I’ve been thinking a lot about downsizing recently. Sometime over the last ten years I’ve accumulated a lot of stuff. I have about a thousand dollars in craft supplies languishing in my office, because one I’d built this awesome stash of pretty papers and tools, I found new hobbies: namely, blogging. Work also keeps me from having lots of free time to play and craft. I’ve got waaaaay too many books. But I’ve really got an out of control closet, full of ill-fitting, worn, clothes that I just don’t like.
I’ve started to go through it and clear out a lot of the crap that I hang on to in the hopes it will fit again or because I don’t want to feel like I’ve wasted money on what seemed like such a great deal at the time.
I’m not quite there yet, but I’m considering developing a capsule wardrobe that will work for my lifestyle and make getting dressed in the morning much more simple (so I have more time to drink coffee and browse the internet in the morning! yay!). I’ve got a ways to go in terms of figuring out my personal style and what works for my lifestyle. Sure, I can wear a t-shirt and jeans to work everyday. But I like dressing up sometimes, just as much as I like being comfortable.
I also like the idea of a capsule wardrobe because it forces you to think about mixing and matching. Pieces that I love, but are also interchangeable and coordinate to make many different outfits is the ultimate goal. As much as I wish I could start from scratch, I can’t. But that doesn’t mean I can’t be more deliberate with my shopping choices and go for more investment pieces that will last.
So I’ve put together my fall wardrobe wishlist.
Back to Basics
I really need to find a new source for quality plain t-shirts. I end up wearing my geeky screen-printed t-shirts because they last so much better than the Old Navy “perfect” tees I have in solid colors. The Old Navy tees have necks that become misshapen, shrink, and in general, are just not that great. I’ve decided to try some LL Bean t-shirts because they aren’t terribly expensive, come in some nice colors, and are also available in plus sizes. Plus, a nice navy and white stripe tee with a boat neck will be great for 3 seasons. I’ll wear it spring, summer, and fall.
I also need a new grey cardigan, and if we’re talking investment pieces, this Land’s End cashmere is the way to go. It will last forever if I take care of it, and the dry cleaning bill won’t be horrendous if I can just remember to hang it up and not spill salsa on it (easier set than done, but I am trying to be a grown up).
Splash of Color
I also found a few more pieces I want from Land’s End. The watermelon dress is much deeper in real life, and on sale! It will be a nice pop of color. I love a dress because it’s an outfit all in one piece, but can easily be dressed up or down and mixed with different accessories for a new look.
The sweater vest from Land’s End isn’t on sale yet, but I’ve got my eye on it. The style is bit out of my comfort zone, but I have a few long handkerchief style sweaters I wear a ton, and a sweater vest I got last winter that I loved, so this seems like a versatile, comfortable piece. The chunky cableknit is from Land’s End, too, but unfortunately not available in plus. I’d like to find something similar in a nice cream color if I can.
Leopard is the New Black
I’ve been dying for the right pair of leopard flats (leopard really is a neutral!) and finally found a good pair at J Crew Factory. And I can always use a new pair of jeans. Perhaps in the winter I’ll investigate investment jeans, but for now, I’ll settle for a cheap pair of Old Navy jeans. The super skinny mid-rise rockstar works fine for me, even if they don’t last as long as I’d like (hey, I can usually get them for $20-25 so it’s not like I’m expecting them to be indestructible).
My plan is to continue to get rid of stuff I don’t wear and be strategic about what I do purchase. These are my shopping list for September through November, and I’ll reevaluate in December.
What fall trends are you loving? what must have pieces are you eyeing? What pieces are essential for your capsule wardrobe? Where do you find comfortable, affordable, plus size clothes?