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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #450 on: September 18, 2015, 04:59:18 PM »
I can't get over the fact that one of the Everlane models looks like the boys from Hansen... Pretty sure they have her in shirts that are like 3 sizes too big for her.

Do their tees fit in a more flattering way than the pictures, or are these pretty true to fit? It doesn't look like they would be particularly flattering?

Don't you hate it when the models are all slouchy and tipped over? I just can't figure out how the clothes fit. Stand up straight! What is with the 1/2 tucked in shirts - does anyone actually walk around like that in real life. The t-shirt is cut feminine, but not close fitting. It isn't boxy (this particular shirt: https://www.everlane.com/collections/womens-tees/products/womens-v-neck-tee-sky) - the cotton v. It also isn't tight fitting. The photo from the back of the model probably gives the best sense of how the shirt fits. It was $15, not $10 - I still think a good value (having not yet seen how it will wash and wear).

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« Reply #451 on: September 18, 2015, 05:38:10 PM »
I can't get over the fact that one of the Everlane models looks like the boys from Hansen... Pretty sure they have her in shirts that are like 3 sizes too big for her.

Do their tees fit in a more flattering way than the pictures, or are these pretty true to fit? It doesn't look like they would be particularly flattering?

Don't you hate it when the models are all slouchy and tipped over? I just can't figure out how the clothes fit. Stand up straight! What is with the 1/2 tucked in shirts - does anyone actually walk around like that in real life. The t-shirt is cut feminine, but not close fitting. It isn't boxy (this particular shirt: https://www.everlane.com/collections/womens-tees/products/womens-v-neck-tee-sky) - the cotton v. It also isn't tight fitting. The photo from the back of the model probably gives the best sense of how the shirt fits. It was $15, not $10 - I still think a good value (having not yet seen how it will wash and wear).

Thanks! Dang, wish these shirts were for me, but I would probably look as "boyish" as the models do with it on =( So far the best shirts I've found that flatter my figure are Banana Republic basic tees- they're affordable the rare times I'm down at their outlet store, but it's a good 45 minutes away.

Honestly, I've decided my current plan is to try and limp all my clothes along until we start trying for kids next year. From what I've heard/seen, even if you lose all the weight post-pregnancy your body can be totally different dimensions, so it seems silly to buy new clothes now. That being said, we'll see how well what I have holds out!
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« Reply #452 on: September 20, 2015, 04:26:48 AM »
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« Reply #453 on: September 21, 2015, 06:42:46 AM »
Here are the photos of the Everlane t-shirt (please excuse the chaotic kitchen behind me - I had to take this picture 5 or 6 times before I could keep the kids, dog, and cats out of the frame for 10 seconds). It is a size M.

I am wearing the black Everlane cardigan today. I really like it. Very fine wool. I prefer it unbuttoned - took a few photos to show how it fits. I think the arms are a little long on me, but the shoulders are the right width. It is a size L. I also took a photo of my hand through the fabric so you can see how sheer it is. It is incredibly soft for a wool sweater. I love it.


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« Reply #454 on: September 21, 2015, 09:05:32 AM »
Oh, the T-shirt is far more flattering than I expected! And I love the color on you.
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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #455 on: September 22, 2015, 04:39:58 AM »
Today's uniform - same pants (H&M), same shirt (Forever 21), new sweater (Forever 21). I like how the colors turned out.

I am going to try to be more consistent for a couple weeks w/ posting daily work photos, as the seasons change and I've purged a few things out of my closet again.

Anyone else want to post so photos of their capsules/wardrobe/uniform?


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« Reply #456 on: September 22, 2015, 11:41:48 AM »
MsPeacock, I like your outfit today - it has a youthful vibe but it certainly is age appropriate!

I am very happy that fall is almost here.  I put away most of my summer clothes and can finally enjoy wearing my fall clothes.  Fall is my favorite season!  I decided to buy a "jean button" at work.  For a $20 donation to United Way I can wear jeans to work every day until mid-November.  That greatly expands my options for bottoms which were limited due to weight gain.  I bought a couple of pairs of dressy jeans during the summer so I'm excited about being able to wear them now!  Normally, we can wear jeans on Fridays only.

I am also wearing a new pair of shoes today that I got in Edinburgh at the beginning of the summer.  They are lace up oxfords and I've been looking for a perfect pair for a couple of years now.  I finally found these in the Clarks store on Princes Street and they are super comfortable and look great.  Definitely a good purchase, and they remind me of Scotland whenever I look at my feet ;-)



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« Reply #457 on: September 22, 2015, 05:48:08 PM »
My capsule wardrobe is working well! I've just ordered "my" cardigan in a fourth colour (all bought second hand on ebay) and yesterday received in the mail my favourite smart casual dress in a second colour (grey). Sticking to a very limited colour palate and keeping styles consistent really seems to work for me.

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« Reply #458 on: September 23, 2015, 02:55:15 AM »
I have to say I'm getting a little bored with my clothes.:P I was looking for a couple of new jumpers (sweaters) and I realise I am relying far too much on the cobalt blue colour. I didn't notice how many blue cothes were in the shops compared to other colours.

