Updating A Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe-Part Two

August 16, 2015

 

Wave One of the online orders.

Wave One of the online orders.

Wave two of the online orders.

Wave two of the online orders.

This is Part Two of a Three Part Series.

  1. Part One I reviewed and purged 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.

After prepping my wardrobe in Part One, it was time for my favorite part—the SHOPPING!  As I mentioned in this post about my favorite sale, I was unable to visit the brick and mortar stores for this year’s sale, so I ordered online.  Fifty-two items!  And here’s what that looks like.

How on earth was I going to whittle down so many items? 

To keep myself focused, I created a needs list.  In order for my capsule wardrobe to be successful this fall/winter I would need the following:

  1. Black and White items to pair with new sneakers
  2. Increase the size of my business capsule wardrobe
  3. One or two fun items (but no more than two!)
  4. Footwear replacements

I kept reverting back to this needs list as I sorted my purchases.

First on my list, was tops to help me create outfits for these new sneakers.

Sneakers for the black and white color capsule.

Sneakers for the black and white color capsule.

Purchased at the same time as the items from my favorite sale, they were not purchased from Nordstrom (purchased from Rockport instead).  However, the sneakers allowed me to increase the size of the black and white color capsule in my wardrobe.

New items for the black and white color capsule.

New items for the black and white color capsule.

I kept eight items for the black and white color capsule:

  • Black Poncho
  • Black LS T
  • White LS T X2 (all the LS T’s are great for layering)
  • Black and White Printed Blazer (this blazer can work double duty, with jeans for regualr work days and with black trouers for business dress required days)
  • Black and White Color Block Top (a light weight top to wear for our Indian Summer/Warm Fall Days)
  • Black and White Knit (a mid weight top to wear for cool fall days on it’s own, then with a blazer when the cold winter strikes)
  • Black and White Color Block Jumper/Sweater (for cold days)

Next up was my Business Capsule.  Changing priorities for work, means I dress up more often.  This requires me to expand my business capsule wardrobe.  However, I still want my wardrobe items to work hard, therefore pieces that could crossover into more than one capsule is important.

New items for the business capsule wardrobe.

New items for the business capsule wardrobe.

I kept 5 items that work for my Business and Special Occasion Capsule, but can also be paired with jeans.

  • Purple Tunic (tucked in works with my navy trousers, untucked is perfect for skinny jeans and ballet flats)
  • Black Scarf Tie Blouse (works well paired with a blazer and trousers AND can be layered underneath the grey knit for a warmer option as the weather cools down)
  • Grey Knit (can be layered with the black scarf tie blouse AND can be worn on it’s own with jeans for a more casual look)
  • Pink Scarf Tie Blouse (works well paired with a blazer and trousers AND can be layered underneath the pink knit for a warmer option as the weather cools down)
  • Pink Knit (can be layered with the pink scarf tie blouse AND can be worn on it’s own with jeans for a more casual look)

With the first two items from my needs list completed, it was time to select some fun items.

Straggler items.

Straggler items.

The first two items are from my favorite sale, the third is from a different store:

  • Knit layered with a shirt-Perfect for pairing with my cowboy boots. This top will ONLY pair well with jeans, no double duty work for this fun piece.
  • Dark Wash Bootcut Jeans-The dark wash jeans will dress up casual items for work.
  • Ivory Knit-This top is from a different store (instead of Nordstrom, it’s from Banana Republic) but will help lighten up outfits.  The ivory knit pairs well with trousers AND jeans.

Finally, I focused on footwear.

Donated footwear.

Donated footwear.

Why I donated these items:

  • Brown Tall Boots-These are worn out (they’ve been worn 113 times) and at a cost per wear (or use) of 88 cents, I’m happy to move on from these.
  • Brown Booties-Not as worn out as the tall boots (worn 55 times) and at a cost per wear (or use) of $2.00, I probably could get the season out of these.  However, I’m trying to reduce my footwear to one color (black) and I don’t see a  lot of use for these.
  • Black Lace Up Booties-These are the booties that just will not wear out!  I’ve replaced the laces twice, they’ve been worn 121 times, and they are still at a cost per wear of $1.49.  But I just cannot fathom another season of having to lace these up all the time.  I prefer a slip on or zip up boot style.
New footwear additions.

New footwear additions.

Three new footwear additions:

  • Black Tall Boots-Replaces both the brown tall boots from this purge AND the black tall boots that wore out last year
  • Black/White Sneakers-A fun item, not from my favorite sale
  • Black Booties-A double duty footwear item, these side zip booties can work for both trousers AND jeans.

To sum it up, out of the fifty-two items that were ordered, I kept 17 items from my favorite sale AND picked up an additional 2 items that were from other stores.  That brings the new additions to my fall/winter (and business capsule) wardrobes to 19 items.

In my next post (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.

Do you create a needs list before you shop?

6 comments

  1. I am really impressed about how much you were able to return! It was great to see how you kept to your needs list and stuck with the capsules. The changes you have undergone with your wardrobe since starting this blog are amazing.

    1. I have shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary sale for many years, and I finally feel like I’ve gotten the hang of shopping for this sale. Thanks for reading and commenting! Cheers, Lisa

  2. “Do you create a needs list before you shop?”

    That’s a great question. I thought about for awhile. I kind of have a couple of running lists:

    1. The Things I Need List (new black pants for dance classes, sports bras)

    2. The Things I Really Want But Don’t Actually Desperately Need But Would Wear the Heck Out Of List (replacement white bikini since my old one is worn and discolored with sunscreen, and a couple of blush tops to go with my blush leather jacket, black, flat-heeled, fitted leather or suede over-the-knee boots)

    3. The Things That Have Been on My Radar for a Long Time, But Are Completely Unnecessary To My Well-Being List. (my blush leather jacket)

    As I wrote that and thought some more, I realized… I don’t browse-shop as much as I used to, and mostly, I shop online. So when I shop, it is usually for something very specific.

    The blush leather jacket I mention above was entirely unnecessary, but something I have wanted for a very long time. I knew I would be stopping at Danier while in Canada this month, and I did find a fantastic blush leather jacket. So I pulled the trigger. I know I will wear it a lot, so I would call that my “fun items” item.

    17 out of 52 items ordered is very good! I hope everything you bought is a hit 🙂

    I visited that sale at a brick-and-mortar store, all wound up to spend some cash, but nobody seemed to want to assist me or sell me anything, so after awhile, I wandered out. Seriously, I totally ‘get’ Kathie Griffin’s D-List stuff. 😀 😀 😀

    1. The great thing about writing multiple lists, when shopping hard it keeps one focused. And when things pop up (such as blush leather jackets, which sounds lovely, I have one myself and adore it’s softer look versus black leather) it makes pulling the trigger easier to do. As I’ve moved along with this blog, my browsing has lessened over time. I no longer look at the stores websites every single day. I might not even look for a whole week at a time now. Progress is slow, but happening. Thanks for reading and writing. Cheers, Lisa

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