For A Fall Capsule Wardrobe: Mom Style

 

      Hi there! Today is the Mom edition of Bailey + I's fall capsule wardrobes. My capsule wardrobe is made of less utilitarian items than Bailey's, mostly because I'm old enough to want specific things and have a specific style. Also, I don't destroy my clothes, therefore I can have one long sleeved T, opposed to Bailey's three, and get by just fine. Some of my items are just for visual interest, whereas Bailey's serve multiple purposes other than visual interest alone. Once again, I'll list all items in my wardrobe (other than the obvious PJ's and undergarments) that make up my Cold-Weather Capsule Wardrobe. I've only photographed the four main items, just as with Bailey's post. It just feels unnecessary to share photos of my basic t-shirts and jeans! You all know what those look like without the visual. Let's get started! 

     I've been pretty vocal about my love for my new shoes, and it should come as no surprise that they are one of my favorite items for all seasons. They weirdly go with everything, and have served me well thus far! Thanks again Mom + Dad! My bomber jacket is another obvious pick, its satiny finish giving basic outfits a fun kick, as demonstrated in my latest #momstyle post.

     I also love a good mustard color in the fall, although I didn't used to. I had always kind of shied away from yellow, since I'm blonde, but given the right shade, the whole look isn't too monochrome. Although, I still can't do beige, because that's just too much beige altogether! Another fall pick is a denim skirt I recently thrifted. The denim skirt trend is still going strong, and I love the throwback to my childhood days. Given an appropriate hem length, they can be classy and not like the frayed Hollister ones of our junior high days. I still cringe thinking of those microscopic skirts, and I'm sure parents everywhere do as well. Now, onto the list!

Mom Style Cold-Weather Capsule Wardrobe:

Dresses:

- 1 classic black

- 2 colorful dresses (mine are navy and rust colored, respectively)

- 1 white flowy dress

- 1 shirt-dress

Tops:

- 3 fun tops (i.e. brightly colored, patterned, or interesting cut)

- 2 basic short-sleeve T's

- 1 or 2 basic long-sleeve T's

- 2 button-ups (1 white + 1 chambray)

- 3 sweater (2 pullovers + 1 cardigan)

Outerwear:

- 2 jackets (1 bomber + 1 leather)

- 1 coat (mine is a blush suede trench coat)

Bottoms:

- 2 pairs of jeans (1 skinny + 1 crop-flare)

- 1 pair of black culottes

- 1 pair of overalls (mine are white, but a classic denim or black work too!)

- 2 skirts (1 denim + 1 midi)

Accessories:

- 3 bags (1 black tote + 1 shoulder bag + 1 casual tote)

- 1 pair of shades

- a few pieces of jewelry

- 2 scarves (1 bandana + 1 warm)

Shoes:

- 2 pairs of heels (1 low-heel pump + 1 mule)

- 2 pairs of black ankle boots (1 flat + 1 heeled)

- 2 pairs of flats (1 lace-up + 1 slide)

- 2 pairs of sneakers (1 white + 1 running)

- 1 pair of snow boots

For a Fall Capsule Wardrobe (Bailey Edition!)

 

     Hi there! Now that fall is upon us, I wanted to share what Bailey and I are going to be rocking this season. I haven't ever made Bailey a capsule wardrobe until now, and I think it's one of my best ideas yet. Just as they do for adults, capsule wardrobes also eliminate wastefulness and far too many choices for toddlers. Not that Bailey's making that many sartorial decisions (yet), I only realized that I don't dress her in about 1/3 of the clothes she has. I'm the primary baby dresser, so it's my fault that we were overstocked in her closet, but I'm just as selective for her outfits as I am for my own. I'm not trying to mold her style before she knows what that style is herself, I just don't want to impart bad shopping habits and wastefulness with clothes she doesn't need. I don't think it's ever to early to start teaching those lessons. Toddlers especially have no reason for excess clothing. Yes, they get messy and have accidents, but I have a washing machine. It's worth it to me to do the extra laundry and not have an overflowing closet of choices that aren't necessary. Now, rant over, and onto what Bailey's Fall/Winter wardrobe looks like!

