I love the idea of using a capsule wardrobe. I've been experimenting with them for over a year now. A capsule wardrobe saves me so much time and money. I don't have time to think about what to wear. Decision fatigue is a real thing for me. A good capsule wardrobe helps me overcome that each and every day!
I've written about my seasonal capsule wardrobes before. You can check those out below.
The truth is, I have been dreaming about making a super small capsule wardrobe. Taking the time to create a capsule each season is a lot of work and I wondered if I could make the process simple. I secretly wondered how many pieces do I really need to be comfortable and put together each day. Could I really make it work on a smaller scale?
It has taken me 6 months to work up enough courage to just GO FOR IT and I am going to let you come along for the ride! How does that sound?
This Fall, I picked 10 pieces. These pieces mix and match and can be found at any price point. I am going to see if I can make it all season with just these ten pieces.
I am finding out that a small capsule wardrobe is super budget friendly. Because I only have 10 pieces, I have more room in my budget to buy higher end pieces! Things I would never typically purchase, I could do with a smaller wardrobe.
I believe any capsule wardrobe is great for your budget. Once you've created your wardrobe you can stay out of the stores! You have what you need. It keeps you disciplined to save and reach your goals.
To be fair, I did save a simple black blazer and this jacket in my closet for special events and cooler temps. I have a separate wardrobe for working out and basic lounge wear. I work from home most days, so a simple casual wardrobe works for me.
I do think you could recreate this same process for any work related field. Check out my Capsule Wardrobe Board on Pinterest. I have ideas for all kinds of capsule wardrobes over there. The sky is the limit!
I use this simple formula to create my 10 piece capsule wardrobe:
2 jeans/ pants
Using this formula here is what I came up with!
I have one pair of boyfriend jeans and one pair of skinny dark wash jeans. Madewell boyfriend jeans have been my go-to jeans for over a year now. They finally ripped out a month ago. I purchased this season's boyfriend jeans from the Gap. I am a huge fan of Madewell jeans when I can get them on clearance. They don't stretch out during the day and fit really well.
The skirt is from Francis and Benedict. I love this company. Each skirt is made by women in Togo, providing them sustainable and dignified work. I love when we can purchase things that do good for others. The fabric is beautiful. Check out all their products here.
I have a similar shirtdress from the Gap I purchased this summer. I love these dresses because they are really versatile. You can throw them over jeans during the day or wear it with booties for a date night. It layers well and can take you through many seasons. Target is carrying a similar one in green and Old Navy has some cute dresses this Fall as well.
This utility jacket is a favorite piece of mine. I wear it with jeans and t-shirt or with a dress. I have one from Old Navy, but you can find them anywhere and at any price point. Some are more flattering than others. So try it on if you can to see if it flatters your shape.
I use the Stylebook app to help me create all the best outfits for my 10 pieces. I love this app. Load all your pieces into the app by taking pictures of your clothes and it will generate outfits for you! It does all the work for you. You can even enter each outfit into a calendar to plan your daily outfits. I love technology.
I am giving myself the freedom to trade out pieces as the temperatures drop. I want this to be fun not torture. I also know that some of the pieces may not work. I am okay with that. So I may need to trade one or two pieces out later for something different. In the end, I hope to say within the 10 piece limit. We will see how that goes!
What pieces would YOU add to a 10 piece Fall wardrobe? Let us know!