The idea of the capsule wardrobe presented itself to me right around the time we were getting ready to move into this new apartment of ours. Through those mindless internet browsing ways, I found myself on Caroline's blog and was intrigued by the concept, but completely doubtful that it would ever be something my maximalist self would or could adopt. I had done a 30 for 30 way back in the day and the capsule wardrobe takes that idea and runs with it for a whole season. Neat idea, I thought, but way too limiting.
Cut to a couple weeks later as we're moving in and I'm fully beginning to understand that I literally have a two foot wide closet to work with (old houses: character, yes; storage, not so much). I also have so much and wouldn't it just be easier if I had a little less. So I start to get brutal with my donation bag and I buy a couple of those under the bed storage containers and throw everything summery in there (my first winter back in New England this was a step I completely didn't do, rookie mistake). Slowly I start to research the idea of a capsule wardrobe. Caroline limits herself to 37 items, shoes and jackets included, sportswear and loungewear not. Personally, I need to dip my toe into the concept. I'm fine with sticking to the spirit of the idea and not getting hung up on numbers. After all, I will never be a minimalist.
I decide on 40 items. Not including my shoes or jackets. Shoe options make me happy and given the climate in New England I really need my outerwear options. However, for me this feels like a really good place to start. So without further ado, here are my picks for the fall:
I feel like it's a good combination of the things I wear all the time and a couple of fun items that I hope to learn how to mix into my existing favorites. This might backfire horribly, but I'm really excited to give it a try for the three months and see if it makes my life any easier.