Holiday On Repeat

December 5, 2016

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The same outfits as last year.

The month of December is usually the time of year when I have the most opportunities to dress up.  Work parties, family parties, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, from now until the end of the year I’m attending at least one (sometimes more) events every week.  As a ex-shopaholic, the itch to run out to the stores to buy something new is highest at this time of year.  After all, how often do I get a chance to shop for something dressy?  Not very often.

Except running out to buy something new would contradict what I just did in my last blog post, purging my special occasion wardrobe.  Which begs the question, what am I going to wear?  The answer is surprisingly simple.  I’m wearing the same outfits I wore last year.  Why am I going to do that?  And even more important, won’t someone notice?

Well, let’s flip the question around, would YOU notice?

Looking at myself first, I can tell you exactly what I wore to non-dressy as well as dressy events last year.  I paired the black lace knit with jeans and short boots with a heel for casual events then swapped the jeans for trousers for dressy occasions in the photo at the top of this post.

But, I do NOT recall what my co-workers wore to the office party.  Also, I don’t remember what my family members wore for Christmas day either.  And if I don’t remember what other people wore, then they probably don’t remember what I wore either.  That’s why I’m going to repeat my holiday outfits again this year, which let’s me get a little more cost per wear out of the least used items in my wardrobe.

What if my answer was YES, and I DID remember what party guests wore?  In my next post I’ll highlight how could have tweaked my holiday outfits without buying a completely new outfit.

Will you repeat your holiday outfits this season or buy something new? 

 

 

 

No Longer Special

November 27, 2016

The holiday’s are approaching fast bringing with it one of my favorite things about this time of year, the opportunity to get dressed up.  My special occasion capsule is one of my least used capsules in my wardrobe.  In fact, it’s used so little, I’m purging it!

Why on earth would someone do this right before the holiday’s arrive?  Easy, because I no longer sport any of these items.  In fact, the past few times I’ve needed an outfit for a wedding, or other special event, I’ve simply used pieces from my Business Capsule, as I mentioned in this post when I was prepping for fall.

Here’s what I’m getting rid of and why.

Wedding outfit

Wedding outfit

Wedding Shoes

Wedding Shoes

I’ve owned this wedding outfit since 2012, and I’ve only worn it once.  I’ve been to multiple weddings in the past 4 years, but I stopped sporting dresses and skirts a few years back, which has left this outfit collecting dust.  Clearly I don’t need to keep holding onto it anymore.

Business Outfit

Business Outfit

Continuing the theme of no skirts and dresses, this business suit, I’ve owned since 2011 and it’s only been worn twice.  I always reach for a pant suit when I need to dress business formal.

Business outfit

Business outfit

This suit is photographing black, but it’s really aubergine.  The color has always been difficult to match with shoes and my current business capsule is focused around a core of black, which means this suit has got to go.  I’ve owned it since 2013 and have only worn it 5 times.

It’s always difficult to purge special occasion items from a wardrobe.  These pieces typically cost a lot of money and have a low cost per wear associated with them.  But if I want to own a small, functional wardrobe, then the dead weight has got to go.  These items are simply no longer special to me.

Do you hold on to special occasion clothes for a long time? 

 

Different Day, Same Sale, Or Almost

November 17, 2016

It’s the middle of November and the holiday shopping season is approaching fast.  This is the time of year when retailers step up their promotion game and I won’t be able to go anywhere or watch anything without seeing an ad for a sale.

But are these sales really as “new” as they sound?

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It’s not really a “new” sale.

This dress is listed on the retailer’s website as a “new markdown” item.  But when you shop as much as me, you learn all of the strategies that retailers use to get customers to buy.  You see, the catch here is that this same exact dress, has been listed on the same exact retailer’s website, at the same exact sales price, since July.  That’s right, July.  I don’t consider that a “new” sales price, do you?

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It’s not really a “new” sale.

At first glance this sign looks like a great deal, I’ll get 3 turtlenecks for the price of 1.  The full price of the turtlenecks are $64.99.  So let’s do a little number crunching.  If I purchased the 3 turtlenecks at full price I’d have spent $194.97, and each turtleneck will cost $64.99, yikes!

