All Black

herein-wu-black blazer capsule wardrobe

Today’s fashion blog post is about finding old pieces in your closet and styling it for a new outfit. I challenged myself this past fall and winter to not buy any new clothes and shoes after I cleaned out my closet, evaluated what I needed to add to my wardrobe, found the new pieces, and put a cap on my clothing budget. This can become quite challenging when you part of your job is to attend events to learn about new products and trends. I found myself getting a bit creative with my wardrobe. Essentially a capsule wardrobe, but I am too scared to actually call it that. I also didn’t really tell anyone other than my close friends because I was afraid I’d fail.

herein-wu-black blazer gold top

The key to having a versatile wardrobe are basics and neutrals. I naturally purchase basics and neutrals, so this was not difficult when putting together my fall/winter wardrobe. Having a black blazer really came in handy for this outfit. This sparkly sheer top was easily transitioned to a winter outfit by layering a black blazer. Black pants was one of my must haves this season and I scoured the mall for the perfect pair. I wanted them to be fitted, versatile, and comfortable. There is nothing worse than uncomfortable pants, especially when stuck in L.A. traffic. I finally found the perfect pair from Zara. I did need to take them in to be hemmed. Unfortunately this 5 feet 4 inch gall can never find pants that fit properly.

serein wu louis vuitton black clutch

If you are going to invest in designer handbags, wallets, and shoes, go with timeless classics. This Louis Vuitton clutch was my mom’s. She kept all her designer handbags in their pouches, some even in the original box, when not in use and tool incredible care of them. Thanks to her vast collection of designer handbags, all classics, I am able to continue to use the beautiful designer pieces myself and hopefully pass it on to my daughter one day.

serein-wu-valentino rockstud patent leather heels

My Valentino Rockstud kitten heels have been a life saver for events. These are about 2 years old and still going strong. They are comfortable and go with most of my fall/winter wardrobe. The gold studs also add a bit of sparkle and a modern touch to my outfits. In this case, it really draws out the gold detailing of my top.

serein-wu capsule wardrobe

serein wu black louis vuitton clutch

serein wu at Alfred's Coffee west hollywood

When it comes to jewelry, as much as I love sparkles and glam, I prefer my jewelry to be simple and out of the way. Since the collar of my top is a gold hoop, I opted for minimal jewelry. Along with my wedding rings, I am wearing two chain rings that I made myself. If you like, you can purchase your own chain rings handmade by me at my etsy shop.

Would you like to find out more about how I downsize my wardrobe each season? I’m about to do a closet clean out for spring and decide what I’ll be adding to my wardrobe. At first I thought it would be impossible, but I found it to be quite refreshing, relaxing, and defiantly a lot more financially beneficial. No more impulse clothes shopping, at least for the time being.



photos taken and edited by Chris Ledford of Ledford Creative



    • Serein Wu
      March 18, 2016 / 1:46 am

      Thank you so much Patty!

  1. Carmela Terrado
    March 2, 2016 / 6:25 am

    Your lucky enough to be that tall I’m only 5 feet tall and I always have a hard time looking or my perfect fit and since I’m not tall I can’t wear maxi dresses : ( but I love how the whole look turned out definitely something I would wear when I’m feeling chic and sofisticated ^_^ like you I also love my neutrals in my closet and during the summer I would just buy 1-4 clothes that have blush tones or pop of colors to give the feeling of Fun. I’m curious how you de-clutter your closet.

    • Serein Wu
      March 3, 2016 / 11:54 am

      Thank you for sharing Carmela! Will try and talk more about de-cluttering my closet soon!

  2. February 29, 2016 / 6:56 am

    Downsizing the closet is the best ~ I often do the wardrobe inventory and clean up, and basics and neutrals are the most versatile and used pieces in my closet. You look absolutely wonderful, Serein! xoxo Zuma

    • Serein Wu
      March 3, 2016 / 11:56 am

      Thank you so much Zuma xoxo

  3. Shirley
    February 28, 2016 / 11:26 am

    Yes, I would love to find out more about how you’ve down sized your closet. A future blog post or video perhaps? A video might be fun and probably easier to understand visually. I’m reading Marie Kondo’s book. Not sure I’ll be able to follow it 100% but I am trying to incorporate the philosophy of only keeping the things that “spark joy”. I like that idea.

    • Serein Wu
      March 3, 2016 / 11:57 am

      Yes I was thinking a video might be best for this. Thank you! I read the book too, it was inspiring, but I defiantly only take what I need. She goes a bit intense with her ways.

  4. Emily
    February 25, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Oh my gosh this outfit is gorgeous!!

  5. Karmon Tsai
    February 25, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    I’m in love with the clutch. Love the whole outfit well put together

    • Serein Wu
      March 3, 2016 / 11:58 am

      Thank you so much Karmon!

  6. February 25, 2016 / 4:15 am

    I agree with understated jewelry. Sprakles are fun and I use to be all about that, but as I’ve been getting older, simple is always better. Great outfit – love the bag!

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