When I launched my first capsule my goal was to simplify my wardrobe and find joy in the things I already owned. I wanted to consume less, and be more mindful about the ways I shop, from the brands I support (avoiding fast fashion) to the fabrics I choose. I’m happy to report, a year later, I still really love everything in this capsule wardrobe and I have every single piece in my wardrobe. Since I first posted this capsule I’ve discovered new sustainable and ethical brands doing great things in the fashion industry. I took the time to update some of these pieces with more eco-friendly and/or ethical options and I wanted to re-post it for inspiration as we head into a new year.
I know looking at this has me so excited to wear all of these pieces again post-pregnancy. Also, I created two seasonal capsules this year, fall and summer, so if you happen to be going on a warm weather vacation, check out the summer capsule for great classic and versatile pieces. I hope this post will help you start a capsule wardrobe of your own and make getting dressed easier!
Creating A Capsule Wardrobe
I mentioned at the beginning of the year that one of my big goals for 2019 is intention (more on that here). I’ve done a lot of closet (and life) de-cluttering the past few weeks and it has given me a lot of clarity. Creating a capsule wardrobe felt like a good way to kick off 2019 and jump-start a new approach to personal style. I was so sick of having decision fatigue and building a capsule wardrobe seemed like a good place to start. A few things about this capsule wardrobe. I created this based on what I had in my closet (and kept) after my wardrobe clean out. These are the pieces I find myself wearing again and again, with the exception of the blazer I already have everything included below (I did have a blue blazer but it was too small so I had to donate).
I wanted to hone in on the items I wear most often and the pieces that are easy to mix and match. I almost never wear heels, and for the most part I don’t wear dresses (aside from special occasions/events or during summer). This post is meant to help you learn how to build everyday collection of core pieces that you can tailor to your own personal style. I’ve written more about each piece, why it’s included, and where you can find it below. I’ll be sharing different ways to style these pieces and how to get the most wear out of them here on the blog, on Instagram and on YouTube. I hope you enjoy this capsule wardrobe and have fun making it your own.
Leather Ankle Boots // Cashmere Sweater // Barbour Jacket
Camel Coat // Missoma Horn Necklace // Jean Jacket
Crop Chino // Cashmere Wrap // Crossbody Bag
Nisolo is an ethical footwear brand based in Nashville (they also have sustainable practices). I have their heeled chelsea boot which is the perfect heel height and are comfortable to wear for hours. I’m also a big fan of ABLE, an ethical fashion brand committed to fair wages for women in the fashion industry. The Eliza boots are really comfortable and well made.
One of the oldest items in my closet and undoubtedly the most worn. The Barbour waxed jacket is stylish, durable and classic. I have it in sage but I also love the black. I recommend reading the website for sizing, I have a US 4 which fits slightly oversized (roomy enough to layer).
The Everlane Italian ReWool coat is made from recycled wool and nylon. It’s stylish and flattering and comes in several versatile neutral colors (I have it in the dark charcoal but also love the camel). It fits fairly true to size, I went a size up for layering. Eileen Fisher has a beautiful, sustainably made alpaca wool coat.
I wanted to include some of the jewelry I wear everyday like the Missoma horn necklace. I love delicate pieces that can be layered or worn alone. I’ve also heard great things about ethical jewelry brand Aurate which uses sustainably sourced materials.
The Levi’s Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Denim Jacket fits slightly oversized. I love the vintage look of the lighter wash. Looks like the jean jacket you’ve had for years. For a classic style I like this one from DL1961.
For something other than denim a straight leg cropped chino is a super stylish option that can be worn so many ways (and these are so comfortable and flattering). I also love this wide leg crop style from Everlane.
I absolutely love my cashmere travel wraps. Wear them for a long flight, bundle up for a cold day, bring one as a shawl for a dressed up event, it’s definitely an item you’ll get lots of mileage from. Naadam also makes an affordable classic cashmere scarf.
You definitely do NOT need a designer crossbody bag. The Chloe Faye was a very rare designer purchase for me, and I use mine a lot, but it’s a big splurge. Another really beautiful style I love is the Sezane Heritage Victor Bag. Both are perfect styles for travel and anytime you’re going out but don’t need a big tote.
Stripe Shirt // Cuff Bracelet // Leather Loafers
Basic Tee // Boyfriend Jeans // Bandana
Sneakers // Wool Blazer // Polarized Sunglasses
I love the classic style of a Saint James minquiers tee (recommend sizing up). I wear striped tees a lot so I have a few. Amour Vert another sustainable fashion brand has an affordable stripe tee in super soft fabric.
Are you noticing a trend here? Aside from the heirloom pieces I’ve inherited Missoma is pretty much the only jewelry brand I wear everyday. This classic cuff is gorgeous alone or layered with others like this Malachite cuff.
I can’t say enough good things about these Sam Edelman Loraine loafers, I’ve had them for over two years now. They are SO comfortable and a great price point.
I love Sezane’s organic cotton t-shirts, I have it in every color. I recommend going at least one size up (they shrink a bit). The new Entireworld organic cotton tees at Nordstrom also come in lots of fun colors.
My go-to sustainable denim brands are AGOLDE, AG, Boyish, RE/DONE and Sezane. For boyfriend fits, I love the AG Ex-Boyfriend Relaxed Slim. For a straight leg fit I’m a big fan of the the Stove Pipe by Re/Done.
This pair of converse is actually slightly different than the regular chuck taylors. The All Star 70s oxford sneakers are a bit more comfortable with extra cushioning for your feet, and the style is a nod to the originals. The sustainable options I’ve added to my wardrobe are the Veja V-10 sneakers (fit tts) and the Everlane Tread (go up half a size).
I actually bought these sunglasses while we were in Portugal because they were on major sale. They’re comfortable AND polarized. Another pair I love and wear all the time is this style from Smith (also polarized) and super lightweight.
Silk Camisole // Skinny Jeans // Cotton Sweater
Leather Tote // Signet Ring // Faux Leather Leggings
White Button Down // Denim Shorts // Slide Sandals
I’m a big fan of the Everlane clean silk cami as it is great quality, reasonably priced and eco-conscious. It’s also double lined so no need to worry about it being see through. I recommend going a size up. I also have the Paloma top from Sezane in black and the embroidery detail makes it easy to dress up (fits tts).
The classic look of this Reformation sweater is super versatile year round. One of my favorite brands for eco-conscious sweaters is Tradlands. I love their fisherman knit.
My signet ring is an heirloom piece I inherited that I absolutely cherish. This style from Missoma is a beautiful modern version that you can have engraved.
Honestly I’m surprised that I included leggings in a capsule wardrobe but I got this pair a few months ago and they do not disappoint (I sized up to a small).
Sezane’s take on the classic white button down is timeless. I love the round collar. Pair it with white chinos for a chic monochromatic look or with a pair of skinny jeans.
No surprise these were best sellers from 2019. I LIVE in my AGolde Dee denim shorts. They are so comfortable and flattering with a high waist fit and just the right length, not too short and not too long. They fit true to size.
A more seasonal style but had to include this pair of slide sandals because I lived in them all summer long (and they’re great to bring along on your warm weather getaway). These sandals are crazy comfortable (the leather needs a little breaking in, the suede you can wear right out of the box) and come in a few different colors.
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