Reviewing Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe Colors

April 19, 2015

Denim color capsule.

Denim color capsule.

Now that spring is here, it’s time to review my Fall/Winter capsule wardrobe one more time and pack it up until fall rolls around again.  In truth, I don’t actually pack up my seasonal clothes (although I used to) but I do tend to shy away from many of the items from my Fall/Winter capsule wardrobe and use my Spring/Summer capsule once the weather changes.

To help prepare for the next time I shop for this capsule, which would be in late summer, I’m going to review not only what’s in my wardrobe at the end of the season, but also, the color capsules in this wardrobe.

My current employer has a mostly casual dress code, and fortunately for me, this includes blue denim.  It’s rare that I sport a bottom other than jeans, therefore, denim is one of the largest color capsules in my fall/winter wardrobe.  In truth, I don’t think denim itself is a color, this could probably be a blue capsule, however, I find my denim washes are often lighter than my navy capsule below.

This capsule contains seven items:

  • Jacket
  • Button Down Shirt
  • 5 Jeans
Navy color capsule.

Navy color capsule.

The second largest color capsule, six items are in the navy color capsule for fall/winter.  The navy blazer is one of my double duty pieces.  It is also a part of my spring/summer capsule wardrobe.

  • Knit
  • Button Down Shirt
  • Blouse
  • Blazer
  • Poncho
  • Sweater/Jumper
Two for one.

Two for one.

After purging two short sleeve tops for one black tunic, I have five items in the black color capsule.

Black color capsule.

Black color capsule.

As with the navy blazer, the black blazer works double duty in both my fall/winter and spring/summer capsule wardrobes.  I’ve been working to reduce the number of items in this capsule, hoping to lighten up my wardrobe.

  • Blazer
  • Turtleneck
  • Knit
  • Jeans
  • Tunic
Ivory color capsule.

Ivory color capsule.

In contrast to the black capsule above, the ivory capsule is one I’ve been working to expand over time.  The ivory color coordinates well with blue denim jeans and the lighter color brightens up my fall/winter wardrobe.  This is my second largest (or really just as large as the denim) color capsule, with seven items.

  • Cardigan
  • Sweater/Jumper
  • Knit
  • Blouse
  • Shell
  • Sweater/Jumper
  • Long Sleeve T
Tan color capsule.

Tan color capsule.

Another capsule I’m working to expand, the tan is a nice alternative to ivory.  Currently four items.

  • Blazer
  • Shawl
  • 2 x Sweaters/Jumpers
Grey color capsule.

Grey color capsule.

Four items in the grey color capsule.  The striped long sleeve t bridges between the grey and black color capsules.

  • Poncho/Hoodie
  • Long Sleeve T
  • 2 x Sweaters/Jumpers.
Wine (Burgundy?) color capsule.

Wine (Burgundy?) color capsule.

My smallest color capsule with only two items is wine (or is it burgundy?)  One sweater coat and one knit.

Misc colors.

Misc colors.

Chestnut and blush are colors in my fall/winter wardrobe, but I currently have only one item for each.  In the future I can either expand these into color capsules, or purge them and reduce the total number of color capsules in my fall/winter wardrobe.

In total I currently have nine colors and seven color capsules in my fall/winter wardrobe:

Colors

  1. Denim
  2. Navy
  3. Black
  4. Ivory
  5. Tan
  6. Grey
  7. Wine
  8. Chestnut
  9. Blush

Color Capsules

  1. Denim (7 items)
  2. Navy (6 items)
  3. Black (5 items)
  4. Ivory (7 items)
  5. Tan (4 items)
  6. Grey (4 items)
  7. Wine (2 items)

In my next post, I’ll recap the numbers for this capsule wardrobe and compare the colors for this wardrobe, and my spring/summer wardrobe.

Do your color capsules change with the seasons?

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