The bad news is, it’s December, and I’m sharing my first fall capsule wardrobe outfit on the blog. The good news is, I have a stockpile of outfits just waiting to be photographed and posted. Better late than never or too little, too late? You decide.
One of my favorite ways to freshen up my capsule wardrobe as I’m nearing the end of the season is by mixing up my accessories. Even though accessories like scarves and necklaces aren’t limited in my capsule wardrobe, I often fall into a rut and reach for the same pieces over and over again. This scarf is one of those rarely worn pieces since it’s colors can be a little daunting to mix in with an already limited color palette. However, it can give my staple neutrals a whole new look and feel for that same exact reason.
Speaking of staples, I’m thinking my cardigan collection needs a bit of an overhaul for this next capsule wardrobe. I’m finding that most of my layering options fall into the boyfriend cardigan category – perfect for a college campus, not so much for a professional office. This cardigan was actually stolen out of my mom’s closet (perk of living with your parents post-graduation, I guess), and I can’t decide whether to formally include it in my capsule wardrobe or consider it a bonus. Regardless, I think I need to add a basic cardigan or two to my shopping list this month.
Neutrals are my jam right now. I found myself gravitating towards all neutrals with a few pops of color when putting together both my fall and winter capsule wardrobes. Although I’m not working with a strict capsule wardrobe right now, my style has remained about the same. Neutrals just make it so easy to put together easy stylish outfits, something I definitely needed during my spring internship and even now while working from home. I especially love patterned or textured neutral pieces like this dotted blazer and these gold snakeskin patterned flats.
While I’m still in love with the capsule wardrobe concept, I chose not to work with a strictly outlined wardrobe this spring and summer. Life just seemed a little too uncertain for me to commit to only wearing pre-selected pieces for three months. Between moving home to Portland and starting a new internship, I didn’t have a clear picture of what I needed in a capsule wardrobe.
Instead, I loosely gathered the items that were either part of my fall or winter capsules, a few pieces I frequently wore during past spring seasons and a handful of new pieces. I didn’t have any rules regarding the number of items and I didn’t restrict myself from accessing the rest of my closet. Although I mostly wore the pieces I initially picked out, having the freedom to grab other items gave me some piece of mind as the weather shifted and I navigated a new office culture. Neutral pieces like this olive anorak and lace top allowed me to play with a bit of style without standing out too much as the new intern.