Capsule wardrobes are one of my favorite things that I’ve adapted when it comes to living more mindfully and with less. Though I still weave in and out of the full on capsule living (especially in the summer – I don’t know why that specific season feels difficult?!), fall and winter are two of my all time favorite seasons to stick to a capsule.
It was interesting shopping this time around. For starters, I tried a different approach and sold a lot of things on Poshmark, which felt really, really good since I was able to take what I made from those sales and put it towards things I’ve been coveting for fall. Then I realized during my inspiration process (this is usually when I parooze the internet – eh em – Nordstrom’s website – because lets be honest that’s really the only place I ever shop anymore) that I’ve been heavily gravitating towards silks and more tailored pieces – but my MUST HAVE is comfort.
Before we get started, let’s do a quick little recap for those of you who might be new to the capsule wardrobe life.
What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
I’m sure by now so many of you have heard the term Capsule Wardrobe. I know I’ve heard it hundreds of times and would always respond with the same old statement, “there’s no way I could do that.” I also said that about being vegan, and then there I was, almost 5 years in (but no longer, just to be clear!) While I’ve definitely improved with my ability to no longer impulse buy, rather, buy the things that I actually need and will find real value in long term, I still struggle with feeling overwhelmed by my options.
So enough was enough, and I finally decided that there was no harm done to just give it a try. I have to say, putting together my first capsule wardrobe back in 2017 was actually so much fun and therapeutic. I was able to sift through the items that I already owned, knew I loved, and buy select pieces that I knew were missing. I ended up with 30 pieces – only 30! and felt like a new woman by the time I organized and arranged everything just so.
Now the key piece here is that I paid mind to not be like anyone else. There are so many bloggers out there with an array of styles, and it’s hard to not compare and wonder if we, too, should be wearing y and z. But the thing is, that’s just wasted money. At the end of the day, you’re still you. You will always come back to that (thank goodness), so it’s imperative that we listen to our inner voices when determining what it is we want for our seasonal wardrobe.
If you’re like me when I first started out and feel a little hesitant with the trend of the capsule wardrobe, I hear you loud and clear. But honestly? I can’t recommend it enough. Peace of mind and lack of choices is actually a really beautiful thing that we too often overlook. We’re so used to the overwhelm, a slew of options, the lugging of multiple suitcases and sore backs from carrying them around the airport. We’ve become accustom to being “okay” with what’s in our closet rather than “in love” with any of it. I for one am so, so tired of feeling this way – and the amazing part? We’re in full, total control of it all. We just have to give ourselves the permission to make a change.
So what do you think? Will you start your own capsule wardrobe?
Mind you, it doesn’t have to be 30 pieces or any set number for that matter. But I challenge you to give it purpose and structure. Each item should be able to flow with another. In this case, less really is more.
So lets dive in to the pieces that I’ve chosen to wear throughout the upcoming fall season (and here’s hoping that fall lasts longer than a month!)
When shopping for tops this time around, I wanted to ensure that I had comfort, yet structure. Every time I end up going for that baggy look, I feel a little self conscious and have that feeling of “does this make me look bigger than I actually am?” I’m over second guessing the clothes that I put on my body and would rather feel put together and highlight my assets, all while feeling confident and comfortable. You’ll notice that majority of my picks for this year are incredibly soft material (silk/satin all the way), and to no one’s surprise, I’m really not interested all that much color. The signature color for this season is, however, a dusty blue. I can’t get enough.
I love this simple, yet chic comfortable top that doubles as that “sweatshirt” look. You can easily dress it up or dress it down, which is always a must in my closet.
This army jacket gives off that masculine vibe, which I’m a fan of, but I prefer to wear it open with a body suit and jeans or these cigarette pants (which are also linked below)
I’ve been super into graphic tees with high-rise (super tight) skinny jeans with a low heel. I don’t know why, but it’s the epitome of comfort. Add a red lip with some thin gold hoops and you’ve got yourself a casual date right look.
Peplum tops are some of my all time favorites, as they work really well for my body type (which is larger chest, smaller waist and bigger hips / hour glass if you will) If you’re also bigger chested with a small waist, I can’t recommend this style of top enough. I would always opt for tent like shirts, but because of my chest it would make me look so much larger. Frustrating! Enter: peplum. Game changer.
This is one of my favorite, favorite tops to wear in the fall and winter (I also have it in black). I literally reach for it weekly, and when I saw this print, I knew I had to have it.
