I started full on with my capsule wardrobe life in the fall and I had a few heavy hitters that I relied on heavily. There were some that without a doubt I knew would be overly worn, but there were a few surprise pieces too! As I started to think about my winter capsule I knew I wanted to carry over a lot of my pieces to limit my spending and because I still wasn’t sick of them. Reflecting on my most worn pieces has also helped me define my winter capsule because it allows me to see what worked and what didn’t. I though I’d share my thoughts on a few key pieces with you all today!
PS even though some of these were my most worn pieces they didn’t always make it on the blog a lot. I tried to vary what pieces I was showing.
Teal Pencil Skirt
One of the items I wanted to add to my closet in the fall was a colored pencil skirt. I snagged this Halogen one during Nordstrom’s sale and never looked back. It was a huge surprise how often I found myself reaching for it. Originally I was searching for a purple or burgundy skirt because I thought it would work better with my style. When I realized how many times I had to tell myself not to wear the teal skirt again I was shocked at how seamlessly (haha, seams) it fit into my closet. I’m still searching for a burgundy bottom, this time in pant form. But the success of teal has taught me to be open to other colored bottoms! Pictured post, with a white blouse, with a denim jacket.
Navy Pencil Skirt
I have been searching for a good navy skirt for years and I ended up finding it in Target of all places. It was totally on a whim. I saw it hanging there, thought no way would Target skirts fit my butt, decided to test the waters and it fit perfectly. The teal skirt taught me to be open to new colors and this Target pencil skirt taught me to be open to new stores! Full confession time: this skirt is a size bigger than I would typically buy in other skirts. So while it does fit me perfectly, it fits me perfectly in a size I don’t normally buy. That’s one of my biggest shopping tips: don’t always try on your “normal” size. Take a few sizes and cuts in the dressing room (or add to your online order) with you! Pictured post, with a berry top, with a cardigan.
Black Ankle Pants
I have a ton of different skirts, dresses, and tops but when it comes to pants I normally have about 2 of each kind. I have one pair of black trousers, one blue jean, and one black jean. Adding a pair of pencil pants was a huge goal of mine, but I quickly realized pencil pants don’t work for me. They tend to be cut really straight and tight, something which does not work for me. I changed my search to find straight cut pants either ankle length or full length that I could get hemmed. I found these straight ankle pants from my favorite pant store, Loft. I ended up wearing these more than my black trousers in the fall. They work perfectly with layered looks and look great with flats! Pictured post, with blue flats.
Growing up one of my friends wore a vest as outerwear pretty much everyday and I always thought she was crazy because how was she not cold? This year I realized fall is the perfect time for a vest like this because sometimes you need a little extra warmth but a full sleeve coat would just be way too much. So I bought this vest for that purpose but wasn’t quite sure if I’d actually wear it. I can now report I wore it pretty much everyday in the fall. Some days as purely an overcoat but other days I wore it intentionally in an outfit. When the weather was really in between the above look was my favorite way to wear it. Pictured post, with a button up.
Plaid button up
Yup, same outfit as above. Somehow this plaid button up I’m wearing underneath never made it on to the blog in all it’s glory despite the fact that it was hands down my most worn piece in the fall. Because I wore it so much I must have always thought that I had pictures of it so I didn’t photograph myself on those days. That’s the only explanation I can come up with.
What were some surprises in your closet? Any pieces you’ve had for years that you never thought you’d wear?