin to jot down after you have your plans ready. This way you can keep adding or managing the list over time. As you put things into your suitcase, keep ticking off things from the list.

Make a list

Roll and fold

Some packers insist on rolling everything up. But others think folding is best.  How about mixing up the two modes optimally? Using separators to organize your suitcase is actually a winner to prepare the perfect suitcase for your vacations. And it is also good to roll up socks in pairs, as well as undergarments. For example, outfits that go together like tees with a pair of jeans can also be rolled in together for better packing.

Roll and fold - How to prepare the perfect suitcase for your vacations

Rule of three

Footwear for vacations normally gets best sorted in 3s. Heels, flats and sneakers or sandals are a great combination to throw in. And remember to fill in your footwear with small items of need. Because that way the small spaces inside shoes get used. Also, the items themselves are better organized and easier to retrieve too.

Sneakers

Layer

Organize your suitcase well. Layering it up is a good idea.  Think like an outfit planner in this case. Would you rummage through your closet to find a particular shoe? Or go directly to the shoe section? Similarly for your travel suitcase. Think of it as a mini wardrobe for a moment.  Keep a layer for footwear, another for clothes, etc. You get the drift here, right?

Organize your suitcase by layering - How to prepare the perfect suitcase for your vacations

Electronics and adapters

Keep easily retrievable space for electronic items, preferably in your cabin baggage. In these times, these can be multiple in numbers. Phones, charges, adapters, laptops, memory cards, cords and cables.  A dedicated pocket for these in your suitcase would be wonderful. If your suitcase has zipped storage on the outside, that would be best.

Electronics and adapters

Space for shopping

Come now, you will shop on vacation, right?  All the time the outfit planner in you must be itching to pick stuff. Keep that in mind and do not pack your suitcase to the brim. New destinations bring so much into your horizon. There will be new accessories, fabrics and patterns galore. Make sure to allow space and weight for them.

Space for shopping

Travel size liquids

You know there are restrictions on the amount of liquid you can carry.  This immediately rules out big shampoo bottles and lotions. Take some time out and prepare small sachets of these. You can easily do this at home. Any DIY clip on YouTube will help you. This way you get to use them throughout the vacation. And keep getting lighter with each use.

Travel size liquids

Medicines

A fashion app like Chicisimo can guide you aptly on fashion. But there is need to carry certain medicines with you. Granted no one wants to be unwell on a vacation.  But one never knows, right? It is always better to have basics covered. Why would you want to go around hunting for a store in a new place? Would you rather not spend the time relaxing? Or being the fashionista tourist? Keeping a small pouch of essential medicines is a practical idea.

Medicines

Do not overpack

Just because your carrier allows for humongous size, don’t pack it fully. Remember there is a big price to pay for overweight. Airlines are very strict when it comes to going over the weight limit. In fact it is a good idea to throw in a weighing scale. You will know when to stop shopping too. Jokes aside this is an unnecessary waste. In conclusion, instead of paying the carrier, use it to further refurbish your wardrobe.

Do not overpack -How to prepare the perfect suitcase for your vacations

Make-up essentials

These items need to be present in the perfect suitcase for your vacations. And certainly, there is no need to upend your entire collection. Pick out a few basics: a neutral lipstick, essentially sun tan lotion, something for the eyes, a moisturizer, a hairbrush, and voila, you are done.  In addition to apt clothes, ladies need a little help with makeup too. Look pretty as a picture the entire vacation with least effort.

Pack make-up essentials -How to prepare the perfect suitcase for your vacations

In short, vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing. Make sure you are totally sorted on this front. Take help from your outfit planner if needed.  Being real and practical while upping the style quotient is the secret here. Wearing a new outfit everyday is not the goal. Owning each look is what matters. And this can be done wisely with great planning and organized packing. Head out, the holiday beckons! We hope that this little guide on how to prepare the perfect suitcase for your vacations will be helpful.

