It's been almost a full month since I started out with this capsule wardrobe (follow the link to see what's included and pictures) so I thought I'd share a bit of update on how it's going.
First let's talk about the bottoms:
My dark skinny jeans and my navy pants have been my all stars. I wear them with t-shirts, loose sweaters, button ups, booties and flats. They're comfortable, I feel good in them, and they're so easy to pair up with the other items in my closet. The leggings have seen little action as it's just been too warm. Fall, where are you?
My slim boyfriend jeans are a favorite in theory (SO comfy) but I have to resign myself to the fact that I bought them in the wrong size. They're a bit big and the rise is too high for me to comfortably wear a belt. The other day, Donovan caught me wearing them with the waist rolled. I gave them to my mom and they fit her perfectly. It felt good to pass them on to someone I know would get them a lot of use out of them.
I've worn the striped dress quite a bit but the white one feels a bit summery to me. I love the blue and black tunic but I'm waiting for the weather to change and although I really love the green one, it's waiting to be ironed....and waiting....and waiting....
The short sleeved tops:
I live in the navy and gray v-necks. The black tee from Nectar is so loose and comfy and one of those pieces I'd brag that I scored for $10. Although it's made in the USA and I've followed the care guidelines exactly, it's getting little holes throughout the shirt. Not the best quality. A good lesson for the future in "scoring" a great deal on a t-shirt. I want something that lasts a long time - not something that will wind up in a landfill or as a rag.
The long sleeved tops:
Favorites include my chambray, the wine colored thermal and the striped linen t-shirt (even though it needs to be dry cleaned). I wear the flannel when it gets chilly at night or first thing in the morning and the rest haven't even been pulled out of my closet.
Hardly been touched. I wore the slouchy cream one today with a camisole and skinny jeans BUT had to take it off by noon. It's just too warm here.
Favorites are the black booties and the sneakers but I have worn each and every pair since starting this in October. It's such an easy way to change up outfits.
At this point, I'd say I'm relying on less than 20 pieces on my regular rotation. I guarantee this will change a bit with the weather changes but it's making me really think through how much I need.
On a side note, I just finished reading Over-dressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, and I feel very committed to finding more high quality, American made pieces for future capsules. It's a very interesting read on the side effects of fast fashion.