shopping at chelsea market

I waited so patiently for this skirt. I first saw it on the J. Crew website sometime last year, but at $98 it was out of my price range. Then I started seeing it on blogs everywhere and they released it in a bunch of great colors and I wanted it. Every time J. Crew had a sale, I’d check to see if it was discounted.

sitting on the high line

Fast forward to a couple of months ago when this skirt went on final sale. I thought to myself, “Ok, now’s the time to buy this.” Then I got an email about their sale on sale (my favorite kind of sale) and the skirt was now $19.99, which is about 80% off the original price. There was no more hesitation after that. I already had the skirt in my cart online and I checked out then and there.

on the high line

Since the skirt was on final sale, I was a little worried that it wouldn’t fit (there’s no returns on final sale). Happily, it did fit and now I’m kicking myself for not buying the black version when they still had it in my size. I think this skirt is classic, easy to dress up and down, and can work in any season. When we visited the High Line, it was fairly warm and I could pair this skirt with light separates. It’s part of my fall capsule wardrobe and I can’t wait to wear it with some ankle boots and tights (actually, scratch that last part, I’m holding out on tights for as long as I can!).

j crew fluted skirt

Outfit Details: Forever 21 cardigan, Aeropostale Pocket Woven Cropped Hi-Lo Tank (c/o), J. Crew Fluted Skirt in Double Crepe, Payless flats, Fossil Erin Satchel, Forever 21 earrings | Lips- Julep Plush Pout Lip Crayon in Cardinal Red | photos of me- my sister

NYC 10th Avenue elevated walkway yellow flowers Nki and I sisters the high line musician the high line extended red berries walking the high line high line kissing mural

Normally you’ll find me far away from NYC’s biggest tourist attractions, however, the High Line is one touristy spot that I actually love. In case you’ve never heard of it, the High Line is an elevated park located on the west side of Manhattan. They recently opened a portion that extends even further west towards the water and I was really excited to check it out.

When my sister was in town, we strolled around Chelsea Market for a bit, then took the stairs up to the High Line. It was an overcast day, but the temperature wasn’t too high and we really enjoyed walking along in no particular hurry. There were various plants in bloom, musicians stationed here and there, and plenty of people-watching. We walked the entire length of it, from 14th street to 33rd street, and then back to 14th street. I think the High Line is such a beautiful spot and I wish I could spend more quiet afternoons there.

casual outfit ideas

Thank you guys for all your great feedback on my fall capsule wardrobe post! I was really excited to share it and I’m happy to be taking you along with me while I try out this concept. I have a couple of outfit posts this week that were taken before I kicked off my fall capsule, then starting next week it will be all fall capsule outfits for a while.

striped peplum top

On this particular day, I’d taken the day off since my sister was visiting and we’d planned to do a bunch of things. However, it was a gray and blustery day and the activities that we wanted to do were all outdoorsy, so we decided to postpone our plans. Instead we went down to the Financial District to meet my roommate for lunch. There are a bunch of food trucks parked near his work, so we all grabbed some food and ate it in a nice outdoor space called the Elevated Acre.

south street seaport Bowne Co Stationers

We also went down to South Street Seaport, which I’d never really been to before. There were a lot of cute shops, including a lovely letterpress stationery store called Bowne & Co Stationers. I love having my sister visiting because I have an excuse to play tourist and see a different side of New York.

the elevated acre

Outfit Details: Express cardigan, TJ Maxx top, American Eagle hi-rise jeggings, H&M Sneakers | Lips- Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick- Kate Moss Collection in 01 | photos of me- my sister

Tell me: Are you ever a tourist in your own city?

Fall Capsule Wardrobe

I’ve been talking about it for over a month and now it’s finally here, my fall capsule wardrobe! Technically I meant to have this finalized by the first of the month, but it was taking me a bit longer than expected to find some of the items on my list (*I’m actually still missing one item, the grey skirt, but I didn’t want to wait any longer to share this!). Let’s break it down, shall we?

PLANNING + BUDGET

I spent a lot of time on the planning process. I wanted to be really intentional about my purchases and I used Caroline’s free wardrobe planner. I thought about colors, silhouettes, fabrics, and how I wanted to be able to mix and match all of the pieces that I picked. I was documenting my process along the way and you can check out my previous fall capsule wardrobe posts. I wanted mostly classic pieces with a few trendier items mixed in. I tried to get the best quality at the price point I was working with and I was extra picky about the fit and style.

