A friend of mine at work introduced me to the concept of ‘capsule wardobes’ and I have been intrigued by them ever since. The idea is in line with minimalism: create a capsule based around a concept (fall, winter, work, weekend, etc.) and build it with classic pieces that won’t go out of style, but can be supplemented with a few seasonal pieces. Think quality over quantity. (This is a great cheat sheet to summarize)
This idea has been a goal of mine recently–whether I knew it or not: build a wardrobe with high-quality, well-fitting, timeless pieces and you will always look chic, put together and stylish. When I was younger and earning my first paychecks (I’m talking high school and early college days), shopping was about getting the most for your money, literally. I frequented stores like Forever 21, H&M and Charlotte Russe.
It didn’t take long to realize that those items were cheap for a reason. They often didn’t outlast a season without looking faded and worn. As I’ve grown, I’ve become a faithful shopper at J.Crew, Banana Republic and Ann Taylor for their petite-sizing, classic silhouettes and lasting quality. I prefer to search for items I really love, instead of buying things that are on sale. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good bargain, and am a huge advocate for places like TJ Maxx, DSW or Marshalls, but most times I won’t buy something simply because it’s a “deal”. On the contrary, I will scour stores (or the web, unfortunately for my husband who has to collect the packages) until I find the perfect match (i.e. my search for a leather jacket).
That said, the capsule wardrobe concept was my focus during my last closet clean out (see my tips here). I’m trying out the idea using the seasons as a baseline, so my first capsule wardrobe will be fall–which means that I am currently determining the items I want in my “capsule” and shopping for items that need replaced or purchased. I will be sharing a full list for my fall capsule in the next few weeks.
The following are a few of the pieces I’ve identified for my fall shopping list:
- a leather jacket (check!)
- a simple weekend dress (I loved this one but the XXSP was too small in the hips, and has since sold out in early all other sizes)
- a quality leather tote (extra points for the monogramming)
- well-fitting faux leather pants
- destroyed skinny jeans (hemming services available)
- an office-to-weekend skirt
- replace V-neck white tee (most worn item in my closet)
- plain comfortable tank for layering or wearing alone
- striped tee
- plain black sneakers
- plain white sneakers
- long delicate necklace
As my style is morphing towards a more minimalistic approach, I’m sticking to a neutral color palette that can easily be mixed, and matched. Black, white, grey, beige and denim are the core of my wardrobe; this is what I feel most comfortable, confident and put together wearing. You will notice a theme in color scheme for most capsule wardrobe guides. Because my blog focuses so much on style, I think I’m learning more quickly what I’m comfortable and confident in (seeing yourself in so many pictures will do that to you), but if you’re not there yet, this guide is a great tool to get you started.
Speaking of which, there are some really great guides for starting your own capsule wardrobe on Pinterest. I’ve linked a couple of my favorites below; click the images below to be redirected to the source. I found that I kept getting drawn into the blog Un-Fancy. It’s completely different from the other style blogs I follow, but I think her voice and ideas are inspiring and true.
Let me know what you think of this project or the idea of capsule wardrobes in the comments below–especially if you’ve tried it yourself!