Capsule Wardrobe Outfits Week 4 & Closing Thoughts

I feel like I barely started wearing my winter capsule wardrobe and now it’s over. I can see why you would create a capsule for an entire season. After putting that much thought and effort into it, you need to reap the benefits for longer than a month.

WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE 2016

It is still very much winter in Philly, so I will continue living with my capsule for a while and slowly integrate new pieces as it warms up. While I’ll be posting spring outfits every day in March for our 27 Days of Spring Fashion, I probably won’t be wearing many of them “in real life” because March tends to be pretty brutal here in the northeast. I’ll continue to post my daily outfits on Instagram as long as they don’t get too terribly repetitive.

First I want to share a few things I learned from doing a capsule wardrobe, and then I’ll show you pictures of the outfits I’ve worn this week from my winter capsule.

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10 Lessons I Learned From My Capsule Wardrobe Experiment

  1. I love having fewer clothes hanging in my closet.
  2. After 4-5 weeks of creating outfits from my 50-piece capsule, I could easily come up with more new outfit combinations.
  3. With 50 pieces in my capsule, there are several items I never wore, so I could definitely reduce the overall number if I were to do this again.
  4. Weather is a huge factor in what I didn’t wear from my capsule. Some of the pieces were too lightweight to be comfortable in this climate.
  5. Even with 50 pieces in my capsule, I find myself gravitating to the same few pieces over and over.
  6. I didn’t miss anything I put away in my “maybe” bin. I plan to put it in the attic and revisit it next fall. I have a feeling most of it will end up at the thrift store.
  7. I didn’t get bored with what I had to work with, but I did find myself already thinking ahead to spring clothes. I don’t know if that’s because my job requires it, or because I have an incessant need to shop. Ha! Let’s go with the former.
  8. Accessories are key to keeping simple outfits interesting.
  9. There were a few pieces I wished I had along the way, and if I were going to do this again, I’d take notes so I could make a better capsule for next time.
  10. This experiment has definitely helped me hone in on my personal style, and I think I’ll make wiser purchasing decisions going forward.

Did you play along? I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts.

Capsule Wardrobe Outfits Week 4

Here are the outfits I wore this week.

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I wore this last Saturday. Funny thing about this sweater. I got it last spring, and I hardly wore it until I started this capsule wardrobe, and now I find myself going for it a couple times a week. It’s a great neutral piece, and the relaxed style is flattering. It goes with about every scarf I have, and it also looks great under quilted vests. This one is similar.

With it, I’m wearing my Emma skinnies and a verrrry old pair of UGGs. This Wanderer “mini statement necklace” is from Stella & Dot, and it’s only $39.

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I wore this on Sunday to church, and I already wrote a post about it. Get all the details here. 

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I think this was Monday. No makeup, but I did shower and get dressed. The sweater is sold out, but this one is similar and on sale. The tee is this one. It never goes on sale, but it’s only $18. The jeans are the Florence skinnies, and I wore my Chucks.

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I schlumped around on Tuesday in my workout clothes.

On Wednesday, it snowed. I wore my pink V-neck sweater and black quilted vest with my Emma skinnies and my Sorel snow boots to run errands and cart the kids around. Wednesdays are my busy day.

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On Thursday, I was back in the oatmeal pullover from my top post so I didn’t take another picture. I wore it with jeans and my Sorel boots, and I think I wore a different necklace or a scarf with it. I can’t remember.

I wore the white scoop neck tee with my red fringe scarf on Friday. This is a combination I haven’t put together before. Usually I layer this tee under a cardigan, but I think I like it as a stand-alone piece. I probably wouldn’t have tried this if it weren’t for this capsule wardrobe and having fewer pieces in my closet to work with. I really like it!

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Saturday morning, I attended a Bible Study with the ladies at church, and I wore my pink wool turtleneck under my black quilted vest with jeans and the grey boots again. It was soooo cold.

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That night, my husband and I went out to dinner for Valentine’s Day. I had planned to wear my red wrap top with grey coated jeans and black suede pumps, but it was far too cold for bare feet in pumps or a lightweight top with 3/4-length sleeves, so I wore this instead. I felt cute and sassy in my OTK boots, and I was toasty warm.

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I haven’t worn the ivory cowl neck tunic very much, but I really like it. I paired it with my Hudson super skinny cropped jeans, and I added the orange quilted tassel purse for color (it’s from LeTote; I ended up purchasing it when I sent my last tote back.) I tried to dress the outfit up a bit with chandelier earrings and a statement ring. My ring is sold out, but Stella & Dot has a ton of cute ones. Most are under $50.

Yesterday, I wore my LOFT sweater dress over leggings to church. I accessorized with the red fringe scarf, and I wore my tall black boots. Pretty much everything in this outfit is sold out except for the leggings.

Capsule Wardrobe Week 4: Sweater Dress with Fringe Scarf

I’ve started wearing darker eye shadow, and I really like it. I notice you can see it in these pictures because I’m looking down. I keep meaning to write a post about my daily makeup routine. Hopefully I can get to that sometime this week.

So this is the end of my 30-day capsule wardrobe challenge! As I said at the beginning of this post, I will still be using it for a while, but I won’t feel quite so confined. If I want to break out one of my new spring tops, I can, and I’ll definitely start wearing my new hooded leather jacket as soon as the weather permits. I need to see if it fits over some of my heavier sweaters.

I’m glad I tried a capsule wardrobe, but I don’t think it’s for me. I learned a lot from it, and I will definitely try to keep my closet pared down going forward, but I’m also looking forward to trying new things.

If you joined me in my capsule wardrobe challenge, I’d love to hear your thoughts. How did it go for you? Will you continue it? Will you do a capsule wardrobe for spring? Let me know!

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