Capsule Wardrobe – Winter 2015

Winter capsule

After Eli was born my wardrobe was all over the place as my body adjusted to its new normal. I was still wearing some maternity items (ahem, pants) while incorporating more of my regular wardrobe (allll the shirts!!).

It was a joy to befriend some of my pre-pregnancy gear but I found myself at odds with how to organize my closet. Given how quickly my body was changing week to week,  it was hard to shop or fill the holes knowing that something may or may not fit later that same month!

Nursing was also a new maze to navigate. Some old items I had always loved I soon discovered were totally impractical for nursing a new babe. Back to the box they went. So the summer was a wardrobe “free” month in which I wore what fit and learned how to make nursing a non-issue.

But, dear friends, a new season is upon us! And with that I decided it was high time to return again to the idea of a capsule wardrobe.

The name of the game this season is warmth, warmth, warmth and to identify what uniform makes me feel best. I already have a good idea but I’d like to refine it further. I had a jump start when earlier this fall some friends and I hosted a super fun clothing swap and I came out with so many fresh goodies that fit both my style and needs. And they were all free! A happy scenario indeed.

So, here is my official winter capsule, 41 items in total including tops, bottoms, dresses, and shoes. I left out major outwear like my parka and cold weather jackets as well as yoga clothes, and pajamas. The one item I would still like to add is a pair of stylish, warm snow boots at a reasonable price.

Tees – 8

White T

Craftsbury General Store T

Blue V-neck T

Navy T

Gray T

Gray Sorry I’m Late T

Black T

Black V-neck T

Shirts – 6

Black 3/4 Turtleneck shirt

White 3/4 Stripe shirt

Black long sleeve shirt

Black henley shirt

Red zip shirt

Plaid flannel

Sweaters and jackets – 10

Embroidered sweater

Black sweater

Black/white stripe sweater

Green wool sweater

Red cashmere sweater

Mustard swing sweater

Green fleece

Brown heather sweater

Gray hoodie sweatshirt

Green puffy vest

Bottoms – 7

Black leggings x2

Brown leggings

Jeans medium wash

Jeans dark wash

Jeans black

Navy corduroys

Dresses – 3

Navy/white stripe maxi dress

Teal/white stripe dress

Teal fancy dress

Shoes – 7

Green hunter boots

Hiking shoes

Brown zip ankle boots

Brown laced ankle boots

Brown fuzzy lined ankle boots

Black danskos

Brown tall boots

Snow boots*



Capsule Wardrobe – Spring 2015

Long before the idea of a capsule wardrobe became popular, I found myself choosing among a tightly edited number of garments. With so many moves under our belts and a growing dissatisfaction with not having a well-defined “style” I had eliminated much of my closet.

Then I learned of the idea of a “capsule” wardrobe, which is pretty much what I was already doing but with more precision and intention. Essentially, you cull your closet of things that don’t fit, you never wear, or simply don’t like, etc. and then divide the remaining items by season.

For example, in spring I don’t need my swimsuits or long coats so those I will keep in storage until the proper season. Meanwhile, most capsules hover around 30-40 pieces (not including pajamas, undergarments, and workout gear). I looked through my already sparse closet and cleared out another bag full of things and then selected my Spring Capsule. Spoiler alert: I’m in LOVE with this process!

The fun challenge this spring is my growing belly. For the first two trimesters I was able to get away with wearing only my regular clothes but now I’m relying a lot on maternity shirts and leggings.

As I laid out my capsule it was also interesting to note that I rely heavily on neutral colors–mostly black and gray specifically with a good dose of denim. I consciously tried to add in more white shirts which I have up until now avoided on account of always managing to spill something within the first five minutes of wearing them. Well, it is time to give them another try!

I’ve been wearing only these items since the beginning of April and I plan to continue with this capsule until the end of June or when the baby arrives. At that point I will switch over to a summer wardrobe. Some of the items will remain the same and others will change. I really love that feeling of taking a well worn/loved item out of storage and having it feel new again. That will probably help curb the appeal of spontaneous shopping since I know I’ll be able to shop my own closet each season!


14 tops | 5 pants | 4 dresses | 6 sweater/jackets | 6 shoes = 35 total items