Another Look at a Winter Capsule

Another Look at a Winter Capsule

 

Today I’m excited to share with you another look at a winter capsule!

Through the #capsulewardrobe Instagram community, I met a girl named Dani and she’s great about posting daily capsule wardrobe outfit inspiration!

I love seeing how she works with her capsule, so I was super excited that she agreed to share her winter capsule with you.

As you can see, we have pretty different styles so I hope that for those of you who don’t gel with my style this will give you some inspiration for your very own winter capsule.

So without further ado, here’s what Dani has to say:


 

I’ve been super excited about writing this piece for Karin because she’s one of my favorite blogs, and her style is spot on.

I love seeing all of the different types of blogs that have sprouted up with this idea of a capsule wardrobe.

It’s funny how something that seems so small has made such a big impact, not only on individual lives, but on a community itself!

I started out on this journey in April of 2015 when I found Caroline Rector’s blog, Unfancy, and it changed my life.

I felt I could relate to her perfectly, from never having anything to wear, to always spending too much money on clothes that I didn’t care for and would only wear once or twice.

I have really loved having a capsule wardrobe because I can focus less on shopping and really make my wardrobe represent the best me.

Before, I would shop almost constantly and had a huge mishmashed wardrobe of clothes that were cheap and that I didn’t really care for.

I was the queen of Forever21 and rue21.

The point of a capsule wardrobe is to find contentment in a smaller number of clothes, and only wear clothes that make you feel happy and like your best self.

I’m just now into my third full capsule, and I’ve had to tweak what Caroline does, but I am learning that this is all a process, and everyone does things their own way.

With my capsule I have had to get creative.

My work dress code is business casual with a strict code on tattoos and piercings and hair colors. B

usiness casual is a little too stuffy for my personal tastes, especially when it gets so hot out, so I decided to create two capsules and have one for work and one for play.

My work capsules are fall/winter capsule and spring/summer capsule, and each consist of about 45-50 pieces including shoes.

Since they encompass 6 months each, I felt that I could expand on the number of options that I have.

The trickiest part for me is always finding tops for the spring/summer capsule that cover the tattoo I have on the top of my arm (and sweaters in the summer are NOT an option- I run hot and my office is always too warm).

If I am not at work, I usually am at the gym, or at home.

I don’t go out a whole lot, so my play capsule (pictured above) is much smaller- about 30 pieces (not including shoes) and even some pieces in my play capsule only get worn once or twice.

But I find that having a two capsule system has worked out much better for me than trying to encompass it all in one capsule.

Sometimes I will borrow from one to supplement the other, but I usually try to keep them from overlapping (except shoes).

For the most part, this system works well.

I do find some fatigue in my work clothes in the summer, because our warm weather lasts forever (and I hate the heat. Hate it), but I think next year I will make a conscious effort to find a few pieces that really excite me and can keep that fatigue from setting in.

The next step after the new year for me will really be cutting down on my accessories. I have so much fake and cheap jewelry, and more scarves than I know what to do with.

I want to start investing in nice, real jewelry, and only have the accessories that I really wear.

I also will continue to pare down my wardrobe.

I hope that this could help someone out!

It’s hard getting started, but just remember: it’s all a process, and you’re on such a cool journey!


 

Thanks for sharing Dani! And if you want to see some daily outfit inspiration of the pieces above make sure to check her out on Instagram: @danifrazier15

Until next time,

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23 Comments

  1. January 20, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    LOVE this idea…and really love all your choices for the capsule! Look so neutral and chic and cozy!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

  2. January 20, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    I have always wanted to try a capsule wardrobe, but I think I would get frustrated with wearing the same clothes in different outfits. I am the type of girl who once i wear something i put it at the back of my closet and try to wear all my other outfits before returning back to the first one I wore.

    • Karin
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 7:05 pm

      Hey Ashley! I totally get what you’re saying because I used to be like that too! It was only after I took the pressure off to wear everything in my closet before repeating that I realized I really only wanted a few things. But if you don’t feel that pressure then that’s great! You have to do what works for you!

  3. January 20, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    I love that animal print top, it’s so cute!

    • Karin
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 7:06 pm

      I do too Cara! It’s one of my favorite pieces of Dani’s capsule!

    • Karin
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 7:06 pm

      She does have a good one!

  4. January 20, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    I love this! I would just add one thing: leggings! I wear my leggings all the time!

    • Karin
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 7:07 pm

      Definitely! Leggings are great!

  5. January 20, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    It’s fun to see someone else’s capsule wardrobe! I actually first heard about capsule wardrobe’s through Unfancy too and, while I don’t specifically plan out a capsule wardrobe, really cut down on the amount of clothes I have after reading her blog. I also get rid of a piece of clothing whenever I buy a new one to keep it down. I love the idea of having two if you work in a place that’s business casual and that’s just not your style. I think I’d have to do that too if I still worked for my former company.

    • Karin
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 7:55 pm

      That’s great Crystal! I think that’s a great way of doing things! Whenever/if I ever get a business casual job again, that will definitely change the way I practice my capsule wardrobes.

  6. January 20, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    Great idea having one capsule for work and one for play. I just saw someone wearing that But First Coffee shirt, and I loved it. You’ve got some great pieces in your capsule. So fun seeing another person’s choices.

    • Karin
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      I think it’s a great idea too! I also love her coffee shirt. 🙂

  7. January 20, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    love sweatshirts, t-shirts, and sweaters – these days,it’s all about long sleeves… 🙂

    • Karin
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Me too!

  8. January 20, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    I know myself I could never survive a capsule wardrobe,I love unexpectedNess in my wardrobe choices. When I was working, I would lay out my outfits for the week and end up wearing none . That said I can see how the capsule idea would also make dressing up less fussier and easy albeit slightly boring.

    • Karin
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 7:57 pm

      You know, it’s funny Nelo, but I actually find a capsule to be less boring than before I did it because it forces me to get creative which keeps me engaged!

  9. January 20, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    Wow! What great ideas for a capsule winter wardrobe. 🙂

    • Karin
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 7:57 pm

      She does have some great pieces!

  10. January 21, 2016 / 2:06 am

    I definitely want to try a capsule wardrobe at some point.
    It seems so cool and definitely prevents you from spending money on items you don’t love.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Karin
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 7:57 pm

      You definitely should Jenny! I really love doing it.

  11. January 21, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    Sometimes less is more….thanks!

    • Karin
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 7:57 pm

      Absolutely!

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