Feb 26, 2016

A Capsule Wardrobe Part I

The other day, as I was going through my clothes closet, I found myself reaching for the same pair of pants, the same tee shirt, the same pullover, and the same coat. And then I looked at all my other clothes and wondered why they get so little air time. To put it simply, I have more clothes than I actually wear and my go-to pieces are what make me feel most comfortable, most confident, and most happy.  This got me thinking that I really need to stop thinking about a capsule wardrobe and instead start creating one.

As someone who loves to do research before tackling a new project, I took to the blogosphere and started reading:  Unfancy, Into Mind, The Every Girl and looking at Pinterest which is rife with inspiration:  here, here, and here, to name a few.  All this reading and looking has me excited to tackle my closet this weekend, a task that has jumped to the top of my to-do list. I haven't fully decided which plan of action I want to take:  limit my capsule to a particular number of items for a three month period, rid my wardrobe of items I no longer wear, or something completely idiosyncratic to myself. I won't know until I actually go through all my clothes but one thing that I have been thinking about and feel like committing to is creating a capsule of hand-knitted sweaters for next fall and winter.  There are certain colors (mainly neutrals) and styles (I love turtle necks) which will certainly be on my needles soon but I'd love your suggestions.  

From Elle Magazine

I've created a pinterest board of woolly sweaters that I'll knit in the spring for the colder months and welcome any and all pattern recommendations that you have.  I'm more partial to top-down, raglans but to have some diversity in my capsule, I know I need one or two set-in sleeve designs, too, so send them my way.

From Lolobu

These two pullovers are examples of the look I hope to achieve in my wardrobe eventually.  Tres chic, oui?


  1. Love that plaid pants. I want a pair. I have a list of closet staples I'd like to have in my closet.

  2. so smart!! I totally wnat to do this as well, but I need to get back to my pre-pregnancy body before I can do a proper closet cleanse. And I agree, the hand knits should totally work with your wardrobe! I'm all about knitting the timeless sweaters in classic colours, and then having fun with colours and trends for accessories.

  3. Excited to see where you go with this. I love the two classic sweaters in these photos. I think that Brooklyn Tweed has a lot of beautiful sweaters that would stand the test of time & fashion. Also, I love the simple lines and styles of Carrie Bostick Hoge's designs.

  4. Hi, Really great effort. Everyone must read this article. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I started a capsule wardrobe this season as well, and I'm loving it. Such a great way to maximise the use of every item! If you like, you can check it out at www.curatedtheory.com :)