Autumn Capsule Wardrobe Wrap Up

December 27, 2016

Outfits from my autumn capsule wardrobeIt’s time to wrap up your autumn capsule wardrobe and prepare your winter capsule wardrobe. This year I’m not completely switching out my wardrobe for winter. But wanted to do sort of half way review post to share how I’ve got on with my autumn/winter wardrobe so far. Like with my summer wrap up, I’m going to do this in a question and answer style to avoid rambling on too much.

Lessons Learnt/Takeaways From My Autumn Capsule Wardrobe

  1. The size of your capsule wardrobe doesn’t matter. It was one of my autumn capsule wardrobe goals to create a half year wardrobe rather than have 4 separate wardrobes a year. Here in Scotland, the weather doesn’t change that dramatically between autumn and winter, it just gets a bit colder with more snow. So it doesn’t make sense to switch everything over at this time of year. I made my autumn wardrobe a little bigger so that it would cover any possible weather conditions. Having the extra choice and options has helped so much when dealing with the Scottish weather.
  2. I have a better understanding of my real lifestyle. This capsule was really about focusing on my real lifestyle and giving up the fantasy lifestyle. I’m at home most of the time (I work from home) so don’t need to dress up for work and I don’t attend many fancy events. I have a couple of more formal options but my current wardrobe is mostly casual pieces which I wear on a day to day basis.
  3. It’s OK to dress boring. I’ve read a couple of things recently about minimal wardrobes being dull and boring but if you’re happy with your wardrobe that doesn’t matter. I’m not someone who wears a lot of pattern or piles on the accessories and that’s OK. Normally I have no accessories and wear the simplest outfits. To be honest it’s mostly because I’m not thinking about styling in the mornings and just want to throw some clothes on.
  4. I like have a more relaxed, flexible capsule wardrobe. This season I allowed myself to add new pieces and pull things out of storage if I felt like it. Although I didn’t pull anything out of my summer pieces but did like having the option. I have added a few pieces in throughout the season and I’ve liked having a relaxed approach to shopping again. Other than filling in a couple of gaps I notice and replacing worn out items, I haven’t done too much shopping.

Outfits from my autumn capsule wardrobeMost Worn Pieces

  1. Knitwear – I struggled to identify which knits were my most worn as they’ve all been on regular rotation.
  2. Black Flat Ankle Boots – These have been my go-to whenever I pop out so easy to put on and work with pretty much every outfit.
  3. Skinny Jeans – During the summer I lived in my girlfriend jeans but as the weather has cooled I’ve been reaching for my skinny jeans again. They look a lot better with ankle boots and help balance out oversized jumpers.
  4. Flannel Shirt – This one is a surprise to me as I was umming and ahhing about including this in my capsule wardrobe. This is great for days in the house as it’s not too warm when the heatings is on but it’s still cosy enough for an autumn day.

Least Worn Pieces

  1. Stripe Button-Down Shirt – This was actually one of my most worn summer pieces. I kept it in as a layering option but haven’t reached for it much. The fabric is just too lightweight to add any warmth to an outfit. I’m going to take this out of my capsule and add it to my summer pieces currently in storage.
  2. White Shirt – I included this in case I had to attend any more formal meetings or interviews but I haven’t worn it at all. It’s a very business style shirt which is a little uncomfortable to wear which means I reach for other shirts on more formal days.
  3. Red Shift Dress – Similar to the white shirt I included this for any formal meetings or interviews but just haven’t worn it. Along with the white shirt, I’m going to put this in storage to pull out if I ever need it.

Outfits from my autumn capsule wardrobeWhat Worked Well

Adopting a more relaxed approach and no longer focusing on the total number has made the experience more enjoyable. I remember last year I didn’t include enough cosy knits in my autumn capsule and found myself struggling come December. Lesson learnt from that capsule and all my winter weather clothes are included in this one. This wardrobe has options for really cold days as well as slightly warmer days. I’ve never felt restricted and overall the wardrobe has worked well.

What Would I Change

I think I would add in a few more comfy bottom options. I tend to change out of skinny jeans later in the day as they aren’t the comfiest things for relaxing at night. This means I’m throwing on either my PJ bottoms or sweats. I’m not sure what the alternative is here as most jeans can be a little uncomfortable. Maybe I need to look into nicer loungewear options which I don’t feel embarrassed answering the door in.

Changes For Winter

I’m not making many changes going into winter. Other than pulling out my least worn pieces everything is staying the same. I’ve added a couple of things throughout the season and have a couple of things on my list to look for in the sales. I did need to replace my blue skinny jeans as they were getting too worn looking. I’m also thinking about replacing my black skinny jeans too if I find a suitable pair. I also fancy getting a cosy cardigan and some new slippers. Yes, I’m pretty much an 81-year-old woman!

What I’ve Added

  1. Black knit swing dress (seen here)
  2. Oversized Grey Jumper
  3. Flat Black Ankle Boots (replacing existing ones)
  4. Blue Skinny Jeans (replacing existing ones)

Goals For My Winter Capsule Wardrobe

  1. Post more real life outfits. This was one of my autumn goals but I’m carrying it forward into winter. I think when you wear something similar every day it can feel a little boring to post those outfits. But if I’m sitting here telling you it’s OK to repeat outfits then perhaps I should repeat a little more on the blog. Obviously, I’m going to show the same outfit every week but I do want to show more of my real life outfits.
  2. More Layering. Another autumn goal carried forward. I don’t want to get into the habit of just throwing on a chunky knit on cold days. Now I’m working from home I can be a little more flexible with my outfits. And unlike my old office, my house is actually warm during the day.
  3. Style Challenges. 10×10 style challengeI really enjoyed doing the at the beginning of autumn and creating my festive mix and match wardrobe. These short challenges really help to push styling and outfit ideas. I’m planning on doing another 10×10 in January as it’ll be interesting to try it again during colder weather.

Outfits from my autumn capsule wardrobe. Click through to read my thoughts on this season's wardrobe and plans for my winter capsule wardrobe


6 responses to “Autumn Capsule Wardrobe Wrap Up”

  1. Charlotte says:

    I really enjoy the idea of stopping and thinking what you actually need. I’ve said before I don’t think I will ever have a full capsule wardrobe but actually since reading your blog I think you have rubbed off on me! I haven’t boug a single thing in the sales, when I would usually order loads

    Charlotte |

  2. Natalie says:

    I’ve often contemplated building a capsule wardrobe but my problem is I love colours and patterns and can get bored with plain outfits!

    • Jen says:

      You can have a capsule wardrobe with lots of colour and pattern. Have a look on Pinterest for inspiration. I like more simple styles which does make it easier but you can definitely have a bright and colourful capsule wardrobe. If you do make one I’d love to know how you get on.

  3. Your autumn winter capsule wardrobe is beautiful! I love how coordinated and chic the pieces all look. I also like how you’re not restricting yourself too much because who needs the added stress in life, right! It’s a really good idea to reflect back on what has worked and what hasn’t, and it sounds like you are really getting to know your outfit needs to match your lifestyle! This has really inspired me to give capsule wardrobes a go, especially when you don’t have to be too strict on yourself! I’m looking forward to looking through the rest of your posts ☺ xx

    • Jen says:

      You totally should give a capsule wardrobe a go, just make sure you create one which works for you. No need to be strict on yourself at the end of the day it’s only clothes

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