Some real talk: This season of capsule wardrobe stressed me out. I made the switch from Summer to Fall on September 1st, and only yesterday made the last few cuts. However, the prolonged lack of clarity forced me to think about my wardrobe more intentionally than ever before, and I’m coming out on the other side feeling more confident than ever with my choices for this season. The month of September and the little hiatus I took from blogging for a few weeks served me well in that I took time to think carefully about the value I place on not only my possessions but on my time and my people, as well. As I continue to eliminate the unnecessary, my awareness of God, myself, and the things I’m chasing become less muddled.
As an aside, I’m going to follow one of the Un-fancy rules for capsule wardrobe this season that I haven’t ever bothered with before: the no-shopping rule. I’ve never felt that that one was as relevant for me, since, as you know if you’ve been around here long, shopping is NOT one of my favorite pastimes. However, I’m going to try confining my shopping for winter (which won’t be nearly as big of a project as it was for fall, since most of these pieces will carry over) to the last two weeks of November. I’m hoping that limiting myself to such a specific time slot will support the clarity that dragging out the decision process tends to complicate.
I’m so excited about these pieces. Since I’ve already been wearing most of them for nearly a month and a half, I know that quite a few of these are going to become old friends for hopefully a good many years. It may have taken me longer to put this collection together, but I’ve definitely come a long way in terms of understanding both practicality and style. And so here she is, Fall Capsule Wardrobe 2015, in all her completed glory!
// Special thanks to my sweet cousin, Alyssa, for shooting these images //
How is it the end of September already?! I’m feeling slightly depressed that there are basically two months left of Autumn… (Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving around here, so to me, Fall is over at that point. Also, we may or may not be tagging our tree tonight!)
Anyhow, Month One of F a l l C a p s u l e W a r d r o b e 2 0 1 5 got away from me and though I’ve been loving my fall pieces and doing lots of good experimenting and discovering, I don’t quite have it finalized enough to post just yet.
Some of the items I thought I was going to re-wear from last year ended up getting the boot because they either didn’t go with enough of my favorites or didn’t fit my current style or life. There are a couple things I’m still looking for (like a simple pair of light gray skinny jeans…who knew something so basic could be so elusive?!) and I may have added a thing or two to my shopping list just this week. The current count stands at 32 (and as always, the goal is 37 or less).
The last few things I’ve bought online all ended up going back to the store, so my online-shopping confidence is slightly shaken and I think I might need to brave some brick-and-mortar again. Maybe we’ll have time for a bit of that later this afternoon when Caleb and I head out for a scheduled-weeks-ago date night.
At any rate, to tide you over for the next week or so (hopefully not much longer than that), here are a few of my top favorites so far.
Anyone else score any great finds for your fall wardrobe lately? Tell us about it!
There’s been a shift in the weather in the last week or so here in good ol’ Lancaster! The nights are cool…chilly, even. We went an entire day without air conditioning this week (proof that our warm house has truly begun to cool down). I couldn’t be more excited that Autumn is just around the corner.
And with the dropping temperatures comes the motivation to start working on my next capsule wardrobe! Though according to the Un-fancy calendar, September is the third month of Summer, I’ve decided to switch up my schedule for Year Two. I’m calling September/October/November my Fall this time around, and rearranging the other three seasons accordingly. I just think it makes more sense for the climate I’m in. September is cooler than June here, right? I know it will still be tricky to have enough warm-weather things for September PLUS cold-weather things for November, but I’ve made some mid-season swaps every time so far anyway. I’m starting to accept the fact that that’s what needs to happen, at least at this stage of the game.
So, that means a new capsule wardrobe debut is coming soon! I’ve been pinning away onto my inspiration board and you can check out what I have planned so far here. The count is around 28 at the moment, and I am kinda hoping to hit somewhere lower than 37 for the first time, this season. I have another Stitch Fix scheduled for next week (free personal styling service, anyone? read more here). And I’ve been doing some online browsing this week for a few items on my shopping list: black midi skirt (maybe this one?), ankle boots, and cozy sweaters, since my cheap ones from last year aren’t looking too sharp. If you have any recommendations for me, please, comment away!
How about you — what’s on your wishlist for fall? What looks + trends are catching your eye? Feed me some pretty links, fashionistas!
Thisbook has been so much fun to peruse, since it includes lots of history on the local family business begun by my great-great-grandparents.
Thisskincare product has been the biggest go-to around our house this month for sunburns, brushburns, bites, rashes, and more.
Thisfun fashion find has been the most delightful new companion to my capsule wardrobe project. (Read more here.)
Thesereusable facial rounds are made of the softest organic bamboo fabric and work well with my makeup remover and essential oils. Best thing I’ve ever introduced to my face.
Thislittle friend has saved me so much money: 5% off your entire purchase + 30 extra days for returns + free shipping on every order (no minimum).
These milkshakes — milk + vanilla ice cream (both from Lapp Valley Farm, of course) + fresh or already-thawed frozen peaches — have been on the menu pretty often around here. We don’t even bother to peel the fruit; the skins add delicious texture.
Thishat has been on constant rotation since I bought it. Well worth every penny!
Thisessential oil is my go-to right now. It’s the best scent I’ve tried, for aromatic purposes! (Learn more here.)
Thispiece is a current wardrobe favorite. It’s going to transition well into fall, too — I can’t wait!
Time for a capsule wardrobe update! We’re almost halfway through August already, and that equals halfway through the summer season as far as my capsule wardrobe is concerned. I’ve already started thinking about my fall wardrobe and have been pinning looks I love for inspiration.
I have mixed feelings about my summer wardrobe. In some ways it feels as though I really messed up this time around. But on the other hand, I think that might be a result of the fact that I am getting closer and closer to a “perfect” (for me) collection of apparel. While some of the pieces I chose for summer were definite mistakes, the pieces that remain feel more “me” than my typical wardrobe ever has. I may just be becoming more “choosy” and really, that means I’m nearer my goal of owning a truly “essentialist” wardrobe. So, I’m chalking this season up as a victory rather than a mishap. 😉
One of the main reasons I’m skeptical of the initial success of the wardrobe of summer ’15 is that I’ve ended up making quite a few purchases mid-season. (I started talking about that back here already.) But, since “no shopping between seasons” is NOT one of my rules for my capsule wardrobe, that’s okay! And the mid-season purchases I have made have ALL been HUGE wins. I have been wearing my new dresses (pictured below) constantly the last few weekends. (You can check out the additions on my Summer Capsule Wardrobe Pinterest board.)
So, quick recap: I started with 37, but moved out a gaping total of 12 pieces. Two tees got moved to my “loungewear” drawer, and the other items were either gifted to one of my sisters or will be sold (some on my Instagram closet sale account). I made a total of 6 new purchases: two tops, a pair of shorts, and three dresses. I also moved 2 pieces that I had been calling “accessories” (a wrap scarf and fringe vest) back into the capsule. So I now have a total of 33 pieces in my summer capsule wardrobe. I am thankful I have the freedom to step back, make adjustments, and emerge with Summer Capsule Wardrobe 2015, version 2.0. Here’s to the rest of this beautiful summer!
What wardrobe discoveries have you made so far this season? I’d love to hear about them, whether you’re working with a capsule or not!