Building a capsule wardrobe

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I'm starting a capsule wardrobe! Actually, I started it like a month ago but I'm writing about it!

I've been thinking about it seriously since some time early fall, but when I cleaned out my closet for this minimalism challenge I finally decided to do it for real. My closet wasn't as terrifying as it could have been. I had already organized, purged, and packed away a lot when switching out for winter, but something sounded really enticing about putting a number to it. To defining the parameters and making a challenge of it. 

I don't tend to over-buy so much as I tend to over-think. That's where the capsule wardrobe has me intrigued. Fewer variables with more structure. I have a pretty simple wardrobe already, but when I head to the store I forget what I have. My cycle then becomes: buy something, realize I have nothing to wear with it, make another trip back to the store to return it. Or perhaps more often, freeze up in the dressing room because I can't think of anything in my closet at all and leave empty handed. 

I used Caroline's worksheet to get my ideas rolling, but didn't fill it out in great detail because I already had the pieces that would become my capsule. It helped me think through what kind of situations I'm dressing for and identify colors that I lean toward (and the reason why that cobalt blue sweater I bought last year will never leave my closet and has to go).

In the end, I came out with 30 pieces including shoes, jackets, bottoms, tops, and dresses. Accessories were not counted, but have been heavily pared down. And one of those pieces is a sweater that I'm calling "on reserve" because I can't decided if I'm going to retire it forever, but I wanted it to be available for the rest of winter to see if I wear it. 

For this one, I'm not buying anything new. I feel like I have everything I need, plus it hasn't been all that long since I've been shopping anyway. I'll be changing out this for a spring capsule in April, which also means not shopping until then.

Here's how it breaks down:
Coats/Jackets:
army green parka
leather jacket
grey peacoat

Pants:
black ponte pants
black skinny jeans
dark wash skinny jeans
boyfriend jeans
patterned ponte leggings
basic black leggings

Shoes:
tan riding boots
black ankle boots
clark's ankle boots
black loafers
leopard print flats

tops/dresses:
black tank
white tank 
grey graphic tee
white graphic tee
gray tee w/ leather sleeves
striped sweater
black sweater
buffalo check plaid
black sweater w/ zip back
gray sweater w/ print back
maroon open-knit sweater
rose sweatshirt
grey cocoon sweater
maroon cardigan
aztec print cardigan
black shift dress w/ leather pockets

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