Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe

Happy Wednesday!

It’s hard to believe October 1st is tomorrow! October is my favorite month of the year and I am so excited for fall weather to finally come. I have a feeling it’s going to be quite different from back east where I used to live.

So today, Riley and I explored a new thrift store just up the street from me and I finally feel like my fall/winter capsule wardrobe is just about finished. I’m going to explain in pictures what I came up with. Also, I want to share my tips for thrift store shopping. As I laid out all of my fall clothing, I realized about 75% of it has come from thrift stores. The other 25% are pieces I have been purposefully collecting over the past three years. One thing that’s important to note is a capsule wardrobe doesn’t include my workout/lounge clothes, or other things I wear daily despite the season.

Okay, let’s get started. This first picture is my entire wardrobe minus two plain long sleeve shirts and a pair of leggings that are still on my list to get. This picture does not include my shoes which is 9 parts of my 33 piece capsule wardrobe.

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In my video the other day about my fashion tips, I talked about wearing what you enjoy, feel comfortable in, and also push your comfort zones. I found my capsule wardrobe does just that. I have many pieces now I never would have even picked up from the rack three years ago. Like that black and white striped sweater. It’s bold, and has a bright blue color block at the top. My skin tone has cool undertones so I’m slowly working in bold crisp colors.

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This picture of (from left to right) my jackets/open sweaters, pullover sweaters, and t-shirts. Now in comparison, my capsule wardrobe is a lot more colorful than the other examples I’ve seen on Pinterest. Almost every other capsule wardrobe I’ve seen has had very neutral colors, grays, blacks, whites, dark blues. This is what I mean when I say I wear the things that make me happy and comfortable and that are fashionable. I haven’t counted yet to see how many different outfits I can wear with this selection, but I know it’s a lot. Every single piece of clothing I have I can mix with at least five other pieces to create individual outfits. So in essence, my wardrobe is very versatile, even if it isn’t mostly neutral colors.

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(from left to right) I have my skirts, colored pants, and jeans in this picture. I really don’t wear dresses or skirts all that often anymore, but that black and white striped skirt is a pencil skirt with pockets and goes with the majority of my sweaters and tops. I found a pair of black skinny jeans at a thrift store for $3 and found they actually fit when I got home and tried them on! I also spent last winter collecting various pairs of skinny blue jeans because I had lost weight and my favorite brand no longer fit the right way. Because of that, I currently have three pairs of skinny blue jeans! Then I have one pair of boot cut jeans. I do have a rusty brown pair of straight jean pants that I’m still deciding whether I like them or not.

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(from left to right) here are my dresses and puffy vests. I have seen an increasing number of sweater dresses starting to pop up in this year’s fall fashion trends. I actually found the striped (yes, I know, I LOVE stripes!) dress at a thrift store for $2 and had to grab it! Under it is a sweater tunic and a t-shirt button down dress. All three I plan on wearing with tights or leggings and pairing with tall boots or one of my pairs of ankle boots. I currently have two puffy vests. I collected them from a thrift store and a friend’s used clothing shop. The olive green one is very puffy and fits well, but I also like the maroon one too. That one is a lot thinner. I don’t know yet which I’ll choose, but they’re there for now!

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Okay, before anyone freaks out that this is a lot of shoes, these are all shoes I’ve spent the past four years collecting. In short, these are pretty much all of my shoes minus a pair of sandles, running shoes, and flip flops! The heeled ankle boots are really great for pairing with skinny jeans as well as my boot cut jeans. The black tall boots were actually an emergency purchase at my brother in law’s wedding two years ago! I packed TOO lightly and ended up forgetting to bring warmer shoes. This will be the first winter I’ve worn the brown tall boots and I found those for a steal at Target (think $15) last season.

So that’s my capsule wardrobe for now. I’m playing with the idea of doing weekly outfits but we’ll see.

Before I end this post, I wanted to share quickly my tips for staying in fashion within budget and the places I shop. Like I said before, roughly 75% of my clothes come from thrift stores. I have been shopping in thrift stores for most of my life. The only thing different now is I specifically look for the well made and high end pieces that are hidden between the junk. Yes, it takes time to sift through clothes, but I have found some of my favorite and most versatile pieces at thrift stores. My advice for shopping in thrift stores is threefold:

  1. Find out when your local thrift stores have their weekly sales. Most thrift stores have deals on the weekends and middle of the week. It takes time to figure out which thrift store is best and which one has the best deals. So don’t be discouraged if you can’t find anything the first, second, or even third time you go.
  2. Go with a budget and specific idea of the pieces you are looking for. Don’t settle for the well worn shirt unless you really really like it. Use Pinterest as a base for your capsule wardrobe and the pieces you want to get. I collect as many fashion styles and specific pins so I have many examples of exactly what I like.
  3. Learn to recognize the shades and textiles of the better pieces. Nowadays I just walk down an aisle and scan, I don’t actually go shirt by shirt or pant by pant anymore. This saves me tons of time and I can get through a rack of clothes twice as fast. A sub point of this would be take your time to figure out what styles look the best on you. I find it helps to have a friend with you when you are trying to figure this out.

My last piece of advice is a brilliant online store called Thred Up. It is an online consignment/thrift shop. A few of my favorites have come from this online thrift store, but that’s not why I mention it. They have an option called Clean Out bags. I have submitted 5 of them so far. This is why I also look for good quality pieces at a thrift store now. Thred Up accepts a lot of brands so if something doesn’t fit me, I can send it in and get a little bit of cash from it.

That’s it for now. I hope this helps and you enjoy reading about my process!

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