But the sale price means that I’ll only spend $64.99, and each turtleneck will cost $21.66.  That sounds like a good deal.  And if I need 3 turtlenecks, then it is.  However, I was in the same store last week and the savings offer at that time had me walking out of the store with 1 turtleneck at the price of $22.10.

That’s a 44 cent difference!

When I first saw the new savings offer, I almost returned the turtleneck I bought the week before.  After all, now it’s even cheaper!  But the difference in the sales price is only 44 cents, is it really that different from last week to this week?  Not really.  Besides, I only need 1 turtleneck right now, not 3.  Instead of spending my time and my gas on making a return, I’ll stick with what I’ve got instead.

Would you have returned the turtleneck for the “new” sale? 

 

 

 

 

Just Like New

September 25, 2016

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My 6 year old steamer

One of the things that I adore about new clothes, is the new clothes look and feel.  The colors are bright, the materials are not pilled (or stained, or torn), and there are no wrinkles!  After I wash something, it is just never the same as when it was purchased new.  And sometimes, that desire for something new, spurs me to want to shop.  Until I discovered steaming my clothes.  The steamer above I purchased at Bed Bath & Beyond 6 years ago and it is still going strong.  What I adore most about it, is that steaming my clothes always has them looking new again.   I steam everything in my closet, even my jeans, but I find that the garments that benefit most from a steamer is lightweight knitwear, which often has a do not iron label on it.

My steamer is no longer available but if I were to replace it, I’d select another Conair, such as this one.

Do you steam your clothes to make them look like new?

Released Back Into The Sea

September 13, 2016

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Left: Sale boots  Right: Already own boots

During my favorite sale, I fell in love with the green plaid boots on the left.  I went back and forth, undecided on purchasing them.  They weren’t on my shopping list, and I had already picked up a pair of short boots during the sale.  BUT….they were super cute and they were on sale!  Right before the sale ended, I snatched them up.  After all, they were from a brand (Sorel) I already knew, they were a wedge heel (ie comfy for my fussy feet) and did I mention the most important point of all…. they were on sale!

When I came home and took a long hard look at my closet, I remembered that I already owned the tall tan boots on the right.  Comparing the sale boots with the tall tan boots, they are the same brand, the same heel height, and any outfit that I could pair with the green plaid boots, also paired just as easily with the tall tan boots.

This created a predicament.

If I kept the sale boots, they would cut into the wearing time of the boots I already owned.  So after a long, difficult debate with myself, I returned the sale boots.  While the green plaid boots are super cute, they were never on my shopping list, and they would cut into the use of the boots I already have.  It would make more sense to wait and spend my money on a pair of boots that did not encroach on the outfits for boots that I already own.

Ultimately, I released the sale boots back into the sea of choices for fall shoppers, so that someone else, who CAN use these boots in their wardrobe, will be able to snatch them up.

Would you have returned the sale boots?

 

It’s (Sort Of) On Sale

September 5, 2016

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It’s on sale….maybe

I noticed this sign at a retailer over the weekend and shook my head.  At first glance, it sounded like everything was on sale for 40% off.  When you re-read the sign, you realize that it stated “almost everything”, which means that most items, but not all, will be on sale.  Ok no biggie right?  I’ll just look for the sale items, which should be the majority of those pieces in the store.

But…

Ah yes, the proverbial “but.”  When you read the fine print, those items excluded from the sale include: regularly priced jeans, shoes, and select styles.

Still doesn’t sound too bad right?

Except what I haven’t told you yet, is that this sign was for the Lucky Brand store.  And Lucky Brand is a retailer whose primary product, is jeans.  Jeans, which are part of the excluded items from the promotion.  I would venture to say that at least 50% of a Lucky Brand store (maybe more) is stocked with jeans.  This means that at least 50% of the store was NOT on sale for 40% off.

And then there’s the mystery “select styles” exclusion.  What does that even mean?  What items are those?  A quick question with a sales associate resulted in a guided tour of those pieces that were, and were not, part of the current promotion.

