Refining My Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe


Earlier this summer I decided to do a complete wardrobe overhaul.  I created a capsule wardrobe for spring/summer and also for fall/winter.  With September literally right around the corner, I figured now is the ideal time to do some style planning and refining for the new season.

I was greatly influenced by other fashion bloggers in the past, and I thought that I wanted to create an edgy bohemian wardrobe for a moment.  The more I really thought about it, and even saw some of the looks that I had created this spring like this one, I realized that this wasn’t exactly the look I wanted to go for this fall/winter or at all for that matter.  For instance the blazer in those pictures (same as above) is a gem, but not so much the pants, so I chucked them.

I decided to focus on a new silhouette for this season to create a simple uniform that I can go to as my everyday look.  This wasn’t going to be too difficult since I had already owned exactly what I needed to create this look, I just needed some direction and clarity.

My Silhouette/Uniform…

Jacket + Tee + Skinny Jeans/Pants + Heels/Boots

I decided to create variations of this uniform for my fall/winter capsule wardrobe along with a few dresses, fancier top options, and a chunky sweater or two, and just keep it simple.  I’ve known for the longest that a good jacket is a life changing wardrobe piece.  It makes almost any look more pulled together, and gives that extra something special with ease.  Finding the right jacket can take some time, but it is what makes a uncomplicated outfit brilliant.

Whenever I’m thrifting, jackets are usually one of the first things that I look for.

Another area that I’ve been working on in my wardrobe is shoes.  I’ve always had a difficult time in this department.  I hadn’t had my feet measured since I was in grade school, but finally did again this summer.  Yes I wear a AAA narrow shoe!  I’ve been wearing the wrong size shoe for ages, and have even gone down a half size to make it work which never does.  I’ve found two pairs of shoes so far that actually fit as if they were made especially for me.

Wearing the wrong size shoe is so much worse than an awful ill fitting bra!

I’ve always been more drawn to boots since I could wear super thick socks with them and feel somewhat normal.  I decided that no matter how difficult is to find proper fitting shoes that I would make the effort.  It makes too big of a difference not to!

After looking through the pieces that I have planned for the fall/winter season, I took notes on a few items to keep my eyes out for when I go shopping.  These pieces will add those extra touches to my capsule wardrobe so that getting dressed for any occasion will always be easy.

My current fall/winter must-have list looks a bit like this…

nude/metallic evening shoes

basic/not so basic tees

black blazer

button-up shirt

neutral sweater preferably cream/oatmeal

It takes aspiration to put together a capsule wardrobe that appears as free spirited dressing.  It also helps to really understand your own personal style separate from trends.  It most likely won’t happen overnight, and it also doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.  Investing in a few key pieces or lucking up on gems at consignment shops is one of the best ways to create the wardrobe of your dreams.

These are the steps that I’ve used to refine my capsule wardrobe…

1. Major Decluttering Overhaul

2. Determining Personal Style

3. Getting Back To Basics

4. Creating a Color Palette

5. Creating The Capsule Wardrobe

6. Shopping &Thrifting For Wardrobe Needs

7. Expressing Your Style

I’ve been reading Before You Put That On by Lloyd Boston which give “365 Daily Style Tips For Her.”  Throughout the book the author does quick interviews with top fashion designers and others in the fashion industry.  He asks them for “fail-safe style tips”.  I’ve read countless times that we don’t need to try so hard.  Those were priceless words for me!

I believe the stress of looking presentable, beautiful, and stylish can sometimes have us doing too much as well as spending money on pieces that don’t create a cohesive wardrobe.  With a little planning, confidence to be ourselves, and finding pieces that create the perfect silhouette for our body type, we can enjoy fashion without stressing it or our wallets!

(Vintage Daniel Paris Navy Blazer, Threads For Thought Grey Tee,  Thrifted J Brand Jeans, Thrifted Brown Belt, Vintage Bass SunJuns Heels)

Have you started planning your fall/winter wardrobe?

(Image by Dawn Michelle)

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  1. Letitia - The Fashion Editor says

    Oh this is brilliant! My first comment and now I’m definitely bookmarking your blog. I literally posted these same sentiments twice this week. A mixture of other bloggers’ style and the desire to always look on point can wreak havoc on wardrobe planning. Now if I could just find that staple jacket 😉

  2. B says

    What kind of thrift stores do you typically shop at? Salvation army types or resale shops? Any tips?…you always have the raddest finds!

  3. Dawn Michelle says

    Hi B,

    I shop at all of the above to be honest! There are a lot of thrift and consignment shops in Los Angeles that have great pieces. I’ll go shopping at Crossroads, Wasteland, Buffalo Exchange, The Salvation Army, Goodwill, The Discovery Store, Jet Rag, etc. I also have lucked up on some great pieces on Etsy and at resale shops when traveling.

    I am extremely selective when I do buy something and have left shops empty handed often. If I find one great piece then it’s great. I have tips on how I find great pieces in this article.

    Peace & Sunshine,
    Dawn Michelle