Winter 2014 Clothing Capsule

This weekend, I worked at putting the finishing touches on my Winter 2014 Clothing Capsule. Since this was my 2nd capsule, it came together a little easier and (I think) I did a better job a sorting and choosing this time around.

Pulling out my winter clothes to choose from and...
Pulling out my winter clothes to choose from and…
...and putting summer clothes away.
…and putting summer clothes away.

Here is the rundown:

♥ This time I chose 33 pieces and, unlike last time, I included shoes amongst my 33 items. *gasp!*
Ok, honesty time…I wrote this before I counted my pieces and counting both clothing and shoes, I have 39 items all together (33 items of clothing and 6 pairs of shoes). I tried folks, I really did..
♥ Like last time, I did not include pj’s, workout wear, undergarments, or jewelry/accessories.
♥ Because it is winter, and because I live in Ohio, and because I am always, always cold, I did not include cardigans or wrap sweaters in my capsule. Those were left in a separate drawer in my dresser and I am allowed to dive into those whenever I want. So there.
♥ I factored in outfits for most special occasions like date nights, girls nights with friends, and outfits for church. I didn’t, however, factor in outfits for those extra special occasions like weddings or banquets. I’m allowed to search my closet for those exceptions if need be. Also, I have a pink, glittery Kim Kardashian jacket that I love (don’t judge) and it is considered an honorary member of the clothing capsule. You better believe I’m putting that thing on the first chance I get!

Some of my favorite skirts that didn't make it into the capsule because they are a bit too dressy, but I'll still wear any chance I get.
Some of my favorite skirts that didn’t make it into the capsule because they are a bit too dressy, but I’ll still wear any chance I get.

Many people allot themselves a budgeted amount each new season to go out and shop for their capsule pieces. The idea is this: over the course of one year, you build a rock-solid capsule wardrobe for each season (summer, fall, winter and spring), which together, creates a clothing capsule that needs very little editing from year to year. One blogger I know spent $1,000 on her winter capsule wardrobe. I will not be doing that. Not that I’m knocking that sort of behavior. I would kill to go spend a grand on clothing right now.

But for me and my sad, sad wallet, I am creating my capsule wardrobe entirely out of things I already own, with two exceptions: I knew I needed a new fall-like jacket. I also really, really wanted a pair of black skinnies for my winter capsule. I allotted myself $25 for the jackets, and forfeited the skinnies since they really weren’t a need. But, lo and behold, I found the perfect jacket for $12.99 and an even more perfect pair of black skinnies also for $12.99. Thats a bingo.

New coat.
New coat.

I don’t want to reiterate all the reasons why I’m creating a clothing capsule, if you want you can check out my two previous post’s on the subject (already linked up above). However, I really enjoyed my Fall 2014 capsule wardrobe and I wanted to share some unexpected perks that I discovered along the way:

♥ I wore all of my favorite clothes, all the time. No more “saving” items for a special occasion and then wishing I had worn them more when they fall out of fashion. I wore them in the moment, whenever I felt like it, and enjoyed the feeling that comes from wearing something you love.
♥ I became a more creative dresser. I noticed myself actually styling my outfits. Because I only had 33 pieces to choose from, I become more adventurous in what I paired together, and I spent more time focusing on how to style my outfits (as opposed to wasting all my time on simply deciding what to wear.)
♥ I didn’t miss the clothes that were boxed up. In fact, except for a few pieces, I couldn’t really tell you what was in my boxes of clothes that weren’t being used for my current capsule.
♥ I became more satisfied with what I had. Sure, I still get giddy when I receive my weekly emails from H&M, but at the same time, I’m really happy with what I have in my closet right now. I feel confident wearing what I already have, and I’m enjoying wearing my clothes in a way that I’ve never experienced before.
♥ But perhaps the biggest take away, is that I now truly get the idea of “quality over quantity” when it comes to creating a wardrobe. I remember watching “What Not to Wear” on TLC and just cringing when Stacy and Clinton would throw away people’s entire wardrobes and then return them home with only 20-30 pieces. I was appalled, actually.

