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

Fall-Capsule-2015

{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}

 

JACKETS + CARDIGANS – six

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

update: capsule wardrobe no. 1 {summer edition}.

{to see all of my posts about my capsule wardrobe project, click here!}

when we last chatted about my summer capsule wardrobe project, i revealed what items i am wearing throughout the season. today, i wanted to give you an update as to how it’s going {since i’m about one month into the project!}. as a quick reminder, this means that i’ll select and wear only 37 pieces {including tops, jackets, bottoms, dresses, and shoes} all summer long {from May 15-August 10} and i won’t shop until it’s time to prep my fall capsule at the end of summer.

but first – an update on what’s still in my first-ever capsule wardrobe, one month later.

and, a quick caveat: i know that i said above that i wouldn’t shop for items until i begin to prep my fall capsule, but i did have a few items that lingered past the start date of my summer capsule, so i gave myself permission to acquire those items in the first few weeks of my capsule, as you’ll see below.

TOPS

  • Polka-dot chambray snap-up top {from Maurices}
  • Blue + pink printed t-shirt {from Target}
  • Blue + white printed t-shirt {from NY&CO}
  • Solid pink t-shirt {from Target}
  • Solid heather blue tank top {from Gap}
  • Solid black tank top {from Gap}
  • Taupe flowy top {from Bohme}
  • PURCHASED: Solid purple peplum tank top {from Gap} {this top replaced the green + blue bird-print top, which was made of silky fabric + thus was not quite breathable in the summer heat!}
  • NEW: Solid blue tank tunic with stud detail {from NY&CO}

DRESSES

  • Denim + lace shirtdress
  • Navy ruffled v-neck printed dress with zipper detail
  • Black “graffiti’ printed dress
  • Patriotic stars shirtdress
  • Striped cotton t-shirt dress in shades of blue {from Target}
  • PURCHASED: Gray cotton tank dress with waist-tie detail {from NY&CO}
  • NEW: Party dress TBD {i have a few bridal + baby showers to attend this summer, so i’m allowing myself to select a party dress from storage to wear to each of these events; this item replaced the solid pink button-down shirt, which was previously listed above}

JACKETS + CARDIGANS

  • Denim jacket {from Gap Outlet}
  • Teal cardigan {from The Limited}
  • PURCHASED: White denim vest {from Vanity}

BOTTOMS

  • Solid black maxi skirt {from Target}
  • Denim skirt in pencil cut {from Target}
  • Yellow floral printed skirt
  • Blue printed skirt {from Gap Outlet}
  • Light-wash denim boyfriend jeans {from Gap}
  • Dark-wash denim boyfriend jeans {from Gap}
  • Olive green boyfriend khakis {from Gap}
  • PURCHASED: Denim shorts {from Gap}
  • Solid orange shorts {from Gap Outlet}
  • Solid pink shorts {from Gap Outlet}
  • Navy eyelet dressy shorts {from The Limited}
  • Solid black leggings {from Target}
  • PURCHASED: Printed black soft shorts with eyelet detail {from Vanity} {this item replaced the cream cardigan, which i found that i wasn’t reaching for at all this summer}

SHOES

  • Flip-flops {blue}
  • Flip-flops {green}
  • PURCHASED: Black + grey TOMS
  • Nude canvas wedges with zipper detail {from Target}
  • NEW: Black rounded-toe flats {from Target} {these replaced the grey pointed-toe flats {from Express} on my list, as they are more casual for summer}

so, as you can see, i’m still at 37 items, and i’ve done some clothing switcheroos and purchases based on what items i still needed to hit the magic number of 37, what i’ve noticed about myself and what i’ve liked wearing in the past four weeks of this experience.

a few more learning moments to share:

  • nursing-friendly clothes have priority right now. since i’m still nursing Q, this means that i can frequently be found wearing a tank top or a t-shirt, versus a blouse or a dress. i’m sure that in future seasons, when i’m not so focused on nursing, or perhaps when i’m pumping breast milk more frequently {like i will be when i return to my teaching job in August}, my day-to-day wardrobe will have a bit more variety.
  • i’m not tempted to dig items out of storage. what’s surprised me the most is this: even though my out-of-season clothes are being stored on the floor of my closet in a large tote, i haven’t been tempted at all to dig into the tote for other items to wear. in fact, apart from my realization that i will need a party dress to wear to a few events this summer {see above} and subsequently pulling a few dress options to mull over, i haven’t opened the tote at all!
  • tank dresses = so easy. like i mentioned above, i’m definitely in a specific season of my life as a nursing mama, so i often find myself reaching for the same items in my closet over and over again. but, i have been surprised by one item in my closet that’s become a go-to for me: the gray cotton tank dress. it’s so easy to just throw on a dress and sandals in the summertime, and the scoop neck of this specific dress is generous enough to allow for relatively easy nursing. it’s become one of my favorite pieces!
  • i get a different feeling when i open my closet {and it’s a good feeling!}. before i took on this experiment, i used to fold my jeans, shorts + tank tops and hang only my dresses, blouses + t-shirts. but, after cleaning out my closet for this project, i decided to hang all of my clothing items for this capsule, including items that previously would have been hidden in a drawer. this has been such a welcome change for me, because i can instantly see my options {and hello, i can actually SEE my clothes – before, my closet was so crowded with out-of-season, ill-fitting, i-don’t-really-like-this clothing, but now my closet is wide open with ample space!}.

so, that’s how the capsule project has been going this past month. i’m already excited to develop my fall capsule, although i have a feeling that i may need to increase my number of items from 37 to 45 or so come fall, as i’ll be heading back to work…but you know that i’ll keep you posted!

capsule wardrobe no. 1 {what i’m wearing this summer}.

{if you missed my post last week on my capsule wardrobe project, check it out here!}

as i mentioned last week, i’m trying out something new this summer when it comes to my wardrobe: a capsule wardrobe. as a quick reminder, this means that i’ll select and wear only 37 pieces {including tops, jackets, bottoms, dresses, and shoes} all summer long {from May 15-August 10} and i won’t shop at all until it’s time to prep my fall capsule at the end of summer.

today, i’m finally revealing what’s in capsule wardrobe no. 1 – the summer 2015 edition!

TOPS

  • Polka-dot chambray snap-up top {from Maurices}
  • Blue + pink printed t-shirt {from Target}
  • Blue + white printed t-shirt {from NY&CO}
  • Solid pink t-shirt {from Target}
  • Solid pink button-down shirt {from Old Navy}
  • Solid heather blue tank top {from Gap}
  • Solid black tank top {from Gap}
  • Green + blue bird-print top
  • Taupe flowy top {from Bohme}
  • Two more tops TBD

DRESSES

  • Denim + lace shirtdress
  • Navy ruffled v-neck printed dress with zipper detail
  • Black “graffiti’ printed dress
  • Patriotic stars shirtdress
  • Striped cotton t-shirt dress in shades of blue {from Target}

JACKETS + CARDIGANS

  • Denim jacket {from Gap Outlet}
  • Cream cardigan {from NY&CO}
  • Teal cardigan {from The Limited}
  • White denim vest {STILL NEED}

BOTTOMS

  • Solid black maxi skirt {from Target}
  • Denim skirt in pencil cut {from Target}
  • Yellow floral printed skirt
  • Blue printed skirt {from Gap Outlet}
  • Light-wash denim boyfriend jeans {from Gap}
  • Dark-wash denim boyfriend jeans {from Gap}
  • Olive green boyfriend khakis {from Gap}
  • Denim shorts {STILL NEED}
  • Solid orange shorts {from Gap Outlet}
  • Solid pink shorts {from Gap Outlet}
  • Navy eyelet dressy shorts {from The Limited}
  • Solid black leggings {from Target}

SHOES

  • Flip-flops {blue}
  • Flip-flops {green}
  • Classic TOMS {STILL NEED}
  • Nude canvas wedges with zipper detail {from Target}
  • Grey pointed-toe flats {from Express}

capsule wardrobe {what i’m trying out this summer}.

