It’s been an on going struggle for me to get dressed in the morning. Serious enough of a struggle that I contemplate my existence every time I try to put my outfit together.
….I can’t be alone. Am I?!
The thoughts start with, “Oh this shirt will do. Oh wait, what pants? Hmm, I need pants to match this style. But money… Oh but the poor and needy. Why money? Why Clothes?! WHY?! I give up on clothes…wait, I can’t…”
See you’re feeling me now. So anyways, I’ve processed this all and FINALLY have a plan to take over the world. Okay, no, just my closet. We gotta start with the small things in life, right, to get to the world next?
Those of you that read my wardrobe plan may remember I made some goals:
- To have a clean, minimal, thought-through wardrobe,
- in which I know my “style”,
- to take only a few minutes in the morning to choose an outfit,
- and when shopping I can easily say, “YES – I need this!” or “Nope – don’t need it. Pass.”
So, I chose these words to describe my style:
multipurpose, neutral in color, timeless (minimal design), and handmade or perfect fitting.
AND now the fun part… I went through my closet and cleaned out everything that doesn’t fit my description, and picked out new items online to fill the gaps.
I’ve heard through the inter-webs of the internet about this capsule wardrobe idea. I finally looked into it and decided….welp, it’s a good idea. No wonder why people are about it. Each has their own variations, including me.
I’m doing a wardrobe for each season. 12 shirts and 8 of everything else. Shoes, outerwear, pants, and workout gear.
So first, after sorting out my current wardrobe and collecting items I wanted to keep, I found them or a similar item on the web. And then chose (saved on an amazon list, not purchased – I wish, but budget first y’all.) new items to fit the gaps to complete my fall wardrobe.
I’m saying this last but it’s most important – this wardrobe has a budget. Now as time passes, money comes and deals arise, I’ll carefully keep my eye out for ONLY these items.
Classic White Shirt from ASOS | Striped T-shirt by ZARA | Drop Sleeve Pull Over Sweater by Gap | Utility Tunic by Gap | Batwing Cardigan by Gap | Dark Denim Shirt by ASOS | Gingham Pull Over by Target | Fine Knit Sweater by H&M | Black Blouse by ASOS | Plaid Shirt by GAP | Boyfriend Cardigan by ASOS | Classic Chambray Shirt by GAP
What I’m looking for (5 items out of 12) The Striped T-shirt, Dark Denim Shirt, Fine Knit Sweater, Plaid Shirt, and a new Chambray Shirt (mine has a hole). I looked up the cost of all these shirts total. $127.
Black High-Rise Jeans by Gap | Cropped Wide Leg Pants by J.Crew | Mid-Rise Everyday Jeans by Old Navy | Girl Friend Jeans by H&M | Slim Trousers by ASOS | Midi Skirt by Rodales | High Waist Skinny Jeans by H&M | Denim Culottes by H&M
What I’m looking for: (3 out of the 8) Black Skinny jeans, Trousers, and High Rise Skinny Jeans $110
What I’m looking for: (0 out of the 8)
Loafer by Franco Sarto | Black High Heel Ankle Boots by ZARA | Black Flats by Express | Riding Boots by Target | Rain Boots by Hunter | Suede Ankle Boots by Forever21 | Pumps by Franco Sarto | Suede Low Tops by Vans
What I’m looking for: (0 out of the 8)
Long T-shirt by H&M | Training Shoes by Under Armour | High Neck Tank by ASOS | Long Over-sized Hoodie by ASOS | Jogger Sweat Pants by Forever21 | Jersey Tank Top by H&M | Cold Gear Tights by Under Armour | Cropped T-Shirt by H&M
What I’m looking for: (4 out of 8) Crop T-shirt, Long T-shirt, Shoes, high neck tank. $30 for clothes and $78 for shoes (shoes are on a separate budget)
What I like most about planning my fall wardrobe is that when I get discouraged in the morning, I can look at these images and put together my outfit. Somehow I manage to forget what I have or what items match with even though it’s hanging in front of me.