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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fall "Capsule"

In case you missed it, yesterday I detailed my closet clean out project. I hope that it's a continued effort, but I at least feel like I'm off to a great start! Today I'm linking up with Anne and  Jacquelyn to look ahead and talk about what will be included in my fall options (what pieces are the focus for September, October, and November), but before that I want to first highlight what made it's way out of closet and what I still have left to tackle...

The stats:

Number of pieces donated/pitched (if it was too worn) = 68

Number of pieces currently in my closet for this fall = 105 (ish) not including shoes, workout/lounging clothes, and sports team tees. 
*this is why the title of this post is "capsule" - a far cry from the more minimal approach implied by the word capsule, but hey - progress!

Remaining to-do list:

- Go through the 3 under the bed tubs I have of clothes that are stowed away for after pregnancy. Many of these items are pants and skirt, and since I'm nervous about changes to my body post-baby, I'll save that task for when I feel back to a size that feels realistic and manageable.

- Go through my dresser. We're sports fans and I have plenty of cute t-shirts and sweatshirts to support all our favorites (the Buckeyes, the Browns, and the Cavs). I've started it, but these need to move to the new-found space in my closet to allow space other than the bedroom floor for my collection of comfortable t-shirts I live in at home. You know, the t-shirts from junior high and high school that are going nowhere. I'm not looking to downsize that much! :)

- Go through all my denim. Jeans may be the hardest thing for me to get rid of. I have a few non-maternity options that are currently back in my closet that will be the most likely to fit first post-pregnancy. Again, I'll go through these after I've recovered from baby.

- Go through my shoes. Just plain not ready for it - this will be a process, so I don't feel the need to complete it all in one weekend. 

Now...on to some of my favorite looks from Pinterest!


fall inspiration
top row left to right: 1 / 2 / 3
bottom row left to right: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

I am all about the neutrals apparently, which is pretty clear if you take a look at what made the cut for fall in the picture below! (minus the 3 rows of sweatshirts + all my sports tees). For your viewing pleasure, I provided the top 2 photos as an overview, then the bottom 3 photos as close-ups of each section. My tops and sweaters are organized by color, then within that section they're organized by sleeve length. My closet is about the only thing I maintain that level of organization with!

closet after

I started to get a little nervous about the heavy reliance on black, gray, and tan especially when it came to sweaters to layer since that's the look I'm currently drawn to so in a moment of weakness, I stopped by Target on my way home from work and picked up a few things. On clearance I found a teal maternity t-shirt and this cardigan in almost a bright teal color. This cardigan came home with me too - the color was one that I didn't have in my closet and it will contrast really well with all of the maternity pants I have (gray, khaki, olive, black, and white). I also couldn't say no to this dress because it's essentially the fall version of my favorite maternity dress, which is the one piece of maternity clothing I may actually be sad to have to stop wearing at some point. That's still a lot of items to have included, but I feel good about where I am right now especially because I don't remember the last time my closet had extra space in it, so let's see how this goes! 

12 comments:

  1. I love your inspiration photos, and I think this approach is perfect - it sounds like the right one for you right now. And I'm impressed with the getting rid of 68 items! Isn't it amazing how many extra things you can dig out of a closet?

    I got a bit nervous about my heavy reliance on neutrals too, so I selfishly like seeing it in other people's capsules so I can shamelessly copy outfits :) But I do think it'll make for really great remixing, and like your inspiration photos, it really is what I'm drawn to for classic, chic looks. So easy to jazz up with accessories too. Looking forward to seeing your outfits!

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    1. Thanks Anne! I think this link-up is such a great idea and am looking forward to gaining some inspiration from looks everyone else puts together! And it really is amazing how that number of items to get rid of can quickly add up - it makes me scared to really do a complete inventory of how many total items I have in my closet for all seasons!

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  2. I'm so excited to see how this goes for you! I think using a lot of neutrals is a good way to make it easier to remix, so I bet you will be happy with your choices!

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    1. That's true - it is easier to remix with neutrals! I'm excited for the weather to start to cool off so I can rely on scarfs to switch up a look since I can't seem to really get into wearing statement jewelry as much lately!

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  3. I am so jealous of your progress! I recently went though my shoes and ditched a ton, but I need to do the same with my closets!

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    1. Ugh...shoes need to be next but it's so hard! I have to be in the right mind set to clear those out, and even so I don't think I'll bring myself to get rid of a single pair of boots. :)

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  4. You have made a ton of progress! I love the neutrals and your Pinned inspirations! I had started a Maternity style idea board on my Pinterest last year - here's the link in case you need any extra help in these last months! http://www.pinterest.com/muppetmusic22/maternity-style-ideas/

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    1. Thanks so much Beth! I have no idea how I wasn't following you on Pinterest before and I definitely just pinned several of those looks from your board because I want to put a similar look together!

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  5. Sometimes I want to want to wear bright colors in the winter, but that so rarely happens. I don't know what it is about neutrals, but they are lately my favorite (with the exception of cobalt blue).

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    1. Maybe it's because of that transition time? I think my winter closet can be especially heavy on the black and gray so I need to watch that. Cobalt blue is a color that's perfect for any season in my opinion so I can completely understand why that's your favorite! Another one of my favorites for all seasons is what I guess I would call a sangria color (and that's only because that was the color name of the bridesmaids dresses for our wedding! haha).

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  6. I love how you made this whole process work for you; I think that's the most important step in succeeding with this! The neutrals will allow you to mix and match more easily and you can always punch it up with accessories! Adding the teal was a nice touch: it goes so well with so many things. I actually don't think of neutrals as only the whites, greys, blacks, and browns. For some reason I think of blue, green, and maroons as neutrals for fall too! So that's what my capsule is full of.

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  7. Neutrals 4ever!!! I basically only wear neutral clothing (with a few splashes of blues and pinks thrown in there). I love the mix and match potential, and I love being able to accessorize the crap out of my clothes :) I'm proud of you for doing a big clean out - I find that so refreshing and kind of fun! (I'm a nerd.)

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