I love the idea of capsule wardrobes and reading about others' capsule wardrobes. I'm really working towards a minimalist wardrobe. I think the hardest thing is that I might not love all the items or the style in someone else's capsule wardrobe. I read all this advice, but the majority of it doesn't work for me. I think that's why creating a mindful wardrobe has been such a slow process for me. (It's been almost 18 mos since I started.) I not only have to figure out what I'll wear all the time, I have to try to keep it to a small amount of items.
The majority of these items are thrifted, altered, gifted, handmade, or planned to be sewn. This does not include my workout clothes, some summer clothes, pajamas, or underwear. I'm not at a place in my life where I'm purchasing a lot of clothing. (We have other financial goals that we're focusing on at the moment.) I think some areas have too many items and some areas don't have enough items, but that's how I'm learning to perfect my wardrobe. There are affiliate links within this post which will be marked by a "*" next to the link.
After the process of taking pictures of my wardrobe, I totally recommend that you take pictures of the items in your wardrobe. This is how taking pictures of your clothes can help you:
- You see everything you have all at once.
- If you don't want to take a picture of it, you most likely don't want to wear it. There were a couple of sweatshirts that I didn't want to take pictures of and I realized it was because they doesn't fit in my color scheme and they are too worn out.
- If it's not nice enough to take pictures of, get rid of it.
- Once you have pictures you can do wardrobe sudoku really easily.
- It reminds you of things you might have because you look through everything.
- You can see your colors easily and your print to solid ratio. (I definitely need more solids. That's my constant battle.)
Button Down Shirts
1. Floral Cheyenne - Cheyenne Tunic Pattern*
2. Thrifted and Altered Gingham Popover -
3. Dotted Chambray Button Down (The pattern I used isn't great for beginners, so I don't recommend it.)
4. Ikat Button Down (The pattern I used isn't great for beginners, so I don't recommend it.)
Two Planned Cheyenne Tunics*
1. Striped Rayon Challis - this fabric is from fabric.com, and it is SO drapey. I can't wait to make a shirt from it. This colorway is gone but a different striped rayon challis colorway is still available.
2. White Linen Spandex - I got this from Hancock Fabrics right before it closed, but here is a similar white stretch linen. It's on the thicker side (no transparency!), so I'm thinking of making it a fitted Cheyenne. I know I want a white button up shirt in my wardrobe; but it seems boring, and I actually don't think I'd wear it that often unless it had some interesting details. So I'm planning to mash-up three patterns to make this: the body and fit of this woven tee, the half button placket of the Cheyenne tunic*, with a higher neckline and collar of the Cheyenne shirt*.
Tee Shirts - I definitely have too many tee shirts, but some are getting too worn out. They'll be rotated out soon. I almost exclusively use the Union St. Tee pattern* in different sizes for different looks with either cotton spandex jersey or bamboo rayon spandex jersey.
1. Grays, mint, turquoise
2. Peach, white, pink (thrifted)
3. White graphic tee using graphic tee fabric and a gray graphic tee made and gifted from my sister
4. Striped tees, purchased and handmade
5. Floral tees
Long Sleeve Tee Shirts - I really need lots of solid long sleeve tees. I'm planning on thrifting a bunch of large long sleeve tees from the men's and women's section and then using the Union St. Tee pattern* to cut it up and make them fit me. This way I can reuse all the hems and sometimes the necklines which makes it really, really fast to sew.Woven Tees - click through to read about fabric and pattern and pattern alterations
1. Printed Rayon Challis Woven Tee
2. Navy Lace Woven Tee - this woven tee is actually in progress. This navy fabric is more of a woven than a knit, it's more like an eyelet than a lace because it has a stiffer hand. It doesn't have a pretty edge to use like most laces and eyelets that you can purchase. I purchased this navy lace from a manufacturer at a discount but here is a similar navy eyelet.
1. Striped Tunic - I thrifted this tunic. The sleeves are not quite long enough for me, so I want to figure out how to make them longer. eventually. Also, the hem was a little tight so I opened the two front seams into two slits.
2. Pink sweatshirt - gifted
Two Planned Sweatshirts
1. I thrifted this white sweatshirt dress that I thought would fit, but turned out too big. I'm going to use the Halifax Hoodie pattern* to make this into a better fitting sweatshirt. It'll also be my first muslin of the pattern.
2. Once I have the Halifax Hoodie pattern* fitted correctly I'll made a beautiful navy French terry sweatshirt. I got this fabric at a discount from a manufacturer. (similar navy French terry fabric)Cardigans and Sweaters
1. White, blue, and gray cardigans - I used the Grandpa Cardi pattern*. I love these cardigans, but I've realized I like the knitted sweater look best. I don't know if I'll be making cardigans in the future since it's hard to recreate the knitted look with a sewing machine.
