More than a year has gone by since I have done an in-depth update of a capsule wardrobe, although I did recently write a post about my capsule wardrobes in general. Since I had some difficulty putting together this capsule wardrobe together, I thought I would take this opportunity to go over what worked and what didn’t and why. Here is what I started with:
- Striped scarf
- Red and blue floral scarf
- Cobalt blue silk scarf (favorite scarf this season)
- Grey cowl scarf (didn’t wear at all)
- Grey cable hat (rarely wore)
- Trench coat
- Blue winter coat
- Navy skirt
- White skirt with paisley-ish pattern (my go-to for church)
- Dark wash straight leg jean
- Dark wash jean
- Navy leggings (rarely wore)
- Navy cardigan
- Grey cardigan
- Dark grey sweater (rarely wore, switched to lounge wear)
- Teal 3/4 sleeve sweater
- Blue and green plaid shirt (rarely wore)
- Dark blue button down shirt
- Navy and white long-sleeved shirt
- Teal long-sleeved shirt
- Navy t-shirt (organic cotton)
- Navy t-shirt
- Grey t-shirt
- Navy short-sleeved top with striped detail
- Teal top
- Navy tiered tank
- Navy belt
- Brown boots
- Dark blue flats (rarely wore)
- Black wedges
- Grey sneakers
We had a very mild winter here in the Midwest. This meant I didn’t wear my scarves, crocheted hat, leggings, and sweaters as much as I have in years past. I think I will include fewer scarf options in the future. On days when the temperature required a scarf, I didn’t reach for my lighter weight scarves or my cowl scarf. I think I will include fewer scarf options in the future. My heavy grey sweater moved over to the lounge wear category because I rarely wore it outside my home. It’s too bulky to fit under my coats, and I tend to feel hot in it anyway. If I don’t get much use out of it next winter, I will probably donate it and get a lighter sweater.
My dark blue flats also didn’t really work out for this capsule wardrobe.Since they are made entirely out of recyclable materials, I can’t just take them to get re-soled and keep wearing them. On the plus side, I don’t have to just throw them away and can put them in the recycle bin. I will probably replace them with either a pair of sandals or another pair of flats.
I didn’t wear my two button-down shirts as much as I expected. I really just like wearing cardigans so much more. I plan on putting these away for the spring. I will pull them back out in the fall to give them another go. If I don’t like them as much, I will probably just donate them and stick with my casual top and cardigan uniform.
I tried out my first pair of colored pants in almost a decade. I bought a pair of wine-colored jeans. Since several of my tops were in neutral colors with matching cardigans, I was able to pull them off. The ones I bought have very deep pockets, which I loved. These became the pants I wore the most often this season.
I have a few items I put aside while I was pregnant which I had no desire to include in this capsule wardrobe and will probably donate. These include: my purple cardigan, my emerald top, and my navy and white sleeveless top. They just don’t work for me anymore or don’t fit.
I will ponder on these things while I put together my next capsule wardrobe. Spring is always a temperamental season here in the Midwest. We can have snow one day and beautiful, 70 degree weather the next. I will try to put a post with my Spring capsule next weekend.