It’s here! My Fall Capsule post! I’m pretty excited to be sharing it with you today, and I hope you like it!
To be perfectly honest, this capsule was super tough for me to put together, caused me a lot of frustration, and it is still somewhat in flux. Due to two pregnancies and postpartum weight fluctuations, I haven’t had a solid Fall wardrobe since 2011, and my style has changed a lot since then. So I spent a lot of time and effort trying to figure out what I really like. Some of my favorite stores are sporting styles that just aren’t me, so trying to find the ideal pieces hasn’t been easy.
As much as I would love the absolutely PERFECT capsule wardrobe, I am a SAHM and my husband is working his first job just out of school. We are on a budget and I had to try to be prudent with my purchases. The result was a few items that I ended up with aren’t absolutely ideal, but they work well in my capsule, and I can wait until next year’s capsule to replace them. For example, I really wanted a navy puffer vest for my wardrobe, but they are pretty pricey if you want a quality one, so I searched and haunted EBay until I found one (I thought) I liked! When it arrived at my door, it wasn’t exactly what I had expected. The collar was a large and floppy, and not at all what I had envisioned. But it was a non-refundable transaction, and the vest was comfortable, warm, and of high quality. Scarfs do a great job concealing the oversized collar, and when it’s super chilly out, it will look *great* zipped. So for this year, it stays. I just had to be realistic (even though it wasn’t perfect) and that was the best decision. And you know what? I’ve already worn it several times, and the collar may just grow on me as the season progresses! We’ll see!
Also, when you see my capsule below, I marked all the items I bought second-hand. This was because I wanted to show you that you CAN create a capsule that you love on a budget. I will write a more detailed post on thrifting your capsule later. Be on the lookout!
So on to the wardrobe! I have 40 items posted below (my goal is to stay at 40 or less), but at least 3 of the tops are much more summery, and will phase out as it cools off. If the item is in bold, I bought it new for this year’s capsule. If it has a * beside it, I rolled it over from my previous capsule.
From Left to Right: 41Hawthorn Navy Blue Open Cardigan: Stitch Fix August 2015, John Bay Burgundy Cardigan: JCPenny, Merino Wool Berry Cardigan: Banana Republic (thrifted)*, Navy and White tank: Gap (thrifted)*
Purple Sleeveless Blouse: LOFT,* Navy Blue Loose knit Sweater: Gap (thrifted from ThredUP), Gray flowy tee: Gap, Dark Gray Sweater: Gap Factory (thrifted)
Rust colored sweater: LOFT (thrifted from ThredUP), Denim Chambray: H&M, Plaid shirt: Maurices, White loose weave sweater: Old Navy (thrifted)*,
Beige sweater: Maurices (thrifted), White waterfall lace tank: Zulily*, Striped Tee: Zenana Outfitters/Ross*, Striped Long Sleeve Top: H&M
Navy patterned blouse: Old Navy (thrifted)*, Silver Sweater: LOFT (thrifted from ThredUP) Pink Dress: Cynthia Steffe (thrifted)*, Striped Dress: LOFT*
Ponte striped dress: Merona/Target (thrifted), Navy sleeveless dress: H&M, Medium Wash Skinny Jeans: LOFT*, Straight Leg Jeans: Paige Denim (thrifted)*,
Ponte knit burgundy skinnies: Maurices, Gray Skinny Cords: Target, Black Ponte Skinnies: Maurices*
Blue Pencil Skirt (thrifted)* Navy A-line skirt: Gap, Gray Pencil Skirt: Romy
Khaki Trench Coat: Banana Republic Factory, Navy Puffer Vest: Joules (thrifted), Lightweight Khaki Anorak: St. John’s Bay/JCPenny
Heels — Black Basic: Nine West,* Nude Alex Marie Slingbacks: (thrifted)*
Flats –Navy Ballet Flats: Payless,* Burgundy Ballet: Old Navy
Boots — Riding Boot: Payless, Black ankle Bootie: Fergalicious, Cognac Bootie: Tesori (thrifted)
I am LOVING this capsule so far, and the weather dropped about 20 degrees this week, which has given some of these pieces a lot of use already! I would love feedback on what you all think, and like I said before, try it for yourself! You won’t regret it!