Winter Capsule Wardrobe

First of all, what is a capsule wardrobe?  A capsule wardrobe can be created by limiting the contents of your closet–purchasing staple pieces and purging items that go unnoticed for months or even years.  It’s not always true that more clothing = more options.  In fact,  most of us reach for the same items again and again and the unused items fade away in our wardrobes taking up valuable closet space.  A major advantage to creating a capsule is saving time when deciding what to wear.  Often too many choices creates too many choices!  There are several ways to go about creating your own capsule wardrobe.  Here’s one way…

  1. Begin by sorting your clothes and accessories into two piles.  “1. Items I can’t live without” and “2. What the heck was I thinking”?
  2. From the first pile select your favorites.  Think 3-4 bottoms, 3-4 basic tops, 1-2 classic sweaters/sweatshirts, 1 jacket, 5 pairs of shoes, and some versatile accessories.  (The numbers and styles may differ depending on occupation, climate, season, etc.)
  3. Donate the items from pile #2
  4. Take the 10-20 key pieces and begin mixing and matching.  How many outfits can you create?  Can you layer?  What can be worn more than one way?  How could you transition from day to night?  If you do the math, these items can take you through an entire month without repeating the exact same look!
  5. If you’re missing a key piece, think about adding this essential staple to your wardrobe.  This would be the time to invest in an item that you’ll have for a long time.  (i.e. Hunter Boots, faux leather jacket, the perfect pair of skinny jeans, etc.)

I selected the following…3 pairs of jeans (black, basic, and distressed), 2 t-shirts (white and grey), 1 grey sweater, 2 bell sleeve tops (black and striped), 1 faux leather jacket, 1 sweatshirt, 5 pairs of shoes, and an assortment of versatile accessories.  In just about an hour I was able to create 20+ looks.  Here are my favorites! (Scroll all the way down to find the links to all my items.)

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Outfit #1: bell sleeve black top, basic denim, heels, cross-body/clutch, Natia versatile necklace, bracelet stack, forward facing hoops
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Outfit #2: bell sleeve black top, distressed denim, flat boots, reversible scarf, cross-body/clutch, forward facing hoops
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Outfit #3: grey sweater, black jeans, Natia versatile necklace, heels, sparkle studs
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Outfit #4: grey sweater, distressed denim, Sutton statement necklace, brown booties, sparkle studs
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Outfit #5: red cardigan, grey t-shirt, black denim, heels, bracelet stack, forward facing hoops
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Outfit #6: red cardigan, basic denim, white t-shirt, Hunter boots, delicate engravable necklace, forward facing hoops
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Outfit #7: denim shirt, black jeans, flat boots, reversible scarf, forward facing hoops, gold cuff
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Outfit #8: denim shirt, black jeans, white t-shirt, Sutton statement necklace (worn long), gold cuff, flat boots, forward facing hoops
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Outfit #9: sweatshirt, basic denim, tennis shoes, sparkle studs, pulley bracelet
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Outfit #10: sweatshirt, distressed denim, flat boots, forward facing hoops, bracelet stack, cross-body/clutch (worn as a belt bag)
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Outfit #11: leather jacket, grey t-shirt, black jeans, brown booties, Natia versatile necklace (only 1 strand), sparkle studs
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Outfit #13: leather jacket, white t-shirt, Natia versatile necklace, distressed denim, brown booties, forward facing hoops
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Outfit #13: striped bell sleeve top, black jeans, heels, Sutton statement necklace (worn long), forward facing hoops, gold cuff
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Outfit #13: leather jacket, striped bell sleeve top, Natia versatile necklace, forward facing hoops, basic denim, heels

12 Basic Staples

Black Jeans (similar)

Distressed Denim (similar)

Basic Denim (wearing 0 Short)

Denim Shirt (similar)

Red Cardigan (wearing S)

Grey Sweater (wearing XS P)

White T-Shirt (wearing XS)

Grey T-Shirt (wearing XS)

Striped Bell Sleeve Top (similar)

Sweatshirt (wearing XS)- size up

Bell Sleeve Black Top (wearing XS)

Similar Faux Leather Jackets: (for a steal)  (for an investment)

5 Pairs of Shoes

Black Heels (wearing 6.5)

Black Flat Boots (wearing 7):  -size up 1/2 size

Hunter Boots (wearing 7)

Brown Booties (wearing 6.5 in Earth)

Tennis Shoes (wearing 6.5)

The Extra Details

Sutton Statement Necklace

Natia Versatile Necklace

Forward Facing Hoops 

Sparkle Studs

Delicate Engravable Necklace 

Bracelet Stack: Anda Strength, Anda Courage, Nicholette

Cross-body/Clutch 

Reversible Scarf

Gold Cuff

Pulley Bracelet 

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