Spring Capsule 2015
It’s Spring Capsule Time! *cue trumpet fanfare*
This capsule took me a lot longer to piece together than last season’s…mainly due to the factors I listed in my capsule round-up post, but also because my day-to-day life has really changed since leaving California. Hmm, maybe I should say my day-to-night life? Let me explain. In California, my evenings out were fairly limited…maybe once or twice a month for a date night or drinks with friends, but in Oklahoma, things are very different. I usually have a few nights out a week for various reasons, and I really needed to add some day-to-night pieces to the mix. So, as you will see, additions to my capsule this season were all about tops, tops, tops. Let’s take a look.
My go-to evening ensemble is usually a blazer or leather jacket with a silk top underneath, however, I didn’t own any nicer tops that were appropriate for really warm weather. I spent a lot of time sourcing tops that I could wear day and night, though, and I found some great ones that fit the bill. (The asterisks denote new purchases.)
Next up, casual tees.
I didn’t need to purchase any casual tops for my capsule – my current ones were in very good condition. And as you can see above, my go-to tee is a v-neck workhorse that I own in six colors. Those tees are THE BEST. Wears well, washes well, and I just love the fit. Roomy, but still feminine. I chose three colors for this season’s capsule.
The two linen tees featured above are perfect for day and night, which is why I ponied up and and purchased them on a great promotion. ($27 each!) These two tops were the last purchase during my buying time period, and I felt a bit guilty because they took me above my 5-6 allotted additions for the season. However, I pulled the trigger anyway, so go ahead, JUDGE ME. I found the last blouse in Dallas, and it was absolutely love at first sight for spring and summer. Okay, enough with the buying. As you will see, I am pretty much set in every other category.
These casual tops have all been in my closet for quite some time, and I still love them all.
Same with these tops – most were in my winter capsule, and I still wear the heck out of them.
My existing outerwear options are all solid – didn’t need to add anything, but I did purchase a new trench coat after retiring my decade-old one that was in a sad, sad state. (I bought the new APC trench at Shopbop with credit, so that was pretty fantastic.)
One thing I learned about myself that will save so much time in the dressing room in the future is that I don’t need to look anywhere but Citizens of Humanity for jeans. When I look through my denim collection, the ones I love and wear constantly are all COH. The quality is fantastic, and the back pocket placement is perfect for my bubble butt. I highly encourage fellow bubble butts to check them out.
I didn’t need to purchase anything new in regards to pants, except for the grey skinny jeans from Madewell. As you might have noticed, there are no white jeans in my capsule, despite trying on every pair known to man. Another lesson learned from capsule shopping – if something doesn’t make you feel fantastic, don’t do it. Before wearing a capsule wardrobe, I would have bought a pair anyway – just to have a pair, even if they didn’t look and feel exactly the way I wanted. But, when you realize that you have a limited amount of clothing to wear for the next 3 months, you see things very differently. The grey jeans were a random try-on, but I love them, and they fill that lighter denim spot for me. Win win.
The two skinnies are, surprise, Citizens of Humanity, and the dresses are great staples that I love to wear. Very happy to add some dresses and skirts to the mix after the last capsule’s blatant lack of femininity. The trench skirt was a new purchase, and can’t wait to start wearing it.
Things that are changing with this capsule:
1. For now, I am considering this my spring capsule, although it might just carry on through summer as well. I don’t see myself needing to make many additions once summer comes around (probably just switching out jeans for shorts, and replacing outerwear with more dresses I already own), but of course that might change. We’ll see how it goes.
2. You might have noticed the lack of shoes in my capsule. Well, I’m not including shoes in the overall number – I’m not buying any new shoes, but I’m allowing myself to wear all the shoes I already own. Like I stated in an earlier post, it felt kind of ridiculous not to be able to wear shoes that were already in my closet. I dropped the overall number of my capsule from 37 to 33 this season, and I’m feeling good about that number.
Things that are staying the same:
Pretty much everything else. Rules are the same (minus the shoe part.) Taking daily outfit photos on the Whoorl’s Closet Instagram account. Wearing the heck out of my accessories as to not die from boredom. Not shopping until my allotted purchasing time at the end of the capsule season. Answering any questions you might have about the process. (Although many might already be answered here, here and here.) Most importantly, not spending all morning staring at my closet overwhelmed with mediocre choices. Let’s get this party started.
Has anyone decided to jump on board? Or jump ship?