I'm going to keep looking for another colour until I find something I really like. I can't seem to find the shade of green I want.

On the plus side I saw someone I hadn't seen for a while and he said that my top really suited me and asked me if I had recently coloured my hair as it looked pretty (which I hadn't) so at least I know the new colours I'm wearing do actually suit me.:)


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« Reply #459 on: September 23, 2015, 04:41:11 AM »
OTD - Outfit of the day. This sweater was actually the one that started it all for me - comfortable, looks good. I wish I'd purchased it in more colors. I got it at JC Penny's (Joe Fresh). It is such a basic item that I really hope they offer it again this year so I can get other colors. I got it on clearance for about $11 last year and there were very few in my size, so I think I was stuck w/ grey. Lands End pants, white shirt from Forever 21, comfortable unattractive shoes.

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #460 on: September 23, 2015, 09:39:15 AM »
OTD - Outfit of the day. This sweater was actually the one that started it all for me - comfortable, looks good. I wish I'd purchased it in more colors. I got it at JC Penny's (Joe Fresh). It is such a basic item that I really hope they offer it again this year so I can get other colors. I got it on clearance for about $11 last year and there were very few in my size, so I think I was stuck w/ grey. Lands End pants, white shirt from Forever 21, comfortable unattractive shoes.

I can't put my finger on why I like this so much- it should come across as monochromatic, but instead, it really lights up your complexion.
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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #461 on: September 24, 2015, 04:56:42 AM »
OOTD - outfit of the day. Same black pants, same white shirt, tan sweater (also from Forever 21). This is as basic as it comes, same as  yesterday. I put on bright lipstick because grey and tan are generally  not my friends and I would otherwise look washed out.

Happy to be having some fall weather!

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« Reply #462 on: September 28, 2015, 12:30:31 PM »
General question relating to a capsule wardrobe idea: how do you go about putting together outfits?  Do you actually spend the time to try on all the possible combinations of the pieces you have?  Or do you just put the outfits together mentally?  Or some other method (arranging the outfit on the bed or on a hanger)?

I am asking this question because I often find myself thinking that a certain combination of my pieces would look good together but in practice when I actually put it on, it doesn't work.  It may work well in theory, or one aspect of it may work, but there is something else wrong.  For example, it may be the right color combination but the shape is wrong, or it's too bulky together, or the length is wrong, or the textures don't work together, or I feel overdressed, etc.  When I buy a new piece, I try it on for size and fit, but I don't go to the next step of actually trying it on with every other thing in my closet that I think may go with it.  As a result of this, I tend to have set outfits and combinations and I don't do a lot of mixing and matching.

So what is your process and what method works for you?



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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #463 on: September 28, 2015, 02:37:21 PM »
OOTD - stripey shirt of the type that I like, tan pants (old). Both items are from H&M.

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« Reply #464 on: September 28, 2015, 10:07:35 PM »
General question relating to a capsule wardrobe idea: how do you go about putting together outfits?  Do you actually spend the time to try on all the possible combinations of the pieces you have?  Or do you just put the outfits together mentally?  Or some other method (arranging the outfit on the bed or on a hanger)?

I am asking this question because I often find myself thinking that a certain combination of my pieces would look good together but in practice when I actually put it on, it doesn't work.  It may work well in theory, or one aspect of it may work, but there is something else wrong.  For example, it may be the right color combination but the shape is wrong, or it's too bulky together, or the length is wrong, or the textures don't work together, or I feel overdressed, etc.  When I buy a new piece, I try it on for size and fit, but I don't go to the next step of actually trying it on with every other thing in my closet that I think may go with it.  As a result of this, I tend to have set outfits and combinations and I don't do a lot of mixing and matching.

So what is your process and what method works for you?

My wardrobe is much larger than capsule-size.  But if I buy an item, I won't keep it unless I can find 4 distinct outfits.  Well, I'm a little more forgiving with dresses since really they are the outfits, and and of themselves (adding different cardigans or scarves doesn't feel like it counts).  That doesn't mean I'm capturing every possibility, but it has to do that much in order to earn a place in my closet.  But I also periodically try to look at a handful of items and try to think of different ways to use them, and then I'd try those on to see if they work.  Similarly, if I am inspired by a fashion blog or an outfit I see somewhere, I'll go to my closet and try to create it.

I know some people go so far as to keep outfit books or spreadsheets that basically list every possible outfit. Then they an search on "blue Gap shirt with bracelet length sleeves" and see a list of every single combination that includes that.  This would include trying on each outfit, or at least all the ones that aren't basically the same, like swapping gray and black pants in a similar shape.  TO much work for me though.  I find I'm pretty good at mentally putting together outfits, and I only try them on if I'm not sure. 

But if you are in a rut, it might make sense to set aside an hour or so and just play with different combinations.  Perhaps you could invite a friend over for a second set of eyes, and another brain to try and come up with additional possibilities. 

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #465 on: September 29, 2015, 01:45:02 AM »
General question relating to a capsule wardrobe idea: how do you go about putting together outfits?  Do you actually spend the time to try on all the possible combinations of the pieces you have?  Or do you just put the outfits together mentally?  Or some other method (arranging the outfit on the bed or on a hanger)?