     I decided to only photograph the four main pieces of her closet, but I will list everything that makes up a Toddler Cold-Weather Capsule Wardrobe below! Featured here though, are her essential warm boots, a neutral utilitarian jacket, an adorable folk-style sweater, and the coolest pair of "suede" yellow leggings.

      All of these items, along with most clothes shopping we do for Bailey any time of the year, are second-hand from a local children's consignment store. I've never seen the point in buying all brand new clothes for a child when they grow out of them in a year or so. A few new things here and there are totally fine, but since children grow out of their clothes so fast, a lot of them have very little damage and are perfectly fine to pass along to other kids. Not buying and selling from children's consignment stores just feels like even more waste. Put those mint condition baby clothes to good use! Anywho, I wanted to stick to a mostly neutral color palette with pops of warm fall colors like olive, red, mustard, + plum. Having a color story for your clothes makes it way easier to mix and match, which is a big to-do for kids outfits. They can pull off pretty much anything, so that makes it more fun to dress them too. Bailey's fall wardrobe is made up of a lot of basics, with a few seasonal essentials, and a couple of fun things just because. Check out the full list below!

Toddler Cold-Weather Capsule Wardrobe:

Bottoms:

- 3 Pairs of Jeans

- 4 Pairs of Leggings

- 2 Pairs of Pants (i.e. joggers or trousers)

- 2 Skirts

 

Tops:

- 4 Long-Sleeve T's

- 3 Short-Sleeve T's

- 3 Blouses

- 2 Tank Tops for Layering

- 4 Sweaters (2 pullovers + 2 cardigans)

Outerwear:

- 1 Casual Jacket

- 2 Hoodies

- 1 Winter Coat

Dresses:

- 2 Casual

- 1 Dressy

Extras:

- 4 Pairs of Socks

- 1 Pair of Tights

- Hat/Scarf/Gloves

- 1 Backpack

Shoes:

- 2 Pairs of Boots (one casual + one cold-weather)

- 1 Pair of Sneakers

- 1 Pair of Dressy Shoes

For Some Inspiration + a List (Bailey Edition!)

 

       Good morning! As mentioned in yesterday's post, there was more to come about a matching denim skirt for Bailey, and here it is! After making my own capsule wardrobe for this fall, I decided it might be best for Bailey to have one too. She never wears half of the clothes in her closet, and while she does need some extra sets of t's and pants to have on hand, she doesn't need 20 tops that we just end up donating. She needs good solid basics that we can rotate out, a few fun pieces, and a few pairs of shoes that can get her through the winter. I'll post about her full capsule wardrobe next month, but for now, I'm going to share the inspiration behind some of the cute fall outfits you'll be seeing her in in the next few months, and her 5 main pieces for fall! Let's start with the inspo:

     We're big on mustard this year, and a longer sleeved dress in the shade would be perfect for when the weather cools down!

     Overalls, cardigans, + boots sound like the cutest kiddo combo ever! We can't wait for sweater season.

      Kid's in beanies are just one of those adorable things that make them look like tiny adults. I'll probably opt for a bonnet instead, so that it will stay on her head, but I love the mustard color of this one. 

      I see a fedora in Bailey's future as well. :)

Now, we can move on to the pieces we are going to be on the look out for!

Willaby , $17  I love the look of bonnets, and the fact that I can tie it on her head and over her ears to keep them warm is just a bonus.

Willaby, $17

I love the look of bonnets, and the fact that I can tie it on her head and over her ears to keep them warm is just a bonus.

Etsy , $28  We recently decided that it would be a good idea for Bailey to get in the practice of having a backpack and carrying some of her own things around. This little pink one is the cutest!

Etsy, $28

We recently decided that it would be a good idea for Bailey to get in the practice of having a backpack and carrying some of her own things around. This little pink one is the cutest!

H&M , &18  The aforementioned matching denim skirt! I don't think there would be a better way for Bailey and I too match. 

H&M, &18

The aforementioned matching denim skirt! I don't think there would be a better way for Bailey and I too match. 

