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My Fall Capsule Wardrobe

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:

 

The Breakdown:

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:

Tops
Cream blouse
White blouse
Black blouse
Wine blouse
Navy floral blouse
Cream floral blouse
Black and white polka dot blouse
Cream tank
Black tank
Teal tank
Black and white tee
Chambray shirt
Plaid shirt

Jackets and Sweaters
Cropped tweed jacket
Utility jacket
Jean jacket
Chunky gray open cardigan
Black and gray open cardigan
Patterned knit bomber jacket
Olive cocoon cardigan
Brown cocoon cardigan
Black and cream sweater

Bottoms
Black ponte pants/leggings
Gray leggings
Dark wash high rise jeggings
Medium wash skinny jeans
Wine ponte pants
Black flared skirt
Black and white pencil skirt
Navy floral pencil skirt
Olive pencil skirt

Dresses
Gray sweatshirt knit dress
Tribal print shift dress
Wrap dress
Navy polka dot dress
Windowpane check shirtdress

Shoes
Black boots
Brown boots
Flat ankle boots
Nude heels
Black heels
Black flats
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?

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