Can you believe this is only the second denim on denim outfit I’ve ever worn? The first one didn’t even make it onto the blog. For some reason this trend has always either intimidated me or just not felt like me. My fall capsule wardrobe is changing that. I’m embracing the ease of mix and match separates – and that includes this chambray shirt with dark wash skinny jeans. This relaxed look of an unbuttoned chambray shirt, cozy scarf, skinny jeans and boots is winning me over.
What do you think? What’s your favorite way to wear denim on denim?
Chambray shirt & navy scarf: Target / top: Nordstrom Rack / jeans: American Eagle / ankle boots: Kohls
Some Mondays just call for comfort and today was definitely one of them. Despite the change in daylight savings time, I still had a terrible time getting out of bed this morning. That coupled with a stressful day ahead and it was all I could do to reach for a cozy sweater, leggings and boots and drag myself to Starbucks for my first holiday drink of the season.
Ease and comfort are exactly why I decided to experiment with a fall capsule wardrobe. A closet full of easy favorites makes getting dressed each day a breeze.
I’m back – with a little bit of a different plan for this fall. After hitting a massive style rut that led to a summer of only rotating through the same 3-5 outfits, I’ve decided to do an overhaul on both my closet and my style. The idea of a capsule wardrobe landed in my lap at just the right moment. I’ve been struggling for the last year with the fact that the majority of my closet are things I only wear once or twice a year for an outfit post.
That is neither realistic or sustainable.
Instead, I’m giving away and boxing up everything that I’m not crazy about wearing right now and sticking with a limited capsule wardrobe for October, November and December. If I love it (and I think I will), I’ll do it again for winter, spring, summer, etc. I’m beyond excited about the prospect of building a closet of pieces that actually reflect where my life is at right now. I have to admit – that took a great deal of honesty on my part.
Right now, I am in my senior year of college, working 3 jobs, and planning to travel to Washington, D.C. and Seattle for professional events with my school’s PRSSA chapter. Because of that, I need lots of easy options for class (dressing up for class everyday during my senior year just isn’t going to happen), slightly more stylish and professional options for working in the office, and business casual looks for the PRSSA events.
Here’s what I’ll be working with this fall:
I used a free wardrobe planner from Caroline of Un-Fancy to plan my capsule wardrobe (I highly recommend browsing through her blog if you’re interested in the capsule wardrobe idea!). As you can see, my color scheme is mostly neutrals (cream, gray, olive, and black) with some navy blues and cranberry reds. Knowing that my go-to uniform is a cardigan or sweater, ponte pants, and boots or a dress and boots, I included plenty of those pieces plus a few outliers to mix things up.
Here’s what I ended up with:
Cream blouse White blouse Black blouse Wine blouse
Navy floral blouse
Cream floral blouse
Black and white polka dot blouse
Black and white tee
Jackets and Sweaters Cropped tweed jacket
Chunky gray open cardigan
Black and gray open cardigan
Patterned knit bomber jacket
Olive cocoon cardigan
Brown cocoon cardigan
Black and cream sweater
Flat ankle boots
White and black spotted flats
Wedge ankle boots
That works out to be 44 items in my fall capsule, which is a little more than the recommended 37. However, a good chunk of my items are things that I will only wear for certain events (like the heels and pencil skirts) so I wanted to be safe and err on the high end of the spectrum.
What do you think? Would you try out a capsule wardrobe for a season?