Master-Bedroom

if my closet could talk, it would probably say this: why are you keeping all of this clothing jammed in here, when you only actually wear one-quarter of what’s inside of me? also, i need better lighting in here – how can you even see anything?

would your closet utter something similar? if so, read on to find out how i’m taking back my closet…

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enter: the capsule wardrobe.

what’s a capsule wardrobe? so glad you asked! i long ago came across posts from Caroline of UnFancy on her capsule wardrobe, and i was FASCINATED by the idea of culling my clothing down to 37 pieces {not counting workout clothes – HA, i don’t own those – jewelry, accessories, underthings, swimsuits, jammies or loungewear}.

so, a capsule wardrobe involves cleaning out your closet + dresser + then eliminating {and STORING – this is important!} what’s not in your 37-piece capsule wardrobe. you then wear ONLY these 37 pieces {including tops, bottoms, dresses, jackets or outerwear and shoes} for a season {i.e. three months or winter/spring/summer/fall}. here’s a really helpful post from UnFancy on building a capsule wardrobe.

another key piece is this: you don’t go shopping for clothes during a capsule season. not. at. all! this will be SO difficult for me {Target, how i’ll miss thee}, but that’s all the more reason why i know that i need to do this.

why 37 items? Caroline of UnFancy suggested this number as a result of her own trial-and-error efforts in her capsule wardrobe project. i’m following her lead on this one.

this is crazy. why would anyone do this? isn’t the point of fashion to try out new trends and amass a hearty and robust wardrobe full of much-loved items? sure, that’s a great goal. but for me, i’m a busy wife, Mama, educator, blogger, writer and Netflix-watcher, and i don’t want to waste any more time staring into the dark recesses of my closet, waiting for some long-forgotten clothing item to jump out and announce itself as that day’s fashion item of choice.

as regular readers know, i’m also on a simplifying kick, so the capsule wardrobe is part of my desire to minimize extras and focus on what matters. i also don’t want to spend time or money collecting items that will eventually just take up space in my closet. instead, i’d rather save my time – and my pennies – to purchase well-made clothing items that i actually LOVE and WANT to wear.

why are you starting a capsule wardrobe in the summer? it makes the most sense for me, as an educator who has the summer off {yay!}, to launch my capsule wardrobe project when i’m not having to dress up and ready myself for work each day. in short, starting this wardrobe revolution in the summer will be a much easier time to experiment with such a radical reduction of my wardrobe, since instead of wrangling students and correcting grammatical errors, i’ll be spending my summer days blowing bubbles and playing in the pool with my littles. i’m hopeful that this summer will motivate me to tackle what it means to have a capsule wardrobe as a full-time working Mama when school ramps up again this fall.

how long is your summer capsule? May 15 – August 10. i’ll be starting up my summer capsule {i.e. putting away + storing all clothes that are NOT in my capsule} after my last day of work for the school year, which is May 15. i don’t go back to school until August 10, so that’s when i’ll launch my fall capsule.

can you shop between seasons? YES, thank goodness. Caroline suggests planning and shopping for the upcoming capsule during the last weeks of the previous capsule season. so, in other words, i’ll be shopping for my fall capsule {colored skinny jeans, i’m coming for you!} in the final few weeks of my summer vacation.

what’s in your summer capsule? i’ll be back next week to share the 37 items that are in my summer capsule, so stay tuned!

how do i follow along with your capsule wardrobe? check back here next week, as i reveal what’s in my summer capsule. i’ll also be sharing the highs and lows of this experience on Instagram this summer, so be sure to follow me there. and, if you’re interesting in following others who are trying out a capsule wardrobe, add Caroline of UnFancy and Carli of Raising Mayhem to your list of blogs to read!