How to choose an outfit for a job interview with these tips

First impression lasts longer, so the first impression you make on that potential employer goes a long way. It’s important to have clear how to choose the perfect outfit for a job interview. The moment you meet your potential employer, they instantly form an opinion of you based on your outfit and how you present yourself.

No matter the kind of work environment, it is important that you dress professionally for any job interview because what you wear can make or break the interview.

Planning your outfit yourself or with the help of an outfit planner as Chicisimo is a big part of preparing for your interview. If you want to make a very good first impression, it is important to have some interview outfits that are ready to wear so you don’t have to waste time scrambling through your wardrobe at the last minute to find the appropriate outfit.

If you are not sure about what to wear to an interview, one thing to keep in mind is that you must look professional and polished no matter the type of job you’re applying for. You have to look appropriately dressed, neat, and tidy even when there is no dress code.

Our Chicisimo outfit planner’s tips to dress to an interview

If you’re a woman preparing for an interview and you need some inspiration, we have some ideas on how to choose the perfect outfit for your job interview. Here are simple tips from the outfit planner of the Chicisimo fashion app.

Black dress and tights

The “little black dress” is very popular and you can find it in almost every girls’ wardrobe. Invest in a quality “little black dress”. However, the little black dress shouldn’t be so little when it comes to interviews.  Your black dress should skim the knee.

Pair the black dress with textured tights. Make sure the dress pattern is subtle. A sheer stripe, ribbed look, or a cable pattern adds texture and interest, while anything that looks like fishnets is not appropriate for the workplace.

Finish your outfit with a lovely pair of black heels for a stylish and classic formal look. Our outfit planner has millions of how to style a little black dress for formal or official purpose.

Little black dress to wear for a job interview from Chicisimo outfit planner app

Wear a blouse with bow and skirts

If you do not want to wear a dress, you can try a blouse with bow and skirts. A blouse with a bow gives you an elegant look. This look can be completed with either a skirt or slacks. You can wear a skinny waist belt to add a touch of detail that will make the top pop.

For a classy official look, wear a skirt made with an interesting fabric or a simple black pencil skirt. Depending on the company you’re interviewing, you can wear a jacket to dress up the look.

Blouse with a bow and pencil skirt to wear for a job interview from Chicisimo outfit planner app

Wear a suit

Even women who don’t fancy suits have at least one in their wardrobe- for formal purposes like this, so when you’re not sure about what to wear or what will be appropriate for the company, a nice suit is always a good bet. You will have to decide whether you should wear a skirt or pants. However, if you want a conservative look or if the company is a conservative one, skirt is your best bet.

Wear a suit that fits you perfectly and isn’t too flashy. Pick darker colors over bright colors. High-end brands are great – they will get you noticed, but they are not necessary.

Just buy the best quality you won’t have to break the bank for, and try supplementing with a name-brand handbag, briefcase, or scarf if you can.

Knee-length is usually the most appropriate for interviews. If you wear a longer skirt, it shouldn’t puff or flow.

Nude pink suit to wear for a job interview. Idea from Chicisimo outfit planner app

Button down blouse or shirt

Most women have at least one button-down top (shirt and blouse) in their wardrobe. Button-down shirts don’t have to look boring, and you also don’t have to stick to white or blue button-down shirts and blouse.

You are free to try out fabrics such as a silk chiffon, which works perfect when paired with a camisole. Try other colors too. Try wine, dark green which look classy and professional.

When buying a button-down top, remember that the neckline of the top should be modest. Make sure it covers your bra, so you won’t be showing cleavage.

It is a great idea to always keep your button down tucked in. If it is a style that should be tucked out, then that’s fine.

Button down shirt and blazer for the office. Idea from Chicisimo app

Avoid wearing unnecessary accessories

Your interviewer might get distracted by the flashy necklace and big loops that you are putting on or the big flashy wristband on your wrist.

So, it is very important that you keep your accessories to the barest minimum. A nice watch is great, but do not wear colorful ties or other loud and obvious accessories.