I am asking this question because I often find myself thinking that a certain combination of my pieces would look good together but in practice when I actually put it on, it doesn't work.  It may work well in theory, or one aspect of it may work, but there is something else wrong.  For example, it may be the right color combination but the shape is wrong, or it's too bulky together, or the length is wrong, or the textures don't work together, or I feel overdressed, etc.  When I buy a new piece, I try it on for size and fit, but I don't go to the next step of actually trying it on with every other thing in my closet that I think may go with it.  As a result of this, I tend to have set outfits and combinations and I don't do a lot of mixing and matching.

So what is your process and what method works for you?

Putting me Together is a very helpful place to look.

http://www.puttingmetogether.com/p/building-remixable-wardrobe-series.html

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #466 on: September 29, 2015, 04:37:11 AM »
General question relating to a capsule wardrobe idea: how do you go about putting together outfits?  Do you actually spend the time to try on all the possible combinations of the pieces you have?  Or do you just put the outfits together mentally?  Or some other method (arranging the outfit on the bed or on a hanger)?

I am asking this question because I often find myself thinking that a certain combination of my pieces would look good together but in practice when I actually put it on, it doesn't work.  It may work well in theory, or one aspect of it may work, but there is something else wrong.  For example, it may be the right color combination but the shape is wrong, or it's too bulky together, or the length is wrong, or the textures don't work together, or I feel overdressed, etc.  When I buy a new piece, I try it on for size and fit, but I don't go to the next step of actually trying it on with every other thing in my closet that I think may go with it.  As a result of this, I tend to have set outfits and combinations and I don't do a lot of mixing and matching.

So what is your process and what method works for you?

I would say that I think about this significantly less now that I've switched to a "uniform" for work. I didn't entirely get rid of all my old clothes, so there are still some outfits to be made. However, for the most part I wear the same basic pieces every day  - pants, white (occasionally other colored) button down shirt, sweater. Any shopping I've done recently for work clothes has been only for items that match those specific criteria. I can grab just about anything 3 items out of my closet and they will 'go.'

I think this approach is pretty different from a capsule - at least in what I've seen capsules seem to involve a smaller number of pieces of clothing, mix up patterns more (I don't really do patterns), and have more multi-use items (work and weekend and going out clothing, for instance). I would find that much more challenging than what I'm currently doing.

Previously I definitely did what you are doing - buying things w/o considering how they might work w/ other items, spending time putting together outfits (usually I hang everything up together in my bathroom the night before - so this was where I'd see if it all worked), being frustrated because various items did not work together or didn't fit right or something else. I arrived at my particular uniform because it is one outfit type that very consistently works for me. It may be a bit boring, but it has been pretty much foolproof in regards to working.

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« Reply #467 on: September 29, 2015, 04:39:59 AM »
Thank you Villanelle and Londoner38 and MsPeacock.  This is very helpful.  Especially the link.  I think I will set aside some time on Saturday to do some trying on and figuring out outfits from my closet.  It's supposed to rain anyway so I'm not going hiking...

I bought a few items recently and I really need to make sure that they are versatile enough or they will need to go back.



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« Reply #468 on: September 29, 2015, 04:40:41 AM »
OOTD - very much "uniform" today. Pants old from H&M (paid $5 for them 4 or 5 years ago - love these pants), Old Navy sweater (also old and inexpensive - $15 maybe 5 years ago), Kohl's white shirt ($20 1 or 2 years ago). Payless shoes that are actually comfortable.


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« Reply #469 on: September 29, 2015, 06:08:47 AM »
Thank you Villanelle and Londoner38 and MsPeacock.  This is very helpful.  Especially the link.  I think I will set aside some time on Saturday to do some trying on and figuring out outfits from my closet.  It's supposed to rain anyway so I'm not going hiking...

I bought a few items recently and I really need to make sure that they are versatile enough or they will need to go back.

I've got better at mixing things up lately, but I've found the only way to judge things is to try them on together.

Things that I thought would work, ended up not, eg tucked in silk top with a gathered skirt ending up being too voluminous around the middle. But since I was determined to try every top on with that skirt I tried a button up shirt, which i thought would be way too much fabric on one body, and it looked great. I need to add belt loops to that skirt though, it just wouldn't stay put and it looks much better with a belt on.

Other people may have more imagination than me, but to see if the silhouette worked (rather than just the colours / prints) trying on was the only way to go for me.

Also, today I am wearing a nice top which I thought, hmmm, why do I never wear that with that suit?! Well, I got my answer when I took my coat off - the top is long-sleeved, the jacket is 3/4. I've been tugging my sleeves up a lot today... so take my wardrobe advice with a big pinch of salt!

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #470 on: September 29, 2015, 08:59:47 AM »
ZiziPB - For my summer capsule, I ended up just trying out different combinations of clothes since I had paired things down to a limited number of options. It forced me to to try combinations that I would not have before. I also had a color scheme going on - black, white, light blue, indigo (denim), and coral (dresses). For the most part I don't think I was clashing colors too terribly!


