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…
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. And, I mean, I’m sure no one reading this needs me to tell them that they’re probably also going to need some nightwear, workout stuff, etc – well, you don’t, do you?
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: that way you can mix and match them with different tops, and create a completely different – or, at least, comparatively different look – than you can with a dress.
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?
Capsule wardrobe items are worth investing in
Unlike some of the other capsule wardrobes I’ve put together (See them all here), some of which could be purchased for not too much money, this one would be pretty pricey, if you were to rush out and buy every piece. That’s partly due to the season – autumn/winter items do tend to cost more than spring/summer ones – but it’s also because, if you’re serious about building a capsule wardrobe, then it’s well worth investing in it, too. Do that, and these clothes won’t just get you through THIS autumn/winter season, but will last for many more to come: assuming you look after them, obviously. That doesn’t mean you should ONLY ever buy investment pieces, obviously: fast-fashion does have its place, but it’s best reserved for what I think of as “one-season wonders” – the clothes you buy because they’re fashionable at the time, or because you need them for a certain event, but which you don’t necessarily expect to still be wearing years from now.
When it comes to creating a capsule wardrobe, simple is always best
Capsule wardrobe critics (and there are plenty of them out there) normally point to how BORING the various items are, when they want to explain why they hate them so much. Now, it’s true that the best capsule wardrobes also tend to be the simplest ones: this isn’t really a wardrobe solution for very adventurous or experimental dressers, who’ll be instantly bored by them. Instead, the capsule wardrobe will work best for those who love the classics, and who who don’t want to have to spend a huge amount of time either shopping for clothes, or putting together outfits. It’s a no-fuss approach that works for people who want to look good without having to spend too much time on it – and who don’t necessarily care too much about fashion, or being “on trend”. If that’s not you, then these aren’t the droids – I mean clothes – you’re looking for: sorry!
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…