Updating A Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe-Part One (Month 10)

August 2, 2015

Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe Awaiting New Additions

Fall/Winter capsule wardrobe is ready for new additions

This will be a three part series:

  1. Part One I’ll review and purge my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe.
  2. Part Two I’ll plan and shop for my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe.
  3. Part Three I’ll check-in on my total wardrobe and highlight how the changes to my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe affected my total wardrobe for The 80/20 Challenge.

Now onto the fun!

Last season's fall/winter capsule wardrobe.

Last season’s fall/winter capsule wardrobe.

69 items in last season’s Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe

  • 6 bottoms (jeans and trousers)
  • 17 toppers (this includes: pullover sweaters, blazers and cardigans)
  • 6 knits (used for layering)
  • 8 gear items (5 toppers [fleece, fleece, fleece, vest, vest], 2 layering knits [turtlenecks] and 1 bottom [jean])
  • 8 shirts (for layering)
  • 3 LS T’s (for layering)
  • 4 tanks (for layering)
  • 6 thermal layers
  • 4 scarves
  • 6 workout items (3 tops and 3 bottoms; no change; not shown in closet photo)
  • 1 Short Sleeve Tops/Knits

Part One-Review and Purge

With the arrival of my favorite sale, I really want to shop.  But first, I have to make room for the fab new things.  Many of the items from my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe were worn out, stained, or no longer fit.  All of these items were purged in Wave One.  The navy blazer is actually a dual wardrobe item, and sits in both my Fall/Winter AND Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobes.  It’s removal affects the total for both capsules.

Wave One-Items worn out, stained, or don't fit.

Wave One-Items worn out, stained, or don’t fit.

Nine items from Wave One:

  • Blazer
  • Sweatercoat
  • LS Ts x3
  • Knitsx2
  • Pullover Sweater/Jumper

In Wave Two, I focused on the tops that are dual purpose items, the tops are from my Business and Special Occasion Capsule and also sit in my Fall/Winter Capsule.  These three pieces did not work well in this capsule, nor did they seem to fit well in my Fall/Winter Capsule.  In fact, the three pieces here, were worn a total of 6 times, COMBINED, over the entire fall/winter season.  These were also purged.

Wave two-items that were worn the least last year.

Wave two-items that were worn the least last year.

Three items from Wave Two:

  • Denim Shirt
  • Ivory Knit
  • Ivory Buttondown

Finally in Wave Three, I eliminated the items that I am tired of, despite their condition.  I could opt to leave one or two of these items on the side for a season, hoping I’ll rekindle a love for them next year.  However, none of these pieces speak to me enough to want to hold them and wait.  I’d rather purchase something new.

Wave three-Items I'm tired of.

Wave three-Items I’m tired of.

Eight items were in Wave Three:

  • Gear fleeces X3 (why did I have so many?)
  • Jeans (the material is very stiff after many washes)
  • Zip Up Cardigan
  • Thermals x2
  • Shell (forgot to include in photo)

Crunching the numbers

A total of 20 items were purged from my 69 item Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe.  This left me with only 49 items and was a purge of 29.0% of this wardrobe.

49 Items In Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe After Part One (photo was at the top of this post):

  • 5 bottoms (jeans and trousers; purged 1)
  • 13 toppers (this includes: pullover sweaters, blazers and cardigans; purged 1 blazer, 1 sweatercoat, 1 jumper and 1 cardigan)
  • 3 knits (used for layering; purged 3)
  • 5 gear items (6 toppers [fleece, fleece, fleece, fleece, vest, vest], 1 layering knit [turtleneck] and 1 bottom [jean]; purged 3 fleeces)
  • 6 shirts (for layering; purged 2)
  • 0 LS T’s (for layering; purged all 3)
  • 4 tanks (for layering; no change)
  • 4 thermal layers (purged 2)
  • 3 scarves (purged 1)
  • 6 workout items (3 tops and 3 bottoms; no change; not shown in closet photo)
  • 0 Short Sleeve Tops/Knits (purged 1 shell)

Looks like I’m ready to shop now.

When an item falls out of favor, do you prefer to wait and see, or donate and purchase new?

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