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Fall 2017 Capsule re-cap

December 13, 2017

Some of the most valuable tools I have in creating capsule wardrobes are the notes I take each season on what worked and what didn’t, so here I go again with some good old fashioned closet journaling!  It’s been a very weird fall, due mostly to some incredibly hot days well into October.  And November.  And even December.  Yikes!  I’m so glad I included some lightweight fabrics in my fall capsule, but it was disappointing to not get much wear out of my lovely sweaters.  In general, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of clothing I have amassed over the past few years, and am looking toward winter with an attitude of pairing back.

I pulled some favorite outfits from the season above, and when I look at them as a set, I’m really struck by how much variety exists there.  While everything here feels like me, there aren’t any distinctive “uniforms” emerging, and I think that I can probably find a stronger “style voice” with even less.

Color – I initially was really drawn to color when putting together my wardrobe, coming off of a few capsules where I had enjoyed that quite a bit.  But I think it’s still a balance thing…and the outfits I wore this season that I loved the most were very neutral.  Having a few pieces of color goes a long way, and this season was a nice reminder of that.  I ended up returning my new pink hoodie before ever wearing it.

Fall 10×10 – This might have been my most successful 10×10 challenge yet!  I made it easy on myself by making it classic and neutral, and it was so helpful to be reminded how satisfying “easy” outfits are.  I’m really enjoying my high quality staples.

Heat – We had 100+° days well into October in LA, and it was pretty miserable.  While I was glad I included some nice warm-weather pieces (ie: linen jumpsuit, Birks, tees), I wonder if I might be better off creating an “Extended Summer” mini-capsule next time, before launching into a fall capsule.  Knowing me, I’ll still want to switch some things up after a few months out of real summer out of boredom.  But it might be more practical to focus on the weather I’m still dealing with, rather than optimistically bring out my sweaters.

Most worn:

I got a lot of wear out of my Veja sneakers.  I wore my wedgie jeans a ton, and am more in love with them than ever.  I also loved working my Esby wide leg Lucia pants into the mix.  Tees were go-to staples, as usual.  I also wore my Vetta 3-in-1 sweater a ton, having more opportunities to layer up on some trips.  It was a mid-season purchase that ended up being a really good one.

Least worn:

Sweaters and outerwear, because of the aforementioned heat.  I also didn’t wear my mules very much, and as lovely as they are, I’m starting to wonder whether I should get rid of them.  It’s already getting cold enough that they don’t seem so practical for winter, and on warmer days I usually opt for sandals.

If you’d like to take a look back at outfits from the fall, you can do so here!  Next week I’ll be sharing my winter capsule wardrobe!

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  • Reply Karin Rambo December 13, 2017 at 1:51 PM

    What wedgie jeans do you have? I’m thinking of getting a pair 😉 Also, I had pretty much the exact opposite with my fall capsule! Not ENOUGH sweaters! The weather has been so weird this year!

    • Reply Lo December 14, 2017 at 9:41 AM

      I have the 99% cotton wedgie jeans in Coyote Desert and some 99% cotton ones in Chalk (sometimes I Chalk pop up on eBay). I was also recently gifted (early Christmas for my family) some in DeeDee, which is off-black, and they’re 98% cotton and feel wayyyy more stretchy than the other pairs to me.

      Crazy weather is always the worst obstacle!

  • Reply TaniaS December 14, 2017 at 12:25 AM

    I love re-caps and agree it’s so helpful to reflect on the season just passed. Do you re-visit your notes at the beginning of the next year’s season?

    • Reply Lo December 14, 2017 at 9:41 AM

      Yes! I always look back to what I wore last year and how that went.

  • Reply Nimue December 17, 2017 at 12:18 PM

    I really hear you on “stronger style voice with less items” thing. I really learned this after doing my first 10×10 challenge last summer. I just love coherency in my outfits. It helps me to feel more like ‘me’ in every outfit I wear 🙂

    Loved reading this recap! It’s inspiring to see what you do with your wardrobe!

    • Reply Lo December 19, 2017 at 10:44 AM

      Thank you! I’m hoping coming up with some uniform formulas will also make it easier and breezier to get dressed on busy days.

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