My Complete Capsule Wardrobe: Fall + Winter
Happy Monday friends!
Okay, I know what you’re thinking…Summer, don’t remind us of fall and winter, spring is almost here! Hahaha! While I totally get it, this post is more about why a capsule wardrobe can be a huge benefit to your life rather than the actual clothes themselves. Clearly I’m not trying to sell you clothes :)
I have been working on simplifying my wardrobe over the last year or more and I finally completed my fall and winter capsule! We have such mild weather here in North Carolina so I am able to combine the fall and winter and will most likely do the same for the spring and summer. You can certainly create 4 separate capsules if you live in a location where that would be more beneficial.
Just to recap if you are unfamiliar with capsule wardrobes, they are small wardrobes made up of a certain number of pieces (you decide) that are versatile and can create multiple outfits. Capsules are helpful in so many ways including making getting dressed in the mornings easier, keeping the clutter down in your closet and most importantly, feeling great in everything that you wear!
When you build a capsule wardrobe you should only keep pieces that feel great on and fit your body well. Get rid of everything else. Period.
My capsule wardrobe includes bottoms, tops, skirts and/or everyday dresses and shoes. I do not include special occasion dresses, jewelry, bags and coats although I practice the same philosophy when it comes to all of these categories.
Now I’m going to share the visual representation of outfits created with pieces from my capsule and a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way!
1. The Base: Black Skinny Jeans
These first 6 outfits are built using these black skinny jeans as the base. As you can see I rotate several shirts and shoes paired in a variety of ways. Some are casual and others are a bit more dressy with heels. Remember, while most of these basic pieces are neutrals you can experiment with more color in jewelry bags and outerwear.
Shop the collection here:
**Note: due to timing products throughout this post are not all exact, many are items that I have found to be similar to what I own.
2. The Base: Distressed Skinny Jeans
These next 8 outfits are combined with my favorite distressed skinny jeans and variety of tops which can also be dressed up or down. I work from home mostly so my wardrobe definitely calls for more casual pieces but you can tailor your capsule to fit your specific needs.
For tops I like to stick with classic pieces such as solids, stripes and buffalo check.
Vests are a great way to create additional dimension in a minimal wardrobe. They are super versatile and can usually transition between seasons!
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3. The Base: Other Jeans
These three outfits are similar to the ones above just with a different bottom.
4. The Base: Pencil Skirt
This pencil skirt is one of my favorite pieces and you will definitely see it back again in the spring probably with a simple graphic tee and flip flops!
5. The Base: Black Leggings
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Now just because you don’t count accessories as part of your capsule pieces doesn’t mean you should load up on jewelry, bags, hats and scarves! I try to have an everyday long and short necklace, a statement necklace, a couple of pairs of stud earrings and dressier ones (usually involving tassels) and one or two scarves. That’s all I need!
You can read more about my jewelry capsule wardrobe HERE.
Now for the crazy – I mean good – stuff :) In order to keep myself on track and focused, even with a minimal wardrobe, I decided to make a collage of my favorite outfits that I have the ability to create with the pieces in my closet. I used keywords to search outfits (i.e., black skinny jeans, moto jacket outfits, pencil skirts, etc.) and pinned my favorite ones to a capsule wardrobe Pinterest board. Then I made a collage, printed it out and hung it on the wall in my closet. That way I can see my choices without having to stare at the stand-alone pieces hanging on the rack. You guys, it’s a lifesaver!!!
Okay, someone’s got to tell me though…is this weird lol?!?! Well, I don’t care if it is, it’s super helpful!
My capsule wardrobe contains about 35-45 pieces give or take. I think that is a pretty good number for me and it’s what I’ll try and stick to when I create my spring/summer wardrobe. I hope to get that post up in a timely fashion this time too :)
Here are a few takeaways that I’ve learned my pairing down my closet and living with my wardrobe for several months now.
- Almost every top in my capsule can be worn with any bottom.
- Choose neutrals for base colors.
- Bring in color with accessories.
- Create outfits that can be dressed up or down by just changing shoes or jewelry.
- Make a visual guide!!!
So, what do you guys think? Was this helpful? Have you attempted a capsule wardrobe before and if so how did it go?