Fall Capsule Wardrobe Update

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It’s been about a month since I officially kicked off my fall capsule wardrobe, so I thought it was time for an update. First, let’s talk about the things I was still undecided on last time…

– I was trying to decide between my two faux leather jackets and in the end I found myself reaching for the collarless one each time. That made my decision pretty easy then- collarless one it is!

– I still haven’t picked up a gray skirt. I haven’t really been looking since I’ve been trying to avoid shopping for clothes in general, but I’m still sort of keeping one eye open. I have some holiday shopping to do over the next couple of months, so if a gray skirt catches my eye while I’m out and about, I’ll grab it.

– I decided to keep the leather skirt. I still only feel about 80% on it, but I wore it on my birthday and liked the way it looked, so I decided that it would stay for now.

So far, I have worn something outside my capsule once. I mentioned that my capsule doesn’t include heels because I really don’t wear them that often, but on my birthday I wanted to dress up a bit, so I pulled out my heeled black booties. Other than that, everything that I’ve been wearing out of the house has been from the capsule (at home I’m almost always lounging about in my PJs). Here are a few observations I’ve made in the first month of this experiment:

– It’s definitely made getting dressed in the mornings easier and about 90% of the time I feel good about my outfit. It may not be anything flashy, but I feel comfortable and like I’m decently put together. There are a few outfits that I’ve worn and didn’t feel great about, but those are learning experiences and the next time I’ll try styling those pieces differently.

– At this point, I’d say my most worn pieces are my black striped teeblack cardigangraphic sweatshirtblack jeggings, trench coat (similar), black flats and chelsea boots. I wear my trench pretty much everyday and if I can’t figure out what to wear, I automatically reach for my Madewell sweatshirt (I’m so glad cute sweatshirts are a thing now). The black flats I’ve been wearing are actually my old black flats, not these ones. I tried to wear the new ones once, but they just felt so small. I’m not sure what’s going on- this is the second time I’ve bought flats that felt fine at the store, but were way too small when I got home.

– So far, I’ve worn everything at least once, except for the white button-downblack blazer and black dress (similar). I’ve put on the white button-down a few times, but I usually end up swapping it out for something else. It always feels a bit too buttoned up- I wish it had a more relaxed fit like my polka dot button-down. The black dress I haven’t worn yet because I’ve been too lazy to iron it (no joke, need to get on that!) and the black blazer also feels too serious most days. I want to try pairing it with sneakers and a plain tee for a casual Friday look.

– Now that the temperatures are starting to drop into the 40s and lower, I wish I had a few more sweaters in my capsule. What I might end up doing next month is swapping out a few of the lighter/sleeveless tops for sweaters. I anticipate carrying over most of these clothes into winter, so it will just be about switching things out for warmer layers and stocking up on cold-weather accessories.

Tell me: Are you still shopping for fall or have you moved on to winter?

  • I have most of my fall pieces, so I have been looking for a couple of winter items + a new blazer. Great update–your most worn pieces make sense, as they are great versatile pieces for mixing and/or layering. :) /Madison
    The Darkest Days

    • Thank you Madison! I think I’m going to shop for a few winter items soon. Mostly sweaters because it’s starting to get really cold, brrr!

  • I’m not sure if I could stick to a capsule wardrobe, but I love how inspiring your posts are. And I’m with you on flats over heels. I wish I had realized much earlier that I love flats and not have spent so much money on heels over the years! Oh well, live and learn.

    http://bedknobsandbaubles.com/

    • I wasn’t sure if I could do a caspule wardrobe either, but so far it has been a good experience! Thank you Jessica :) Since I do so much walking and the streets of NYC are not exactly kind to shoes, I just don’t wear heels that often. I’ve been trying to invest more in my flat shoes since those are the ones that get a lot more wear!

  • heather

    Love the shot of you! I’m glad the capsule collection is working out for you. I feel you on your most worn pieces. that’s the type of stuff that gets worn over and over again in my own wardrobe.

    <3
    heather
    fashionistanygirl.com

    • Thank you Heather! The capsule has been a fun/interesting experience so far :)

  • SHE Jenmarie

    I enjoyed reading the latest on your experience with your fall capsule wardrobe. Whenever I am looking for something specifically I don’t always find it but if I’m not looking, it’ll suddenly pop up! Hopefully that is the case with the grey skirt you’re in need of. I also think swapping out a few pieces for warmer sweaters would be a good idea too!

    • You’re so right- isn’t that how it always is? I’m sure I will find a great gray skirt at some point :)

  • I’ve really enjoyed posts about the fall wardrobe! I adore this outfit too! The jacket is perfect and obviously I can’t get enough of the black pieces.

    • Thank you Natalie! I can’t get enough black clothes either- no surprise that my most worn pieces are all black!

  • I love your updates and this sweater is so good, I’ve worn mine pretty often as well.

    • Thank you Rachelle :)

  • Jadorefashion

    Love the idea of fall capsule wardrobe. Love the look and the sweater :)

    xoxo
    Stella

    http://www.jadore-fashion.com

  • I’ve been pretty good with my shopping this past month. I’ve made some returns, and picked up a couple things that I got with gift cards. I’m really in need of a good clean out before I do much winter shopping.

    I’m also putting a steamer on the top of my wishlist for christmas. I hate ironing, and somehow I’m convinced a steamer would make things fast and easy.

    http://www.iamchiconthecheap.com

    • I feel like you’re always very good with your budget :) A steamer would be so useful- it certainly beats ironing!

  • definitely still in fall mode. and i like this capsule post – i think it’s also a great way to keep track of what’s happening and changes in your life, fashion-wise =)

    by the way, i love the quality and editing of your photo.. care to share some tips?

    cheers, Carla
    http://www.carlaviolet.com

    • Thank you Carla! I still have tons to learn about photography, but getting 50mm lens was the game changer for me. I love the shallow focus I can get with it. Also, I use Photoshop Elements to edit my pics and I usually brighten them a bit and add a matte layer! Let me know if you have any other questions :)