Shannon’s Carefully-Curated Capsule

Since all the entries received for the Wardrobe Show & Tell were so awesome, I decided to feature each of them separately instead of combining multiple stories together into one long post. I plan to post every day for the next couple weeks (with a few of my own posts mixed in) in order to get these out to you as quickly as possible, so stay tuned! You are going to love this series. 🙂

The first reader submission I have to share with you is Shannon’s, whose entry was randomly selected as the winner of the Gap gift card I offered as an incentive for participating in the challenge. Perhaps we’ll have to follow up with her later to find out whether she was able to score a great deal on a fun new capsule addition!

Shannon writes:

I first learned about capsule wardrobes from Melanie on Instagram, I think. I had messed around with the “30 pieces for 30 days” that was flying around the blogosphere, but it never really clicked with me like capsule wardrobe did.

I LOVE shopping, but I am also very practical and a very specific shopper. I don’t normally shop to see “what’s out there.” I go in with a mission to see if they have what I’m looking for, and if not, I’m back out.

My capsule wardrobe works like this:

  • I only do 2 seasons, really — winter and summer.
  • At the beginning of the season, I choose 3-4 items that I am looking for. These items are the things I am willing to pay $$$ for if I have to. If I can’t find exactly what I want, I just wait. No settling for something just because I think I need it now.
  • I fill in the capsule with cheaper things if I need them (accessories, long-sleeved tees, items I like and need under $30, etc.).
  • I keep it to around 40 items, give or take.
  • I clean out anything that I don’t want/need, and, if it’s in good shape, send it to thredUP.

This year my list looked like this:

  • Black booties (carried over from last year — couldn’t find a pair comfy enough so I did without)
  • Black sneakers
  • A good quality black legging
  • Cargo vest


I love both of these shoes. The booties were from Target and more comfy than much more expensive pairs I had tried on last year. The Saucony sneakers are probably my favorite piece this year. They are so comfy and while they are a sneaker, the retro look and the black color make them seem sporty, but still casual. I wear them with leggings and skinny jeans all the time. They give off an “active” vibe I think which I’m realizing is kinda my jam. 🙂

The leggings I got at Nordstom Rack and  were much cheaper than I anticipated. I love the moto style of them and they are super comfy.


​This cargo vest was actually a jacket from Target with a knit hood and sleeves. I had looked so many places and was not finding a vest I liked. This one fit so well and after checking it out in the store I was pretty sure I could remove the hood and sleeves. It was so easy! I just took a seam ripper and removed the parts I didn’t want and hemmed the armholes on my sewing machine. It literally took 30 minutes and I wear it all the time. The scarf was one of those cheap accessories from Old Navy (didn’t have them online anymore) and the suede skirt from Target once again. 🙂

This year I did well since my $$$ items were actually found very cheaply. I think the most expensive thing was $50. Next fall I’ll probably be buying jeans, since I didn’t buy a single pair this fall. Sure there are some pairs I wouldn’t mind having, but I’m okay with wearing what I have and splurging on some next year. 🙂

Rich (my husband) also does a capsule wardrobe. He has quite good style, if I do say so myself. 🙂 He also operates his capsule wardrobe similarly to me and always has been one for buying something good for $$$ rather than something cheap, but not what you love. He also is a stickler for fit and will use some of his capsule money to take his jackets to the tailor downtown and get the sleeves to the correct length and the sides taken in. You can’t see it very well on the picture, but the jacket he’s wearing is a really sharp wine/navy plaid from Uniqlo (can’t find it online anymore). It’s only a $100 jacket, but it fits him like a $300 jacket because he got it tailored. This season he was wanting the aforementioned jacket, a quilted vest from J. Crew, some plaid shirts from Gap and he’s still eyeing a pair of desert boots. I keep telling him he needs an office job so he can wear all his clothes. 😉

For both of us, clothing is a form of art and a way that we can express who we are, through color, texture and shape.

The planner in me loves everything about capsule wardrobes!

Shannon, I’m inspired by your discipline in sticking with your budget goals and discerning what is a need and what is a want. Thanks so much for sharing!

You can keep up with Shannon on Instagram here, and if you found this post helpful or inspiring, leave her some love in the comments below!

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