Love, Lydia - Notes from a geeky, plus sized artist.: My Fall 2015 Capsule Wardrobe

Saturday, September 5, 2015

My Fall 2015 Capsule Wardrobe

Hi friends!

I'm super excited to share what I've designed to wear this fall.  Some things I thought as I was planning ended up different than I thought when I laid things out, like my balance of colors and some of my numbers.  I've also decided to have 2 flex items, how it works is they will be in my wardrobe and suitable for mostly summer weather, when it gets too cold for them I'll switch something else in that has the same purpose.  Once I switch it I can't take it back and the item goes into the box of my summer clothes, not to be seen again until spring or summer.  I'm doing this because I'm nervous about how the weather changes will impact what I can wear and I'm not totally sure what I'm doing since this is my first capsule that has any dramatic seasonal change.

So for anyone new a capsule wardrobe is a planned set of seasonal clothes (usually 30-37 pieces per season), that helps you focus on your personal style, not overspending, wearing all of what you own regularly, and getting rid of clothes that don't fit or work well for you.  In the end there's less fuss when you get dressed each day because things work well together, you can experiment more knowing things will pair well together.  It also clears out space if like me you end up with more than you wear and also hold on to things that don't fit.

Now on to the capsule wardobe pictures!

As you can see my colors changed from what I assumed last week before I laid everything out together and sorted through to get my final picks.

1 -  Old Navy ruffle henley tee
2  -  Once Upon a Tee "The Witch in the Fireplace" tee (Doctor Who/Harry Potter mashup)
3  -  Target/Pure Energy V neck sweater
4  -  Torrid Wonder Woman tee
5  -  Target/Mossimo Supply Co feather stripe, V neck tee

6  -  Forever 21+ navy cold shoulder top
7  -  Forever 21+ berry stripe crochet cardigan
8  -  Walmart/Ocean Pacific ruched top with sleeve ties
9  -  Forever 21+ cowl neck, 3/4 sleeve striped sweater
10  -  Anthropologie/T. La olive roll sleeve pocket tee
11  -  City Chic purple bubble hem camisole top
12  -  Torrid chiffon dragonfly print tank
13  -  Target/Merona purple lace sleeve top
14  -  Switchfoot band tee

15  - Target/Pure Energy charcoal lace back hoodie16  -  Forever 21+ indigo striped, 3/4 sleeve, shoulder button top
17  -  Gwynnie Bee/Isabel+Alice assymetrical tunic tank
18  -  Walmart/Faded Glory blue plaid flannel button down shirt
19  -  Maurice's olive and pink military jacket
20  -  Target/Merona olive button skirt
21  -  Amazon/Levis light wash roll cuff shorts
22  -  Amazon/Levis dark wash roll cuff shorts
23  -  Torrid floral print A line skirt

24  -  Her Universe, 9th Doctor dress
25  - Target/Mossimo Supply Co grey leggings
26  -  Cherry Velvet, Paige dress in blue floral

27  -  Lane Bryant, Genius Fit skinny jeans
28  -  Macy's/Style & co olive roll up utility pant
29  -  Dress Barn Woman floral palazzo pant

30  -  Torrid skinny jean
31  -  Torrid brown faux suede ballet flat
32  -  Modcloth/ H.G. Bass floral platform olive sandal
33  -  Torrid zip ankle, embellished skinny jean

34  -  Hushpuppies/Trendsetters black with wood ankle boot
35  -  Payless/American Eagle blue twist ballet flat
36  -  Old Navy indigo paisley flip flops
37  -  Toms pomegranate corduroy classic slip ons

Whew! Tell me what you think of my selections and let me know if I missed anything I should have on my list.  Normally I would have some Converse shoes but when I tried on the pair that I'd set aside for this capsule I found they didn't fit me correctly.  I may buy new ones for my winter capsule since I really love them.

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  1. So interesting! I've been intrigued by capsule wardrobes. I'm such a terrible clothes hoarder!!! I hold on to way too much that doesn't fit or flatter, or things I just don't wear often enough.

    1. Thanks! I found myself grappling with the same problems, and thinking that I wish I had more to spend on quality pieces that fit well. Slowly I'm getting there with 2/3 of the clothes I owned now gone or leaving my home soon. It's nice to feel that what I have left is a concentrated dose of goodness!

  2. I wish I could be this smart and organized about my clothing!

    1. It took a little time to get into the groove, but it's been well worth it for me. The most time consuming part was just trying everything on that I hadn't worn in a while so I could figure out what fit well and what didn't!

  3. This is so intriguing Lydia. I have never done a capsule wardrobe before and I am so curious to hear your thoughts on how you feel it worked for you.

    Designing From My Closet

    1. It's been really good for me, because I'd moved twice and had so much I'd been holding on to that it was great to get everything that didn't fit or work out of my closet. This is my second season doing it and I'm a little nervous about how the temperature transitions will go, but I think summer went great. It's been very insightful for figuring out what I actually wear and like VS what I sometimes buy thinking I'd like and them maybe don't later.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I really liked reading your take on Poshmark. I need to set up an account and start selling there so I can make a comparison between it and Thred Up. I lean towards Poshmark being better for me because I like having more control, but it's all speculation till I actually go try it!