I recently made the decision to participate in the Capsule Wardrobe Challenge, which I discuss here, and in preparation painstakingly pared down my closet and dresser to 25 items. I tried living with just those items for two weeks to see what I REALLY needed to fill out the rest of my wardrobe. It was a fantastic exercise because it forced me to come to terms with the reality of the tiny percentage of my closet that I actually use. Unfortunately, it also forced me to come to terms with the fact that I just don’t do laundry often enough to warrant only 37 items in my closet.
I realized that the important part of this challenge is taking a look at your closet, stopping the mindless shopping, and really being mindful of what I truly wear every day. I felt that I could keep within the spirit of the challenge by purchasing duplicates of staples. For example: I have three white button down blouses, four black t-shirts, and three white t-shirts, but those ten items would only count as three.
I’m a few items away from having completed my Fall Capsule Wardrobe, but I definitely have shirts squared away for this season. My top colors are navy, black, grey, light blue, and white. I always try to add other colors into my closet and I rarely end up wearing them, so I decided that if I’m paring down I may as well be honest about what colors I’ll wear.
Fall Capsule Wardrobe 12 Tops
- U of U V-Neck T-Shirt (Victoria’s Secret, in Stores Only)
- Black T-Shirts (GAP Pure Body)
- Navy T-Shirt (Banana Republic)
- White T-Shirts (GAP Pure Body)
- Black Sleeveless V-Neck (LOFT)
- Blue Button Down Blouse (Banana Republic)
- White Button Down Blouses (LOFT, The Limited)
- White Sweater with Navy Stripes (J. Crew Outlet)
- Navy Sweaters (J.Crew Outlet)
- Gray Cardigan (Banana Republic)
- Navy Cardigan (GAP Outlet)
- Gray Sweater (J. Crew Outlet)
With my 9 to 5 job I was able to get away with wearing pencil skirts all the time but the kind of skirts I had are too dressy for what I need now. I’ve never been a fan of pants because I’m short and 1) not all clothing stores offer pants in my length and 2) I feel shorter when I wear pants.
I am now able to hem my own pants, and a lot more clothing stores offer ankle/petites/short length pants, so I have a lot less angst when it comes to purchasing pants. The second issue I try to fix by wearing high heels, and then I hate wearing most high heels. Look at me over here existing in middle class America with all my first world problems.
I did a lot of internet searching to find a few good pair of jeans for the fall and ended up with my two favorite pairs of jeans, pretty much ever. And they’re mom jeans. I had to include a pair of “jorts” in my list because Utah weather in September can be anywhere from 90 degrees to snowing, I needed to have shorts for when the heat prevails. And yoga pants. I hate to pull these out of the “exercise” pile but I don’t wear yoga pants to the gym, these are my “at home” bottoms – it helps me pretend that I’m not wearing pajamas.
Fall Capsule Wardrobe 9 Bottoms