How to Style a Black and White Capsule Wardrobe

I'm not going to lie. Project 333 has not been going as planned. For the most part I've been sticking to my core wardrobe items, but along the way I've found that either a rule doesn't work for me or I don't really like an article of clothing that's part of the 33. 

How to STyle a Black and White Capsule Wardrobe | Sarah Michelle Blog

This is one of the few outfits that I really enjoy wearing and feel comfortable in. Sure, it might not be the most trendy, but it's simple and easy to throw on for days when I don't want to think about what to wear. Add my trusty Longchamp and a pair of heels, and I'm ready to go nearly anywhere. I really wish more of my wardrobe was this way and that's something I want to work toward over the next few weeks. 

Minimalist Wardrobe: Black & White
Minimalist Wardrobe: Black & White
Minimalist Wardrobe: Black & White

These shoes have long been a favorite of mine: slightly platform like an L.K. Bennet Sledge pump that the Duchess of Cambridge wears, scalloped edge, and very reasonably priced when I got them probably 5 years ago now. Unfortunately, they're a little high for every day wear so I tend to only put them on on days I need 5 inches of extra confidence. 

Minimalist Wardrobe: Black & White
Minimalist Wardrobe: Black & White
Minimalist Wardrobe: Black & White

The Look: old dress (similar) | J. Crew cardigan | old black pumps | Longchamp tote

As the weather continues to warm, I plan on transitioning out a lot of my black clothing and I've yet to decide if this outfit will make the cut or will be retired until cooler weather comes again. I'm also contemplating adopting a "uniform" or a basic look that I can wear on an every day basis. Ryan from The Minimalists wears a black t-shirt, jeans, and boots as his every day uniform. Numerous successful people (like Barack Obama) also have a go-to look. 

I think over the next few weeks, I'm going to look into investing in a few cute tops to be paired with jeans. I already have an established collection of jeans that I like and rounded out my shoe collection this past week. I really think the finishing touch will be to add a few more tops that make me feel cute and fun, as opposed to old and frumpy like some of my current ones do. My beloved dresses will be saved for the weekends and special occasions when I have more time to plan my outfits. Hopefully this will be one less decision I have to make during the work week and thus limit my decision fatigue.

Photography by Ellen Borza

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