All together I have 40 pieces: 18 tops, 9 bottoms (5 skirts and 4 pants), 2 dresses, 5 jackets/coats, and 6 shoes. I’m surprised I don’t have more dresses, because I love dresses. I do have quite a few skirts though because I thought separates are easier to mix and match. My outerwear section also includes a winter coat, which I’m hoping to replace sometime soon (probably not until the new year). You’ll see that there are no heels in my capsule because I don’t really wear them that often. If I need to dress up and wear heels for a fancier occasion, I’ll just pull out a pair from my closet that’s not on the list.

Originally I’d planned to buy 17 new items and I’d estimated that I would spend $700. However, I really wanted to cut that number down and save money, so I decided to adjust a few things and not buy a few of the things that I’d planned to replace. In total I spent about $430 and bought 12 items. I’m pretty happy with that number and the pieces I got. Plus, I have a feeling that if I decide to do a winter capsule wardrobe, I’ll carry over the majority of these clothes into the next season.

THE CLOTHES

Some of the items pictured above are not the exact item in my wardrobe, most likely because I bought it years ago and it’s sold out. I tried to choose pictures that were representative of the item in color and in style. The items that are still available are linked below, otherwise I’ll link to a similar item and the site where I found the image.

fall capsule wardrobe white tops

white lacy top (similar | image via) // white sweater (similar | image via) // white tee // white button-down

fall capsule wardrobe gray tops

gray tee // gray sweater (similar | image via) // plaid shirt // gray cardigan

fall capsule wardrobe shirts

polka-dot button-down (similar | image via) // chambray shirt (similar | image via)
blue striped tee (similar | image via) // black striped tee

fall capsule wardrobe black tops

burgundy sweater (similar | image via) // black tee // short-sleeve sweatshirt (similar | image via) // black cardigan

fall capsule wardrobe black sweaters

graphic sweatshirt // black sweater (similar | image via) // black blazer // leather jacket (similar | image via)

fall capsule wardrobe pants

burgundy pants (similar | image via) // skinny jeans (similar | image via) // indigo jeggings // black jeggings

fall capsule wardrobe skirts

gray skirt // navy skirt // polka-dot skirt (similar | image via) // black skirt

fall capsule wardrobe dresses

leather skirt (similar | image via) // gray dress
black dress (similar | image via) // cold weather coat (similar | image via)

fall capsule wardrobe coats and shoes

pink cargo jacket (similar | image via) // trench coat (similar | image via)
black flats // oxfords (similar | image via)

fall capsule wardrobe shoes

black sneakers // leopard sneakers (similar | image via) // black ankle boots // chelsea boots

FINAL THOUGHTS

To recap, I’m planning to only wear these 40 pieces through the end of December. I’m trying not to buy any new clothes during this time (except for the grey skirt that I’m still hunting for). Also, this capsule wardrobe doesn’t include accessories, underwear or loungewear. I may end up purchasing a few more accessories, like jewelry and scarves, to help with switching up my outfits.

There are two items on my list that I’m still questioning a bit. One is the faux leather skirt I bought- I like it a lot and the faux leather is really nice, but I’m not 100% sure it’s the most flattering on me. I’m going to try it on a few more times and if I decide to return it, I will swap it out for a different faux leather skirt. I also have two leather jackets (one is collarless and the other is a moto jacket style) and I still haven’t decided which one I’m keeping in my capsule yet.

I’m setting these rules for myself, but I’m not going to be totally inflexible to the point where I’m unhappy. It is a challenge, but I also want it to be a good experience. I think the hardest part will be not buying any clothes. I’m also curious to see whether I’ll be entirely sick of all of these items by the third month.

Let’s mark today as the official start date! I’m thinking of possibly doing monthly check-ins on the blog and I also think it would be fun to snap an #ootd every day on Instagram so I can really see how I changed my outfits from day to day.

Thanks for making it all the way through this long post today! I’d love to hear your thoughts on my capsule below or let me know if you have any questions about my process.