I want to give an update about my first capsule wardrobe, which I started wearing around three months ago. I learned several things about my own personal style during this experiment. I did fall into a bit of a uniform when the weather became consistently cooler. As a work-at-home mom, I rarely need to wear business clothes. This means I wear jeans most days. Since I still breastfeed my son, I also didn’t get to wear my dresses very often or only wore them for part of the day.
About half-way through the season, I had the chance to order some clothes through Schoola for free. (Disclaimer: I have received no compensation from Schoola for a review. I received a referral code from a friend.) Schoola accepts donations of women’s and children’s clothes and sells them. The site donates a portion of every sale to schools chosen by the people doing the donating. While I did get a few items for my fall and maternity wardrobes, I probably won’t order from the site again. I have a difficult time ordering clothes online, and Schoola does not include measurements of the pieces it sells.
I made more changes to my wardrobe than I originally expected, due in part to the clothes I ordered from Schoola. I discovered I really like wearing plain shirts with a cardigan vs. a pullover sweater. I get warm easily, so I usually end up taking off warmer layers at several points throughout the day. I have listed below the changes and additions I made to my capsule wardrobe this season.
- Floral infinity scarf
- Striped scarf
- Grey cowl scarf
- Medium blue midi dress
- Dark blue shorter dress (This dress is just too short and low-cut for my comfort. I plan on donating it.)
- Blue skirt (This skirt never fit me very well. I bought it at a yard sale to fill a whole in my closet. I donated it to Schoola and replaced it with a navy pencil skirt.)
- Grey pleated skirt
- Dark wash straight leg jean
- Dark wash straight leg jean
- Medium wash slightly flared jean (These don’t fit. I donated them and replaced them with a floral skirt I got from Schoola.)
- Navy slacks
- Dark blue shorts
- Cream cardigan
- Purple cardigan
- Dark grey sweater
- Navy and white striped sweater (I prefer cardigans. I replaced this piece with a teal long sleeved shirt from Schoola.)
- Purple and grey plaid shirt
- Cream short sleeve cardigan
- Navy tiered tank top
- Navy and white patterned tank top
- Teal tank top with embroidery
- Dark green top
- Navy v-neck top with lace panel in back
- Navy v-neck top with purple flower pattern
- Purple t-shirt (This piece started pilling before I even put together this capsule. I replaced it with an organic cotton, navy t-shirt.)
- Green and white top
- Navy belt
- Brown boots
- Dark blue flats
- Grey cabled hat
- Brown sneakers (I replaced my athletic shoes with these and ended up wearing these shoes so much, I decided to include them in my capsule.)
- Lilac scarf (I bought this piece with money I received for my birthday.)
- Grey 3/4 sleeve cardigan or navy cardigan with embroidery (I originally added a 3/4 cardigan when the weather stayed a bit warmer, but I don’t know if I want to keep it. I also found a navy cardigan with embroidery I’m still trying out with the rest of my capsule.)
I plan on using the next couple of weeks to work out my winter wardrobe. I have certainly put away the blue shorts and short-sleeved cardigan until spring. I altered one of the dresses I didn’t include in this capsule wardrobe and plan to include it. I also plan on purchasing a skirt I have saved up for to replace the navy pencil skirt I received from Schoola. I didn’t realize it was a pencil skirt until I received it in the mail, and (while it does fit) it’s just not my style.
Have any of you ever considered trying out a capsule wardrobe? If so, I would recommend jumping in and joining me for the winter season.