Fall 2019 Capsule Wardrobe

Every year I do a capsule wardrobe it just gets easier - maybe because I’m better at it … or because I’m more organized…or maybe the older I get the lazier I get! haha! Who knows?!?! The best thing about my capsule wardrobe is that everything fits and I genuinely LOVE everything I own! (Check out my previous capsule posts here and here.)

To do a capsule wardrobe well, I think a person needs to understand their style. I like a classic, tailored look with a modern edge. As much as I love boho/flowy things, I just don’t love them on me. Part of my growth has been letting go of looks that I see others rocking - just because it looks great on someone else doesn’t mean it’s going to be great on me. This means I try on lots of items and I follow these rules:

  • If I don’t want to wear it tomorrow, don’t buy it. I’ve been duped into buying things just because I needed retail therapy and then I only wear something once or twice. What a waste! Now the only time I break this rule is if I buy something off-season.

  • If I love it and it wears out, I replace it! See chambray shirt below.

  • If I find something that fits well and is the classic look I love, I buy it in multiple colors. Note I only do this for really classic pieces (see blazers) OR t-shirts that I will likely need replace every season because I wear them so much (see tops).

My favorite stores are J Crew Factory and Nordstrom Rack. I shop Nordstrom Rack in-person but I often buy things online when they don’t have it in my size in the store. In fact, I’m known to order items while I am actually in the store. J Crew Factory I almost exclusively shop online. I order WAY more than I keep and love trying things on in my home because then I can see what else I own and how a piece will compliment my wardrobe. This also saves me from purchasing duplicates!

My work environments are casual! I work a corporate job 3 days a week where jeans are totally the go-to. When I’m doing my business I’m mostly in jeans unless I am doing a workshop or meeting with a corporate client. Below you will find the pieces I’m in 98% of the time. Where I was able to add a link to a current item, I did! Click the pictures to go to the site (no, I’m not an ambassador..l just like to make it easy for people to find things! :))

Feel free to drop me a line or leave a comment if you have questions!

TOPS

I tend to keep my tops pretty simple because I almost always wear a sweater or jacket over. I also have a bunch of costume jewelry and scarves so I always feel like I have options to make a basic piece look like a whole new outfit. They key here is everything fits like a dream and my best colors are represented.

A great fit and in one of my best colors, this shirt looks great on its own or under a jacket.

A great fit and in one of my best colors, this shirt looks great on its own or under a jacket.

I love the neckline of this artist tee. Stripes are classic.

I love the neckline of this artist tee. Stripes are classic.

When I find a great basic shirt, I buy it in all the colors. Black & white not pictured

When I find a great basic shirt, I buy it in all the colors. Black & white not pictured

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My last chambray shirt got a hole in the elbow I wore it so much!

My last chambray shirt got a hole in the elbow I wore it so much!

SWEATERS AND JACKETS

I think a jacket/sweater really polishes off a look and these are absolutely part of my core attire. I normally buy a size down for a more tailored look and I ALWAYS wear them open. (That’s a trick I learned from Lindsey at Fashion Fix. When I get off course, she can help me get back to my core looks because she listens and understands how I like to look in my clothes.)

I wear this open with the collar up for a more modern look. Size down for a tailored fit. I have this in navy too.

I wear this open with the collar up for a more modern look. Size down for a tailored fit. I have this in navy too.

I love a great faux leather jacket. This one has stretch knit panels on the waist and under the arms for a great fit. No shocker - I also own it in black. ;)

I love a great faux leather jacket. This one has stretch knit panels on the waist and under the arms for a great fit. No shocker - I also own it in black. ;)

I bought this jacket in a pinch when I was on the search of a new black faux leather jacket. I love the collar and the stripe lining. It’s a knit, which means it’s super comfortable.

I bought this jacket in a pinch when I was on the search of a new black faux leather jacket. I love the collar and the stripe lining. It’s a knit, which means it’s super comfortable.

This was a splurge purchase a couple years ago and it’s still going strong.

This was a splurge purchase a couple years ago and it’s still going strong.

I snagged this beauty at Nordstrom Rack for a steal a couple weeks ago. Super soft and warm, perfect for chilly Minnesota.

I snagged this beauty at Nordstrom Rack for a steal a couple weeks ago. Super soft and warm, perfect for chilly Minnesota.

JEANS

My jean game is WEAK right now! I still have a dark blue and black pair of AG Farrah High Rise Skinny jeans from a couple years ago. I am craving a dark, high-waisted skinny jeans and a great pair of skinny camo pants. I’m on the hunt!

I was craving a distressed denim and these from J Crew Factory fit like a glove.

I was craving a distressed denim and these from J Crew Factory fit like a glove.

SHOES

I got these last winter and love how the pointy toe can really elevate my look.

I got these last winter and love how the pointy toe can really elevate my look.

I bought these a few years ago and they are still going strong. Super comfortable and the pointy toe really polishes the look. The leopard is my absolute fave and I have a belt that matches.

I bought these a few years ago and they are still going strong. Super comfortable and the pointy toe really polishes the look. The leopard is my absolute fave and I have a belt that matches.

These are new this year and I L.O.V.E. them. I wanted a flat classic boot and this one has a zipper on both sides so I can get my high insteps into them.

These are new this year and I L.O.V.E. them. I wanted a flat classic boot and this one has a zipper on both sides so I can get my high insteps into them.

ACCESSORIES

I swear having great accessories has allowed me to live with fewer pieces of clothes! Here are the pieces I wear ALL. THE. TIME.

I snagged this at Nordstrom because literally every outfit I pinned had this exact scarf in it. This is a classic piece I cannot imagine living without.

I snagged this at Nordstrom because literally every outfit I pinned had this exact scarf in it. This is a classic piece I cannot imagine living without.

This is a few years old and I still love it.

This is a few years old and I still love it.

My sister wants to steal this from me! It’s an oldie but a goodie.

My sister wants to steal this from me! It’s an oldie but a goodie.

This necklace hits me just below my sternum which is the perfect length for a statement piece.

This necklace hits me just below my sternum which is the perfect length for a statement piece.

I love stacked necklaces and I’ve got this on my Christmas wish list. I have a vintage coin necklace that I’m going to get a new chain for and wear this fall.

I love stacked necklaces and I’ve got this on my Christmas wish list. I have a vintage coin necklace that I’m going to get a new chain for and wear this fall.

I’ve had this guy for years and still wear it regularly.

I’ve had this guy for years and still wear it regularly.

These are a classic and they are still sold! They also have them in black and they are gorgeous.

These are a classic and they are still sold! They also have them in black and they are gorgeous.

Now a vintage piece. Green is a power color for me and I feel fierce when I wear these.

Now a vintage piece. Green is a power color for me and I feel fierce when I wear these.

MAKE UP - THE ACCESSORY NOT TO FORGET!

If there is one thing I can take credit for make-up wise, it’s that I’m pretty consistent. Lipstick and a clean nail-polish help to complete my tailored look. Here are my favorites:

Buxom’s lip plumper is a best-seller for a good reason: it makes your lips tingle (and possibly a bit fuller??). Dolly is my go-to on a day that I’m not trying to make a big statement and this color looks great on everyone.

Buxom’s lip plumper is a best-seller for a good reason: it makes your lips tingle (and possibly a bit fuller??). Dolly is my go-to on a day that I’m not trying to make a big statement and this color looks great on everyone.

The Mac Matte lipstick is long wearing and not drying or sticky. D is for Danger is my go-to color.

The Mac Matte lipstick is long wearing and not drying or sticky. D is for Danger is my go-to color.

This top coat will literally make your basic polish last a full week.

This top coat will literally make your basic polish last a full week.

The royal family is said to only wear nails in pink hues. Every time I wear this I get a compliment…does that make me a princess? ;) Color: On the Mauve

The royal family is said to only wear nails in pink hues. Every time I wear this I get a compliment…does that make me a princess? ;) Color: On the Mauve

Sometimes I pick my nails…if that’s happening I go with a bright color like Cherry on Top so that it grabs my attention (and hopefully I stop picking!)

Sometimes I pick my nails…if that’s happening I go with a bright color like Cherry on Top so that it grabs my attention (and hopefully I stop picking!)

OTHER ITEMS

  • I love Athleta lined joggers in the winter. They are so warm!

  • I have an Old Navy fleece sweatshirt that I can’t get rid of. It is so not cute but it is my go-to on a cold day!

  • Workout: I love Zella from Nordstrom for pants. Old Navy active for tanks. I’m in need of a new workout jacket but for now I have one from TJ Maxx that I’ve been wearing for years and an old C9 one from Target.

  • I love Target for pajamas - the Stars Above brand is incredibly soft and I always buy separates because I like options.

  • I LIVE in robes. I feel like a woman who can pull off a great robe is a real “grown up”. :) Softies is my favorite brand and after work you’ll find me either in my Cloud robe or Marshmallow robe. After the shower the Turkish robe is my go-to. I am a “robe person” and I’m not afraid to admit it. ;)

WISH LIST

I keep a Pinterest board wish list going, mainly for my hubby. You’d be shocked how many things I pin and then end up deleting at a later date because I just don’t want it anymore! I try to look once a month just to keep the board tidy. I also add non-clothing items like books, especially around my birthday or Christmas. This makes it so easy for him to shop and I’m always surprised to get the things I’ve had my eye on! Since I’m good at shopping for “workwear” I tend to pin more casual “mom” gear in my wish list. I need a cute new pair of sneakers so let me know if you’ve got a go-to!