capsule wardrobe

Fall 2017 capsule wardrobe

September 13, 2017

I’m jumping the gun, calendar-wise, a bit with fall this year because a) I think it makes more sense.  Mentally, my summer ends in August.  And b) I planned this capsule way early and was too excited to get into it.  Because I had fun with color over the summer, I kept a healthy amount in my fall capsule (and I’m already wondering if it’s too much!).  I’m focusing on dusty pinks and earthy greens, with a pop of sky blue, and grounded by camel–it’s the camel that really makes it feel “fall.”  I was going to add some deep garnet red with a new sweater, but ultimately decided to take it slower on that choice.  If I’m still dying for it in winter, the holidays will be perfect for it, but I truly don’t need it now.

This feels like my most varied capsule to date in terms of diversity of pieces.  I have a good cross-section of tees, button-ups, sweaters of different types, and sweatshirts of different types.  I have 2 different one-pieces, one body-con and one oversized.  And I went big on pants this season.  They’re all high-waisted, but wide-leg, skinny, relaxed, and jogger silhouettes are all represented.  I have some pieces that are very ladylike and some that are sort of sporty, some that are both.  I have edgy and cozy, black and pastels, warm and cold weather-appropriate.  Overall, this feels like a very balanced capsule, and I’m excited to wear some old favorites again.

Let’s talk risks.  The dress is somewhat new, purchased mid-summer and primarily relegated to formal occasions, but it also works casually, so I’m going to give it a go for everyday.  And I’m not sure if the jumpsuit, white jeans, or new blue slides are really “fall,” but historically we’ve had some hot Septembers in LA, so I’m trying to be realistic about weather.  I already know I like keeping my Birks handy year-round.  I decided to keep my rain coat (and navy in general) out of this capsule, but I’ll definitely reach for it if it gets wet.  Click through to see all sources!

My full list is below.  As always, I try to link to my exact item whenever possible, but in the event of pieces no longer available, I try to link to a close “ethical” option.  Items with asterisks are new this season, items in italics are rolled over from summer, and everything else was pulled from storage.  I got 3 news pieces for fall and spent about $185, but that’s sort of a false number.  I found the slides on super sale, and the sweatshirt was really affordable to start with.  My Esby Lucia pants are normally $225, but I had a gift credit there from some pants I had tried for my husband earlier in the year that didn’t work out, so I wasn’t paying full price.

OUTERWEAR (4 pieces):

jean jacket – Levi’s Waterless, old (similar) // sherpa jacket – Current/Elliott, old (similar) // check blazer – Steven Alan, old (similarsimilar, similar) // cardigan – Zady, old (similar, similar with convertible turtleneck!)

TOPS (13 pieces):

cropped sweater – Everlane, old (similar v-neck) // chunky turtleneck – Zady // high neck blouse – H&M Conscious, old (similar) // white tee – Yes Way Rosé, old (similar) // print button-up – Madewell, old (similar) // red striped tee – Alternative Apparel, old (similar) // rose sweater – Madewell, old (similar) // pink hoodie* – Everlane, old (other colors, similar) // gray sweater – Everlane // striped tee – Everlane // chambray button-up – H&M Conscious, old (similar) // green sweatshirt – Everlane, old (other colors) // green tee – Everlane, old (other colors)

BOTTOMS (8 pieces):

work pants – Urban Renewal, old (similar, similar) // Clyde pants – Elizabeth Suzann, old (other colors/fabric) // wedgie jeans – Levi’s WaterLess // denim culottes – J.Crew, old (other wash) // ponte pants – Brass Clothing // camel Lucia pants* – Esby Apparel // white jeans – Levi’s, old (similar, similar, similar) // black joggers – Need Supply Co., old (similar)

ONE-PIECES (2 pieces):

rib knit dress – Everlane // linen jumpsuit – Reifhaus

SHOES (7 pieces):

mules – Rachel Comey // slides* – Marais USA (other colors) // loafers – Emerson Fry, old (similar) // Arizonas – Birkenstock // white sneakers – Veja // high tops – Converse // chelsea boots – Loeffler Randall, old (similar)

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