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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