capsule wardrobe no. 2 {what i’m wearing this fall}.


{just joining me? catch up on my capsule wardrobe project here}

hi all! as the days of my summer capsule wardrobe dwindle – i’m starting my fall capsule on august 10! – i wanted to share with you a few final reflections on my first foray into this capsule project, as well as what’s in my capsule for fall! as a reminder, the purpose of a capsule wardrobe is to select and wear a set number of pieces {including tops, jackets, bottoms, dresses, and shoes} all season long. in addition, i won’t shop until it’s time to prep my winter capsule at the end of fall.

first, two last-minute reflections on my summer capsule:

37 items was a bit of a frustrating number. for me, i don’t think that i would have struggled so much to come up with daily outfits if i had 37 CLOTHING items, versus 37 items that included shoes. i wore five pairs of shoes this summer, and i would have much rather had five additional clothing items instead!

i overestimated “work” clothes and underestimated “comfy” clothes. in other words, i had loftier goals of what clothing items i’d be reaching for each day. read: instead of reaching for a cute button-down top with ruffle detail, or a vintage-inspired bird printed blouse, i found myself reaching for tank tops and t-shirts day after day as i cared for my littles.

and now – on to fall! my fall capsule will last from august 10-november 16.

the biggest change for fall: i’ve increased my number of items from 37 to 50. there are a few reasons for this, the biggest one being that the start of the school year means i’ll be teaching full-time and will need work clothes five days per week! also, as i mentioned above, 37 items felt a bit too minimal for me, so i’m upping the number here to hopefully alleviate that unnecessary stress. after all, it’s not a magic number that i’m after – it’s minimalism in general!

also, a goal for me for this capsule is to publish some of my favorite outfits! i’m no fashionista by ANY means, but i love seeing what outfits that other women put together {and put them out there via Pinterest, Instagram or their blogs for others to use as inspiration!), so i hope to do the same every once in awhile.

here’s what’s in my fall capsule:

TOPS – twenty

Navy boatneck top {from Gap Outlet a few years ago}

Chambray embellished tank {NEW – Old Navy}

Green ombre silk top {NEW – The Limited}

Black + cream jacquard printed tank {NEW – Old Navy}

Gray short-sleeved “holey” sweater {NEW – Old Navy}

Red + navy printed top {NEW – The Limited}

Cream dressy tank {NEW – The Limited}

Pink dressy tank {NEW – The Limited}

Chambray polka-dot button-down {from summer capsule}

Green arrow printed button-down {from Gap a few seasons back}

Pink ombre circle printed button-down {also from Gap a few years ago}

Pink dot printed button-down {from Old Navy this past spring}

Solid pink button-down {from Old Navy this past spring}

“Amazing Grace” graphic t-shirt {from Lara Casey}

Black + white wrap sweater {from NY&CO last spring}

Ikat dressy tank {from summer capsule}

Purple plaid flannel {i’ve had this since college + i LOVE it}

Solid black tank {from summer capsule}

Green silky tank {from The Limited a few years back}

Graphic sweatshirt {STILL NEED}



Solid grey blazer {from Gap Outlet}

Jean jacket {from summer capsule}

Brown flowy cardigan {from Old Navy this past spring}

Black gingham-print blazer {NEW – from NY&CO}

Solid blue waffle-weave cardigan {NEW – from The Limited}

Black + grey asymmetrical sweater vest {NEW – from NY&CO}


DRESSES – four

Solid purple dress in a vintage cut {from Target a few years ago}

Black + white printed dress {from The Limited a few years ago}

Blue eyelet dress {from NY&CO for my graduation with my MA in English a few years ago}

Green boatneck dress with an A-line skirt {from ModCloth a few years ago}


PANTS – twelve

Solid navy corduroy pants {from Gap this past spring}

Solid black dress pants {from Express this past spring}

Solid grey dress pants {from Express a few years ago}

Gray striped dress pants {from Express this past spring}

Solid red dress pants {from Express this past spring}

Solid brown dress pants {from Express this past winter}

Navy check dress pants {from Express this past spring}

Charcoal linen pants {NEW – from NY&CO}

Fuschia jacquard pixie pants {NEW – from Old Navy}

Light boyfriend jeans {from summer capsule}

Skinny blue jeans {STILL NEED}

Grey lounge pants w/ chambray detail {NEW – from NY&CO}


SKIRTS – two

Denim pencil skirt {from summer capsule}

Green printed pencil skirt {from The Limited a few years ago}


SHOES – six

Tall black boots

Tall brown boots

Brown wedge booties

Grey flats

Brown flats

Wedge sandals

About Sara

Sara works in higher education, but she's most proud of her role as a Mama to two precocious boys, Lionel Conner, age 4, and Quincy August, age 2. In honor of turning 30 in 2016, she pierced her nose to "keep her young." She loves watching guilty-pleasure television, writing about motherhood, decorating her first home, sipping red wine with her husband Jordan, and chasing after her sons.
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