Fall Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 5) — Review And Final Decisions

August 7, 2017

2017 fall capsule wardrobe closet

I’ve made it to the final step to prepare my fall capsule wardrobe.  In my last post I reviewed everything I bought from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I picked up lots of goodies during the sale, but alas, one store was not enough to complete my fall capsule wardrobe.  Today I’m going to:

  • Review the additional pieces that I bought for my fall capsule wardrobe
  • Explain what I do with hold items (as well as how many I keep on hold and for how long)
  • Crunch the numbers to see how many items I’m going to start with when I begin using this capsule

Now onto the fun!


In addition to the 8 items I bought from Nordstrom, I found an additional 5 pieces from Lucky Brand that were perfect for my cowgirl boots.

lucky brand new clothes

New stuff from Lucky Brand!

That brings me to 13 new things for my fall capsule wardrobe.  But wait, back in Part 2 I already had a full capsule wardrobe!  So now what am I supposed to do?  Well, it’s time to make some tough decisions on what’s got to go so I can keep my new things.

I’m donating these 8 pieces from my closet.  I find it helpful to review why I’m getting rid of something as knowledge for future direction for my wardrobe.


Items moving on to a new home.

  • Navy Crochet Cardigan.  The sleeves on this have stretched out over time and now they fall past my hands.  I look like a little kid wearing mom’s clothes.
  • Red Print Top.  This top has shrunk in the wash and the sleeves no longer fall to my wrists, exactly the opposite issue of the cardigan above!
  • Blue Pullover.  The materials has started to turn rough from washing over time.
  • Striped Three-Quarter Sleeve Turtleneck.  I don’t have a long neck and have started phasing out classic style turtlenecks from my wardrobe.
  • White Top.  This is 2 years old and I wouldn’t mind a replacement next summer.
  • White Tank Top.  This is another item I wouldn’t mind replacing next summer.
  • Blue Printed Scarf.  I like my new blue scarf better than this one so I’m moving it to a new home.
  • Black Ballet Flats.  I’m really excited about getting rid of these flats.  I’ve owned them for 3 years, paid only $39.98 for them, and have worn them 79 times.  That’s a cost per wear (or use) of 51 cents!

Clothes on hold, for now.

I’m also putting these 4 pieces on hold.  The two peasant tops and the green cropped trousers are from my summer capsule wardrobe.  After reviewing my fall capsule again I’m only going to get a week or 2 of use out of the 2 peasant tops and the green cropped trousers, which are from my summer capsule wardrobe.  The purple jeans are from my spring capsule wardrobe.  I don’t see anything that I want to pair with the jeans now that I’ve removed both the blue cardigan and blue pullover from my closet.  But I’m not ready to give them up yet so I’ll keep them on hold until I put together my winter capsule wardrobe.  All of this talk about putting pieces on hold brings up an interesting question:

How long will I keep something on hold?

This is a difficult question to answer.  If I keep something on hold for too long, it’ll start to clutter up my closet over time, because I’ll just keep adding to the hold pile.  Get rid of something too fast and I’ll end up with purging regret, and go run out and buy a repeat of what I already owned.

Since my goal is a small, highly functional wardrobe with few pieces that sit unworn, I generally don’t keep anything on hold for more than 1 year.  Remember, I live in a 4 season state and my capsule’s change roughly every 3 months.  Something that sits for 1 season is fine for me, but if it is a seasonal item and it’s sitting out a season, then I’m waiting another 9 months until I can wear it again.  If the season rolls around again and I still don’t want to use it, then it has to go!  Otherwise things will sit, and sit, and sit and the hold pile will get bigger, and bigger, and bigger, and eventually I’ll end up with a closet filled with more things on hold than I can use!

Are there any exceptions to the 1 year rule?

Yes, of course!  The only pieces that I’ll let sit unworn for more than 1 year are my sentimental items.  The truly irreplaceable pieces in my closet.  But again this is a fine line.  Keep too many sentimental things and I’ll once again own a closet filled with more things I can’t use than you can use.  Ultimately, there’s no hard fast number of what to keep on hold or how long to do so, it’s a personal choice.  But if you are looking for a number, I keep it to what I can count on 1 hand.  That’s only 5 pieces!  This number may be too small for someone else, maybe they need 2 hands, that’s 10 items.  But for me, 5 is more than enough.

2017 fall capsule wardrobe closet

2017 Fall Capsule Wardrobe // Clothes

Now onto the number crunching.  I have 48 clothing items in my 2017 fall capsule wardrobe including:

  • 2 hoodies
  • 2 blazers
  • 3 jackets
  • 4 cardigans
  • 3 pullover knits
  • 7 t-shirts (3 long sleeve and 4 short sleeve)
  • 5 tank tops
  • 12 tops (3 shirts, 3 three-quarter sleeve tunics, 1 three-quarter sleeve knit, 1 off the shoulder, 1 long-sleeve, 1 short sleeve modal, 2 sleeveless)
  • 7 jeans (1 boyfriend, 4 skinny, 2 bootcut)
  • 3 scarves
fall capsule wardrobe shoes

2017 Fall Capsule Wardrobe // Shoes

I also have 10 pairs of shoes (I forgot to include the Adidas Superstars when I took the photo, whoops!):

  • 2 cowgirl boots
  • 2 pointy toe flats
  • 1 Adidas Superstar sneakers (not shown)
  • 2 booties
  • 1 short boot
  • 1 knee high boot
  • 1 over the knee boot

That brings the total for this wardrobe to 58 items.

I find it’s always helpful to review what I bought, with what’s already in my capsule wardrobe.  I do this for 2 reasons: 1) this review allows me to ensure that what I purchased will work well with the pieces in my wardrobe, and, 2) I have a collection of pre-planned outfits to grab and go on rush days when I don’t have time to fiddle with assembling an outfit in the morning.  In my last post I presented how I’m planning to wear the new pieces I bought during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale so I won’t repeat them again.

This capsule wardrobe is looking a little overstuffed to me, so I’ll be checking in after the first month to see if I can shrink it down a little.  Until then, all I need is for Sept 1 to arrive so I can start using my 2017 fall capsule wardrobe.

Here are the previous posts in this series:

Is your fall capsule wardrobe ready?



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