Navy blouse, black pants and no accessories for a job interview from Chicisimo outfit planner app

Wear neutral colors

When you find it difficult to decide what to wear, it is best to go for neutral colors like Gray, Nude, Blue or Brown. You can never go wrong with neutral colors. You will always find a neutral color that suits your skin tone.

Green palazzo pants and white blouse to wear for an interview from Chicisimo app

Wear colors that match your skin tone

When choosing a color for your interview outfit, make sure that it goes well with your skin tone. Don’t just choose a color because it is believed that it will increase the chances of you getting selected for the job. The color you wear must suit your personality and match your skin tone.

Wear a conservative shoe

A mid-heel pump is a great choice for interviews. Don’t wear a pair of shoe you can’t walk in. If you are the type that doesn’t like heels, wear something low and basic.

Also, you shouldn’t forget to consider the industry you’re interviewing at when picking your shoe. In the fashion and beauty industry, you may want to opt for a glamorous high heel, while as a Secretary, a basic flat shoe is probably fine.

Dressing for an interview is different from dressing for dinner dates or a day out with your buddies. You have to look professional – like the perfect candidate for the job.

Beige jumpsuit and brown heels to wear for a job interview from Chicisimo outfit planner app

Chicisimo outfit planner has millions of interview outfit suggestions for women who have a hard time deciding how to choose right outfit for a job interview from their wardrobe. Our outfit planner saves you the stress of looking for the appropriate dress for you.

Download the Chicisimo outfit planner app for IOS or Android. And if you need information on how to start with the Chicisimo fashion app, please check this previous post.

9 tips for being the perfect wedding guest

Wedding simbol

Everyone loves weddings and every wedding guest loves to look their best for the wedding, loves being the perfect wedding guest. However, a lot of us find it hard choosing the right wedding outfit even when we have lots of clothes handing in our wardrobe.

While some wedding invitations specify dress codes, some don’t, making it difficult for some of us to decide what to wear. Knowing the rules and tips to be the perfect wedding guest will help you blend in with the wedding party.

So here are some great tips for choosing the perfect outfit for a wedding.

Don’t pick an outfit that threatens to outshine the bride

Yes, we know weddings are a good time to treat yourself to one of the new pretty dresses in your wardrobe. However, you should avoid going too maxi gowns with trains and multi-colored sequins that call for too much attention should be avoided.

You should not wear sequins, animal prints, and other over-the-top designs to a wedding. The focus should always be on the new bride, not a wedding guest outfit.

Do not go for white

Trying to look like the new bride is by far the greatest mistake a wedding guest can make. No wedding guest should steal the attention away from the bride. It is really bad.

The day belongs to the bride. If you wear a white dress, there is the possibility of you been confused for the bride, so no matter how great white looks in you, don’t wear it – just for one day. An outfit planner can help you choose a perfect wedding guest outfit that is not white.

Don’t dress too casually

No matter the dress code, outfits that are too casual should not be worn to weddings. Remember that this is a special day for the bride and the groom, and you’re expected to dress like someone who is celebrating.

Dress up and dress nice and elegant. If you don’t like dresses, check your wardrobe for cigarette pants and pair it with a well-cut blazer to make a great, smart and trendy wedding guest look.

Avoid wearing black

It is a wedding and not a funeral. Ditch the black outfit. Unless you have the pretty little black dress, black is a no-no for weddings.

This “no black” rule is especially for relevant for summer weddings when wedding guests should embrace the vibe of the day and rock bold colors and prints. An outfit planner can choose the best summer wedding outfit for you.

Don’t attend the wedding with a large purse

Don’t carry a large purse or handbag. Opt for a small clutch or a small cross-body bag. Mini bags are trendy right now, but a satin clutch or a classic metallic will never do your wrong.

All you need to bring are keys, your phone, your ID and Credit card, and lipstick. You don’t need a tote bag.

Don’t wear your prom dress

Whether your prom dress has sequins (which sea already told you to avoid) or not, they are not ideal for weddings.

