After reading about capsule and minimalist wardrobes (mostly at unfancy), I have tried to whittle down my own closet into a collection of clothing that works for my lifestyle, is easy to coordinate, and makes me feel good about getting dressed in the morning. I want to develop my own personal style while embracing minimalism and being honest about what I like to wear.
I’ve thought about what number works best for me. I may try to bring it down more in the future, but for now I have 34 items of clothing, not including t-shirts (there’s a separate post on that) coats and jackets (because right now I don’t have any I like) shoes, (another post) or bags or accessories.
This exercise had been good for me. I’m working on wishlist of items I’d like to buy, but focusing on these items for the next few months will help me assess what I really need in my wardrobe.
Here’s what I’m current wearing: my fall capsule wardrobe.
one solid, one pattern dress
I have a lot of dresses, but most of them are summery or for special occasions, and so they are currently in storage. This Nic + Zoe patterned dress I originally bought at Nordstrom’s to wear to my brother’s rehearsal dinner, but it can be easily dressed up or down, so I can wear it to a fancy occasion or work. The navy dress is Old Navy, and can also be styled for a special day or work.
twelve shirts shirts
three long sleeve tees
Yeah, these are all the same brand. I wear the black and the red a lot, but the cream and tan heather is nice for a little variety.
three short sleeve tees
I’ve been trying to get some decent solid tees for layering under cardigans, so I’m trying these Lands End tees in black, raspberry (pictured), and royal blue.
one button down and one baseball tee
These are both items that I love the style of, but don’t often reach for —probably because they’re white, and I’m prone to spilling my lunch down the front of my shirt (I’m always reading on my lunch break, which makes me a sloppy eater). Perhaps they are more aspirational style that actual style—I’ll reassess in three months.
I really love chambray shirts. I had a lovely lighter Ralph Lauren one that got ruined in the wash (thanks, Mister BS) and replaced it with this Old Navy one, which isn’t as high quality as I’d like for something I would really wear so much. I’m on the look out for an upgrade, but finding button ups that fit well-endowed ladies such as myself can be tricky.
two flannel: navy/orange, blue/red
I’m glad flannel is back in fashion, because it is sooooo comfy. I wear these over t-shirts like cardigans for casual days at work.
sleeveless polka dot
This is one of those truly season-less shirts. I wear it under cardigans year-round.
I know, you’re thinking, who needs two sweater vests in black and white? Why would someone buy both?
The one on the right was purchased last year and I wore it a ton. I loved it. Comfy yet a little dressier than some of my regular work outfits. The one on the left I bought this year from Land’s End thinking it was a charcoal grey, but it’s a black and white weave, too. I liked it so much, though, I decided to keep it. I am nothing if not predictable.
The red pullover with the leather and metal detail on the collar is a Ralph Lauren, and I really love it. I got it on clearance at TJ Maxx and it’s served me well.
lots of cardigans
I really love cardigans. Most of my current collection comes from Old Navy—I have that v-neck in teal, royal blue, and black, the mock neck in red and leopard, and a cropped in charcoal and black.
two long cardigans: black, cream
I also have these long, handkerchief sweaters in cream and black. When I love something, I’ll buy it in multiple colors. I mourn the day that these wear out.
Speaking of how I always want to buy things in multiples, I almost got this in a dark charcoal grey today, then I remembered I was trying to limit my wardrobe and I didn’t really need one. But this grey tunic is so comfy with leggings, and I can layer the white collared shirt underneath it for another look.
I mean, sometimes you have to wear pants. I try to make sure mine are as comfortable as possible.
black dress pants
I found these comfy Michael Kors dress pants made out of a heavy knit.
jeans: dark denim, grey
My goal is to upgrade my denim. I’m currently in search for the perfect pair. Currently, I’m wearing some Old Navy Rockstar super skinny jeans. I also have this pair of Max Studio grey denim, which are super comfortable but too stretchy—they sag out after one wear. They work for now, but I really want to find a brand and style of jean that works for me.
two leggings: grey, black
The grey ones are from TJ Maxx—and they are divine. The color hasn’t faded at all, either. Which is the problem with the Land’s End pair, even though the website claims they won’t. I’ve been washing them inside out and everything, but I don’t think they’ll stay a rich black after many more washings. Still, they’re a nice heavy pair to wear with my long tunic sweater or chambray shirt for errands on the weekend or a plane ride.
black/white, polka dot, red pattern
Straight, knit pencil skirts are comfortable but professional. I love this Calvin Klein one in black and white, the Old Navy polka dot, and the Jones New York red print.
So, that’s what I’m wearing for the next three months. I’ll try not to cheat by buying new clothes, and really do want to purge my closet on a continual basis.
Up next: t-shirts and shoes!
How have you transitioned to a capsule wardrobe? How do you avoid getting bored? I’d love the hear your experience.