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the one with my capsule wardrobe

Last Monday I introduced the fact that I’d be doing a capsule wardrobe for the month of October. Well, after a good closet clean out and organization I’ve decided to go until Christmas. Over the next 10 Mondays I’ll share 4 outfits from the week before for your viewing pleasure.


My guidelines are simple – ONLY 37 pieces of clothing to wear for the next 10+ weeks. No clothing purchases except what’s listed below. These are things that I normally only buy in an urgent situation, might need if something – like last year when we had the 2nd biggest snow storm on record in Indiana and I needed several new outwear pieces – comes up, or it is a hole in my closet that I know needs filled and will be worn often.

   *pj’s/workout clothes – I don’t buy these often, but I also don’t have more than I need so if I buy something it’s most likely urgent. I doubt I will end up buying anything other than a new pair of pj pants to wear the entire month of December – with reindeer on them – so I’m not worried about spending unnecessary money here.
  *accessories – I never spend more than $10 on an accessory and it’s really hard for me to pull the trigger. I have to LOVE – like lurve it or it has to be super cheap for me to get it. I’m including hosiery with accessories
  * outerwear – This is the same as lounge wear, and Indiana weather is unpredictable.
  * new pants –  I’m not allowing myself to buy any bottoms/dresses UNLESS they are a pair of grey jeans/khaki’s or 1 new pair of jeans.
 * long white tunic – this is a hole that is needed and I’m sure I can find fairly cheap. I’d like to wear my leggings more, but I only have a few shirts that are long enough. None of those shirts are a neutral color.
 * structured/better black blazer
  * closed toe flats – my cognac ones are beat up and my black ones are quite old. I’m not a shoe girl. I love them, but it’s not a Carrie Bradshaw situation. I question myself on shoes a lot before I pull the trigger – like with accessories – so I know myself well enough to know if I pull the trigger then it is worth it.

When I have a goal, I like to break it down. What do I need to do each day – each week – each month to reach this goal? I officially started last Thursday and I wear a uniform to work 3 or 4 days a week. So until December 25th, I have 45 outfits to piece together. I know that some Saturday’s will be spent in lounge clothes until I dress nice for a holiday party and then the next day- Sunday –  I’ll probably wear the same outfit (to church for 2 hours around different people so it’s fine, haha) and then put on lounge clothes again (not the same ones as Saturday, that’s gross, jk). All that to say I’m giving myself 5 repeats.

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  • Reply Mariana Andrade

    Wow, I love that idea!

    October 13, 2014 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Lauren

    A capsule sounds like a fun challenge! I would find the shopping ban hard though! 😉

    October 13, 2014 at 10:42 am
    • Reply Bex Stark

      it is difficult! I’ve started sending my husband screen shots of things I want to buy and can’t hoping I get them for Christmas haha!

      October 13, 2014 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Faith

    So you are going to have to explain what this is and then maybe I could do it too! 🙂

    October 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Melissa Camacho

    This is such a cool idea! Love it! 🙂

    October 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thank you!

      October 14, 2014 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Laura Waxman

    having only recently heard about the concept of a capsule wardrobe, I am intrigued! Honestly though, out of all my wardrobe, I wear the same things over and over… mabye i’m doing it and don’t even know it? =)

    October 13, 2014 at 7:58 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      I felt the same way! this is forcing me to come up with new ways to wear everything

      October 14, 2014 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Sarah @ 12 Twenty Seven

    I can’t wait to see how you style everything! I’m so intrigued by the capsule wardrobe thing but I don’t think I could jump on board–not yet anyway! 🙂

    October 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thanks! I stayed away for awhile too, but holiday season seemed like the best time to jump in and save some money!

      October 14, 2014 at 8:44 pm

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