For those times during the month (where my ladies at?) these shirts are SO amazing. A little front tuck (Tan from Queer Eye, anyone?) into some high-waisted jeans and you’ve got yourself the most comfortable outfit during an uncomfortable time of the month.
I’ve never owned cashmere, and being in my 30’s I feel like that needs to change. This is a super classic, soft rib cashmere sweater that I also got in this color. A total staple.
The quintessential fall sweater that I imagine will be on heavy rotation whether it’s with leather pants, high waisted jeans or my new cigarette pants. (I hate that name, but love the pants)
A beautiful, flowy top that can transition from season to season. I love the button details, and the V-neck makes it a bit more flirty, which I like.
Like I mentioned before, I’m super into the tailored, casual look. I was also in need of a jeans upgrade, and I’m so happy I found these Everlane Cheeky Straight jeans. So much so I got them in black, denim and white! But I sold off all of my other ones, so I’m still keeping it minimal ;)
To be honest, I’m a little exhausted from typing out all of the details from the tops, so I’m going to forego that moving forward, haha! But what I have linked here, you can trust that I love it. So I’m simply going to link the product below, or you can view it in the widget.
Everlane Cheeky Straight Leg Jeans (denim + white) | Leather pants | Cigarette Trousers | Utility Buckle Jumpsuit | Spot Print Midi Button Dress | Sleeveless Satin Jumpsuit | Cut Satin Midi Skirt | Moto High Waist Raw Hem Jeans | Satin Jogger Pants
Jackets & Sweaters
I’m in a serious love affair with blazers right now, and all things structured jackets, so I dove heavily into that trend this season. I also sold off majority of my sweaters, and opted just a couple of new, super neutral ones that I know will flow well into trends moving forward. I’m finally learning my lessons around buying basic staples ;) My only criteria? They HAD to be soft. I mean, really, really soft.
I had SO much fun shopping for shoes this time around – because the truth of the matter is – is that I’m not much of a shoe or bag/purse girl. I appreciate them, but it’s not really where I freak out or spend majority of my money. So when I buy a pair of shoes, I wear them into the ground. While I love the way that heels make me feel, it’s not likely living in the city that I’m going to reach for them again and again, so I opt for a lower heel that I know I’ll wear a few times a week. When it comes to casual sneakers, they’ve got to be neutral (shocker), and I want to be able to dress them up or down – meaning, I want to be able to wear them with a shift skirt or midi dress, but also pair them with yoga pants and a cute sweatshirt. You catch my drift. Boots, alongside jackets, is probably my biggest fall purchase weakness. This is where I have to be careful, BUT I know that I get super good wear out of them through fall (and into winter). I opted for 2 pairs of OTK-ish boots, and 2 booties, 1 pair of sneakers, 1 pair of low close-toed heels and 1 pair of close-toed flats. See below:
After consistently selling off my jewelry every single year, I decided to finally invest in some really good pieces and keep it at that. I have 6 piercings in my ears (3 on each side), so some super subtle gold studs and hoops do the trick for my daily wear. Unless I’m going to an event, am out for a special occasion or something like that – it’s rare that I’m reaching for anytime other than these simple gold pieces. I wear the same 5 rings every day as well (which are sadly sold out, but you can find some of them here!) I still wear my Archangel Michael necklace just about every day as well.
When it comes to bags, it’s very similar to shoes. I end up reaching for the same few – it just depends on what I’m doing and what I’m waring. That’s why this season I decided to sell off most of my bags (except for this one because I love it and it’s perfect for summer or warm vacations), and opted to get one neutral/beige bag, one print bag, and fine okay.. TWO black bags ;)
I’ve also started wearing belts which is super new for me, but I’ve been loving how they can really vamp up an outfit with minimal effort.
So there you have it! My 2019 Fall Capsule Wardrobe. This one by far has been the capsule that I’ve done the most planning for, the most intentional research around, and have really tuned into patterns within my style and fashion choices over the past couple of years. It’s all a learning curve, and I won’t lie to you and say that building a capsule wardrobe is easy. There’s some light work required, and many internal conversations you’ve got to have with yourself. I’ve made a little cheat sheet to help guide you, so feel free to Pin it or print it out – I hope it’s helpful! I’ve also created a FREE capsule wardrobe worksheet that you can fill out to keep track of your final edits. The best part? You can print out multiple copies to use each season.
Be sure to visit over at Instagram where I’ll be sharing real updates on how it’s going, as well as photos from my outfits from time to time. Happy capsuling! x