While it may be so sad that you have two beautiful prom dresses hanging in your wardrobe that will likely never see the light of the day again, it is better to keep them in the wardrobe than take them out to wear to a wedding.

Do not overdo your makeup

Again, you should not be calling attention to yourself. Your makeup shouldn’t be too flashy. Something light and pretty is very okay for the wedding guest.

Do not go without a gift

No matter, how good your mirror says you look, you are not a perfect wedding guest without a gift for the new couple. So, get a precious gift and take it along with you to the party.

Wear the appropriate wedding party outfits

As stated earlier, not all dresses can be worn to weddings. So, in addition to the tips to being the perfect wedding guests, here are a few outfit suggestions. These outfits are approved and acceptable too.

Here we go.

  • A printed jumpsuit

Printed jumpsuits are becoming really trendy and popular with both brides and wedding guests. They suit everybody type – the suit tall and petite girls, the slim and the curvy ones.

Jumpsuits are also a fab option if you intend to dance the night away. One good thing about jumpsuits is you don’t have to worry about fake-tanning your legs.

Outfit for being the perfect wedding guest with printed jumpsuit, from Chicisimo outfit planning app
  • A soft pleated midi dress

As a wedding guest, you can a dress that is soft on your skin and elegant. Opt for a midi dress that hit a sweet spot with its length.

Also, wear good platform heels or wedges that team perfectly with your midi dress.

Style your midi dress with a cute side body bag or a clutch purse and a simple pearl necklace.

Outfit for being the perfect wedding guest with pleated midi dress from Chicisimo outfit planning app
  • Maxi dress for fall weddings

If you are attending a fall wedding and you love maxi dresses, you’re in luck.

If it’s a ranch or a vintage wedding you are attending, you can wear a simple spaghetti strap dress paired with gladiator sandals.

You can also pair it with an oversized hand clutch, and big sunglasses to create the perfect wedding guest look for you.

Outfit for being the perfect wedding guest with maxi dress in pink, from Chicisimo outfit planning app
  • Wear the perfect accessories

If you’re attending a wedding which requires a simple frock, a casual outdoor wedding, for example, you can perfect your look with a pair of statement earrings.

You can also finish your look with an eye-catching necklace to help you look great and stand out.

Also, you really don’t have to stick to classic silver or gold. Wear a fun shade can really make your wedding guest look pop.

Outfit with violet dress and statement accessories, from Chicisimo outfit planning app
  • Skater dresses

A skater dress is flexible for a wedding occasion. You can choose from a wide range of colors, materials, and lengths, depending on the type of wedding. Only wear the appropriate length and modest style.

Outfit for being the perfect wedding guest with skater dress in pink, from Chicisimo outfit planning app

In conclusion, with these styling tips suggested, you will feel beautiful and confident as you leave for the wedding party.

Always make sure you look at yourself in the mirror before stepping out. If you’re not sure of your outfit, remove them and go for another style.

If you are still confused about what to wear, you can get suggestions from an outfit planner, which usually has millions of wedding guest looks you can pick from.    

One of such outfit planners is Chicisimo. You can use this outfit planner as your personal stylists for any event you are going.

As an example, you can check these 35 ideas of outfits for being the perfect wedding guest:

Download the Chicisimo outfit planner app for IOS or Android. And if you need information on how to start with the Chicisimo fashion app, please check this previous post.

What is a capsule wardrobe and why you should be interested?

Amidst all the terms floating around women’s lives and their daily closet problems is something called a capsule wardrobe.  For those of you who are wondering what this means, here it goes. This is a term coined in the 1970s by Susie Faux, who is the owner of a boutique based in London called “Wardrobe”. Essentially it is “a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces”.

The name and the explanation suggest this as an essential part of your closet and indicate how you can become your own outfit planner with ease. You have at your disposal some fashion basics that can be mixed up and accessorized to give you rocking looks every time. The phrase “if looks could kill” achieved with ease, to encapsulate the essence of a capsule wardrobe.

