Well guys, I have officially finished my first month with my casual fall capsule wardrobe. As promised, I’m sharing my notes with you about the process: what is working, what is not, and what I’ve changed. If any of you have your own capsule wardrobe, or are trying to minimize for the first time, I would love to hear about your experiences as well. Please share in the comments or send me an email!
WHAT IS WORKING?
- Cutting down on spending – One of my major reasons for creating a capsule wardrobe was to encourage thoughtful purchases and discourage impulse buys. Since beginning my fall capsule, I have replaced one sweater and one pair of jeans. When I feel like I don’t have the right types of clothing for the weather, or if it feels like I have too much of the same thing, I pull clothes from storage instead of going shopping to fill the holes.
- Clothes are easy to mix and match – Determining the color palette up front has made it really easy to mix and match pieces and create many outfits.
- Using accessories to create different outfits – blanket scarves, hats, gloves, belts and jewelry have made it easy to make the most of wearing fewer pieces.
WHAT ISN’T WORKING?
- Limiting shoes and outerwear – Pittsburgh weather is completely unpredictable. Last week, I wore gloves and a wool coat during my morning commute, but only a lightweight sweater for the commute home. The temperature ranges in one day, let alone one month, have made it difficult to limit my shoes and outerwear. Going forward, I plan to remove these items from my capsules and instead create only a core wardrobe of tops and bottoms, treating outerwear and shoes more like accessories (meaning they can be switched in and out, as necessary). I don’t put these items in storage, so this is not a major adjustment.
- Not enough color variation on my office capsule – I created two capsules, one for weekend and one for work. I haven’t shared my work capsule because I am still figuring out what works best. I’ll be honest, I’m struggling with that. In summary, I got bored with my work capsule very quickly. It was primarily black, and I found myself wearing the same few things over and over again. Last weekend, I pulled my clothes from storage and added in a few pieces for color.
- Storing work and “play” clothes separately – there have been occasions where I have wanted to wear items from my work capsule on the weekend, or vice versa. Mostly out of stubbornness, I have use the capsules for their original purpose. For the winter capsule, I think I’ll be more successful to create one larger capsule for both work and weekend.
WHAT IS CHANGING FOR NOVEMBER?
From the time I started the capsule (late in September) to now, the temperature changes have ranged from near 80 degrees to 40 degrees. I had plenty of items that worked for warm and cool temperatures, but nothing to combat the cold–especially in outerwear. I swapped the items crossed out above with the items below from storage for a little more warmth. I’ve been much happier with these pieces than the originals (I’m specifically looking at that wool coat!). Additionally, rain boots and [eventually] winter snow boots will be worn as needed, though they aren’t listed on the capsule. If we’re experiencing any sort of precipitation, I commute to work in weather boots to prolong the life of my pumps and flats.
Stay tuned for more outfits from this capsule and another status update at the end of November!