Capsule Wardrobe: Take One

I’m beginning to realize that I really can’t resist internet fads, so I’m putting together a capsule wardrobe for the spring. I learned about capsule wardrobes through Apartment Therapy, who use Un-fancy as their main source of inspiration. The whole idea behind a capsule wardrobe is you limit your clothes to 37 pieces (+/- a few) for a season and get creative with outfits. It’s minimalism for fashion.

When it comes to clothes, I don’t feel like I have a cohesive style. Many of my t-shirts have tiny, cat-claw shaped holes in them. If my job decided that everyone had to dress like business men and ladies, I’d be in trouble. Not that I necessarily want to dress like a business lady all of (or even some of) the time, but I’d like for my style to feel a little more intentional, a little more grown up or at least a little more cool, while still somehow maintaining that effortless sense that you get from the Un-fancy outfits.

Also, I wanted an excuse to start buying nice things. If you limit your clothes for a season to 37ish pieces, you can spend money on better stuff, right?

So I put together my capsule list for spring, intending for this to take me from March-June –everything with a $ is something I intended to spend money on:

Shoes (9)

  • Western Boots
  • Combat Boots
  • Heel boots
  • Sneakers ($)
  • Strappy sandals
  • Orange heel sandals
  • Nude heels
  • Wedges
  • Oxfords

Bottoms (4)

  • Black jeans
  • Dark jeans
  • Lighter jeans
  • Business pants

Jackets (2)

  • Mustard yellow coat
  • Moto jacket
Tops (18):

  • 3 Basic t-shirts
    • Black and Gray, v-neck and boat
  • 3 Graphic tees ($)
  • Leopard shirt
  • Short-sleeved sweaters
  • 2 blouses (one solid, one print)
  • Black tunic sweater
  • Lightweight sweater ($)
  • Long gray cardigan
  • Blue open cardigan
  • White gauzy-tank
  • 2 blouse-y tanks ($)
  • Lightweight gray hoodie

Dresses (5):

  • Black and white striped dress
  • Orange dress
  • Fancy floral dress
  • Green classic dress
  • Jersey/drapey dress ($)

I spent some time Saturday cleaning up my closet and boxing things up. Never again will that guy from high school see me wearing a North Middle School Sweatshirt at the place where we both work and he makes approximately 2x my salary. March is now halfway over, and I’m ready to implement the capsule wardrobe, but it looks a little different–

Shoes (9)

  • Western Boots
  • Combat Boots
  • Heel boots
  • Sneakers
  • Strappy sandals
  • Orange heel sandals
  • Nude heels
  • Wedges
  • Oxfords

Bottoms (4)

  • Black jeans
  • Dark jeans
  • Lighter jeans
  • Business pants

Jackets (2)

  • Mustard yellow coat
  • Moto jacket

 

Tops (17):

  • Black striped t-shirk
  • Black v-neck t-shirt
  • Boatneck gray legging-t-shirt
  • Boatneck blue & white striped shirt
  • Gray t-shirt
  • Green striped t-shirt
  • Tournament Of Books t-shirt (on the way)
  • Pattern t-shirt
  • White and blue ikat-ish pattern t-shirt
  • Leopard shirt
  • Orange lacy t-shirt
  • Black tunic sweater
  • Lightweight sweater
  • Long gray cardigan
  • Blue open cardigan
  • White gauzy-tank
  • Red and Black checked flannel

Dresses (4):

  • Black and white striped dress
  • Orange dress
  • Fancy floral dress
  • Green classic dress

Bold means it’s new, italics means it’s standing in for this month. Next month, I’ll have one shopping weekend to switch things out and get closer to my original list. Until then, these are my clothes. The only things that aren’t included here that don’t count toward the total are leggings and basic, please-make-sure-people-can’t-see-my-bra tank-tops.

Pics or it didn’t happen:

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These pieces are mostly understated and a lil preppy, but a few things spice things up and make the ensembles feel edgier–namely, the combat boots, moto jacket, and, to some extent, leopard print boatneck shirt. Dayna helpfully encouraged me to get the leopard print Keds, which were less expensive than the more adorable floral pattern, but probably better for mixing and matching (except with the leopard print shirt, which I will not do). I also added the red flannel zip up shirt because I love it, and it could get cold here again, but it’s on the shortlist for replacement since it is technically mens clothing and one of Jon’s hand-me-downs.

One accessory I’m really thrilled about, but which will absolutely not help me look like a grown up, is this tote bag:

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I’ll check in soon with some updates and maybe meandering thoughts about fashion/appearance/all that jazz.

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