Capsule Wardrobe, Fall/Winter 2014

Before I started showing you guys the pieces I’ve picked for my capsule, I’m going to talk a bit about my process first. I have to say, I might have shot myself in the foot with this capsule, because the weather is going to change so much from October to December that I had to pick things that work for both warm and cool weather, which is why I ended up with more pieces than I’d like.

This being my first capsule, I didn’t think too much about a defined color scheme or anything like that. Mostly I just chose the ones that I know are easy to style, though I’d definitely tried to pick pieces that will go relatively well together. I’m also going to give myself a lot of flexibility as well, and if a piece isn’t working, I would swap it out.

So, without further ado, here’s my fall/winter capsule wardrobe:

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8 Tops: polka dot chambray shirt, plaid flannel shirt, chambray shirt, white button-up (new), lace tee (new), gray tee, navy striped top, red striped top.

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11 Sweaters/Blazers: elephant sweatshirt (new-ish, I’ve only worn it once before), pink sweatshirt, embroidered sweatshirt, mustard cardigan, gray boyfriend cardigan, black drapey cardigan (new-to-me, it’s a hand-me-down from my sister), navy blazer, khaki blazer, gray sweater (new), navy sweater, white sweater.

Yes that is three cable-knit sweaters in three colors. I may have a bit of a problem when it comes to cable-knit.

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12 Dresses/Bottoms: navy plaid dress, navy wool shift dress, black pleated skirt, polka-dot midi skirt, black pencil skirt, white jeans, boyfriend jeans, black jeans, red jeans, polka dot pants, blue jeans, plaid pants (new).

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9 Shoes: black booties (new), brown booties (new), Chelsea boots (new), heeled oxfords, black heels, black flats, brown riding boots, black riding boots, leopard print flats.

I didn’t count coats, accessories,  or tights, and it comes down to 40 pieces, which is a nice round number, though I would prefer it to be 35. But it’s all an experiment at this point. If it works out, I will try it again in the spring and especially in the summer, which usually gives me much more trouble, sartorially speaking, than fall and winter. We’ll see. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the first outfit!


SIA Inspiration: Richard Serra

It’s again my turn to pick an inspiration for SIA, and since I’m committing to a semi-minimalist capsule wardrobe in the next three months, I wanted to pick a minimalist piece too. However, after checking out a few minimalist paintings, I have to say, I don’t get it. A canvas of murky black is art? OK, if you say so. But then I remembered Richard Serra. I’ve seen his piece “Sequence” back in LA, and that is the kind of minimalist art for me. Walking around inside that sculpture is like walking inside a cathedral, or a canyon – it quiets you. I loved it.

So, in the end, I decided on another Richard Serra sculpture, “Tilted Spheres”:

How dramatic is that? Here’s another view. It’s installed in Toronto’s YYZ airport, which, in my opinion, the best place for it. It almost looks like the Batman logo, or something out of Star Trek, doesn’t it?

Anyway, I have no idea how this can be turned into an outfit, but that’s the beauty of SIA, isn’t it? Send your submission to me (14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com) by next Monday, October 6th, and we’ll find out together.


The Last Of Summer, part III

chambray shirt brown print skirt converse sneakers

This outfit is not great because it’s literally leftover pieces from the rejected pile that I threw together, but I’m committed to a theme, so here goes why they didn’t make the cut:

- The chambray shirt: I have two chambray shirts, and I’ve been meaning to keep this one for the fall because it’s a bit thicker, but then again it’s a bit too baggy for layering under sweaters, so no go.

- The skirt: it’s a hand-me-down from my mom. The colors are perfect for fall, but the pattern is a bit tricky to style – other than pairing it with plain black or white shirt or maybe a light-washed chambray like this, I have no idea what else I could wear it with.

- The sneakers: I had considered adding sneakers to the roster, but these are just too old, and maybe only suitable for running errands.

Now please excuse me. Fall TV season is here and I need to catch up on my shows (Sleepy Hollow first, and Gotham looks interesting too, even though I’m not a big fan of Batman or prequels in general.)

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Shirt: thrifted, Skirt: hand-me-down, Sneakers: Converse


The Last Of Summer, part II

dandelion tee black pleated skirt brown sandals by 14 shades of grey

This T-shirt and this skirt are two more of the rejected pieces from my capsule. I just made the shirt, so naturally I want to wear it more, but I don’t think I’ll have a lot of chances to wear a graphic tee during the colder months. As for the skirt – most of the shoes I have in my capsule are boots, and this skirt doesn’t look great with boots, so out it goes.

In other news, the “no shopping” part of the capsule wardrobe may be more difficult than I thought. Now all the stores are putting out super cute coats, sweaters, and boots, and I had to remind myself that I don’t need them, I don’t need them, I don’t need them. Of course, I still have time to buy new pieces and switch out some of the pieces I already picked, but the idea here is to shop my closet, not to buy new things every season. I’ll try to stick to it, I promise.

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dandelion tee black pleated skirt by 14 shades of greyblack pleated skirt brown sandals by 14 shades of grey

T-shirt: Uniqlo (drawn by me), Skirt: thrifted, Sandals: gift, Bracelet: self-made


The Last Of Summer, part I

navy printed top black pants black flats by 14 shades of grey

I’m finally finished picking out my capsule wardrobe, and I’m telling you, it has been a trip. But more on that later. Until I show you guys what I picked (next Tuesday, last day of September), for the rest of the week I’m going to wear some of the pieces that didn’t make the cut. They’re mostly summer pieces anyway, but I was thinking of using them for transition, since it’s going to be quite warm in October still. In the end though, I figured I’ve got enough transitional pieces, so these are the leftovers.

First up is this printed top, which I thought would look good under a blazer when it gets cooler, but it’s way too thin and summery. Guess I’ll save it for next year.

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Top: Zalora, Pants: thrifted, Belt & Cuff: local shops, Flats: Vagabond


Belt Or No Belt

navy blouse khaki skirt brown mary janes by 14 shades of grey

Confession: I actually wore this without the belt throughout the day, but when I took the pictures, I thought the empty belt loops looked weird so I put this belt on. Then it looked too fussy so I took it off again :P The brooch and the pleats on the blouse and the heels are fussy enough without the bow on the belt too.

I am trying to move away from all of these “girly girl” details and go for “feminine but streamlined”, but occasionally I still had a moment of over-thinking and put together something like this… Well, hopefully three months of capsule wardrobe will flush all that fussiness out of my system!

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navy blouse khaki skirt brown belt by 14 shades of grey

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  navy blouse locket brooch by 14 shades of grey

Top: Mango (hand-me-down), Skirt & Heels: thrifted, Belt: Wet Seal, Brooch: vintage


Tiny Dancers

black tee quilted skirt black flats by 14 shades of grey

Today is the first day that it actually feels like fall around here. Sure, it’s still sunny and warm, but the light seems clearer, there is a tiny hint of crispness in the air, and I don’t sweat buckets just after 15 minutes outside to feed the chickens anymore. It is all the more exciting for me because it means that I could wear this skirt for SIA – OK, OK, so it’s not practical to wear a quilt skirt in 80+ degrees, but it’s so perfect for this week’s painting, “The Star” by Degas, how could I pass it up?

I keep the rest of the outfit as simple as possible to keep with the “ballerina” theme. Plus, with a skirt like this, you have to let it take center stage (terrible pun totally intended), right? Don’t forget to check out Animated Cardigan for more outfits inspired by this painting, and check back here next week for a new inspiration!

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quilted skirt by 14 shades of grey

T-shirt: Uniqlo, Skirt: vintage, Flats: Vagabond