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!


Capsule Outfit #40

navy plaid shirt mustard cardigan black jeans brown boots by 14 shades of grey

Happy Boxing Day! Hope you guys had a nice Christmas. It was still a working day for me 😦 but never mind, I’m going to have 10 days off starting tomorrow, so I’m not complaining.

I wasn’t going to post today, but as I sat down to prepare a round-up post of my capsule outfits, I realized I only posted 39 outfits instead of 40 like I thought (I can’t count, apparently. There’s the whole snafu with the turtleneck tunic which I thought was in my capsule but turns out it wasn’t, so I didn’t count that outfit toward the 40.) Anyway, here is outfit #40. The actual number is higher, of course, but there are a bunch of similar outfits that I didn’t bother documenting. I’ll tally it all up in a post next week.

navy plaid shirt mustard cardigan black jeans by 14 shades of greynavy plaid shirt mustard cardigan black jeans brown boots by 14 shades of grey

navy plaid shirt mustard cardigan black jeans brown boots by 14 shades of greynavy plaid shirt mustard cardigan by 14 shades of grey

P/S: This is a very typical “blogger” look, isn’t it? All I’m missing is a top knot. I’m surprised I haven’t worn it before.

Shirt: Uniqlo, Cardigan: Target (thrifted), Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Aldo


Capsule Outfit #39

gray cableknit sweater boyfriend jeans brown booties by 14 shades of grey

This is my super simple and casual outfit for Christmas Eve. Over here it’s just another Wednesday, but my family is having a little celebration tonight with German stollen and Christmas music, as per our own tradition, so I added the Christmas tree pin to my sweater in keeping with the holiday spirit.

In other news, the semester ends this weekend, just in time for the Christmas and New Year break. I’m getting 10 days off, and I honestly don’t know what to do with myself. I still have a couple of movies to subtitle and a book to translate, but maybe I’ll just listen to the Good Omens radio play on BBC 4 instead. I think that’s a good plan, don’t you?

gray cableknit sweater boyfriend jeans by 14 shades of greygray cableknit sweater boyfriend jeans brown booties by 14 shades of grey

gray cableknit sweater christmas tree brooch by 14 shades of greygray cableknit sweater boyfriend jeans by 14 shades of grey

Sweater: H&M, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: thrifted


Capsule Outfit #38

striped sweatshirt black skirt brown boots mustard scard

You can tell I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel because this is the kind of clumsy outfit that I came up with toward the end of the capsule. I mean, I like the idea – striped sweater, skirt, boots, scarf – that sounds all right, doesn’t it? Except this sweatshirt doesn’t really go well with being tucked into a skirt, and for this skirt + boots combo to work, my skirt should be an A-line, not pleated, and my boots could do with a bit more of a heel too. Oh well. At least now I know what doesn’t work.

striped sweatshirt black skirt mustard scardstriped sweatshirt black skirt brown boots mustard scard

striped sweatshirt black skirt brown bootsstriped sweatshirt mustard scard

Sweatshirt & Scarf: Forever21, Skirt: hand-me-down, Boots: Aldo


Capsule Outfit #37

navy shift dress maroon cardigan polka dot tights black boots by 14 shades of grey

My SIA co-hosts and I have decided to give SIA a break, since it’s the holiday and everything. The challenge will resume on Monday, January 5th, and it’s my turn to curate, so be sure to drop by in two weeks to see what I’ve picked as inspiration!

In the meantime, I’m still trying to get the most out of my capsule wardrobe, before moving on to a new experiment for the new year (I haven’t decided yet, but I’m leaning very strongly toward weekly capsules.)

navy shift dress maroon cardigan polka dot tights black boots by 14 shades of greynavy shift dress maroon cardigan white scarf by 14 shades of grey

navy shift dress maroon cardigan white scarf by 14 shades of greynavy shift dress maroon cardigan polka dot tights black boots by 14 shades of grey

Dress: Gap (thrifted), Cardigan & Boots: local shop, Scarf: gift, Tights: Target


Capsule Outfit #36

ivory sweater plaid pants black flats by 14 shades of grey

With just a week or so left in the capsule, I thought I’d find the items that get the least amount of wear and see if I can find new ways to style them. If I can then maybe they’re worth keeping; if not… maybe we’ll try again next season.

One of those items is this pair of pants. I like the plaid and the color, it’s just that I’m not used to straight-legged pants like these, since all of my pants are either skinny or wide-legged, so it’s going to take take some more experiments before I can declare them a keeper. I’m happy enough with this outfit (it feels very 1950’s to me, which not a bad thing at all), but I may still get the legs taken in a bit.

ivory sweater plaid pants black flats by 14 shades of greyivory sweater plaid pants by 14 shades of grey

ivory sweater plaid pants by 14 shades of greyivory sweater plaid pants black flats by 14 shades of grey

Sweater & Pants: local shops, Flats: Vagabond


Capsule Outfit #35

gray cableknit sweater chambray shirt blue jeans brown boots by 14 shades of grey

I think one of the reasons I deemed this capsule a failure (other than the fact that I keep shopping all the time to add to it) is that I felt a bit stuck with my style. But it’s a fine line, isn’t it, between being stuck in a style rut and having a go-to look. Like this silhouette, for example – I’ve been wearing it every single day this month, either with riding boots or ankle boots, but I don’t even notice it. So maybe I should just tell myself that there’s nothing wrong with always coming back to a look that works for you. And that is not being stuck, that is just developing your own style.

gray cableknit sweater green coat blue jeans brown boots by 14 shades of greygray cableknit sweater chambray shirt blue jeans by 14 shades of grey

gray cableknit sweater chambray shirt brooch by 14 shades of greygray cableknit sweater chambray shirt blue jeans brown boots by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Esprit, Sweater: H&M, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Aldo, Brooch: gift, Scarf: hand-made, Coat: thrifted