Capsule Fall/Winter 2014 Wrap-Up

Well, I made it. Even though I came close to giving up by the end, I made it through three months of capsule wardrobe (with a bit of cheating along the way).  Yeah, there are a few outfits that I like, but overall, I have to declare that this capsule is a failure. My goal is to simplify and cut down on my wardrobe, and I ended up buying way too many new pieces and being bored out of my mind with my clothes. Before we go into what went wrong, though, let’s see what I wore.

white lace tee boyfriend jeans black flats by 14 shades of greypolka dot chambray shirt black pleated skirt brown booties by 14 shades of greychambray shirt white jeans leopard print flats by 14 shades of greygray leather-trimmed tee black skirt black heels by 14 shades of greynavy ikat shirt white jeans heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

chambray shirt black skirt black booties by 14 shades of greynavy plaid dress navy linen blazer brown booties by 14 shades of greynavy striped top black jeans black flats by 14 shades of greyleather-trimmed t-shirt plaid scarf black jeans black heels by 14 shades of greyblack striped top black jeans black booties by 14 shades of grey

white button-up green plaid pants black heels by 14 shades of greywhite button-up black skirt brown booties by 14 shades of greypolka dot chambray shirt white jeans brown booties by 14 shades of greylace t-shirt khaki blazer blue jeans leopard print flats by 14 shades of greynavy plaid shirt boyfriend jeans yellow scarf brown booties by 14 shades of grey

gray t-shirt black cardigan blue jeans black booties by 14 shades of greynavy ikat shirt blue jeans red scarf black heels by 14 shades of greypolka dot chambray shirt black cardigan black jeans chelsea boots by 14 shades of greyblue plaid shirt gray cardigan blue jeans brown booties by 14 shades of greyembroidered sweater black skirt black ankle boots by 14 shades of grey

trench coat grey cable knit sweater blue jeans chelsea boots by 14 shades of greynavy dress pink sweater black tights chelsea boots by 14 shades of greymustard cardigan black jeans double scarves black booties by 14 shades of greynavy sweater navy jeans green scarf brown boots by 14 shades of greynavy sweater navy jeans star scarf chelsea boots by 14 shades of grey

white cableknit sweater polka dot skirt brown booties by 14 shades of greywhite cableknit sweater black jeans animal print scarf brown boots by 14 shades of greyblue striped sweatshirt red scarf blue jeans brown booties by 14 shades of greypolka dot chambray shirt navy jeans black booties red gold scarf by 14 shades of greystriped shirt white jeans navy blazer brown booties by 14 shades of grey

chambray shirt ivory sweater black jeans brown riding boots by 14 shades of greywhite sweater polka dot pants red scarf brown booties by 14 shades of greypink sweatshirt stars and stripes scarf blue jeans black boots by 14 shades omaroon cardigan white shirt black jeans black boots mustard scarf by 14 shades of greygray cableknit sweater chambray shirt blue jeans brown boots by 14 shades of grey

ivory sweater plaid pants black flats by 14 shades of greynavy shift dress maroon cardigan polka dot tights black boots by 14 shades of greystriped sweatshirt black skirt brown boots mustard scardgray cableknit sweater boyfriend jeans brown booties by 14 shades of greynavy plaid shirt mustard cardigan black jeans brown boots by 14 shades of grey

A few things got worn more than shown here (the black sweatshirt, the cable knit sweaters), but most of those are repeated outfits so I didn’t take photos of them.

Now, just because it was a failure doesn’t mean that I didn’t learn anything from this capsule, and here is what I got:

1. A three-month capsule is too long and unrealistic for me: especially in the fall/winter, when the weather changes so drastically and unpredictably. The “warm weather” items I picked out didn’t get worn much, and I ended up having to add a bunch of sweaters because what I had is either too worn (like the navy cable knit sweater) or not warm enough (like the elephant-embroidered sweatshirt.) So, shorter time frame next time, so that I’ll know what the weather is going to be like and be prepared.

2. I don’t need that many skirts: I have a lot of skirts and I don’t wear them much. Out of the three in this capsule, only the black skirt got the most wears, the pencil skirt not once (it’s kind of a place holder anyway.) A dress is easier to style, and if I want to wear separates, pants are more comfortable. So, I’m cutting down my skirt collection (especially pencil skirts). And on that note…

3. I should add more varieties of pants/jeans: I think it’s time I admitted that I’m a jeans kind of girl. But it gets boring wearing skinny jeans all the time, so I’m going to put my wide-leg and boot-cut jeans into rotation next season to see how well they work. Oh and, I am over colored jeans (my red jeans didn’t get worn once, and was swapped out for another sweater.) From now on, if I do buy pants in any color other than neutral, it should be dark and subdued, like olive or burgundy.

4. I don’t need that many shoes: if there is any success in this capsule, it’s the shoes. I definitely didn’t get bored with the shoes. Maybe I’ll throw in some “fun” shoes in the spring and summer, but I’m cutting those way down too.

5. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize: scarves, necklaces, brooches. I have them. I should wear them more.

So I’m definitely going to go with the weekly capsule. It makes the most sense for me and my lifestyle, and it can help me get the most out of my closet and keep me from shopping better than this restricting seasonal capsule. I’m still figuring out how I want to do it, but I’ll be back next week with more details!

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One Comment on “Capsule Fall/Winter 2014 Wrap-Up”

  1. Meghan says:

    I’m with you on the shoes. Though I didn’t include shoes in my number, I didn’t wear more than maybe five pairs of shoes. I could definitely have more shoes. Definitely with you on more pants. It’s funny to see how much you wore them.


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