But now, I get it.I get how much better you feel when you have less clothing, but better pieces. I get how much easier it is to go into your closet that yes, might be a bit sparse, but contains only things you love, that fit well, and are in style/season. And I get the confidence you feel when, even if you only have 10 minutes to get changed and out the door, you throw together outfits that you just know are going to work. Heck, I even have time to put my lipstick on before I leave the house now! I’m telling you, this is life changing.

Less really is more.

Furthermore, I look forward to the day when I can take one full year and allot myself funds to purchase items for my clothing capsule. I can say with confidence that this experience has taught me how to curtail the impulse shopping and to instead, purchase “looks” instead of “pieces.” When that day comes, I know I’ll understand what it means to buy less items, but get more, quality outfits.

So without further ado, here is my Winter 2014 Capsule Wardrobe. No, I don’t have a fancy camera to take my photos with, just my crappy, almost no-longer-working i-phone 4, but hey, let’s just all agree that the “rusticness” of my photos is what makes this blog so charming, shall we? 😉 Enjoy.

The perfect way to keep wearing your summer slip dresses: pair them with a cute crop sweater (like pictured) and leggings!
The perfect way to keep wearing your summer slip dresses: pair them with a cute crop sweater (like pictured) and tights!
Stripes and hoods forever.
Stripes and hoods forever.
Glitter and sparkles, cause I can.
Glitter and sparkles, cause I can.
Mixing prints like a boss.
Mixing prints like a boss.
Preppy sweaters for those preppy sweater Sundays.
Preppy sweaters for those preppy sweater Sundays.
Chambray. Crop Sweater. Corduroy.
Chambray. Crop Sweater. Corduroy.
Favorite boyfriend jeans and button down.
Favorite boyfriend jeans and button down.
Winter shorts, white button down, boxy boyfriend blazer.
Winter shorts, white button down, boxy boyfriend blazer.
(New!) black skinnies and sweater with a cute print.
(New!) black skinnies and sweater with a cute print.
Military inspired skinnies and  a lady-like black sweater.
Military inspired skinnies and a lady-like black sweater.
One of my favorite outfits-a plaid button down and a simple black skirt.
One of my favorite outfits-a plaid button down and a simple black skirt.
This season's hottest trend-a midi skirt.
This season’s hottest trend-a midi skirt.
One of my favorite sweaters.
One of my favorite sweaters.
A charcoal gray turtleneck because, you know, I like turtlenecks. Deal.
A charcoal gray turtleneck because, you know, I like turtlenecks. Deal.
Casual dresses.
Casual dresses.
Not so casual dresses.
Not so casual dresses.
Dark and light wash skinny jeans.
Dark and light wash skinny jeans.
Until next time...happy capsuling my friends!
Until next time…happy capsuling my friends!

 

4 thoughts on “Winter 2014 Clothing Capsule

  1. Love the collection in your capsule! I soooo need you to come over & guide me for mine…I know, I know, your blog was to be an instructional crash course of suggested items….but I need hand held!

  2. Great Job.
    When you talked about that blogger that sent 1000$ on clothes for a season capsule wardrobe I was shocked. I mean if she keeps the clothes for many year I guess is fine, but not if she buys other clothes the next year.
    Since I started my minimalist journey I was able to create a Capsule Wardrobe for the entire year, and I was left with 60 items including shoes, bags, sleepwear, workout clothes and beach clothes. It was hard work to really figure out my style and the items I truly loved, but in the end I feel free.

    Sophie.

    1. Sophie,
      Thanks for the comment! You’re inspiring me to dig a little deeper and scale back even more for my spring capsule. I would like it to include bags and shoes in it as well.
      As for the other blogger who spent money, I think think the goal is to make one year of purchases and then after that, you have a finished clothing capsule that you only have to slightly edit base on disrepair or if you find yourself really not liking something in it.I would love to do that myself, as years of impulse buys have left me with quite a few fun, trendy pieces, but not much quality. In the future, I plan on using this experience as a guide for what I really want/need, and limiting my purchases to those items.
      And I agree, the experience is freeing :-).

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