Updating A Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe-Part Three

August 23, 2015

Updated Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe

Updated Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe for 2015.

This is Part Three of a Three Part Series.

  1. Part One I reviewed and purged my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe.
  2. Part Two I planned and shopped 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!

Part Three: Ten Month Check-In of The 80/20 Challenge

  1. Well I started out strong, and reduced the size of my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe by 20 items in Part One.
  2. Then I added an additional 19 items; 16 clothing items and 3 footwear in Part Two.
  3. This leaves me with a total reduction of only 1 item purged from my entire wardrobe.

And here’s how the numbers look for my entire wardrobe:

  • Shoes: 19 pairs (purged 3 and added 3, no change to total; this total includes the 5 shoes from the business and special occasion capsule)
  • Business and Special Occasion Capsule: 10 items (no change to total, everything added for this capsule sits in the fall/winter wardrobe, because these items also pair with jeans, yeah dual purpose items!)
  • Beach/Swim Capsule: 8 items (no change since last check-in)
  • Lounge/Sleep Capsule: 12 items (no change since last check-in)
  • Spring/Summer Wardrobe: 55 items (no change since the last check-in)
  • Fall/Winter Wardrobe: 65 items (breakdown after the number crunch)

Crunching the numbers

My current wardrobe total is 169 items.

To use 80% of this wardrobe only 34 item should sit unworn.  However, this is across seasons.

Taking a closer look at the spring/summer season, I have 55 spring/summer wardrobe items and 8 pairs of sandals/flip flops/sneakers/flats for a total of 63 items.  This means that only 13 items can sit unworn for the entire season.

I can’t forget my fall/winter wardrobe, which has 65 items and 7 pairs of boots for a total of 72 items.

However, to make this slightly more complicated, I have 18 items (Business and Special Occasion Capsule and Beach/Swim Capsule items) that sit unworn for most of the year.  Out of 169 items, these 18 items make up 10.6% already!  That leaves me with only 16 items that should sit unworn between both my fall/winter AND spring/summer wardrobes or 8 items each.

A reader question

A reader recently asked this question regarding the position of the Business/Special Occasion Capsule wardrobe:

“Does this mean that you are wearing this capsule more often, and should it still be relegated to the “unworn” label?” –Diane W

This is a great question (thanks Diane W)!  The Business/Special Occasion Capsule is getting more use overall, however, the bulk of the items from that wardrobe, are already mixed in with the fall/winter or spring/summer capsules.  These items include all of the topper pieces: blazers, cardigans, shirts, blouses and knits.  And these are the pieces I recently focused on updating and increasing the number of in my total wardrobe.

The only pieces that still sit in the Business Capsule portion of this wardrobe are: suits, trousers, and shoes/pumps.  I still do not use these items more than once a week, so they are counted as ‘worn less’ items and make up the 20% unworn portion of my total wardrobe.  The toppers pieces, I’ve started making sure that the blazers I purchase pair just as well with jeans as with the work trousers, making them multi-purpose items.  If it weren’t for some foot problems, the heeled footwear in my Business Capsule would work as daily shoes, they pair just fine with jeans.  It’s just my feet that cannot handle the high heels as a daily shoe.

If my Business Capsule needs have me sporting these items more than once a week, regularly, then I will have to count this capsule as part of my day to day wear and NOT part of the 20% unworn grouping.  Also, I would have to pay attention to the sizes of both my fall/winter and spring/summer capsules, because these capsules would get less use.

While my Business Capsule needs have gone up, I’m not sporting this capsule daily yet.  My solution has been to purchase new pieces that are multi-purpose.  In doing so, I can not only get more use out of the items, but ensure that my wardrobe has less items that sit unworn for much of the year.

Thanks again for asking, I hope the answer was helpful.

Finally, here’s a recap of the breakdown for my fall/winter capsule wardrobe.

Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe

65 items in my fall/winter capsule wardrobe:

  • 6 bottoms (jeans and trousers; added 1)
  • 16 toppers (this includes: pullover sweaters, blazers and cardigans; added 1 poncho, 1 blazer, 1 jumper)
  • 10 knits (used for layering; added 7)
  • 5 gear items (3 toppers [fleece, vest, vest], 1 layering knit [turtleneck] and 1 bottom [jean]; no change)
  • 8 shirts (for layering; added 2)
  • 3 LS T’s (for layering; added 3)
  • 4 tanks (for layering; no change)
  • 2 thermal layers (no change)
  • 3 scarves (no change)
  • 6 workout items (3 tops and 3 bottoms; no change; not shown in closet photo)
  • 0 Short Sleeve Tops/Knits (no change)

Does purging your wardrobe make you want to shop?  (I’ve asked this question before, but am repeating it because my answer is a big fat yes, as you’ll see in my next post!)



  1. I really enjoy these posts! And…YES! Dang it! Purging does make me want to shop….. I am still working on decreasing my wardrobe and understanding how much is “enough.” Your numbers give me a better understanding of where I’m going. Seriously, thank you. 😊

    1. I am so happy to hear that the number posts are helpful. They take a while to set up, so it’s good to hear that the time is worth it! I’m still working on curbing the shopping beast once it’s awakened. Thanks for reading and commenting. Cheers, Lisa

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