When I decided to take on this whole capsule wardrobe challenge, I knew right away that “three month” capsules wouldn’t work for my lifestyle and climate. But, as I told you all when I shared my Early Fall Capsule, that’s the beauty of this concept! You can totally tweak it and make it work for whatever your situation.
I loved my pared down wardrobe in September and October so much that I couldn’t wait to cull out a new one for November and December! Since all of November and more than half of December fall in the season of Autumn (or Fall), with just ten short days of Winter in there, I’m calling this one “Falling Into Winter.”
We’ve had some mild 60+ degree days so far this November, but we’ll undoubtedly see snow before the month is out. Again, the range can be dramatic around here, so it was important that I took that into account when choosing layering pieces. I also needed to remember that, while I keep my own house a chilly 60 degrees (or cooler) all the time, other places– like the school in which I work– are much warmer!
When all was said and done, here’s my entire Falling Into Winter Capsule:
… minus what I’m wearing today:
Interested in what’s in there?
Here we go:
- black t-shirt dress — this sucker will be in there EVERY season– it goes the distance!
- berry elbow-length sleeve ponte knit dress — this is a heavier weight knit and the color is beautiful for Autumn
- charcoal grey sequined 3/4-length sleeve knit dress — with stockings and heels, this one is perfect for fancy holiday parties, but with leggings and boots I can even wear it to teach
- dressy black blazer
- black open-front knit cardigan
- denim jacket
- red cardigan
- hunter green cardigan
- black & white polka-dotted cardigan (^^all three of these cardigans are lightweight)
- rust lightweight tunic
- black/white marled lightweight tunic
- berry quarter-zip fleece (for the real chilly at-home days!)
- black boatneck mid-weight sweater
- pale pink lightweight sweater with lace detail
- charcoal grey long-sleeved knit top with beaded detail
- emerald green long-sleeved knit top
- black tank
- grey tank
- black scoop-neck, 3/4 sleeve dressy knit top
- charcoal grey knit tunic top (in pic above)
- dull aqua long sleeved knit top
- drapey black knit pants (in pic above) — these are lightweight to keep me cool while teaching and look dressy with a pretty shoe, but they’re easy care
- “gold” skinny jeans– these are really more cream than gold, but have a very slight metallic sheen to them
- light-rinse, high-rise skinny jeans — LOVE them
- black — I shelled out more money for the Hue brand because these are a WORKHORSE in my wardrobe
- black & white tiger
- fall floral patterned — these and the tiger ones are Cents of Style and they are the SOFTEST leggings ever
- grey & black leopard
- grey maxi
- black “maxi” — it was called a maxi when I bought it, but it’s really not that long on me
- navy & hunter plaid knee-length skirt
For anyone counting, that’s 33 things! More than I had last time around, but I did count tanks and leggings in my total, which some people do not.
Overall, it’s a very manageable number and allows me lots of layering possibilities. There are a couple pieces– like that emerald green shirt and the red cardigan– that I fear might get the boot from my wardrobe permanently after this capsule because I’m learning that I don’t really feel comfortable in colors quite that vibrant. But I’m giving them a shot!
So there you go– the whole kit and caboodle. We’re only a couple weeks in so far, but I’m already loving it and finding innumerable possibilities for outfits. I don’t anticipate having a problem coming up with a combination for any occasion that happens to come my way.