UA-121541997-1 My Autumn Capsule Wardrobe

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My Autumn Capsule Wardrobe

This blog post is bringing me so much nostalgia, as my very first blog post, around 4 years ago, was a capsule wardrobe blog post. 


Since my first blog post, a lot has changed, especially in fast fashion. Prices have gone back so much ( think the £5 dress collection that's not even on sale ), Amazon now offers next day fashion delivery and we’ve somehow become obsessed with the idea that once something has been worn for a night out or appeared on Instagram, its considered an old piece of clothing and likely will never be worn again.


I also got sucked into this world and became obsessed with the item of collecting cheap, low quality, pointless items for the sake of being able to take a cute Instagram picture.

This constant change by purchasing new ‘ on trend ‘ items on weekly basis, has left me in a place where I have lost my sense of style and fashion ( i became to look like every other girl on Instagram ), I have been let with no space in my wardrobes, ‘nothing’ to wear and sadly, although the items are ‘ cheap ‘, I have been purchasing them in high quantities so ended up losing a lot of money.


I want to go back to basics, where buying clothes becomes fun again, but also my wardrobe comes to a place where I love all of the clothes, they’re all good quality, they’re all comfortable, they’re my style and they are helping to save the planet along the way.


What is a capsule wardrobe?


‘ Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called "Wardrobe" in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces ‘

Upon researching how to create the ultimate Capsule Wardrobe I have heard that you should set a number of clothing in your wardrobe ( 35 or 50 items ) and update the basics you love every couple of years.


I believe that the beauty of a capsule wardrobe is that you shouldn’t stick to too many rules and you have to figure out what's best for you. I’ll highly advise you on purchasing a high-quality item, it doesn’t have to be price, it just has to last you longer, over a trend piece. You want to buy things that can be worn in several ways and preferably during different seasons, but of course, certain items will be seasonal only. You have to also decide what colours, fabrics and shapes work for you because those are entirely personal and have to work for you.


My goal here is to update my wardrobe with 3 months with amazing quality items that I’ll love to wear, get lots of wear out of and will look amazing. 

Although I will be aiming for new items to be either secondhand or sustainable, there will also be a designer and high street pieces that I love. Underwear, tights and gym wear is not included in the capsule wardrobe.



Here is my list of items that I have ( or am aiming to have ) in my Autumn capsule wardrobe.


SHOES


Heavy Boot. Debenhams. Comfy heavy boot for comfort and style.

Trainers. KOI. White, although a trend shoe I have already been wearing it all the time and they go with everything.


High boots. Clarks. Perfect to protect you from the bad weather, warm and stylish.

BAG


Backpack. Huston Luga. Comfortable, good size and go with smart or casual outfits

Everyday bag. Zara. Good size, comfy and good quality

Going out bag. Primark. Does the job and looks cute.


COAT


Leather Jacket. Freda Funk. I went for a longer one, as ts more ' me' but also doubles as a dress.

Fluffy Coat. Martinali, last season. Great quality, Sooo warm and classic grey colour.

Smart Coat. Primark. Longline, oversized check coat that goes with everything.


ACCESSORIES


Hat. PomPom ears, Primark.

Scarf and gloves. Primark in nude

Belt Primark. Waist belt in black.

TROUSERS


Black trousers. Primark. I got two pairs of these are they are my favourite and go with everything. High waisted with pockets, wide-leg black trousers.

Jeans. Topshop mum jeans, great quality, last years, super comfy.

SUIT


Black and white striped suit. Pretty Little thing. Classic combo works well smart and casual and can be worn together to separately.


Nude Suit. Pretty Little Thing. Comfy, On trend and goes with everything on any occasion. Again, can be worn together or separately.

JUMPSUIT/DUNGAREES


Leather black jumpsuit. Secondhand, M&S great quality, leather dungarees. Can be worn several ways and really comfy.

Check pinafore jumpsuit. Smart, but cosy, Great for any occasion.


TOP


Long sleeve black, white and nude top. Asos basics

Trend piece, organza sleeve top. Zara.

White and Black turtle neck top Primark

White Tee. For me a Zara basic s perfect to wear with either a sit or a pair of jeans.


Vintage Tree. Goes with everything and can add an edge to an outfit.

SHIRT


White, smart shirt. Zara. A versatile piece that's a must-have in everyone’s closet. I have had this pussy bow, white pearl button shirt for a couple of years and it never fails me.

BLAZER


Grey blazer. Super old, heavy, H&M blazer that doubles as a jacket. Amazing quality has lasted me for at least 6 years now and I still wear it daily.


Black blazer. Primark was a trend piece, went n sale for £5 and has lasted me 4 years now. Good quality, smart and lightweight.

JUMPER


Black jumper. PLT, classic black jumper.

White cardigan. Secondhand, cosy and comfy, feminine piece.

Pink oversize cardigan. Trend piece, but will last a couple of years. Really warn and versatile.

SKIRT

Nude pencil skirt. I have had mine from New Look for the last 4 years and have gotten so much wear as of it as well as a number of compliments.

Black and white full circle skirt. H&M has had it for around 5 years. Quite expensive, but long-lasting ( as proven ) It’s very ‘ me’, it's comfy and its a statement piece as well as an essential for me.

Black skirt. Nasty gal. A silky, A-line skirt. comfy, classic and goes with everything.

My current Autumn Capsule wardrobe consists of 33 versatile items. I also have other pieces of clothing, which I already own and love and will be mixing in with these. I may also be purchasing other items that aren’t on this list however every item will have to go with the rest of the items in my capsule wardrobe and will have to be worn at least 30 times throughout the year. That’s just the little goal I have set myself and I am really excited to update you on my capsule wardrobe in Winter 2020.

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