Mrs. Peacock - I saw your request for other people to post photos too. I'm afraid that I don't know how you do that photoshop thing to cover your face! I'm not sure my outfits are all that interesting either since I dress casually.



I've started slowly phasing into a fall capsule this week. I've put away my denim and white shorts and my colored tank tops. I still have 2 pair of shorts out for the hot afternoons when I feel like switching from pants. I've pulled out 2  shirts (wine colored and black), 2 lightweight sweatshirts, and a thicker maxi dress that's too hot for summer from storage. I'm definitely feeling strained on shirt resources currently as I only have 6 shirts and 2 tanks. We are in that in between weather where tanks feel chilly, but longs sleeves would be too hot. I think this will be alleviated soon with the weather. I also tried on all of my jeans - 2 pair fit (a cropped style and full length skinny jeans). I bought one new pair, on sale, of boot cut, dark wash jeans that fit perfectly. I expect to only need a new long sleeve shirt and a pair of black flats for the rest of my capsule. Later on, once I have my full fall capsule settled, I'll list out what pieces I chose.

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« Reply #471 on: September 29, 2015, 10:05:06 AM »


Mrs. Peacock - I saw your request for other people to post photos too. I'm afraid that I don't know how you do that photoshop thing to cover your face! I'm not sure my outfits are all that interesting either since I dress casually.




I am far from a computer whiz. What I do is email the photo to myself from my phone. I then open the photo from the attachment in MS Paint (which is part of the MS Office suite, I think). It has a option for drawing shapes, and I choose "fill" rather than outline, and that's it. I save it to my desktop and then use the attachment option when I post.

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« Reply #472 on: September 29, 2015, 11:40:15 AM »
I also go with the uniform approach to work clothes, as opposed to a capsule. I have about 12 pencil skirts, some year-round, a few for just summer or winter, that i wear everyday. Top is either a wool crew sweater, a button down shirt or a cardigan twin set. Skirts are navy, black, gray with a couple of florals. Tops almost all match almost skirts, so the mix and match combos are extensive. I have three or four pair ballet flats that also match most of the outfits. Dressing is a snap. Shopping is even easier, as I know exactly what brand and styles and sizes I love, so when somethings need replacing, I just watch for a sale. I admit out of a little boring, but in a conservative setting, with safety issues that prevent me from wearing heels, scarves or necklaces, its a good solution.

Now... For casual clothes, I'm more capsule. 2 jeans, 2 leggings, 1 cord pants. Could sweaters, button downs, tees and a handful of scarves. Flats, booties and tall boots and I'm set. I love all the mix and match combos. I have a couple pair heels and necklaces that dress up my pencil skirts for church. Overall it's a relatively small closet that works for me. Not 33 small, but small enough that I always look great, never have to think or worry about clothes and easily fits in my half of our tiny closet.

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« Reply #473 on: September 30, 2015, 04:34:05 AM »
OOTD - Lands End pants (clearance) and sweater (I have 3 or 4 of these in different colors), white shirt from Kohls.


Does anyone know of a good brand/source for bras that are actually comfortable. Maybe mostly cotton? Lined. Possibly pull-over rather than hook (although I could deal with either). I'd like to find a few that don't dig into my skin or make me want to have a temper tantrum and tear them off by the end of the day.

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« Reply #474 on: September 30, 2015, 04:41:55 AM »
Shopping is even easier, as I know exactly what brand and styles and sizes I love, so when somethings need replacing, I just watch for a sale. I admit out of a little boring, but in a conservative setting, with safety issues that prevent me from wearing heels, scarves or necklaces, its a good solution.



This +1. I am in and out w/ the shopping now. I found a blouse at Express that is about $50 but often on sale that is just perfect for me in terms of fit and style. They will be my go-to from now on. I have a go-to for style of pants and sweaters as well. I can just bypass 98% of the stuff in the store w/o a second glace and a moment wondering if it would go. It's awesome!

My casual clothes aren't quite to that point - but close. I just don't have much that is casual (a couple pairs of jeans and some long sleeve winter shirts...).

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« Reply #475 on: October 01, 2015, 04:31:09 AM »
OOTD: Lands End pants and sweater, white shirt.


Do you have "go to" items - a pair of pants from store X or a sweater from store Y that you know fits and works w/ your capsule or uniform - so you buy multiples of that item?


Also - ponte pants - highly recommended here by others - every single pair I see are like leggings. Very clingy and tight. This would not be appropriate in my work environment. Do they make any other style? Does the fabric work for a less fitted pant?

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« Reply #476 on: October 01, 2015, 04:43:10 AM »
MsPeacock, as to ponte pants, I have two pairs of these from Lands End. http://www.landsend.com/products/womens-slim-leg-ponte-pants/id_272926?sku_0=::F24 They are trim and slim but definitely not like leggings and I do wear them to work (business casual setting - large corporation).  They are longer than what is shown in the picture.  Also check JJill for ponte pants, I think they have several different cuts.

ETA: I am a solid size 8 and I got size M in the ponte pants from LE even though I normally wear size S in most of their clothes.  When you are looking for ponte pants, try going up in size to avoid the tight look.


I spent some time last night trying things on.  As a result, I am returning 3 tops I bought recently that I thought would complement my existing wardrobe.  I also added a couple of items to the consignment pile.  I realized that a couple of older sweaters I was considering replacing fit me quite well so I will keep them.  Overall, I need to make a better effort to actually wear what I have because I do have a nice variety in my closet.  Instead, I was falling into a very predictable pattern of wearing the same few combinations of clothes most of the time.  While I like the idea of a uniform, I do get bored easily if I wear the same stuff over and over again.  So I need to focus on building new outfits with what I have. Oh, and I really need to lose at least 5 pounds or I'm at risk of having to replace all of my winter pants!!!
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« Reply #477 on: October 01, 2015, 04:10:55 PM »
Do you have "go to" items - a pair of pants from store X or a sweater from store Y that you know fits and works w/ your capsule or uniform - so you buy multiples of that item?

Yes! I now own the same cardigan in four colours (one of the four is only 3/4 length sleeve, so a little different). If something looks good and wears well, I will haunt ebay until I've found it in at least a few different "me" colours.

I almost bought a second of my fave black casual dress because it's so versatile and easy to wear, and black is the base colour for my wardrobe. But I could only find it new, for $99. Eventually a grey one came up in my size on ebay, so I snagged it for I think $28 including postage. Glad I waited!

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« Reply #478 on: October 01, 2015, 04:18:04 PM »
Question: how is everyone finding the COST of setting up and maintaining a capsule wardrobe?

It occurred to me the other day that because I will mostly stick to brands that I know wear well and still look good after many many wash cycles, and because I mostly buy my dresses and cardigans secondhand on ebay*, I probably spend less than my peers to wear much better quality clothing.

I also feel like less of my clothing budget ends up wasted: I no longer buy things in colours that I will never wear, thanks to having put serious thought into which colours I want in my capsule. I limit myself to a narrow range of styles, so almost everything matches. It's rare now to buy something and have it fall apart quickly, as I choose better made clothing (no space for "fast fashion" in a capsule!).

But it's not cheap, either.

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #479 on: October 01, 2015, 06:13:22 PM »
Question: how is everyone finding the COST of setting up and maintaining a capsule wardrobe?

It occurred to me the other day that because I will mostly stick to brands that I know wear well and still look good after many many wash cycles, and because I mostly buy my dresses and cardigans secondhand on ebay*, I probably spend less than my peers to wear much better quality clothing.

I also feel like less of my clothing budget ends up wasted: I no longer buy things in colours that I will never wear, thanks to having put serious thought into which colours I want in my capsule. I limit myself to a narrow range of styles, so almost everything matches. It's rare now to buy something and have it fall apart quickly, as I choose better made clothing (no space for "fast fashion" in a capsule!).

But it's not cheap, either.

I think there is some up front cost - at least there was for me because I only had one white shirt, for instance. I had to buy another 4 or 5 to have enough to not do laundry more frequently than I like. Same with some pants. However, I think my long term costs will be much lower. I would guess that I actually haven't spent much more than I would have spent on other clothing, but this set should last me much longer and I will be less in the long run.

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #480 on: October 01, 2015, 08:46:00 PM »
OOTD: Lands End pants and sweater, white shirt.


Do you have "go to" items - a pair of pants from store X or a sweater from store Y that you know fits and works w/ your capsule or uniform - so you buy multiples of that item?


Also - ponte pants - highly recommended here by others - every single pair I see are like leggings. Very clingy and tight. This would not be appropriate in my work environment. Do they make any other style? Does the fabric work for a less fitted pant?

They definitely make ponte pants that are more trouser and less legging.  They are likely going to be slim, but only because that's the style right now.  I had a very wide-legged pair of ponte pants about 10 years ago.  They draped beautifully.  But I have a pair now that are not legging-tight and fit slighty loosely from thigh down to ankle.  They are about 3 years old so I can't recommend them as something you could buy out there, but they do exist.  I tried on a pair yesterday at Nordstom in fact, but I didn't note the brand.

For the question about cost, I'm not going full capsule or uniform, but I am converting to a smaller palette and overall style.  I'm doing it very slowly.  I'm eliminating yellow from my wardrobe, for example, since I don't think it flatters me and I don't love it.  But I have a yellow breton style shirt that I still wear a decent amount, simply because I treat breton stripes like a neutral.  It's a good quality shirt (Boden) and I live the fit.  So I'm not going to get rid of it until it wears out, at which point I will either not replace it, or replace it with something more within my limited parameters.  That helps keep the cost down because I'm slowly phasing out the outliers, rather than doing a full scale purge, with the resulting need to buy a lot more items. 

If you have brands and specific pieces you know you like, ebay might be an option.

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« Reply #481 on: October 09, 2015, 04:54:37 AM »
My thread up bag was finally processed. It took more than a month since they received it. I sent 4 or 5 cashmere identical (other than color) sweaters, a pair of Express pants, a sweater and shirt from h&m, a lulu lemon jacket, possibly one or toe other things. I washed everything and went over it all extremely carefully to make sure it was in excellent condition. They accepted the pants, the stuff from h&m, and one sweater. I received 9.50.

Yeah, I will not be bothering with that again. First, the time to process was ridiculous. Secondly, I think all or nearly all of the items would have been accepted by the local shop (which is hard for me to get to, but I would have gotten the money upfront), I think I would have gotten more per item than I did from thread up. I basically sent them about $400 worth of clothing and got $10. I honestly would have rather given it to charity. Very glad I didn't pay their $12 fee to have my clothes so sent back to me since I would now be down by $2.

I am going to cash out and I'm done with them.

On  a happier note I found a nice pink crew neck sweater on blue fly. I usually have bad luck with that site because the clothing fits weird or isn't photographed accurately or something. I actually ordered three sweaters that were on my due for replacement list. I sent two back right away and kept the pink. When I went to put it on I discovered a hole. Their customer service could not have been better. They fedex me a replacement immediately, paid for return shipping and picked up the old one at the door. I had the replacement sweater before I had sent the damaged one back.

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #482 on: October 09, 2015, 11:45:29 AM »
My thread up bag was finally processed. It took more than a month since they received it. I sent 4 or 5 cashmere identical (other than color) sweaters, a pair of Express pants, a sweater and shirt from h&m, a lulu lemon jacket, possibly one or toe other things. I washed everything and went over it all extremely carefully to make sure it was in excellent condition. They accepted the pants, the stuff from h&m, and one sweater. I received 9.50.

Yeah, I will not be bothering with that again. First, the time to process was ridiculous. Secondly, I think all or nearly all of the items would have been accepted by the local shop (which is hard for me to get to, but I would have gotten the money upfront), I think I would have gotten more per item than I did from thread up. I basically sent them about $400 worth of clothing and got $10. I honestly would have rather given it to charity. Very glad I didn't pay their $12 fee to have my clothes so sent back to me since I would now be down by $2.

I am going to cash out and I'm done with them.

Wow, what a racket!  I am so glad that I have found a local consignment store to deal with!  The store does not pay up front but they carefully look at the items you bring in and decide what they will take right there and then.  You get a percentage of what the item sells for.  The location is not very convenient for me but it's not that far from where I work so I can just get there during lunch.  That reminds me that I have a few more items to bring in next week :-)



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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #483 on: October 17, 2015, 07:31:00 PM »
I have not been active on this thread, but I am in the early stages of capsulizing. 

Clothes shopping has always been a serious headache for me. I am tall and large breasted, but not heavy (women's large shirt, 5'9"). This project is making these challenges way worse, as I am trying to be pickier then I have ever been able to let myself be in the past.

So my current challenge: a basic tee shirt that is long enough for a tall person, looks similar to a cami when it is under a jacket or button down (wider neck then the default on a tee. Could be scoop neck or boat neck), does not show cleavage, cotton or cotton with a little bit of spandex, no rayon, and not $50 each. Nice to haves would be not see through and long staple cotton. Currently I use layers to achieve this list (one for the outer layer, one so that I don't flash my belly or boobs and you can't see through it. I want to get this down to one shirt at a time.

Do any of you have any ideas on where I should look?

Where I have checked so far:
Eddy Bower: wrong shape neck or too low cut
J Crew: too transparent
Gap/ Banana Republic / Old Navy: all either rayon or too high cut or too low cut in the neck.
H&M: promising, but do not come in tall sizes. I have an old one from them and it is very short on me.
I have found a good option for ~$60, but do not want to spend that on an undershirt: https://www.thewhitetshirt.com/



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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #484 on: October 18, 2015, 09:38:04 AM »
H&M: promising, but do not come in tall sizes. I have an old one from them and it is very short on me.
I have found a good option for ~$60, but do not want to spend that on an undershirt: https://www.thewhitetshirt.com/

Fellow 5'9" here. I would encourage you to try H&M again- I find their cuts and lengths vary substantially over time. I usually visit a couple times a year (their shirts always fit DH for some reason, so we go to buy for him) and about every second year their shirts are the right length and weight. I buy a lot when they are, obviously.

Otherwise, I do share your struggle. I also end up layering. I have found some great, thickweight tanktops at target for very cheap (on sale often). JC Pennys as well. Both of these stores I have found some good long basic T's in juniors, but it's hit and miss on the fabric thickness- really depends on trends. But don't dismiss juniors departments out of hand, some decent basics can be found for cheap there if you're lucky.

Otherwise, sadly, it seems like $50 is where you end up for longer lasting, higher-end feeling items.
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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #485 on: October 18, 2015, 10:11:20 AM »
I have not been active on this thread, but I am in the early stages of capsulizing. 

Clothes shopping has always been a serious headache for me. I am tall and large breasted, but not heavy (women's large shirt, 5'9"). This project is making these challenges way worse, as I am trying to be pickier then I have ever been able to let myself be in the past.

So my current challenge: a basic tee shirt that is long enough for a tall person, looks similar to a cami when it is under a jacket or button down (wider neck then the default on a tee. Could be scoop neck or boat neck), does not show cleavage, cotton or cotton with a little bit of spandex, no rayon, and not $50 each. Nice to haves would be not see through and long staple cotton. Currently I use layers to achieve this list (one for the outer layer, one so that I don't flash my belly or boobs and you can't see through it. I want to get this down to one shirt at a time.

Do any of you have any ideas on where I should look?

Where I have checked so far:
Eddy Bower: wrong shape neck or too low cut
J Crew: too transparent
Gap/ Banana Republic / Old Navy: all either rayon or too high cut or too low cut in the neck.
H&M: promising, but do not come in tall sizes. I have an old one from them and it is very short on me.
I have found a good option for ~$60, but do not want to spend that on an undershirt: https://www.thewhitetshirt.com/

This may not be an option for you, but I frequently acquire shirts several sizes too large and tailor them to fit.  Tshirts are the easiest.  I like to leave the neck and shoulders seams intact but cut the sleeves out and the up the side seams then reshape everything from there. The larger size gives me the option to make it as long as possible.  I am not tall but have an active lifestyle and am not a fan of crack! 

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #486 on: October 18, 2015, 12:09:20 PM »
I recently found the "perfect" T and hopefully it might work for you as well. It's the Gap Fit Breathe V-neck. They come in black, grey, and white as well as the colors shown at this link. You might just have to poke around the website a bit to find them.
 
http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=92363&vid=1&pid=142856212

I'm 5'10" and this T-shirt is definitely long enough. It might have a bit more stretch than you are looking for but I honestly love the stretch and it is sooooo comfy. I currently own 8 of them, all different colors. They are advertised as 29.95 but they go on sale all the time. I know my size now and I check their website regularly for when new colors go on sale. I wear them every day and they have held up well for 2 years! They do tend to stretch out a bit over time, but they get longer, not baggier, which is great for us tall women! I'm a C cup and the V-neck shows absolutely 0 cleavage. They look fantastic under a blazer too. Best of luck on your T-shirt quest!


I have not been active on this thread, but I am in the early stages of capsulizing. 

Clothes shopping has always been a serious headache for me. I am tall and large breasted, but not heavy (women's large shirt, 5'9"). This project is making these challenges way worse, as I am trying to be pickier then I have ever been able to let myself be in the past.

So my current challenge: a basic tee shirt that is long enough for a tall person, looks similar to a cami when it is under a jacket or button down (wider neck then the default on a tee. Could be scoop neck or boat neck), does not show cleavage, cotton or cotton with a little bit of spandex, no rayon, and not $50 each. Nice to haves would be not see through and long staple cotton. Currently I use layers to achieve this list (one for the outer layer, one so that I don't flash my belly or boobs and you can't see through it. I want to get this down to one shirt at a time.

Do any of you have any ideas on where I should look?

Where I have checked so far:
Eddy Bower: wrong shape neck or too low cut
J Crew: too transparent
Gap/ Banana Republic / Old Navy: all either rayon or too high cut or too low cut in the neck.
H&M: promising, but do not come in tall sizes. I have an old one from them and it is very short on me.
I have found a good option for ~$60, but do not want to spend that on an undershirt: https://www.thewhitetshirt.com/

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Re: Spin Off: Creating a minimalist/capsule wardrobe
« Reply #487 on: October 18, 2015, 06:53:06 PM »
I am nearly as tall and have a disproportionately long torso. I just got a few times-shirts at H&M last week. I also got a nice one amjcpennys over the summer (usually there stuff doesn't work for me). H&M has some "basics" or "dividend" items that usually do the trick. The challenging thing is that at any given time the store may have 20+ styles of t shirts and you have to root around until you find the right one.

It was this shirt, and the long sleeved version.

http://tablet.hm.com/us/product/83742?article=83742-K

Hope the link works. It is the 5.99 t.

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« Reply #488 on: October 21, 2015, 07:18:06 PM »
Thank you everyone for the suggestions! I placed an order of several options from h&m, and will return whatever does not work.

annajane83, I really like the idea of everlane, but so far I have been put off by how loose fitting all their tees are styled. With a US 34H bra size, loose tops make me look immensely overweight. Do you think it would be worth sizing down and trying them?

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« Reply #489 on: October 22, 2015, 04:38:51 AM »
OOD - Haven't posted in a while. The pants are about a size too bag and kind of stiff. I like the colors w/ the dark blue sweater. Pants were clearance from LandsEnd, sweater from H&M. I haven't been posting much because the outfits are basically repeats most days.


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« Reply #490 on: October 23, 2015, 04:40:25 AM »
OOD - Haven't posted in a while. The pants are about a size too bag and kind of stiff. I like the colors w/ the dark blue sweater. Pants were clearance from LandsEnd, sweater from H&M. I haven't been posting much because the outfits are basically repeats most days.

The joy of a true capsule wardrobe!

I was recently travelling and really limited myself luggage wise (one carry on for 18 nights), and it was perfectly doable! That said, I was really tired of some of my clothes by the end of the trip, and I also felt like I was putting a lot of strain on them (wearing them out more quickly).

