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

  1. U of U V-Neck T-Shirt (Victoria’s Secret, in Stores Only)
  2. Black T-Shirts (GAP Pure Body)
  3. Navy T-Shirt (Banana Republic)
  4. White T-Shirts (GAP Pure Body)
  5. Black Sleeveless V-Neck (LOFT)
  6. Blue Button Down Blouse (Banana Republic)
  7. White Button Down Blouses (LOFT, The Limited)
  8. White Sweater with Navy Stripes (J. Crew Outlet)
  9. Navy Sweaters (J.Crew Outlet)
  10. Gray Cardigan (Banana Republic)
  11. Navy Cardigan (GAP Outlet)
  12. 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.

Pants Skirts

Fall Capsule Wardrobe 9 Bottoms

  1. Skinny Jeans (GAP)
  2. Skinny “mom” jeans (Guess)
  3. Ripped “mom” jeans (Guess)
  4. Jorts (J Crew Outlet)
  5. Gray Skirt (Banana Republic)
  6. Blue Linen Skirt (bebe)
  7. Another skirt or pair of pants yet to be purchased
  8. Most-Loved Yoga Pants (Victoria’s Secret)
  9. Most-Loved Yoga Legging (Victoria’s Secret)