Even though the world of retail seems to believe the first day of fall is September 1 (when everything turns into pumpkin spice), the Autumn Equinox is not until this Thursday. So I’ve waited to share my fall wardrobe with you as my own little way of protesting season/holiday creep. 😉
I can hardly believe it, but it’s been a whole year since I’ve posted my seasonal capsule wardrobe! Last fall, I announced I was pregnant. And now my baby is almost 6 months old. Where does the time go?
I didn’t bother to share my winter or spring wardrobes because I was pregnant and they were VERY limited. Like, I literally wore the same outfits every week. They required zero creativity in terms of mixing and matching items to maximize a small number of pieces. And then my wardrobe this summer was a sort of mishmash of maternity clothes and ill-fitting other items that were simply thrown together in an effort to look like I wasn’t wearing pajamas while we were in the backyard or at the park or something.
But I am getting back into my seasonal capsule wardrobe routine and I’m super excited. I really do love putting together these wardrobes! It’s fun to figure out which pieces to include to maximize my limited number of items and it’s practical too.
I’m not a fashionista and I don’t post my capsule wardrobes to show off how fashionable I am. I really think of myself as pretty average when it comes to fashion. I’m a busy mom on a budget who likes to look nice and put together.
I like sharing these in hopes that it’s encouraging to others who are intrigued by the idea of a small wardrobe but feel like it would be hard to do. It’s not! Once you start putting it together, you realize 30-40 pieces of clothing and accessories actually is a pretty good number of items.
I’m sort of at a weird place with my wardrobe because I am still losing weight post-baby (almost 50 pounds down!! :D) and my body is still changing. So I already know my capsule will get modified a little throughout the season. I am also at a place where I haven’t really bought new clothes in a while and a lot of the clothes I currently own are misshapen and faded from wear. And now that I have gotten through pregnancy and I feel like my body if finally bouncing back, I’ve slowly started rebuilding my overall wardrobe.
The other thing that makes fall (and spring) a little more challenging for capsule wardrobes is that the weather is so varied in the Midwest during this season. Temperatures can literally sway 20 or 30 degrees in less than 24 hours. Therefore, clothing options that are suitable for warm weather and cool weather are needed.
But the great thing is that there are no hardset rules with capsule wardrobes! I use mine in a way that works for me. So this season, I will be making changes as I go because that is what works and what I need. And I think that’s really important to remember if you are a little leery of capsule wardrobes because you think they feel too restrictive.
Ok, so on to the part you’re really here to see! Here’s what I’m including this fall.
From top left:
Charcoal Irma Tunic // Red Irma Tunic // Gray Sweater // Blush-Beige Peasant Top
Navy Blouse with Crochet Trim // Yellow Damask Print Blouse // White Striped Sweater // Black Tunic
Cream Peasant Top // Graphic Tee // Chambray // Mustard Cardigan
Black and Gray Sarah Duster // Gray Short Duster // Olive Sleeveless Blouse // Floral Randy Tee
There is a wide variety of tops in my fall capsule. Of course, I’ve got some wardrobe basics like tunics and sweaters, some casual t-shirts, some classic blouses, and a few boho-inspired things to satisfy my inner flower child. I always include some layering pieces because of the crazy weather. But the cool thing is that layering pieces actually help extend your wardrobe. Just be careful to include layering pieces that are all different styles.
Here’s what I mean: Take a basic outfit of a midi skirt and a graphic tee. That’s one outfit. Now throw in some layering pieces — a chambray, a cardi, and a duster. Now you’ve got a total of four outfits! They all look like distinctly different outfits because each layering piece is distinctly different. And those layering pieces can layer on top of other basic outfits too. That’s why layering pieces are so important in capsule wardrobes.
From top left:
Palazzo Pants // Maxi Skirt // Black Gauchos
It’s super easy for me to get into a jeans rut. Mostly because jeans go with everything and they are the easiest thing to pick out and put on! So I purposely only put 1 pair of regular jeans in my fall wardrobe. I recently got these from Stitch Fix and they fit perfectly. And to be a little more adventurous, I also added a pair of maroon jeans that I got from Stitch Fix! I love them and am excited to wear them tons this fall!!
As you can see, I also threw in a couple of skirts. I actually love wearing skirts and dresses but I don’t usually pick those to wear when it’s really easy for me to just pick jeans and a t-shirt. That’s what I love about capsule wardrobes. You include what you want to wear, and because that is ALL you have to choose from you actually wear what you pick!
Tan and Black Carly Dress // Charcoal Carly Dress // Feather Amelia Dress
I love wearing dresses. But it’s not because I’m fancy. What I love is that when you wear a dress, you don’t have to figure out a top and a bottom that go together! And then, as a bonus, people think you’re all dressed up when you wear a dress. All three of these look cute with flats, booties, or tall boots, so they are perfect for fall.
From top left:
My trusty old Simple shoes // Leopard Flats // Black Zebra TOMS Flats
I had a hard time narrowing down my shoes this time around! And I’ll be completely honest. I already plan to change things up. I have been really trying to pare down my shoes. At the same time I’ve been trying to invest in some nicer shoes that will last for a few years rather than just getting cheap shoes I’ll replace 6-12 months later. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not spending big money on shoes. TOMS are about as spendy as I go and I wait for sales. And as you can see, I am loving me some TOMS this season. 🙂
For full disclosure, I do keep out a pair of sandals to wear during the early part of the season. I don’t really count those though, because I only wear them if it’s a hot day and it really only lasts until maybe mid-October.
I’ve counted accessories as part of my seasonal wardrobe in the past. And by that, I just mean I’ve picked out a small collection of accessories that are included in the wardrobe. I like doing this for the same reason I like doing seasonal capsules in general – it makes my life easier! If I have 3 necklaces to choose from, I can quickly just grab one, throw it on, and head out the door. While I love accessorizing, I don’t have good instincts for it. So it takes me a long time to figure out what to wear if I have too many choices.
As you can see, no accessories made it into my fall wardrobe this year. That’s because my Little Guy, who is now almost 6 months old, is at that grabby stage. If anything is within reach of his sticky little paws, it’s instantly in his grasp and heading toward his mouth. He has no appreciation for the whole delicate jewelry trend! So accessories are not a major part of my life for the next several months.
I know I’ve said it many, many times, but I seriously love doing seasonal capsule wardrobes. Changing out my wardrobe each season feels like going shopping in my own closet. I feel like I’ve got a whole new wardrobe once it’s switched! It helps me curb my impulse to buy new clothes that I don’t need and it makes picking out what to wear faster and easier in the morning.
If you are ready to start simplifying your wardrobe, but feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to even begin to pare down your closet, I’ve got a series for you. I promise, I’m not going to tell you to go to your closet and get rid of half your clothes today. That just doesn’t work for some people (like me!). My method is for those people who end up with a huge “keep” pile any time they try to do a big closet purge. It takes a long time, but it works! Here’s the intro post:
If you need a little inspiration to get yourself primed to simplify your wardrobe, I recommend this post:
And if you would like to read all of my posts on simplifying your wardrobe, here’s the link to the whole shebang: