I tried a capsule wardrobe for a month not out of any desire to do it because I had a feeling it wouldn’t last but out of a need.
We were traveling to visit my parents for a month and to bring back our stuff we left there. We had to bring AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE so we would have space in the car.
I originally packed this, and most of it stayed except one t-shirt, and I removed a white dress:
What I actually brought
Sweater / Jackets
- Wilfred Wolter Sweater in Scarab (Thrifted $7)
- BlankNYC Vegan Leather Moto ($138)
These two were last minute additions because it was COLD when we left and I thought it would stay cold for a bit longer, maybe a week, and I wanted to have something to wear just in case.
Turns out, I was quite prescient because I wore these items constantly in the first few weeks.
- H&M Jeans ($43)
- J Brand Maria Ripped Jeans ($102)
- Red midi skirt ($7 – thrifted)
- Noa Noa white tank ($66)
- All Saints black Stam tank ($50)
- Emerson Fry Refined Ink Lines tank ($35)
- Wilfred White Écoulement Romper ($159)
- DD77 White dress ($35)
- Old Navy Banana Print dress ($15)
- Cuyana Persimmon Drape-back Dress ($173)
- Banana Republic Navy Linen dress ($45)
I REALLY want it to be summer which is why I brought rompers and so many dresses! I wanted to wear warmer weather stuff and that’s what I brought.
- Striped blue, red and white belt
- GAP Braided Brown belt
- Burberry double belt
- Rope anchor belt
- Red vintage belt
- Frye Melanie Taupe Flats ($113)
- Sofft Cognac Sandal ($109)
- Birkenstock Rose Gold Metallic Arizona ($143)
- Tilley Raffia Summer Fedora Hat ($125)
- NYC Baseball Cap ($13)
- Thin Gold Necklace
- 3 cuffs
- Bunch of rings
- 2 watches
- J. Crew London Tee ($20)
- Navy linen shorts ($0 – free)
WHAT I BOUGHT
While on this capsule wardrobe, I ended up buying all of these items because I WAS SO BORED, but also because they were such cheap / great deals for the most part.
Secondhand shopping is where it’s at.
- J. Crew Collection Leather Top ($67) – Secondhand consignment
- Ann Taylor Linen Blazer ($271) – Retail (the weather was too cool without this; and too hot for the other stuff like sweaters; this was the perfect topper for my tops)
- Zara Vegan Leather Skirt ($15)
- Theory White Double Tank ($15)
- Rails Chambray tie Tank ($20)
- Zara White Bow Top ($30)
So … what happened?
IT WAS VERY COOL
Turns out, I had to pick up the (super versatile, as it turns out) Ann Taylor linen blazer because it was too cold.
I had come expecting hot, humid summer days (and packed accordingly with 4 dresses), but it ended up being frozen for the next 2 weeks. I wore jeans daily, a top, and shivered underneath without a light layer of some sort.
I wore my sweater a few times, and my leather jacket, but found them too heavy and warm for the weather. It was that kind of odd, cool but not cold enough for a sweater sort of weather. All I was missing was a light cardigan, sweater or layer, not something thick and/or woven which was what I brought.
…AND I REALLY LIKE A VARIETY OF TOPS
As for the other pieces I picked up, it was because they were good deals, but mostly because I started to get SO BORED with my neutral tops – white, blue ink blot, black tank and black t-shirt. BORING.
I know I brought accessories but it turns out, I really like having variety in at least my tops. My bottoms fine – I can wear distressed or regular jeans day in and day out, as long as my tops and their toppers change.
I am also okay with the same shoes all day long – as long as they go with everything.
So, that’s how I ended up with two new tops at least.
COULD MAKE MANY OUTFITS BUT THEY WERE BORING NEUTRALS
The outfits were not a problem, and I mixed up the tops with the bottoms, and that was not the issue. My outfits were fine. They were all mostly neutral, and frankly, boring to me.
I also really like strong splashes of colour, which is something I do not get in a neutral wardrobe because I like mixing colours and prints, and wearing stuff like leather leggings which I did not bring *sigh*
CAPSULE WARDROBES ARE NOT FOR ME
I cannot stick to just a few pieces. It is not for me.
I may not wear ALL of my pieces every single month, but there are times where I think – I really feel like wearing that pretty orange floral Alice & Olivia dress today, and since it is cooler today, I shall wear it with leather leggings and booties — and to not have that option when I have my entire wardrobe available, seems ludicrous to me.
I get having to stick to a capsule wardrobe when you are traveling or like me, aiming to travel light so we can bring back a ton of stuff, but this is not great.