Fall Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 2) — The 5 Steps To Update A Capsule Wardrobe

July 24, 2017


It’s one of my favorite times of the year—the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale—and in my last post I began my Fall Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 1).  Last time I put together an action plan for shopping the sale.  This plan focused on becoming familiar with the merchandise that is currently on sale, plugging up any wardrobe holes, and ensuring that the pieces that I buy will help me to create outfits.

So what did I order and more importantly—why?

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe Check-In

April 27, 2017

spring capsule wardrobe check-in

It’s time to check-in on my 2017 Spring Capsule Wardrobe.

My area gets roughly 3 months of spring weather—March, April, and May.  With 2 months under my belt since my Spring And Summer Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 3), I thought it would be a good time to check-in on how my Spring Capsule Wardrobe is doing thus far this season.  Here’s what’s working, and what isn’t:

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Spring And Summer Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 3)

(This is part three of a three-part series.  For part one, click here and for part two, click here.  This will be a long and photo heavy post.)

February 27, 2017


9 new additions to the spring capsule wardrobe

Camo Hoodie | Boyfriend Shirt | Turtleneck Tunic (similar)

Ivory Blouse | Ivory Knit (similar) | Olive Knit (similar)

Blue Short Bootcut Jeans |Black Straight Ankle Jeans | Brown Flat Shoes

In the last couple of posts I’ve been working on updating my Spring and Summer Capsule Wardrobe.  It’s time for Part Three, where I’ll review what I purchased and how I am planning to wear some of the new things I’ve added to my Spring and Summer Capsule Wardrobe.

Part Three: Purchase Review and Wardrobe Planning.

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Spring And Summer Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 2)

(This is part two of a three-part series.  For part one, click here.)

February 20, 2017


I’m almost ready to start getting some of these!

In my last post I began prepping my spring and summer capsule wardrobes.  Now that I’ve organized what I already own for these two capsule wardrobes, it’s time for me to think about what I am going to go out and buy.

Part Two-Write my shopping list.

Before I can shop, first I have to create a list.  I prepared my shopping list with these 3 steps:

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Spring And Summer Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 1)

February 13, 2017


With the arrival of spring merchandise in the stores, I really want to go shopping.  But before I do I’m going to prep my wardrobe for the arrival of new additions by following the 5-steps outlined above.  This process will be a 3-part series:

  1. Part One I’ll review, edit, and shop my closet for my Spring and Summer Capsule Wardrobes.
  2. Part Two I’ll write my shopping list and go shopping for my Spring and Summer Capsule Wardrobes.
  3. Part Three I’ll review what I purchased and how I am planning to wear some of the new things I’ve added to my Spring and Summer Capsule Wardrobes.

Now onto the fun!

Part One-Review, Edit, and Shop My Closet

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No Longer Special

November 27, 2016

The holiday’s are approaching fast bringing with it one of my favorite things about this time of year, the opportunity to get dressed up.  My special occasion capsule is one of my least used capsules in my wardrobe.  In fact, it’s used so little I’m purging it!

Why on earth would someone do this right before the holiday’s arrive?

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Released Back Into The Sea

September 13, 2016

short and tall wedge boots

Left: Sale Boots // Right: Already Own Boots

During my favorite sale, I fell in love with the green plaid boots on the left.  I went back and forth, undecided on purchasing them.  They weren’t on my shopping list, and I had already picked up a pair of short boots during the sale.  BUT….they were super cute and they were on sale!

Right before the sale ended, I snatched them up.  After all, they were from a brand (Sorel) I already knew, they were a wedge heel (ie comfy for my fussy feet) and did I mention the most important point of all—they were on sale!

But when I brought them home, everything changed.

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Tackling The Jeans

July 17, 2016

multiple pairs of jeans

My overfilled jeans capsule wardrobe.

Encouraged by DH’s recent T-shirt purge, I decided to tackle one of the clothing areas that has managed to climb up in number on me lately, jeans.  I sport my jeans daily, making this a challenging area for me during a closet edit.

As someone with a pear shape body, athletic build, and short in height, bottoms are always a headache for me to shop for.  In fact, I am often so aggravated when shopping for any type of bottom, I eliminated dresses and skirt from my closet a long time ago, and I rarely sport shorts.  I only own 3 pairs of shorts and I haven’t worn them since going on holiday in May.  Even in our current 90-100F temperatures, you will typically find me in jeans.  My general tendency to run cold in air conditioned settings, combined with the fit challenges due to my body type, means that bottoms are just as hard for me to purge, as they are to shop for.

Here’s how I purged my jeans:

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Fast To Buy, Slow To Purge

May 17, 2016

4 pairs of Lucky Brand jeans.

4 new pairs of jeans in under 20 minutes.

I recently stumbled across one of my favorite jean manufacturers, holding an exceptional sale.  The Lucky Brand outlet store had select pairs of Lucky Brand jeans discounted enough times for a total cost of $12 to $16 per pair of jeans.  I immediately jumped at the chance to purchase my beloved jeans at such a low price, after all these jeans typically start at a cost of $74.50 per pair.

It took me less than 20 minutes to have the sales associate pull the jeans in my size and favorite styles.  I walked out with the 4 pairs of jeans at the top of this post.  Then came the hard part.  Figuring out which pairs of jeans to purge from my wardrobe.  It took me over 2 hours to select 4 pairs of jeans to donate.

Why did it take longer to purge than buy?

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Repeat Failure

April 29, 2016

The pair on the left has been sitting since 2014.

I’m a big fan of duplicating items in my wardrobe, for style, color, and sometimes even both.  Often when I purchase something and the item turns out to be a workhorse piece (ie reached for often), I am easily encouraged to repeat the item in my wardrobe.

But then there are the times, when repeating a purchase doesn’t work out as well as one planned.  The shoes at the top of this post are a great example.

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