Tuesday, January 24, 2017

#20pieces28days Wardrobe Challenge

I first heard about capsule wardrobes a few years ago from the Unfancy blog. I'm interested in the principles of a capsule wardrobe but I never took the plunge. Most capsules are designed for an entire season, so X number of clothing items that will be worn over three months. I know that I would get sick of wearing the same things for that long stretch of time. I decided to challenge myself by creating a small capsule wardrobe to be worn over just one month. My intention is to do one month for every season. In 2017, I'm starting with Winter and my month will be February, hence #20pieces28days.

I will be doing blog posts of my outfits weekly, but I will likely post to Instagram every day. Follow me there as knottygnome and look for the hashtag #20pieces28days.

Rules

  1. I have chosen 20 pieces for a month long capsule. 5 pairs of pants, 5 shirts, 5 pairs of shoes, and 5 pieces of outerwear.
  2. This is my work/leaving the house wardrobe. Sleepwear, loungewear, coats, and workout clothes don't count.
  3. I am also allowing myself extra layers if it's cold, like camisoles or leggings b/c they are underlayers that aren't part of styling the outfits.
  4. I can wear any jewelry, accessories, or handbags that I want. In fact, I'm depending on changing these things up to keep my looks fresh.

I thought about including one dress or skirt, but for winter, I really do wear pants the vast majority of the time so i don't think it's necessary. I included one short sleeve tee because the weather so far has been abnormally mild. I have about a week though to change my mind b/c it's starting to get colder here again. I may end up switching it out for another long sleeve. If I do, I will come back and update the post.

I'm really hoping to learn a few things during this challenge, namely if I can get through it without getting sick of the clothes. I'm also hoping to identify any holes I might have in my wardrobe. I also went for a basic balance--5 of each category but I'm not sure if I would've been better off with a heavier balance of tops to bottoms. Now, onto the clothes!

Shirts

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J Crew Factory Plaid Shirt: This is just a basic button down and I wear a lot of plaid. I have some plaid flannel shirts that I thought about using instead but the mild winter has me thinking this one will be more versatile.

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Madewell Tee: This is an aqua short-sleeve tee. I might substitute a long sleeve shirt for this if the weather gets any colder during this week.

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Target Navy/White Stripe Tee: striped shirts are a major part of my wardrobe.

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Forever 21 Black/White Stripe Tee: I'm not sure if 2 striped tees are too many but I'm about to find out. I figured the different colors and width of stripes would keep them from being too much of the same.

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Stitch Fix Polka Dot Top: I wasn't sure about this one. I may have chosen too many prints, but this black/white small polka dot is fairly subtle.

Pants

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Paige Medium Wash Jeans: These are your basic skinny ankle length jeans.

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Paige Dark Wash Jeans: Ok, so I have 2 pairs of jeans that are almost exactly the same. these are a darker wash than the first. I had thought about including a pair of light wash instead of the first pair, but it's winter, so I think going for darker jeans is a better idea.

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Caslon Olive Skinny Jeans: I wear these olive jeans all the time. They are a great neutral that will go with all of my tops.

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Joe's Jeans Crop Flares: so FYI, I love crop flares because they are regular length flares on me. these are your basic bootcut jeans, perfect for ankle booties.

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Loft Velvet Crop Flares: These are surprisingly versatile and not too dressy. They're great for work.

Outer Layers

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Wolf River Pullover: This is the only handknit item I'm including in my capsule. I wear so many hand-knit shawls/scarves/cowls, and I like to only wear one handknit per outfit. I can occasionally stay warm in this and wear my neck accessories the rest of the time.

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Stitch Fix Utility Vest: I practically live in this olive utility vest. I have an olive utility jacket too but since I got the vest I barely wear it anymore. I could see myself including this one in multiple season capsules.

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Nordstrom Grey Cardigan: I really love this long open cardigan with pockets. I'd love to make a hand-knit replacement some day.

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J Crew Factory Navy Puffer Vest: I have a navy and a grey version, but I went with this one since I'm including the grey cardi.

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Stitch Fix Charcoal Knit Blazer: I was fairly undecided on this one. I wasn't sure whether to go with this dark grey blazer or pick a black one. I decided that with all the navy in my wardrobe, charcoal would be a better option.

Shoes

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Born Distressed Suede Over The Knee Boots: I have a pair of black leather riding boots, but since I bought these I haven't worn my old ones at all. they're very comfortable and perfect with skinny jeans.

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Frye Cognac Riding Boots: These are a little slouchy and more of a western style. I think the color contrast will be nice to have.

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Cobb Hill Black Booties: I need a pair of black ankle boots. I've fallen out of love with these, as I don't really like the rounder toe and the slouchy details look dated to me. I will wear them in February with my eyes on possibly replacing them in the future.

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Sam Edelman Leopard Ankle Boots: Leopard is totally a neutral. I'm looking forward to pattern mixing with these.

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Steve Madden Grey Suede Booties: These are my most worn winter shoes. They're pretty comfy and they go with everything. I considered including a pair of sneakers along with all the boots, but since this is primarily a work wardrobe, I thought that slightly dressier shoes would be more appropriate.

So what do you think? Have you ever tried a capsule wardrobe? Did I get the balance of my pieces right? Should I have chosen more shirts and less pants?

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