2. Navy aztec cardigan* - I bought this last year and wear it all the time.
3. Greige Sweater - thrifted
4. Navy Heart Print Sweater - gifted
5. Gray Star Print Sweater - thrifted
5. Mint Sweater - thrifted
Skirts and Dresses
1. Peach and Navy knit pencil skirts - self-drafted knit pencil skirt and cotton spandex jersey that I got at a discount from a manufacturer.
2. Floral knit Pencil skirt - I ordered this from a deal site and love it. I sized up and took the sides in to get a little more length.
4. Mint maxi skirt - self-drafted maxi skirt and cotton spandex jersey that I got at a discount from a manufacturer.
5. Printed maxi skirt - thrifted. this was a dress, but it's made from polyester so it's really uncomfortable. I cut off the bodice and kept it as a skirt.
Planned Pencil Skirt
I have this beautiful peach slub woven fabric that would make a great pencil skirt. I got it at a discount from a manufacturer but here is a similar coral Dupioni fabric.
Scarves - they last forever! I have more than these four but these are the four that I wear all the time because they got with almost everything in my wardrobe. Scarves are the best accessory.
1. Blue - I have had this scarf for so long (more than 5 years at least) that I don't remember where I got it.
2. Multi color - gift
3. Paisley - gift
4. Blue knitted - purchased over 7 years ago.
Pants and Jeans
1. Dark skinny jeans - altered (the pockets aren't very flattering on these, but they were under $10)
2. Destroyed skinny jeans - thrifted and altered
3. Mustard Jeans - thrifted (similar mustard skinny jeans)
4. Turquoise leggings - gifted
6. Floral joggers - I made these but I haven't blogged about them yet.
7. Dark bootcut jeans - altered
1. Fur vest
2. Quilted vest
Jackets and Coats
1. Tencel Utility Jacket - I've always felt like the utility jacket trend fit into my style except that I don't wear olive. I started searching for a utility jacket in blue and made from lyocell and had a hard time finding anything. I wanted lyocell because it's really drapey, pretty warm, and tough. I finally found one at Gap and they had it in TALL. Once I used a 40% off coupon was a price cheaper than buying three yards of lyocell fabric and there were no utility jacket patterns out at the time. I would've had to spend a lot of money on fabric and I would've had a lot of trial and error to create my own pattern. (similar Blue Lyocell Utility Jacket)
2. Striped blazer - gifted and altered. After wearing a blazer made from stretch fabric from this one, I don't know if I can ever go back to wearing one made out of woven fabric (like my gray one).
3. Gray blazer
4. BYU hoodie - I love my alma mater and wear this jacket proudly. I basically live in my school's rival territory though.
5. Plaid peacoat - gifted and altered. I got this coat 8 years ago. It was an XL and supposed to be a shorter style peacoat. I tailored the sides, shoulders, and sleeves to make it fit me, and the extra length is better for my tall frame. (similar Basic Plaid Peacoat)
6. Black wool coat - hand me down. My sister gave this to me. Black isn't my color and this coat isn't actually that warm, but it's nice looking and I couldn't purchase a coat at the time. I do wear it but would love to replace it with a navy one one day. (similar Toggle Wool Coat with Sherpa Lined Hood)
7. I also have my waterproof snow coat that is about 10 years old, dirty and worn out. That will need to be replaced soon also.Planned Jackets
1. Navy Trilobal DWR Nylon - I've had this fabric forever, and I'm planning on making a waterproof anorak type coat with this fabric. I would like to use either the Lonetree Jacket pattern or the Kelly Anorak Jacket pattern. I haven't decided which pattern, I want to see more people sew it up first. And I might not get around to it for another year anyway. I want to line it well so it's warm and waterproof.
2. Ikat Microfiber faux suede - I've also had this fabric forever. I used it to recover a chair, but I have a bunch leftover. I can't decide between a blazer (slightly uncomfortable since it doesn't stretch) or a oversized moto jacket with shearling. What would you make?
I have had a leg surgery and foot surgery, so I don't wear heals. I guess that makes my shoes a little boring, but I never have achy feet. I don't love having a lot of shoes, so these are my 8 pairs that I'll wear all winter.
1. Turquoise Slip-on Sneakers - These ones I have are on sale right now.
2. Keds Slip-On Boat Shoe* - I bought these years ago so I linked to a similar style.
3. Converse Shoreline Slip On Shoe* - I have the gray and white ones. This color might only be available at Famous Footwear.
4. Pajar Winter Boot in Cognac* - I got my Pajar boots for a deal on Sierra Trading Post this summer, I linked to a similar color.
1. Faux Suede Strappy Fashion Flats*
2. Self Lace up Ankle Boots*- Mine are actually vintage from Etsy, but I linked to some similar ones.
3. Floral Oxford Shoes* - I've had these for years, but I found the exact same shoe!
4. Tall Boots* - I got these last year, but I think I found the same ones.