Fall Capsule Wardrobe: Lessons Learned

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I know what you’re thinking… we’re well into winter now. However, I never did a wrap-up about my fall capsule wardrobe experience and I didn’t want to leave you guys hanging. For a few reasons, I decided not to do an official winter capsule wardrobe. I am still wearing most of the pieces from my fall capsule though and I’ve pulled a few other clothing items that I already had in my closet. I’m really glad I tried doing a capsule wardrobe and it taught me a few things:

I can live on a pared-down closet. Like many people, I have way too many clothes. I have items that I barely wear, yet I still feel like I need them. One of my fears when I started is that I would get bored immediately, that didn’t happen. I mean, by the end of December, I was ready to switch things up a bit, but I think switching out one or two pieces would have satisfied that.

– I don’t have to shop constantly. I was so bad at this in college. I was either ordering something online or blowing lots of money at the mall (yikes). I thought it would be difficult not to shop while I was doing my capsule, but honestly, I was a bit tired of shopping. At the beginning, I was so gung-ho about getting everything ready for my capsule that I kind of shopped myself out (my sister can confirm this). By the time I was done shopping for the capsule, I was ready to take a break.

– I have an even better idea of what I really like. There were a couple pieces I included in the capsule because I thought I should, but I barely wore them (I’m talking about the white shirt and the blazer). I’m not saying these pieces aren’t useful, but they weren’t the ones I reached for. Instead, I wore some of the items constantly, namely my Madewell sweatshirt and my black sneakers. This experience has taught me to stick with clothes that I really love, not just items that I think should be a part of my wardrobe.

– I need to pay more attention to shoes. Since I’ve started to gravitate towards simple, understated outfits, I’ve realized that shoes can really make or break an outfit. I need more shoes like my sneakers: comfortable, classic with a bit of twist, and versatile. I don’t need a lot of shoes, but the few I have should be awesome. Also, now that it’s winter, I should probably get a pair of weather-appropriate boots…

– It pays to think about how well each item fits into your closet. I spent so much time planning out my fall capsule- thinking about the colors and textures and versatility. And you know what? It paid off. Getting dressed in the morning was easier because I had a set number of clothes to choose from and most things mixed very well together. You know that rule about picturing three different outfits before you buy a new item of clothing? I think it’s a really useful thing to consider. There are still some duds in my closet that I need to get rid of, but now that I have a base of items that I love, I really want to think about how any new piece of clothing will fit in.

Well, I suppose that concludes things for my fall capsule wardrobe series! I hope you enjoyed following along with this process and that you found it interesting. If you have any questions or if you want to tell me about your capsule wardrobe experiences, please do so in the comments below!

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  1. sartorialsidelines says

    I really feel like I’m at a point where I need to put some more critical thought into my wardrobe, mostly revolving around what to I really like vs. what do I think I need in my closet….

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

    • says

      I think that even though I’m not doing an official capsule this season, it’s really changed the way I view my wardrobe and I hope it will lead me to better clothing decisions in the future.

  2. says

    loved reading about your experience and lessons learned! i’ve been seeing so much about the wardrobe capsules and has piqued my interested but never went and did it for myself!

  3. says

    Love this! I cleaned out my closet during the new year and made a promise to myself to only by basic, simple pieces from now on, with a few statements in between – but only pieces that I really really really adore and would wear through out the next few years. I’ve definitely also paid much more attention to the shoes I wear and buy.

    • says

      Thank you Natalie! I’m on a self-imposed spending ban right now, but soon I’d like to do a serious closet clean-out too. I really want to challenge myself to only buy pieces that I love and not just settle for stuff because it’s on sale or something.

  4. SHE Jenmarie says

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with your capsule wardobe. It’s obvious taking on a task like this definitely pays off and benefits multiple areas of your life!

  5. heather says

    Thanks for sharing this. Made me realize even more that I should really do this….esp once I clean out my closet. Even though I got rid of A LOT of stuff from my dressers. I mean A LOT. But I need a major closet overhaul and really have a collection of clothes that I will continually wear. But I have been good with my shopping….even WITH the sales lol


    • says

      It is so hard to resist the sales! I need to unsubscribe from a lot of store newsletters. I feel like I keep having to clean out my closet, but I know it’s because I’m still holding on to a bunch of stuff I don’t actually wear. I need to let go!

  6. says

    The thing I struggle with most is getting rid of what I don’t need. I have two red blazers. One is a boyfriend style, the other is cropped. I wear both of them twice a year, if that. I can’t bring myself to get rid of either.

    Glad you had a good experience with the capsule, and shoes really do make or break a look!


    • says

      I struggle with getting rid of things I wear rarely and only somewhat like, but for some reason feel the need to keep. Also, I need to work on my shoe game. First stop- actual snow boots!

      • says

        Oh yes, snow boots make a world of difference! It is so lovely to have feet that are actually warm.

        I feel pretty good, this weekend I got rid of four pairs of shoes I never wear, threw away a ton of shoe boxes that were taking up too much space, and rediscovered a pair of boots I’d forgotten about in the back of the closet.

        • says

          I’ve been borrowing my roomie’s boots, but it will be really nice to have my own. It sounds like you had a very productive weekend! I love rediscovering old pieces in my closet :)

  7. says

    i totally agree with every lesson learned you listed here, though i think i had to learn the same things in a long time and the hard way. it’s so difficult to get rid of the things i have in my closet but i have made a decision to stick to a style that i really want.

    your fall capsule is such a wonderful idea. i love the pieces!

    xo, Carla

    • says

      Thank you Carla! I think finding my style and creating a wardrobe full of things I love is an ongoing process, but I’m happy that I’m progressing. :)

  8. Jessica says

    I loved this post. It has been great following along with your fall capsule wardrobe. I am always buying more and more clothes. It would be great to do a capsule wardrobe at some point.