Fall is here, and my closet is doing a happy dance! Fall means it is time for cardigans, boots and all kinds of layers. Cozy and comfy clothes are my absolute favorite.
I’m still loving all the benefits of the capsule wardrobe approach I found with my first capsule this past summer – less cost, great outfits, less stress, and more. This fall/winter capsule is the first that will cross two seasons. I plan to use the same capsule for fall and winter, and then reset my summer capsule from this year to work for spring/summer next year.
I’ve seen a number of blog posts for the last two months on fall clothes, so I’m feeling a little behind, but I wanted to take a some extra planning time with my first fall/winter capsule.
Plus Kentucky’s weather has just started to change. Believe me, I’m not in any hurry for summer weather to end!
So here it is – my first fall/winter capsule wardrobe.
My fall/winter capsule includes twenty-four items of clothing, which just happens to be the same number of items as my summer capsule. I can assure you that is completely coincidental. 24 is not a magic number for me, it just seems to be the number of items that get me to the combinations that I desire. I’ve planned 85 different outfits from these 24 items
I don’t want to wear the same thing every day, so I need my capsule to have quite a few distinct outfits. Unlike my summer capsule, I did not plan to have a distinct outfit for every single day of the season (that’s just silly – I want to wear my favorites more than once!) That was one of my lessons learned from my summer capsule (more on that here).
I don’t count my shoes and accessories in my item count either. Maybe there are some rules somewhere on how this works for capsules? I don’t know, but until then, I’ll follow my own rules and I decided to not count shoes and accessories.
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So let’s look at the breakdown of the capsule. Seems like tops should be first, so let’s start there.
Tops are the biggest category in my capsule – 13 of the 24 items. A few of the tops also serve as layering items in some looks. Four of the 13 were also in my summer capsule. I purchased three new tops, and the other ten tops I already had.
I purchased this striped top from Old Navy. Stripes are so versatile! I have a lot of outfits with this one. I must have tried about 4 other similar tops before I found one that fit the way I wanted.
Next is one of my favorite styles right now – gingham! I was a little worried that this top would be too short in the front, but it ended up being a perfect fit.
A local boutique had a similar top, but with a v-neck. I was excited to find this alternative to the v-neck (not a fan of v-necks on me). While I admit it is not the most versatile top, but I think it is worth it to have a couple of trendier, cute items in my capsule to keep it fun.
I used this bell-sleeve gray t-shirt in my summer capsule. This may be the softest t-shirt I’ve ever owned, and I love that I can dress it up or down.
This striped peplum tee is made by the same company that made the gray bell-sleeve tee. No frumpy with this great top.No surprise that my chambray shirt from summer is a carryover to fall/winter. I plan to use this on its own, as a layer over other tops, and also underneath sweaters – so versatile! My shirt is from J. Crew Factory, but LL Bean has a similar one as well.Living in Kentucky now, a University of Kentucky sweatshirt is required attire for game day. I love this one because it is so cozy. Mine is a lighter gray, but the same otherwise. I have been a Cubs fan my whole life (Go Cubs!). 2016 was an AMAZING year!!! My Cubs sweatshirt is a staple and also great for a casual Saturday or relaxing day at home watching the World Series.Sweatshirts don’t have to be boring – and this sequin-sleeve sweatshirt proves it. I love how this one fits and it is comfy cozy while still looking great.These next two long-sleeve t-shirts are layering pieces. I have owned my similar shirts for several years. They have a little beading in the front, but I couldn’t find similar ones available anywhere – boo! Anyway, the red and gray t-shirts are great basic pieces.I love my polka-dot sweater. This is another one I’ve had for a few years, but this one is very similar.
I’ve had my “Blessed” Tee for several years, so this is a similar one from Jane. I also bought my actual “blessed” tee from Jane and have been very happy with it. It was in my summer capsule, but I found a closer picture to use this time around.
I’ve also owned a coral tunic for several few years. Just like the “blessed” tee, this tunic was in my summer capsule. I found a more similar item to use in the pictures here. It is pretty light material for fall/winter, but with layers and scarves, it adds a pop of color I love.
Layering items make up six of the 24 items in my capsule. I already owned four of the six. Two of the six were part of my summer capsule.
This quilted vest is one of my new layering items. I tend to get cold easily, and I’m relying on this new piece to keep me warm on those fall days where I don’t quite need a jacket but a shirt alone isn’t enough.
I got a herringbone vest from a Stitch Fix a couple years ago, and I’ve loved it ever since. It is warm, comfortable, and stylish. Talk about warm and cozy – this wrap sweater can’t be beat. I received this as a gift a couple years ago, and now it is a fall/winter staple.Long cardigans are really in right now, and it is a trend I love. I purchased this cardigan to add to my fall capsule. It fits great and is so comfortable. Several colors are available if black isn’t what you are looking for.
My denim jacket is another carry-forward from my summer capsule. It is so versatile and a great layering piece.And finally the utility vest! I love my utility vest. It is another Jane purchase, but there are lots of great options out there, like this one.
Honestly, selecting bottoms were the hardest part of putting this capsule together. I’m a little worried that I don’t have enough – can I survive fall and winter with five pairs of pants?
Even though I show five pairs, I actually have two pairs of the American Eagle Skinny Jeans shown here. That way, if one pair gets dirty I have a backup. And jeans are my staple in the cold season.I decided to try some colored jeans this year, and added both olive jeans and burgundy jeans to my closet.
And black skinnies are another staple. These Just Black skinny jeans came from a Stitch Fix a few years ago. I also added these blue ankle pants to my closet for this fall/winter. They are a little classier than jeans, so having some variety will be great. So that’s it – 24 pieces to last me the next 6 months. Keep in touch to see how it goes. I’ll be sharing outfit ideas several times a week, so check back soon.
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