This post makes it sound like I am not a fan of the Lucky Brand, and the exact opposite is true, they are actually my favorite non-premium denim brand.  I own their jeans in both my spring/summer and fall/winter capsule wardrobes, and I also use Lucky Brand denim for my gear needs (they wash and wear like iron, perfect for horseback riding.)  But I picked apart their latest promotion to point out the fact that sometimes, a shopper has to be very careful when looking at sale signs.  As they saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Do you ever see sales with lots of exclusions?

How To Transition From Summer to Fall

August 30, 2016

The time of year when my area is shifting from summer to fall, is a great time to sport outfits remixed with items from both my Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer capsule wardrobes.  Transitional outfits allow me to get a little more use out of the clothes from the summer season, while also allowing me to sport any new fall clothes right away.  Sometimes I think transition months are the most interesting to dress for.

When my area transitions from summer to fall, the days are often still warm to hot (70-90F), while the early mornings and late evenings have already begun to cool down (55-70F).  These are my three favorite ways for transitioning from summer to fall:

Option #1-Pairing white with fall colors

Option #1-Pair white with fall colors

One of the easiest ways to add a little fall to summer clothes is by pairing white with a fall color, such as olive.

#2-Pairing lightweight sweaters with summer bottoms

Option #2-Pair lightweight sweaters with summer bottoms

A second option is to sport a lightweight sweater over summer bottoms, such as shorts (or cropped jeans).

#3-Add  a third layer

Option #3-Add a third layer

The third option is my favorite, add a third layer.  Fall is a great time to start adding jackets, blazers, cardigans and scarves to summer outfits.  You can also start adding in boots, my favorite type of footwear.

How do you to transition your wardrobe for fall?

 

Prepping For Fall (Part Four)

(This is part three of a four-part series.  For part-one click here, part-two click here, and part-three click here.  This is a photo heavy post.)

August 23, 2016

I’ve finally arrived at the last post of this series, what is in my Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe for the start of the fall season.  But before I start the number crunching, I have one more photo of new additions.  These 3 items are not from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which is my favorite sale, they are from Banana Republic instead.

Three stragglers from Banana Republic.

Three stragglers from Banana Republic.

Why do I have yet more new things?  In my last post, you’ll notice that there were a few items marked incomplete after shopping my favorite sale.  I stumbled across these 3 pieces in my quest to complete my Fall/Winter Capsule shopping list:

  1. Black Jeans: The black jeans are a replacement for a pair of black jeans in my Spring/Summer Capsule wardrobe (which will be discussed in a future post).
  2. Black Crewneck Knit: The black crewneck knit (and the green chino trousers) are new additions to the Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe.  The black knit, actually crosses off one of the outstanding items on my Business Capsule shopping list (a black knit for the blazers), but it also pairs well with the green chinos so I am keeping it as part of my Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe.
  3. Green Chino Trousers: The green chino trousers are my attempt to vary up my bottoms from jeans all of the time.  I decided to keep the green chino trousers because they will remix well with the new additions to both my Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer Capsule wardrobes.
Remixing for Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe footwear.

Remixing for Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe footwear.

Spring/Summer Capsule footwear.

Remixing for Spring/Summer Capsule wardrobe footwear.

Of course, new additions mean only one thing, something has to go.  I donated 2 pairs of jeans, one for the new cropped jeans from the Anniversary Sale and one for the new green chino trousers from Banana Republic.

Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe bottoms- before.

Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe bottoms- before.

Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe bottoms- after.

Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe bottoms- after.

I still have a few outstanding items on my Fall/Winter wardrobe shopping list, but for now, here’s what’s in my Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe.

Fall/Winter and Business Capsule wardrobes.

Fall/Winter and Business Capsule wardrobes with new additions.

Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe-Shoes.

Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe-Shoes.

Business Capsule-Shoes.

Business Capsule-Shoes.

I have 57 items in my Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe:

  • 2 Vest (gear) (no change)
  • 1 Knit (gear) (no change)
  • 1 Flannel Shirt (gear) (no change)
  • 1 Jean (bootcut-gear) (no change)
  • 1 Blazer (no change)
  • 1 Jacket (no change)
  • 2 Cardigans (1 is worn in the winter and 1 is sentimental-no change)
  • 11 Knits (1 turtleneck, 4 crewnecks-added 6; 2 short sleeve crewnecks, 3 pullover knits, 1 top)
  • 7 LS T’s (used for layering-added 1)
  • 6 Jeans/Trousers (added 2 and removed 2, no total net change; 2 bootcut, 2 skinny, 1 boyfriend cropped, 1 chino trouser)
  • 6 Thermals (no change)
  • 2 Capes (1 in the photo, 1 on my office chair at work-no change)
  • 8 Pullovers/Sweaters/Ponchos (6 are worn in the winter and 2 are sentimental-no change)
  • 8 Shoes: 7 Boots (1 Over The Knee, 2 Knee High [black, pebble], 2 Short/Booties-added 1 and removed 2, went down by 1-donated black buckle and grey short boot [black/taupe, mushroom], 2 Cowboy [sentimental]) and 1 Shoe)

And on the far right of the closet rod, is the Business Capsule Wardrobe which currently contains 14 items (counting the shoes):

  • 3 Blazers (cobalt and black-added 1 black, which can also be worn for casual use)
  • 3 trousers (black lined full length and black cropped-added 1 black)
  • 3 Blouses (black, black print, blue-no change)
  • 2 knits (black lace and black turtleneck-no change)
  • 3 pairs of shoes (added 1 wedge, donated 1 pump, no net change, black patent pumps, black heel sandal, black short boot)

Also here’s what’s left from my shopping lists.

For the Business Capsule (3 items):

  1. Pointy toe flat shoe
  2. Long Sleeve-Blouse for one of the blazers
  3. Three short sleeve tops for the blazers for warmer months (I’m not going to worry about this until the spring)

And for the Fall/Winter Capsule (6 items):

  1. Knit/Top for Brown Suede Jacket x2
  2. Printed or Striped LS T for Tan Sweatercoat x2
  3. Knit/Tops for Cowboy Boots x2

Sometimes I wonder if my favorite sale is worth shopping, well looking at my leftovers from my shopping lists (which originally had 23 items and is now down to 9) I’d say yes.  But how about for my wallet?  I saved 38% on my purchase when I compared the sale price to the full price.  So again, I would say yes.

In my next post I’ll demonstrate how I plan to transition my spring/summer wardrobe into fall, using my new additions to my Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe.

Is your wardrobe ready for the upcoming Fall/Winter (or Spring/Summer) season?

Prepping For Fall (Part Three)

(This is part three of a four-part series.  For part-one click here.  For part-two click here. Also, this is a photo heavy post.)

August 14, 2016

I'm ready for some of these.

I’m ready for some of these.

In this third post of shopping my favorite sale, I’ll share what happened when I shopped both online and in the store.  To recap, here was my entire shopping list:

For the Business Capsule (7 items):

  1. Full length black trouser
  2. Pointy toe flat shoe
  3. Replacement for the black patent pumps with a heel
  4. Long Sleeve-Blouse for one of the blazers
  5. Three short sleeve tops for the blazers for warmer months
  6. Knit for black blazer
  7. Knit/Sweater/Cardigan for a third outfit

And for the Fall/Winter Capsule (10 items):

  1. Knit/Top for Brown Suede Jacket x2
  2. Printed or Striped LS T for Tan Sweatercoat x2
  3. Fun Blazer for Jeans
  4. Knit for Tall Tan Boots
  5. Knit for Over The Knee (OTK) Black Boots
  6. Knit/Tops for Cowboy Boots x2
  7. Wildcard Outfit

I also had my yearly replacement sale items (lingerie wash, bras, underwear and towels x3), bringing the final total of my shopping list to 23 items.  Now onto my favorite part, the shopping!

My online order consisted of a whopping 35 items.  Why so many?  The reasons are always the same, multiple sizes, multiple colors, and challenging fit items, especially business clothing.  Here’s what came in the mail.

The first 5.

First Delivery-The first 5.

Second Delivery-Another 9.

Second Delivery-Another 9.

Third Delivery-Another 15.

Third Delivery-Another 16.

Fourth Delivery-The Final 5.

Fourth Delivery-The Final 5.

With so many packages, there was plenty of things to return to the store.  The danger with returning items in person, is that you have to go to the store, and this opens up the potential to purchase things I did not already order.  I am not immune to in store temptation and ended up coming home with my yearly replacement sale items (bras and underwear not shown) as well as some “extra items.”

Some of the yearly replacement stuff.

Some of the yearly replacement stuff.

Why did I purchase dresses when I never wear them?

Why did I purchase dresses when I never wear them?

Once at home, with my entire wardrobe before me, I could analyze each item to see if they were a keeper, or something to be returned.  To help me decide, items had to meet the following criteria:

  • Is it on my shopping list?  Yes, move to the next step, no, return pile.
  • Does it fit my body today?  Yes, move to the next step, no, return pile.
  • Does it mix with anything in my current wardrobe?  Yes, move to the next step, no, return pile.
  • Does it meet my wardrobe and personal style goals?  Yes, keep, no, return pile.

I was able to pare down the 39 items (35 ordered online and 4 in person [I forgot to include the handbag in the dress photo above]) to a final lucky 13.

Keepers-The final 13.

Keepers-The final 13.

I walked away from my favorite sale, with about half of my shopping list complete.  It’s always nice to shop with a plan, but to keep it from being only utilitarian, one has to allow for a little flexibility, as you’ll see with my purchases.  But first, a run-down of how much of my shopping list I completed.  If you look at the left side of the photo above, you’ll see that I was able to complete three of the items for my Business Capsule Shopping List.

Business Capsule (7 items):

  1. Full length black trouser-Complete
  2. Pointy toe flat shoe-Incomplete
  3. Replacement for the black patent pumps with a heel-Complete (selected a wedge)
  4. Long Sleeve-Blouse for one of the blazers-Incomplete
  5. Three short sleeve tops for the blazers for warmer months-Incomplete
  6. Knit for black blazer-Incomplete
  7. Knit/Sweater/Cardigan for a third outfit-Complete with a bonus

The ‘bonus’ designation is because I decided on a blazer instead of a knit/sweater/cardigan as a third topper option for this capsule.  The blazer is a bonus item because it also meets a need from my fall/winter capsule.  The blazer pairs just as well with my black trousers as it does with my OTK boots and jeans.

Black blazer with OTK boots and jeans.

Black blazer with OTK boots and jeans.

Fall/Winter Capsule (10 items):

  1. Knit/Top for Brown Suede Jacket x2-Incomplete
  2. Printed or Striped LS T for Tan Sweatercoat x2-Incomplete
  3. Fun Blazer for Jeans-Complete with a bonus (blazer works for business capsule and OTK boots)
  4. Knit for Tall Tan Boots-Complete (green thermal with shirt tail hem)
  5. Knit for Over The Knee (OTK) Black Boots-Complete (used a blazer from business capsule instead for OTK boots, added knit for tall black boots instead)
  6. Knit/Tops for Cowboy Boots x2-Complete for cognac cowboy boots (black and grey ribbed knits)
  7. Wildcard Outfit-Complete

With the blazer working double duty for both capsules, here’s how the rest of my new stuff meets my needs.

Completed outfits by adding 4 new tops.

Completed outfits by adding 4 new tops.

The photo above shows items #4 to #6 filled.  The great thing about all of these pieces is that they will easily remix with any of my boots.  The tall black boots I forgot about during my planning, but anything that works with the OTK boots, will also work with these.  The jacket is from my outerwear collection, and works well as a topper for my cowboy boots.  The extra knitwear on the far right, is from my Spring/Summer Capsule, but will work well with the boots as well.

Bonus outfit x2.

Bonus outfit x2.

The bonus outfit became two outfits, by adding a second top.  I surprised myself with purchasing a pair of jeans, after all I recently did a purge of my jeans.  But these jeans are similar to a pair of cropped white boyfriend jeans I’ve worn all summer long, a style I’ve really enjoyed and want to extend into fall.  The boots were an unexpected purchase (after all I have plenty of boots), but they help to lighten my outfits which is something I am always trying to do, considering that I am fair skinned and have blonde hair.  The two tops, remix easily with all of my old boots too.

Bonus outfit seamlessly fitting into my old stuff.

Bonus outfit seamlessly fitting into my old stuff.

Finally, there were a couple of extra items that managed to sneak in, a pair of sandal booties and a matching colored bag.

Two extra additions.

Two extra additions.

While these two extra additions will be added to my Spring/Summer Capsule wardrobe, they help me bridge my bonus outfit so that I can start wearing items now, as I enter the transitional season from summer to fall.

Bonus outfit for transition season.

Bonus outfit with the two extra items for transition season.

For the last post in this series, I’ll end with some number crunching and what my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe is starting with for the upcoming fall season.

As a side note, I’ve just shown how I am able to use two extra items to start wearing my bonus outfit now.  I’m thinking about a future post that shows how I plan to transition my current Spring/Summer Wardrobe to early fall.  If this is something you are interested in reading about, leave a comment below!

And finally, if you were wondering what happened to the dresses I purchased during my in store returns, well, I returned them.  If you’ve been following Shopping Brake for a while, then you already know that I am not a dress gal.  I was attracted to the pretty colors of the dresses.  But as soon as they came home I was reminded of why I don’t wear dresses.  I would need proper footwear, and proper outerwear, and proper layering pieces, for the 2 dresses to work with my wardrobe and fashion preferences.  That would be a lot of wardrobe additions which is something I do not want to do at this time.  Plus, I already added two bonus outfits.  So despite the great fit and gorgeous colors of the 2 dresses, back to the store they went.

If you shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, how did you do?

Prepping For Fall (Part Two)

(This is part two of a four-part series.   For part-one click here.)

August 7, 2016

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Fall/Winter and Business Capsule Wardrobes After The Purge

Fall/Winter Capsule Footwear

Fall/Winter Capsule Shoes (well mostly boots actually)

In my last post I began prepping for fall (part one) before I go out shopping at my favorite sale.  During that review session, I purged both my Fall/Winter and Business Capsule wardrobes.  I also began writing my shopping list, which contained 7 items to fill wardrobe holes for my Business Capsule.

Today I’ll review what the total and break down of my Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe was after that closet review session.  I’ll also share the rest of my shopping list, this time with the items I desire for my Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe.

Fall/Winter Capsule After The Purge

I walked away from my recent closet purge with 13 empty hangers and 51 items:

  • 2 Vest (gear)
  • 1 Knit (gear)
  • 1 Flannel Shirt (gear)
  • 1 Jean (bootcut-gear)
  • 1 Blazer (added from the Business Capsule wardrobe)
  • 1 Jacket
  • 2 Cardigans (1 is worn in the winter and 1 is sentimental)
  • 5 Knits (1 turtleneck, 4 crewnecks)
  • 6 LS T’s (used for layering)
  • 6 Jeans (3 bootcut and 3 skinny)
  • 6 Thermals
  • 2 Capes (1 in the photo, 1 on my office chair at work)
  • 8 Pullovers/Sweaters/Ponchos (6 are worn in the winter and 2 are sentimental)
  • 9 Shoes: 8 Boots (1 Over The Knee, 2 Knee High [black, pebble], 3 Short/Booties [grey, black buckle, black/taupe], 2 Cowboy [sentimental]) and 1 Shoe (added from the Business Capsule wardrobe)

And as a reminder, on the far right of the closet rod, is the Business Capsule Wardrobe which currently contains 12 items (counting the shoes not shown in the closet photo, but the Business Capsule Wardrobe can be found in this post):

  • 2 Blazers (cobalt and black)
  • 2 trousers (black lined full length and black cropped)
  • 3 Blouses (black, black print, blue)
  • 2 knits (black lace and black turtleneck)
  • 3 pairs of shoes (black patent pumps, black heel sandal, black short boot)

Looking at the wardrobe holes in my Fall/Winter Capsule, I began with the toppers that have no knitwear to layer with:

Toppers with no well...tops.

Toppers with no well…tops.

  • Knit/Top for Brown Suede Jacket x2:  I currently have only one style of knit to layer with this jacket, 2 turtlenecks, the navy one from my Fall/Winter Capsule and the black one from my Business Capsule Wardrobe.  This suede jacket is a piece that I’d really like to use more often, especially during the fall season, paired with my cowboy boots.
  • Printed or Striped LS T for Tan Sweatercoat x2: This sweatercoat has moved from loungewear to the fall/winter wardrobe and back again.  It is a sentimental piece, as I picked it up in Europe during my honeymoon.  I currently have nothing to pair with it and it’s a shame that it sits unworn a lot.
  • Fun Blazer for Jeans: I always adore the look of jeans paired with a blazer.  While I can (and sometimes do) pair my Business Capsule blazers with jeans, I would like a fun blazer that is specifically for jeans.  Currently I only own one blazer in my Fall/Winter Capsule, and it was the tan blazer moved from the Business Capsule.
Plenty of Sweaters/Jumpers for now.

Plenty of Sweaters/Jumpers for now.

 

A quick look at my Pullovers/Sweaters/Ponchos, I own 8 and 6 are used regularly during the season (the two on the left are sentimental).  I don’t see any holes to fill for this category.

With my toppers (blazers, cardigans, and pullovers) sorted, it’s time to move onto my boots.  Last year I struggled with wearing all of my boots regularly, often complaining I “have nothing to wear” with many of my boots:

Boots that need tops.

Boots that need tops.

  • Knit for Tall Tan Boots: These boots were purchased at the end of last year and were only worn once.  It would be nice to pair these with some tops and start using them in the fall.  I tried these boots with the sweatercoat from above, while the colors pair well together, the length of the sweatercoat is too long for these boots and hits the top of them.
  • Knit for Over The Knee (OTK) Black Boots:  A pair of boots that sat unworn a lot last year, I only have a long ribbed tunic sweater that I pair with these.  It would be nice to have an additional top so that these boots are worn more often.
  • Knit/Tops for Cowboy Boots x2:  I have two pairs of cowboy boots and they both sit unworn a lot because I don’t have many toppers for them.  The brown one’s were paired with the brown suede jacket needs in the prior photo.  For the cognac pair, I have one cardigan/knit pairing (from the Spring/Summer Capsule) that I sport with these.  The cognac jacket, is part of my outerwear capsule and is always paired with these cognac boots.  But I have no tops to layer with the jacket.  I would really like two shorter length tops, so that you can see my cowgirl belt.
  • Wildcard Outfit: The most challenging and most fun item on my list.  Shopping isn’t fun if it’s only to fill wardrobe holes.  Sometimes a gal wants to try something new.  And the only way to freshen up one’s style is to try out the latest styles or trends and see what you like.  I sport jeans daily, and I’m open to adding a fun style jean (a color, a different cut, etc) or a pair of trousers that are casual (maybe chinos or corduroy’s) or even a dress would be an option here.  The point is to give myself a new outfit, that freshens up my style for the fall season.  If I don’t, I may quickly grown bored of my new things and start to shop very soon after the sale.  The challenging part, is making sure I stop at one or two new outfits, I don’t want to run off like a wildebeest and purchase an entire new wardrobe!

I walked away from my closet review with 10 items on my shopping list for my Fall/Winter Capsule (I’m counting the wildcard outfit as one item, although it can consist of 3-4 pieces for a complete outfit).  Adding in my total from my Business Capsule shopping list (7 items from this post) and my yearly replacement sale items (lingerie wash, bras, underwear and towels x3) I’m up to 23 items!  That’s an awful lot to add at one time.

Lots of black boots.

Lots of black boots.

Finally, looking at the rest of my boots, last season I struggled to create outfits with all of the black footwear.  I haven’t come up with a solution for this problem yet, so I’ll just let this issue simmer for a little while.  I have plenty of things to shop for already anyway.

In my next post we shall see how well I did (or did not do) shopping at my favorite sale.

Are your shopping trips more successful when using a list?