I’m obsessed with the oversized coats look and i found the perfect rabbit hole.
Fashion & Style
If you haven’t read the build up to this post, not to worry, this is a more practical guide to bloggers/vloggers that compliment the idea of a capsule wadrobe.
Let’s start with Dearly Bethany– Found her on the Tube & I’m such a fan.
She does really great videos on and her feed is very well spaced out making great use of negative space most of her photos.
Then there’s Amanda Shadforth aka OracleFox.
I’ve followed her for her editorials since forever. She blogs under the same name plus runs creative under her name.
Then there’s Caroline of un-fancy.com
She’s a recent find from the Internets and I’m crushing on her simplified wardrobe + 10 by 10 challenge. Her summer pallet post is a great place to start if you’ve got a case of the neutrals.
And last but not least, there’s Jennifer from Barely There Beauty.
Her blog is so visually pleasing even as she changes her color pallets from blushes to bluesand patterns from polka dots to ubiquitous stripes.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably had those phases where you want to throw away your wardrobe and start afresh. But, then you get to the part where you have to shop and it feels like so.much.work. so you live out the feeling and pray you can afford a personal stylist who will take care of the wardrobe haul. If you’re not, just go to the next post 🙂
Since i can’t outsource my styling needs, I’m mood boarding and curating all things useful on pinterest, tag and share your capsule inspirations with me there.
A little History
The term was coined by Susie Faux in the 70s to refer to essential items of clothing that could be worn for multiple seasons creating that timeless sense of style. Faux suggested that a woman’s capsule wardrobe contain at least “2 pairs of trousers, a dress or a skirt, a jacket, a coat, a knit, two pairs of shoes and two bags”.
The idea was popularized by Donna Karan when she released a collection of seven interchangeable work-wear pieces in 1985. Today, the capsule collection is anything between Donna’s 7 work wear to 40 pieces to get you through the year.
The basics to getting started however are as simple as
- Choosing a color pallet- Pick your neutrals, accent and statement colors
- Making a list- Narrow down how many items you’d like to start out with, pants, skirts, tees, shoes, jackets etc
- Keeping and losing your current wears- If you’re looking to change up your look or just trim down your wardrobe, use your list to curate your first capsule closet.
But because inspiration is everything, you can use Anu’s curated closet workbook to help you get started.
Are you a fan of capsule collections?
I just love the tone of these looks. Now, before you get too excited, they are not up and running so fingers crossed, i can dig up more than the tag line before they do. For now, *cues brown skin girl* take in these gorgeous images.
Photographer: Denis Mwangi
GUERAS FATIM is the contraction of the designer paternal name (Guirassy) and the etymology of her first name, Fatoumata, from arabic origin ( Fatima ) which means : ” the Young female camel which has just been weaned”.
GUERAS FATIM was founded in 2015 by Fatoumata Guirassy.
Born in Vichy (center of France), she studied fashion design at Marie Laurencin School in Riom, France, art in Condé School in Lyon, France, gained experience at the AICP, Paris then graduated in 2010 .
It is in Paris that she acquired her experience in different Maison such as Balenciaga, Céline, and Alexander Mc Queen before launching her own clothing line.
The designer approach is deep and spiritual. behind every collection she tells the story of a strong woman, spiritual, accompanied by her ancestors… every details is linked to feminity. She is inspired by multicultural custom ,vintage and streetwear.
The lines are simple but very studied on techniques and finishings. The GUERAS FATIM woman is a multifaceted person. She embraces her part of masculinity with sensuality ,her body is subtly revealed. She holds mental,physical and spiritual strength”.
Gabi Fresh– she began blogging in 2008, but went viral in 2012 thanks to a post showing her unapologetically wearing a striped bikini, leading to a swimwear collection with SwimsuitsForAll.
KTR– a DIY gal who’s always had a love for making clothes. She launched her fashion line and online boutique KTRcollection in late June 2013 and quit her corporate job of 8 years in the legal field in September 2015 to pursue KTRcollection full time.