My capsule toiletries / makeup really came into its own, and I am so happy with the limited selection and how neat it looks now.

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« Reply #491 on: October 23, 2015, 06:21:22 AM »

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My capsule toiletries / makeup really came into its own, and I am so happy with the limited selection and how neat it looks now.
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I am working towards this too. I really only use two lipsticks and a couple eyeshadow. I have plans for tossing several pallets as soon as I get out of bed.

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« Reply #492 on: October 23, 2015, 06:23:42 AM »
I have what I consider to be a minimalist make up collection but it sounds like you guys are doing better than I am.:)

1 lipgloss
1 lipstick
1 foundation
1 powder
1 eyeliner
1 mascara
2 eyeshadow palettes
1 clear nail varnish.

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« Reply #493 on: October 23, 2015, 08:33:53 AM »

I am working towards this too. I really only use two lipsticks and a couple eyeshadow. I have plans for tossing several pallets as soon as I get out of bed.

I like your style MsPeacock! I felt terrible throwing things away (I get really bad green guilt and feel like I must punish myself for consuming the resource in the first by using up every last drop / speck). But, it taught me a valuable lesson - stick to the products I know and love. I'm much happier with fewer choices and it has really quelled my makeup shopping desires, weirdly.

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« Reply #494 on: October 23, 2015, 09:19:38 AM »
My make-up is quite minimal too. I don't wear it often, so I only keep what I like to use the most. I also don't have a problem throwing out old makeup. The last thing I want are old products breaking out my skin or giving me an eye infection from the bacteria buildup over time.

I have:
1 eye shadow primer
1 small pallet of neutral eye shadows
2 brown eyeliner (one is down to a little nub, so I'll be back to 1 soon)
1 black eyeliner
1 navy eyeliner
1 mascara
1 lipstick (for special occasions)
1 pack of makeup removing wipes
2 blush & 1 eyebrow pencil (leftover from my engagement/wedding in 2013...)

It's probably excessive to have 3 eyeliner colors, but they're my favorite makeup items and they take up such a small amount of space. I might toss the blushes, or keep them for my sister's wedding next summer. However, I'm now thinking that they probably have bacteria built up and I don't want my cheeks breaking out. Hmm. Decisions.

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« Reply #495 on: October 26, 2015, 03:07:08 AM »
I might toss the blushes, or keep them for my sister's wedding next summer. However, I'm now thinking that they probably have bacteria built up and I don't want my cheeks breaking out. Hmm. Decisions.

Could you wipe them off with rubbing alcohol and allow to air dry? I think that would kill things, and if it didn't, oh well, you break out one time and then throw them away.

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« Reply #496 on: October 27, 2015, 08:49:00 PM »
I might toss the blushes, or keep them for my sister's wedding next summer. However, I'm now thinking that they probably have bacteria built up and I don't want my cheeks breaking out. Hmm. Decisions.

Could you wipe them off with rubbing alcohol and allow to air dry? I think that would kill things, and if it didn't, oh well, you break out one time and then throw them away.

I might give that a try (ahead of the wedding). Thanks for the idea.

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« Reply #498 on: October 30, 2015, 01:02:17 PM »
I'm finding it challenging to make a my fall capsule.

1) I don't know how much of each type of shirt that I need, so I basically included everything that fits, that I like the color on, and that I would use while it's nice out to freezing cold (aka tanks/camis are for layering underneath sweaters).

2) I didn't really account for my sweater collection. I went through them this summer and only kept the ones that had flattering fits and colors, but I didn't pick any to specifically be part of my capsule. Some of them are part of my business clothes, which I don't wear super often, but still need enough to keep them around. Yet, I feel like I'm cheating on the concept of a capsule by wearing these casually here and there.

3) I don't have a color scheme going on this time either because I didn't want to purchase much. I don't know how to mix and match this stuff. I did buy 4 new items (which shirt, navy shirt, black flats - for work, boot cut jeans) and was gifted 2 shirts. I guess I need to take my own advice and start trying things on together to find what works!

4) I'm already thinking that the cropped skinny jeans need to be washed and stored because I haven't been wearing them the past few weeks.

5) I feel like my "jackets" sections is ridiculous. I mean, really, only of of those is actually a jacket... The thing is, I rotate through all of my sweatshirts and fleeces depending on how cold I feel inside.

I guess I'm feeling overwhelmed by too many choices and feeling like I must look really sloppy. Is there anyone else in here making a capsule for midwestern fall?

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« Reply #499 on: October 30, 2015, 02:26:43 PM »
I feel like I've got my work wardrobe just about perfect. I have:

-Two pairs of dress pants
-Two skirts
-Nine shirts
-Four dresses
-About five or six sweaters and cover-ups to let me keep wearing my summery things year round.

That seems to do the trick pretty well. Losing weight has pared it down substantially.

I don't have a lot of casual clothes - in addition to my exercise/ballet/hiking/outdoors stuff, I've got one pair of jeans, two skirts, one summery dress, and four shirts. My exercise tank tops do seem to double nicely as casual tops, which is handy. I wear my pjs at home a lot as well :)

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