Building a capsule wardrobe


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:
army green parka
leather jacket
grey peacoat

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

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

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