Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve decided to only create one capsule wardrobe for the year. My previous seasonal capsule wardrobes contained 15 core pieces and extras which included coats/jackets, shoes, bags, and accessories. My year round capsule wardrobe has 22 core pieces instead, along with 4 coats/jackets, 7 pairs of shoes, 4 bags, and 5 accessories, so a total of 42 items. What is not shown below are three evening dresses, one of them my wedding dress, my nightgown and robe, and workout clothing. I may downsize more over the year and/or replace desperately worn out items, but I won’t be creating a whole new capsule wardrobe in the spring.
Most of the pieces in my wardrobe are purchased secondhand. This has proved to be the best way for me to shop financially and environmentally over the past five+ years. I’ve shared capsule wardrobe shopping tips, along with tips for finding amazing thrifted and vintage pieces that I know you will enjoy! You can also find a detailed explanation on how to downsize and refine your capsule wardrobe. Ok so let’s get to it! Each piece is listed from left to right.
1. Persimmon Organic Cotton Dress… my own S/S 2015 design (updated to a cinnamon shade)
2. Thrifted orange/teal/tan scarf
3. Vintage Firenze black leather jacket
4. Thrifted Madewell denim button up
5. Thrifted J.Brand blue skinny jeans
6. Thrifted Theory grey tee
7. Hush Puppies black ballet flats
1. Thrifted J.Crew grey cowl sweater
2. Theory black shift dress
3. Vintage Coach black cross body bag
4. ASOS black bowler hat
5. Minnetonka black moccasins
6. Thrifted & Upcycled Equipment navy dyed button up
7. Thrifted Soft Joie chambray dress
8. black leather belt*
1. Thrfted/Tailored Dolce & Gabbana red dress
2. Thrifted Vince gray sweater
3. Thrifted Caché black leather skirt
4. Vintage Daniel Paris navy blazer
5. Thrifted Frye black boots*
6. Vintage Nine West black strappy heels
7. Vintage black snakeskin clutch
1. Thrifted Vince black cropped pants*
2. Thrifted Cloth & Stone blue chambray tee*
3. Thrifted INC taupe motorcycle jacket*
4. gifted brown leather tooled messenger bag
5. Thrifted JBrand ivory skinny jeans
6. Vintage Bass Sunjuns brown heels
7. Organic Cotton Kimono turned Abstract Tee… my own S/S 2015 design
1. Thrifted BlankNYC indigo chambray jumpsuit
2. Vintage straw hat… my Nana’s
3. Thrifted Theory mustard yellow sweater
4. Thrifted white linen tee*
5. Teal Organic Cotton Maxi Dress… my own S/S 2015 design (updated to navy)
6. Cranberry Organic Cotton Wrap Skirt… my own design (updated to a raspberry shade which replaced the Thrifted/Upcycled Levi’s shorts*)
7. Niccolo Vacari tan/gold sandals
1. Thrifted Zara navy military coat
2. leopard print scarf–gift
3. Thrifted Gap white button up*
4. Vintage Easy Spirit black booties
5. Thrifted J.Brand wide leg trouser jeans
6. Vintage Coach navy handbag
I purchased 80% of the pieces in my wardrobe at Crossroads Trading. The other 5% of thrifted items were purchased from Wasteland, Goodwill, and Salvation Army, along with vintage shoes and bags that were Etsy finds. My favorite vintage black leather jacket I scored at a vintage shop in San Francisco.
The items with a star are all “new” pieces that I purchased during this year. All of the other pieces have been with me for sometime, and were shared in my previous capsule wardrobes. I’m happy to have my Vintage Bass Sunjuns brown heels finally fixed since they were broken and in the trunk of my car the entire year. My Theory black shift dress has been an incredible investment piece that I have had for at least five years now. (Please note I only recently started sharing coats, shoes, bags, and other accessories with my capsule wardrobes).
Now that I understand my personal style as well as certain brands to keep a look out for when thrifting, creating this capsule wardrobe wasn’t nearly as difficult as ones in the past. I obviously love vintage Coach bags since the quality surpasses most leather bags I come across. I also love Theory, Vince, and J.Brand, yet choose to seek them out secondhand since that is truly zero waste.
I consider Crossroads and Wasteland consignment shops since the experience is more refined than a traditional thrift store, and the prices are higher. Higher quality pieces last longer, yet I don’t go by the brand alone. I always check for natural fabrics, good construction, and a perfect fit. I have decluttered more ill fitting thrifted finds over the past few years than I want to mention. Some of these pieces were secondhand fast fashion in disguise. Check out My 7 Capsule Wardrobes Lessons so you can avoid some of my mistakes.
So how is downsizing your wardrobe going, and are you designing a capsule wardrobe this year? You can see my other capsule wardrobes here!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)