What building a capsule wardrobe for Paris taught me about leadership

Sometimes, you just gotta double down on the basics

Joya Dass
3 min readJun 8, 2023

I’m someone who suffers from major street style FOMO.

I used to show up to a faraway land, only to gaze longingly at a woman in a chic shawl or another in cute lace up shoes. “Darn! I should have packed that.” Suddenly, I wasn’t paying attention to the thing I had travelled thousands of miles to see and focusing instead on what I left behind

Out of self preservation, I now study the fashion at the destination ahead of time, so I can stay present. But I’ll be honest, I’ve been totally befuddled building a capsule wardrobe for Paris for 4 weeks. My current Google search history reads a 100 versions of “How to build a capsule wardrobe for Paris in June”

Now that I am 3 days out from travel, here is what I learned from building a capsule wardrobe.

🔵 I doubled down on the basics. White tee shirts. Jeans. Blazer. Long sleeved white shirt.

Sometimes, in life, that’s all we need to double down on. The basics.

🔵 I cut down on the decision fatigue. As an entrepreneur, I’m making hundreds of decisions a week. Now I can make one less decision around how I show up. I can focus on what I am going to Paris for, which is client work and much needed down time.

🔵 I can be adaptable and flexible. The range of activities include client strategy days, birthday dinner for a friend, exploring future retreat locations, yoga in the Tuileries, and lazy Sundays walking the Bastille market. The weather is also expected to swing from the low 50s at night to the mid 80s during the day. Careful planning and preparation means every scenario has been accounted for.

🔵 Quality over quantity. As I turned 50, I pledged to only buy classic investment pieces. No fast fashion. It meant paying a bit more, but my capsule wardrobe is built with intention and purpose. I’ve laid out all the combinations in pictures so I have them. Each item must be able to be worn at least 2 other ways.

The discipline used to invest in my wardrobe carried into other areas of my life. My health and well-being now have structured plans. So do my business goals.


Over the last 10 years, I’ve built a business mastermind with an element of adventure.

👉🏽My mission is to help women build a powerful personal brand.

👉🏽I help both corporate women and business owners tell better stories about themselves

👉🏽I push women outside their comfort zone

👉🏽I am the founder of the Women’s Leadership Lab.

💪🏼 My portfolio

I am the founder and CEO of the Women’s Leadership Lab, a 12 month business mastermind with a goal to build a powerful personal brand, culminating in a Tedx style talk on a NYC stage.

👉🏽I work with women seeking a promotion to the C Suite

👉🏽I work with business owners who need to tell better stories to get clients

👉🏽I work with women to pitch to investors

👉🏽I work with former executives launching consultancies

👉🏽I work with artists looking to command a higher price point in the market, by telling better stories

👉🏽I help women land their TedTalk

💥 My results

👉🏽1 Got the job with a 15% pay bump

👉🏽1 got the promotion to the C Suite with a 10% pay bump

👉🏽1 built a $50MM real estate fund

👉🏽1 said ‘yes’ to live television interviews

👉🏽1 got her first check for her startup from the community

👉🏽1 went from commanding $500 to $5000 for her art

👩🏻 9K followers on LinkedIn

👩🏻 8K followers on Instagram

👩🏻 5K followers on Facebook

🔵 If you want to learn more about how I built this, you can download my 8 steps


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Joya Dass

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