Ann Wyn– G.IRL is a skincare line created by Ann Wynn for real-life, real girl “issues”. Her products are handmade and target a wide range of things, including the typical dry skin problems, to acne, dark spots, cracked heels, stretch marks etc
Chiselle Lim– Started off her fashion career as a wardrobe stylist, logged in years of editorial shoots with prominent fashion books and celebrities. In December 2011, she founded The Chriselle Factor to chronicle her daily musings and personal style.
Curvy is the new plus size but lets be honest, most plus-size clothing doesn’t even start until size 16. But, since plus-size refers to models who are size 8 and up in fashion, here’s a list of 8 stylish bloggers above size 8.
Anita Mogere from Curves with Love is one of the fore-running plus size bloggers in Kenya. She shares interests and enthusiasm for all things fashion, beauty, natural hair and everything in between.
Ty Alexander, formerly Gorgeous in Grey. She switched to Love, Ty Alexander because after 9 years of using a moniker, it was time to just be herself
Chloe from Chloe in Curve. She started her blog back in October 2014 to share her personal style and encourage women of every age, size and shape to enjoy fashion.
Hayet Rida– she started her blog as an excuse to keep posting pictures of herself and celebrate the woman that she is.
Thammar from Musing of a Curvy Lady. She started her blog as a radical and revolutionary way of loving herself and the body she has and styling it well.
Natalie Craig of Natalie in the City. She uses her blog to share style advice, and show everyone that they can be beautiful and confident at any shape or size.
Lauren from Fashion Killer. She’s a fashion blogger/content creator/model and everything in between.
We all have that one tee that goes with just about everything. But, every so often, the style gods bless us with wonderful pieces that take our outfits from ‘just chilling in the house’ to ‘everybody’s got to see me today’.
Mutual Matheka had these tees in his last flash sale
Janice Iche’s Che Shop is where its at tbh.
Jidenna made a splash with this Jamuhuri Wear tee made to celebrate the barber.
What do your wear to supercharge your wardrobe?
The selection is overwhelmingly female because all men need are some really unflattering trunks
Enter Thorsun– a men’s and women’s swimwear line created by George Sotelo with the discerning and spontaneous modern traveler in mind. An exceptional focus on tailoring with vibrant, Meso-American and Modernist-referencing prints, as well as classic solids, make for a silhouette as eye-catching as it is polished.
Diarrablu– Her pieces are known for being convertible, adjustable and wearable accross various sizes for a prolonged lifecycle. Diarra Bousso is a Serial Entrepreneur, Creative Mathematician and Multidisciplinary Artist born in Dakar, Senegal. She is the founder of the fashion and lifestyle company Dakar Boutique Group which houses her two labels, DIARRABLU and DIARRABEL.
Nina Mire– Nina Mirembe presented a very colourful collection during Kampala Fashion Week. The collection was presented in collaboration with ÉKÉTÉ, an accessories brand popular for its basket bags.
Okun they might be relaunching their site but all i’ve heard is good things
Nakumuli– Tennille McMillan is The Little Lady Behind It All. NAKIMULI aims to go beyond the traditions of women’s fashion and explore more of the imagination, creating fashion forward garments for forward thinking young women.
Andrea Iyamah– Recognized for its eccentric and unique take on swimwear, using vibrant colors and cuts inspired by an array of African cultures, Andrea Iyamah is a clothing line owned by Nigerian fashion designer Dumebi Iyamah.
AvidSwim– Designer, Gionna Nicole launched Avid Swimback in 2010 and has since continued to, not only grow the brand, but also develop amazing eye catching swimwear. Each collection includes interchangable seperates that can be worn as Ready-to-Wear exuding the style elements of ‘Sexy, Sporty and Chic’.
Aude Swim– is a collection of daring and timeless swimwear styles, utilizing cheeky Brazilian cuts, seamless finishes, and sexy high cuts by one Aude Harris.
Asherah Swimwear– With a love for white sandy beaches and bronzed bathed skin Creative Director and Designer Cheryl “Cejae” Jones was inspired by the the leisure lifestyle of the summer culture. Asherah Swimwear has embodied the idea of what it means to be seductive, sultry, and alluring