This wasn’t supposed to be a capsule wardrobe post.
No, seriously, it wasn’t. It actually started off as just a giant list of all the things I want to buy for autumn/winter (“ALL the things” being exactly the right phrase here…), but then, the more things I added, the more I started to think that, hey, I could totally wear this with that, and that with this other thing, and so it was that yet another capsule wardrobe post was born.
This one, however, is slightly different from all of the other capsule wardrobes I’ve created… er, even although it looks almost exactly the same, that is. I have, however, learned a few things from my previous capsule wardrobe attempts, namely…
01. You don’t need as much as you think you do.
Most of the advice I’ve read about capsule wardrobes tells you to aim for around 33 items. My capsules tend to be smaller than that, mostly because I’m basically trying to create a ‘core’ wardrobe, rather than prepare for every possible eventuality, so I don’t bother including basics like tees and tanks, which I’m sure everyone owns, anyway.
02. Especially not dresses.
This is the first capsule wardrobe I’ve done which hasn’t included any dresses at all. In all of my previous attempts, I’ve included at least a couple of dresses because, well, I like dresses, and I think I just felt like I SHOULD include some, in a bid to make the capsule more rounded, or something. Any time I’ve tried to actually LIVE with a capsule wardrobe, though (or even just to create outfits from one), I’ve found the dresses to be pretty superfluous: there aren’t normally that many different ways to style them, so they’re much less versatile than skirts and tops, which I prefer to include instead. This time around I just skipped the dresses altogether, and proceeded straight to the skirts: it’s just easier that way!
03. For autumn and winter, shoes and outerwear are everything.
For this capsule wardrobe, I’ve included more shoes and outerwear than I normally would (and, to be honest, it could still use another couple of pairs of shoes…), because I’ve found those to be the most important elements of my own autumn/winter wardrobe. In spring and summer, I wear more or less what I want: in autumn and winter, however, I frequently find myself having to dress from the feet up, so to speak – and then having to to either ruin the outfit or cover it up completely with outerwear. This year, I’m focusing on getting those two elements right – I figure that if I have the right footwear and outerwear, winter dressing should be a breeze, right? Right?
Needless to say, this capsule wardrobe won’t work for everyone, but if you’re looking for some autumn/winter inspiration, here’s what I’ve used…
Inside the capsule wardrobe: