Thursday, November 02, 2017

Fall Capsule Wardrobe 2017: Final Thoughts

The fall capsule wardrobe challenge is in the books! The weather was the biggest issue. For the most part it was extraordinarily warm for October and didn't really get cold at all until the final week. I was also dealing with illnesses, for both me and my cat, and had I not been doing this challenge there probably would have been more lounging in my PJs.

Favorite Outfits


What Would I Change?

I don't have a crystal ball so I couldn't have known about the warm weather, but if I had I would have selected fewer outer layers and more short-sleeve tops. I also barely wore my button-down shirts. I might have chosen a few more bottoms as I did get a little fatigued with wearing the same ones every week. My most worn items for the challenge were my grey skinny jeans, my Timberland boots and black sneakers, and my grey floral sweatshirt. My least worn items were the skirt, both of my tall boots, and my olive button-down shirt.

Speaking of olive, I love the color, especially for fall. but there was too much of it in my wardrobe. i was feeling towards the end that I had too many neutrals and not enough color. I think that's why my red jacket made it on the list of favorite outfits both times I wore it.

Things I'm Happy About

I did the challenge for all 31 days. I only got mildly tired of it by the end, which is a pretty big success. I'm mostly content with the variety of items I had chosen and didn't feel like I was constantly wearing the same thing, with a few exceptions. I also didn't make any clothing purchases at all in October, so yay! One of the things I was trying to do with this challenge was to make myself more mindful about new purchases. It also had an unintended side effect, which was to make me appreciate all of the other clothes in my closet. October 31 I was trying to plan what to wear on the first and it was like a kid in a candy store. I have so many non-capsule options that i haven't worn in awhile I think i'll be excited about wearing my other clothes for quite some time.

I also took the plunge and did some clothing alterations that have needed to be done for a long time. I took in the waist of my skirt and tapered many of my jeans at the ankle, which made them fit so much better. it's one of those things i should have done a long time ago but didn't b/c ugh, boring. now i just need to work myself up to fixing the rest of my jeans.

It's hard to explain why this was related to the challenge but because I was constantly wearing the same things I felt like they should look their best. the purchase of a clothes steamer was long overdue and i also bought a leather/suede cleaning and conditioning kit and gave most of my shoes and purses some TLC. like it's better to own fewer high-quality less disposable clothes, but if you're going to do that you should take care of them like a grown-ass person.

The challenge also had an impact on my making. instead of buying new things, I refashioned or am in the process of altering some older items in my closet. I've also identified a few holes and am really going to make a concerted effort to make those things, like a long grey cardigan and mustard cowl.


I still don't really know what to do about unexpected weather, other than perhaps expanding the number of items in a capsule. Perhaps I could designate a set number of rotating pieces that would be a one-in and one-out sort of thing if the weather swings (like short sleeve tees being exchanged for long sleeve tees). I'd be interested to hear other people's thoughts. i know that people do the challenge for 3 months and i have no idea how they deal with weather changes over that long of a stretch.

I'm really glad I did this challenge for one month. I don't think I'd be up for doing longer time periods at this point, even though I didn't even scratch the surface of possible outfit combinations. I would consider doing it again, perhaps once a season (along with the no-buy challenge). I am very happy to be wearing non-capsule items now.

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