Last week I took ALL my clothes out of the closet and drawers in order to count them and start a Fall capsule wardrobe. This week I’m separating my pieces seasonally and getting down to a “feels right to me” number for the season.
If you missed Part 1 explaining what a capsule wardrobe is, you can read it here!
Separating the Pieces
After counting my clothing (roughly 90 pieces – not counting shoes and accessories), I divided them into Summer/Spring and Fall/Winter. I debated about whether I should just have 2 capsule wardrobes and not 4. I really don’t have that many items so I could technically just split it in two and have a capsule wardrobe of 50 items for 6 months versus 3.
Here are my Summer/Spring items ready to be stored:
Fall/Winter Closet and Drawer
Here’s how things look after I separated out the Spring/Summer clothing:
Here are the shoes that I plan on wearing this Fall and Winter. My other pair of flats are black flats that I keep at work. Yes, I only wear one pair of shoes on the days that I work and I change into them from my sneakers when I get to work. (I know I’ve just horrified some of you shoe lovers!)
Fall Capsule Wardrobe Basics
From what I’ve read about capsule wardrobes from people like Courtney Carver of Project 333, people tend to have a neutral base color that they gravitate towards. As you can probably see from the pictures above, I gravitate towards black! I have a lot of black in my wardrobe and use it as the base for all my outfits.
My main color accents are maroon, turquoise and blue. I do have a few things in red that I like too. I took Cladwell’s color quiz and it confirmed my pull towards black and maroon (I’m a Deep Winter if you were curious!).
You should also consider what roles or settings you’re in. I need work clothes for 3 days a week, and casual clothes for the rest of the week. Most of the clothes in my closet are for work, and my casual clothes are in my dresser drawer.
I tend to wear the same combinations of outfits to work every week on a two week rotation. I have no idea if anyone notices, but I don’t really mind. It makes getting dressed super simple so I don’t have to think about it.
Adding Staples to my Capsule
My plan when I started this capsule wardrobe project was to form a capsule from the items that I already possess. There is one basic, however, that I need sooner rather than later.
I need a pair of black work pants that are comfortable and fit. I have two pairs of black capris that I wear in Spring and Summer, but they’re obviously not appropriate as the weather cools off.
I plan to order a pair from thredUP, an online consignment store. I ordered a “clean out bag” from them and am sending in a few nicer athletic pants from my oldest son (that my middle son won’t wear), my two black pants that are too small, and a like new pair of black boots.
The black leather boots above are a classic example of holding on to something too long because you paid a lot of money for them. I tried to wear these boots with 2-3 inch heels (different from the other boots above) but I’m just not comfortable in them. I tried selling them locally online but there were no takers. So I’m giving one last attempt to sell them and then they’ll be gone for good.
Next time I’ll separate into a definite Fall capsule wardrobe with some photos of my combinations! Let me know if you’re making a capsule for Fall too!
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