This is a little on the late side, but why not?
As I covered in a previous post, it’s Autumn, and that’s got me thinking about new clothes (insert eye rolls and mass hysteria from both my dad and Chris – just kidding they love me!). But really, I do like clothes, a lot.
Putting together a fall wardrobe this year was a bit trickier than the previous years. Chris and I are still gathering clothes to make up for the ones we lost in the flood of ’15 (it’s going down in the Elliott history book), so it feels like we don’t have enough clothes to separate into different seasons. As a first-time capsuler, I seem to have a steep learning curve.
So this is how I made a capsule with a small wardrobe and a limited budget. No fear, it was done. First I’ll outline a few tips and then share some of my finds.
1. I sorted through my closet to find the pieces that I would keep out and wear this season – that way I got a better sense of what I needed to buy. I quickly found that I had much more than I thought I did.
2. I chose a color palate. I used to go for tons of color and patterns, but I’ve started to lean on a more simple and neutral palate (still with lots of stripes – I can’t help myself!)
3. Chris and I came up with a budget. It’s better to know how much you can spend ahead of time. 😉
4. I always shop the sales. I am not a thrift store shopper and I don’t coupon, but I do keep my eye out for good deals. I found exceptional deals at Madewell, Anthropologie, Gap, and Nordstrom Rack (my one exception to “bargain” stores): a flannel button down, a dress, a t-shirt, a sweater, three pairs of socks, and a pair of boots for under $180. These places are often having sales-on-sales or random one day deals.
5. This year I tried selling my extra/out-dated clothes. You’ll probably make more money selling your clothes yourself but even going to Crossroads / Buffalo Exchange will earn you a few extra dollars. Chris and I got $50 for a few items we dropped off.
So… my finds for this Fall!
It’s a little crazy to say this, but my closet this season feels roomier than usual. Through this process of losing all of my clothes and restocking my wardrobe I’ve sensed a lesson of thankfulness and contentment being pushed on me. It’s not one that I’ve been excited to embrace, but when I look at my closet I see now how I have been provided with great quality pieces that will last through this season and many more to come.