It feels strange to be talking about my fall wardrobe today after a weekend of record high temperatures in Indiana. I know that the cooler weather is just around the corner though and I’m really prepared this year with this fresh capsule wardrobe for fall. Fall wardrobe planning is my FAVORITE so I hope these options can give you some new ideas for your own wardrobe.
I fell off the capsule wardrobe wagon towards the end of summer, but I am back in the game again!
If you want to see how these pieces work, be sure to follow my capsule wardrobe account. I decided to start a SEPARATE Instagram account for my capsule since it feels like two separate audiences. This account is only about fashion & the capsule. You can follow me here (@momadvicecapsule) or if you just want the general usual odds & ends, you can follow me here (@momadvice).
First, What is a Fashion Capsule & Why Should You Do One?
A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing which is designed using only interchangeable items, in order to maximize the number of outfits which can be created. The aim is to have an outfit suitable for any occasion without owning excessive items of clothing. This is usually achieved by buying what are considered to be “key” or “staple” items in coordinating colors.
The reason I think capsule wardrobes are worth exploring is that you realize when you have LESS in your closet you can do MORE with what you have. My closet used to be bursting at the seams with clothes and, what I like to call, one-trick-pony apparel. I felt put together after tearing up my room and trying to build outfits in the process, but it took me so long to get ready in the mornings and I never felt like I had a truly seamless style.
Narrowing my wardrobe down to 33 items as outlined in Project 333 was just what I needed to make mornings less stressful and finding a real rhythm to getting dressed for the day. It’s been a beautiful shift in my life and I don’t think I could ever go back to the old ways of bursting closets and pointless purchases.
What Trends Did You Embrace For Fall?
I am loving the feminine details this season from ruffles to bell sleeves. I incorporated those details into my pieces and also made a couple of smart investments in higher quality sweaters since warmer layers are a must in the Midwest.
My colors this year are in the red family (blush, burgundy, red), mustard, and green.
Why My Capsule Shouldn’t Be YOUR Capsule
I show you my capsule mainly as some sort of accountability, but not necessarily for you to copy it. My style is probably not your style and that is okay. Your capsule can look nothing like my capsule. Your body shape could be different from mine and none of these cuts of clothing or ideas will work for you. When creating your capsule, create it around what you feel most confident in.
That’s been the best place to start for me.
Do Accessories Count in the Capsule?
One question I get asked is if I count accessories and shoes as my items. I do not, but feel free to do that if you like.
For me a scarf, belt, or great jewelry really do add to the enjoyment and experience of my wardrobe. I am, however, more selective about the accessories I am choosing and really making sure that they are worth the space in my drawers and the money that is spent.
What Are the Rules for a Capsule Wardrobe?
Here are my modified Project 333 rules or you can go to Courtney’s website to read more about the official guidelines!
Fall 2017 Capsule Wardrobe
note- descriptions are exact matches and similar means I found a few pretty darn close to the original for you!
row 1- quilted puffer vest/flannel shirt (similar, similar, similar)/field jacket (similar, similar, similar, similar)
row 2- ruffled sweatshirt (similar, similar)/denim shirt (similar, similar, similar)/polka dot top (similar, similar, similar, similar, similar)/black and white gingham shirt (similar, similar, similar)
row 3- floral ruffled top (similar, similar, similar)/rose bell sleeve (similar, similar, similar)/striped bell sleeve/
row 4- camel sweater blazer/gray cocoon cardigan (similar, similar, similar, similar)/ bulky ivory sweater (similar, similar, similar)/burgundy bell sleeve jacket (similar, similar, similar, similar)
row 1- striped embroidered bell sleeve top/burgundy short sleeve sweater tee (similar, similar, similar, similar)/mustard stripes (similar, similar, similar, similar)
row 2- mustard top (similar, similar, similar, similar)/ white blouse (similar, similar, similar)/ polka dot shell (similar, similar)/long sleeve striped top (similar, similar, similar, similar)
row 3- green skirt/gray dress (similar, similar, similar)/ red skirt (similar, similar, similar)
row 4- rose jeans (similar, similar, similar)/green pants (similar, similar, similar, similar, similar)/ distressed jeans/ black pants
not shown- basic white & black long sleeve tee, chambray shirt, dark wash denim, and black leggings (similar, similar).
A few of my favorite shoes for fall-
rainboots (these are warm and are great if you have a wide foot)/suede moccasins (acquired through Stitch Fix)/tan booties (most comfortable shoes ever)/leopard print flats (come in wide or narrow)/black ballet flats/velvet ballet flats/ peep toe booties (unbelievably comfortable)
Other helpful items for your capsule wardrobe-
just bought a bunch of these– they are PERFECTION
a practical bag
most worn belt
thankful for these
and these are no show, yo! also really comfortable!
a million of these– you’ll thank me!
these are fun and eye-catching
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Coupons That Might Help If You Are Making a Capsule Too
Get $10 for your first thredUP purchase (this is my favorite online consignment resource)
Stitch Fix can be a fun resource for shopping for smart basic wardrobe pieces if a stylist might benefit you!
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