My capsule wardrobe does not include shoes, bags, accessories, dance/workout gear, undergarments, or event wear.
My capsule wardrobe does have to function across a transitional twelve-week period, in subtropical Georgia. At this time of year, we usually see days in the high 80's, all the way down to the first freeze of winter. I am also planning at least one side trip to Florida. Because of the temperature variance, I have expanded my capsule to 40 items.
My color palette is almost entirely neutral: Black, White, Olive, Grey, Blush-Pink, and Dark Tan. I intend to use my accessories - scarves, bags, shoes, jewelry, hats, gloves - to provide color.
I don't have any set style descriptors. Instead, I simply have a list of themes that I love: Bond Girl, 007, Safari, Indiana Jones, Cinema Italiano, Fetish (can it just be 2011 again, please?). I also adore the aesthetic of Wolford (and the quality). I'm always combing their site for ideas. I really wish they would do another online lookbook.
At this time I have settled on 37 items that I am certain of. I plan to talk about the individual pieces at length in future posts, why I chose them, what makes them favorites, how I plan to wear them.
Here are my choices so far:
3 leather toppers. Black, blush pink, and gray, in varying thicknesses. The black jacket is a very thin leather, thin enough that I could wear it as a blouse, something I have never tried.
3 Other Jackets/Blazers. An ivory safari-esque jacket, a ladylike black blazer, and a futuristic-looking moto blazer, also in black.
16 Tops. An assortment of stretch knitwear, and button-downs in black and white. Ideally, I would like to add a white, short-sleeved top or bodysuit, and a pink top or bodysuit to match the blush pink jacket.
2 Pairs of Shorts. Both linen, in olive and black.
5 skirts, all black.
6 Pairs of Pants & Jeans. Five pairs of jeans, and one pair of black pants.
In the days that it has taken me to write this post, I've assembled some items that I am considering adding. But now I find I am re-thinking some of my original choices, as well...
Here are the items that I am either re-thinking, or considering adding to my capsule...
Rethinking: Olive tank bodysuit: This goes beautifully with my taupe-grey leather jacket, but I can't really wear it as a stand-alone piece, because it is a little low-cut. I am a busty gal. I don't want my outfit to be all about mah bosoms, ya know? This bodysuit may be relegated to the undergarments category.
Rethinking: Olive short-sleeve jacket top: I didn't picture it above, but it has been on my list from the start. It is a little too big to wear alone as a top (the armholes are too low, and give a nice view of my bra + sideboob). I always wear something underneath it, either a cami or an outerwear top. I am wondering if this top will have as much versatility as I would like. I'm going to try it on with my other capsule items, snap some pictures and decide.
I really do love these olives and taupe-grey-brown colors. They pair beautifully with black, and I always feel like these colors give me feline-eyes. Meow.
Considering: Olive Skirt + Olive Skinnies (not pictured): These finish off my olive/khaki color capsule. The skirt is super-casual - and, maddeningly, has to be ironed. With starch. This is the best I am able to get it. And yet, I really love it. It has a matching grosgrain ribbon belt, not pictures (because I couldn't find it). I also have a pair of coated olive skinnies - however, I gained weight this summer, and I am not happy with how they look, although they still fit well. I've taken a few pounds off already, but the skinnies may have to wait until the next capsule.
Considering: White Skirt + White Skinnies: I am still deciding on these. I love them both, and I think the white would go beautifully with the blush colors. The skirt is cotton, with a beautiful sheen, so perhaps that is best saved for spring and summer seasons. Or I may include both pieces to start, and do a mid-season swap to the olive. Or cut out some black pieces? Decisions, decisions.
Let me note that the belt-loops are coming off of this skirt. It took me several wears to realize they were bothering me. I feel that no loops = a cleaner line.
Considering: Black Long-sleeve Top: I haven't worn this all spring or summer, but it's been a favorite for three years now. I wore it Friday evening to go out, and the love is back. I may put this into my capsule and cut another black top.
Considering: Blush Top: As noted above, I want to add a blush-pink top to my closet. I found one today, at a thrift shop! I am undecided. It has the Wolford aesthetic that I love, but it doesn't quite go with my blush leather jacket. If I find a better match in a blush top, this one will move to dancewear, where it will be put to very good use.
Considering: White Top: As noted above, I want to add a white top to my closet. I found this top today at the same shop as the blush one. It was a little too casual, I thought, but I love the neckline. It has a really nice wide ballet neck. If I find a better white top this fall, then this will move to dancewear.
So here I am, with three weeks left to make changes, cuts, and tweaks. I am very happy with my progress on this project so far. What do you think of my first Project 333? I would love your input!