H&M , $13 for two  Little girl needs a few long sleeve t's to rotate around her wardrobe. I love the price point and the plethora of prints available in these two-packs.

H&M, $13 for two

Little girl needs a few long sleeve t's to rotate around her wardrobe. I love the price point and the plethora of prints available in these two-packs.

Old Navy , $30  Toddler Dr. Marten-style boots! In a floral print! I'm not sure who needs these more, me or Bailey.

Old Navy, $30

Toddler Dr. Marten-style boots! In a floral print! I'm not sure who needs these more, me or Bailey.

     Thanks for reading, and keep an eye out for Bailey and I's full fall capsule wardrobes in September! Have a great weekend!

For Some Inspiration + a List

 
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     Hi there! Since fall is right around the corner, I wanted to share my inspo for my fall capsule wardrobe, and the list of what I'm purchasing to round it out. Let's start with the inspiration, shall we?

     I really love the color of these trousers, and the culotte style. I plan on adding a hint of burgundy to my wardrobe this fall, and a pair of culottes too!

     Jeanne Damas is a French style icon, and it's obvious why. She's got the whole modern-day Jane Berkin thing going on. I already own all of the components of this outfit, so you could say I'm ready for the temps to drop!

       I pretty much only wear the midi-length as far as dresses go now, and I love the idea of pairing my leather jacket with them.

       A classy black turtleneck with my favorite jeans and some low-heel pumps? Sign me up!

      I'm really into the idea of pairing sneakers with a midi dress too, and I also happen to have a navy ribbed option like the dress above. Yay!

     Rust is still one of my favorite colors year-round, and you can bet I'm going to be pairing my favorite rust dress with my ankle boots come fall.

      Now on to the list! After purging my wardrobe last weekend of all of the outcasts in my wardrobe, I selected 5 new pieces to purchase that my closet is begging for. Check them out below!

H&M , $10  I desperately need a new white t, because stains. A classic crew neck sounds perfect.

H&M, $10

I desperately need a new white t, because stains. A classic crew neck sounds perfect.

Forever 21 , $4  Chokers are still going pretty strong, and I'm loving this bolo-inspired version. I plan to make my own though because I want that hint of burgundy I talked about above!

Forever 21, $4

Chokers are still going pretty strong, and I'm loving this bolo-inspired version. I plan to make my own though because I want that hint of burgundy I talked about above!

H&M , $25  I also need an updated denim skirt, and this one may or may not have a matching size for Bailey :). Check back tomorrow for more on that!

H&M, $25

I also need an updated denim skirt, and this one may or may not have a matching size for Bailey :). Check back tomorrow for more on that!

Target , $13 (on sale!)  I need a pair of black flats to replace my black summer sandals, and this pair fits the bill.

Target, $13 (on sale!)

I need a pair of black flats to replace my black summer sandals, and this pair fits the bill.

Target , $28  The culotte style is so fresh, and I've been dreaming of the outfits I could create with this pair.

Target, $28

The culotte style is so fresh, and I've been dreaming of the outfits I could create with this pair.

     That's all she wrote! I might end up switching a couple of these pieces out if I find a similar vintage option on my thrifting trips, but we shall see!

To Create a Travel Capsule Wardrobe

 

     Hey there! In lieu of our Denver trip, I decided the easiest way to pack is to just create another capsule wardrobe! A lot of people do this specifically for traveling, because it makes packing light easy, and you don't have to worry about your outfits. You basically pack a few things that all work together for multiple scenarios, and then add in a few accessories and pairs of shoes that go with each outfit. My suitcase will contain what you see above, and your basics like underwear and PJ's. Check out my packing list below!

Packing:

- 3 tops (one dressy, one t, and one sweater)

- 2 pairs of jeans (one high rise skinny, and one crop flare)

- 1 dress (a grey t-shirt style, comfy but cute)

- 1 moto jacket (literally goes with anything)

- 3 pairs of shoes (low-heel pumps, sneakers, and cute flats)

- 1 shoulder/cross body bag (side note: I'm bringing a large tote for the road trip as well)

- 1 pair of sunglasses (duh)

- 1 bracelet (not pictured: the copper necklace I'm bringing that my BFF stole!)

