This season’s capsule wardrobe is all about refined simplicity and comfort. This capsule wardrobe consists primarily of neutral colors of navy, grey, oatmeal, tan, black, and for a pop of color red and hunter green. Although I have shared how to create a wardrobe color palette around three main colors and two neutrals, I realized that I love having a variety of neutral shades in my wardrobe, and enjoy using color in accessories and jewelry. This capsule wardrobe is perfect for my lifestyle as a dancer and blogger, and it can take me from lunch with friends, to a night out with the hubby, to a concert, hosting a dinner party, to the movies, a business lunch, etc. It is important to design your wardrobe around your current lifestyle and the climate in which you live.
(Image above… Thrifted J.Crew hunter green silk button-up, Thrifted Caché black leather skirt, Naturalizer ‘Tipley’ Bootie, black ribbed tights)
All of the items in this capsule wardrobe are thrifted except for the Theory black shift dress that was an investment piece from a few years ago, the Clefiann red dress purchased new from Buffalo Exchange (although a consignment shop), and an American Apparel tee. I purchase the majority of my clothing from consignment stores because it is the most eco-friendly and ethically compassionate way to shop. I have lucked up on vintage shoes as well, yet because I have extremely narrow feet I only buy the best quality shoes I can afford that come in narrow. The items in this capsule wardrobe are from consignment and thrift stores such as Crossroads, Wasteland, Buffalo Exchange, Goodwill, and other random consignment shops I may come across.
More than a few of the pieces that are in my Fall/Winter 2014 Capsule Wardrobe were also in my Spring/Summer 2014 Capsule Wardrobe such as the Thrifted Dolce & Gabbana red dress, the Thrifted Madewell denim button up, the Thrifted Bullhead light grey cropped jeans (replaced with Thrifted J.Brand blue skinny jeans), and the Thrifted H&M black jumpsuit. A few of the pieces in this capsule wardrobe were my go-to items from my Fall/Winter 2013 Capsule Wardrobe and also still in great shape, so those pieces are seen again. I decided to include pieces from my spring/summer capsule wardrobe because they really work well almost year round, and I enjoy them too much not to.
I like to focus my capsule wardrobe around classic pieces that mix and match well, yet still incorporating a few unique silhouettes for interest such as the Thrifted cLaeson tan hooded poncho sweater which layers well with almost everything, the Vintage Daniel Paris navy blazer which is a bit longer than the basic blazer, the Thrifted H&M black jumpsuit for fun, and the Thrifted Clefiann red dress a great layering bodycon dress, yet gorgeous on its own too.
This year’s capsule wardrobe consists of 15 core pieces… three dresses, three sweaters, three tops, three pairs of jeans, a blazer, a skirt, and a jumpsuit, and for extras five tees so a total of 20 items. I will share my coats, shoes, and bags in another article. For now you can see the core of my wardrobe below…
1. Thrifted Madewell denim button up
2. Clefiann red bodycon dress
3. Thrfited Splendid navy tee
4. Thrifted Club Monaco striped tee
5. Thrifted Theory grey tee
6. Thrifted Preen grey tee
7. Thrifted J.Brand Bette wide leg trouser jeans
8. American Apparel Tri-Blend Tri-Oatmeal Track T
1. Thrifted H&M black jumpsuit
2. Thrifted J.Brand blue skinny jeans (replaced Thrifted Bullhead grey jeans from S/S)
3. Thrifted J.Brand black skinny jeans
4. Thrifted cLaeson tan hooded poncho sweater
1. Thrfted Dolce & Gabbana red dress
2. Thrifted J.Crew hunter green silk blouse
3. Vintage Daniel Paris navy blazer
4. Thrifted & Upcycled Equipment navy dyed button up
5. Thrifted LOA charcoal sweater
6. Theory black shift dress
7. Thrifted Caché black leather skirt
8. Thrifted Charter Club oatmeal sweater
I use to purchase elaborate patterns and lots of colorful trendy pieces like this, yet disposable fashion never kept my interest after the season ended nor lasted very long. There was a moment last summer when I decided to get back to basics and discover my own personal style away from trends. I do stay aware of what is fashionable, yet fashion and style are two completely different things.
I’d rather develop a unique personal style than only be in the latest fashion trend. Finding the right balance for yourself is important to feeling good about how you present yourself through your wardrobe. I find that classic quality items have the most versatility with styling. I also appreciate the layering of pieces that can really only happen when the weather cools down. I do enjoy color and patterns in clothing, yet this capsule wardrobe is what easily assembled together for the season. It is possibly a reflection of finally allowing myself to just be myself, and I truly enjoy that freedom!
Stay tuned for more examples of how I style these pieces in my Lookbook! You can also read tips on how to create your own capsule wardrobe easily here, and read 5 Capsule Wardrobe shopping tips here!
Are you creating a capsule wardrobe this season?
(Images by Dawn Michelle)