What is a capsule wardrobe

Why would one require such a thing in the first place? And what essentials need to go into it so that you can think like an outfit planner?

What should go into a capsule wardrobe?

Selected items of clothing that define classic chic and are fashion evergreens need to find a place in your capsule wardrobe.  When did an LBD go out of fashion, like ever? Or a monochrome? Or lace? You get the drift, right?

The optimum number of items in a capsule wardrobe as per established outfit planners and non-professionals alike is around 33.  When you begin selecting from your chaotic closet it might initially seem a really small number. Select only the items that are most dear to you, irrespective of whether they are trending or not.

The ideal way to go about creating a capsule wardrobe would be to have around 4 of them to cater to different seasons. Understandably some items will be common to all which is quite expected. Make sure you include items encompassing jewellery, clothes, shoes and accessories. An app like Chicisimo can be of real help, enabling you to choose the right items.


Chicisimo outfit planner app to to create the perfect capsule wardrobe

Why would anyone need a capsule wardrobe?

There are real and virtual outfit planners if one cares to look and they are all out there to help sort out the chaos that is in your closet right now. Why you would require a capsule wardrobe in that case, you might wonder!

  • No decision fatigue. It is the decision making, the eternal question of ‘what to wear’ that wears out the best of the best.  A big headache that you believe only an outfit planner can handle but that is so not right. With your own capsule wardrobe, you have your choices cut out and decision that much easier.
  • Select stuff that matter. In the run and scoot that life becomes for most of us, we forget to focus our attention on things that really matter. Cutting out clutter from all aspects of life will renew your focus on things that really do matter.  A capsule wardrobe is only one aspect of life that will help you realize how less is more and less is relevant and less is doable. Go for it.
  • Get to love real things. Having the decision of dressing taken care of, you will be able to ponder more on what you love to do, what matters, etc.

How to go about building your capsule wardrobe?

Decision time again, ladies! What to keep, what to box away, and what to throw. It can get tedious for the best decision makers what with nothing to wear in the first place. However, this is a move that will really help with sorting out your closet like a professional outfit planner.

How about following these tips when creating your very own capsule wardrobe?

  • See it all. Take it all out and spread it on your bed. Everything means just that, everyyythingg. Each item of clothing, each accessory, shoes, bags, hats, bring it all out lady! This is the only way you can make any sense of the multiple things that your closet contains.  There are many hidden and forgotten items that are sure to make an appearance during this exercise. Having it all spread out before your eyes not only gives you a lot of choice, but you also realize what an immense amount of stuff you already own. An app like Chicisimo in fact does it for you virtually. It lets you see everything in your closet at the touch of your fingers in one place.
  • Sort it out. Sort your stuff by sections. Firstly by apparel type, like jeans, tops, gowns, shoes, jewellery, etc. Then for each section, go for subsections of ‘love, maybe, throw, give away’. There are bound to be some things you will always love, no matter what. Then there will be other things you will never wear, no matter what. Similarly for other two categories as well. Now make sure each item on your bed is put into one of these categories. Here again Chicisimo is at hand to do this for you virtually.
  • Finalize your choice. Think like a professional outfit planner when you go about finalizing your choice and keeping it to the 33 pieces of closet essentials to constitute your capsule wardrobe. Go by each apparel or accessory type as mentioned in #2 above. Keep different styles for each of these sections, deciding based on minimalism.

You will see how stylish and classy your capsule wardrobe turns out after this exercise. Remember not to get down and out at the number of things that did not make it to this list.  No list needs to be rigid and exhaustive. Above all, you need not throw away the rest. These are essentially fashion basics and must haves that you shortlisted.  You can always work around these guidelines and add something here and remove something there in order to get your final look just right.

In short, let Chicisimo become your guide towards a more organized closet and function as your new and 24×7 outfit planner. You will see a more confident you straddling your worlds and making a real difference.

Download the Chicisimo outfit planner app for IOS or Android. And if you need information on how to start with the Chicisimo fashion app, please check this previous post.