      I'm also bringing this red lip creme (shade is Cherry Skies) to bring some color and boldness into the mix, since all of my clothes are neutral in this instance. I am getting so excited for this trip, I can hardly wait! Have a great day!

 

To Think about Your Spring Wardrobe

 
My thrifted J. Crew low-heel pumps. I'm still not over them!

My thrifted J. Crew low-heel pumps. I'm still not over them!

     Spring is getting so close! All I can think about is light pastel colors, plants, and our Denver trip. I have a lot of time on my hands during the day, and I can't not do anything. I'm constantly planning, brainstorming, and making lists, basically just for fun. One of the subjects I've been thinking about a lot is my Spring Capsule Wardrobe. I talked about my current Capsule Wardrobe last fall, and since I purchased my 5 Fall/Winter items, I started planning my Spring items. My mind moves on pretty quickly to the next phase of most aspects of my life. For example, once we get back from Denver, I will probably start planning wherever we are going next. That's just how it goes, for me. Back to the point though, I have had my 5 Spring Items picked out for more than a month. I kept changing my mind on what trends or new essentials I wanted to incorporate once the weather warms up. After perusing a few trend articles on Who What Wear, I decided on what I would stick with. Since making the list, I have already purchased three of the items on the list. I wanted to get those off the list before going to Colorado, so that I can a) wear them in CO and b) purchase the last couple of items there. I like to go shopping with items in mind. It leads to better results, in terms of actually wearing the purchase and buying more quality items. Check out the list (with examples) below!

My 5 Spring Picks:

1. A pair of Crop-Flare Jeans! Update: I recently purchased a vintage pair of these from Etsy, coming soon to a Mom Style post near you!

2. Layering t-shirts/turtlenecks under dresses. (This is more of a styling trend than an actual item.)

3. Low-heel pumps. I already found some! (see above)

4. A box-shaped bag. I have purchased one of these as well, but haven't photographed it yet!

5. A Victorian-inspired blouse!

     I will do an updated post in April, including all of the items on this list, and a total Spring Capsule Checklist!

To Pare Down Your Wardrobe

    

     Hey guys! Recently, I have been seeing articles on creating a capsule wardrobe everywhere. There are a couple of popular variations, and they are quite similar. Up first is the "5 Piece French Wardrobe" wherein you start with a certain set of basics and every season, shop for 5 items to add to your repertoire. They can be trendy or just something that catches your eye. The second variation is essentially the same idea, you just start with a set amount of pieces instead of certain items. Also, when you go shopping for the next season, you can shop for as many items as you want, but keep it in the same range of pieces you started out with. The second idea is the one I decided to go with. Both are mostly a practice in thoughtfulness and making life a little easier. However, I chose to go with the second one because I didn't like the idea of having a set list of basics to start with. My basics are not always what the next persons are, so I felt like there was more freedom with Un-Fancy's system.

     For this, I pared my clothes down to the suggested amount of 37 pieces, and while it was hard, I learned what I like most and how to appreciate it. I mostly got rid of tops, lots of tops. I'm pretty positive I only wear 6 or 7 on rotation. It was rough until I realized "Hey, I get to go shopping! Yayyyy!" First, I had to narrow down how many pieces I wanted to purchase, and what said pieces were. This is where I turned to Pinterest and Instagram to see what was up for fall. I decided on sticking with the 5 items, just seems like a good number. Listed below, they are:

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1. A wool fedora of some sort. I'd been intrigued by them for a while, so I took the plunge and haven't looked back!

2. Lace up flats. My new go-to's that go with literally anything.

3. Something rust colored, one of my favorite colors at the moment.

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4. High Rise Jeans. A classic that happens to be on trend.

5. A turtleneck! I can't believe I bought a turtleneck, but I love it.

There you have it! I'm loving this system so far, and I'll let you know what I'm going to be looking for in the spring, once it's time for the earth to thaw. For now, let me know if you've tried the capsule wardrobe and what you chose to shop for this season! Happy shopping!