In my previous post I discussed the theory behind having a capsule wardrobe. I also listed the parameters I set up to create a core wardrobe that works for me.
Essentially, I am doing a modified Project 333 wardrobe. However, I am only counting my daily wear pieces in the 33. I am not including my scarves and jewelry, nor did I count my special occasion items in that number.
To show that you can easily do this without breaking the bank, I'd like to point out that EVERYTHING listed below was already in my wardrobe. I will list the 4 pieces purchased new this season in a separate category at the bottom.
Please note: My core wardrobe reflects the fact that I live a very informal lifestyle. However the same approach will function equally as well for someone who works in a differnt environment.
Labels are not important to me, but I have tried to include the name of most items, just in case you might want to shop for something similar. However, bear in mind that many of these pieces are likely no longer available since they are not current season purchases.
Now, on to the nitty gritty: actual clothes I am using in my core wardrobe...
Bottoms--jeans - Levis Curvy 529 Skinny Leg (a great fit if you are not stick-straight)
--jeans - Lucky Brand Easy Rider boot-cut jeans (I've worn these to pieces!)
--skinny micro cords - Lauren Conrad (a darker berry color than they appear in the photo)
--black skinny pants with zipper detail on the cuffs - Lanalee
--knee-length black skirt - Exact Change (I've had this one for YEARS & it still looks great)
TOTAL: 5 pieces
Tops--3 long-sleeved tees (sapphire blue, charcoal, black from Old Navy and JCPenney)
--1 berry plaid button-up - St. John's Bay
--1 white cotton button-up - Apt. 9 (still searching for the perfect white shirt!)
--1 plaid flannel button-up - LLBean
--1 charcoal turtleneck rib-knit sweater - Basic Editions
--1 sapphire v-neck rib-knit sweater - Basic Editions
--1 white sleeveless shell - Lanalee
TOTAL: 9 pieces
Cardigans/Jackets--charcoal hand-knit cabled cardi - MicheleStitches (me!)
--black hand-knit cardi - MicheleStitches
--burgundy hand-spun, hand-knit cardi - MicheleStitches
--black & white swing cardi - Alison Sheri
TOTAL: 4 cardigans
Shoes--brown Chaco hikers
--black Alegria clogs
TOTAL: 4 pair
Bags--black leather bag - LLBean
--brown leather bag - American Angel
TOTAL: 2 bags
NEW for Autumn 2014
I went shopping this weekend at Dress Barn and Brown's Shoe Fit Co., adding a black jacket, 2 patterned shirts, and a pair of tall black boots to my capsule. I have waited several years to get a pair of basic leather boots!
--black zippered jacket (I bought this in leiu of a traditional blazer) - roz & ALI Textured Moto Jacket
--blue/black patterned button-neck blouse - Plumage Print Popover
--chevron, pleated, button-up bohemian blouse - roz & Ali (sorry no link available)
--black leather riding boots - Bussola "Trapani Tall" - these are super comfortable & a great price for tall, full-leather boots (I paid $30 less than the suggested retail on the company's website.)
TOTAL: 4 new pieces
That equals 28 items to make up a core wardrobe that should give me a great variety of outfits for daily wear.
I did not list the following special-purpose items in my capsule wardrobe, but they are on hand to be used as needed:
--Outerwear - 1 lighter jacket, 1 heavier coat, 1 pair of snowboots
TOTAL: 3 pieces outerwear (bringing my grand total of daily wear to 31 items!)
--Transition pieces - 3 to 4 short sleeved shirts for those days when the early fall weather is still warm
--Accessories - my small collection of jewelry as well as scarves & shawls
--Underwear & sleepwear - that's none of your business! :-D
--Work-out wear - athletic shoes, 2 pairs of old yoga pants & an assortment of older t-shirts
--Cleaning clothes - 1 older pair of jeans & a few shirts I don't care if I ruin
In addition to these, I also have 2 nice dresses, 1 pair of black dress slacks, and 2 pairs of dressy boots to wear on those rare occasions when I need to be more formal.
So, whaddaya' think of my capsule wardrobe? Have you ever tried to have a core wardrobe of fewer items that all coordinate well? I'd love to hear from you!