I've actually been using this capsule for a month before I could get around to photographing it all, and I can tell you that it's really working for me! It's a study in basics, but I actually feel like I'm better-dressed than usual because I know I love the pieces I'm reaching for. I don't save my favorites for "special" days and everything goes together.
The formula this season had to be very friendly to my fluctuating post-baby body and to my breastfeeding/pumping: skinny jeans or leggings; tee, tunic or blouse; and a cardi. Or skinny jeans and a sweater. Add "euro" tennies or low boots, and earrings. My very clever hubby gave me three pairs of pearl stud earrings for Christmas and they make me feel pretty and polished but are so far not tempting for tiny hands to grab--all other accessories are going to be off-limits for another year unless I want them yanked off by Wesley's grabby hands, so the earrings are making the outfits for now.
I didn't commit to a particular number of items, just curated until it seemed complete.
I ended up with...
3 tees and a tunic
|From Top Left: Striped tee Karen Scott, Tunic Charter Club, Tees Abound|
|Navy blouse thrift refashion, Bird blouse Style&Co, Green blouse thrift, Blue tuxedo shirt J Crew|
|Black mine, Grey Olivia Sky, Brown LOFT|
|Black Ann Taylor, Red Banana Republic|
2 pairs of skinnies, 2 leggings
|Jeans both refashioned into skinnies using the method I described here, black and navy leggings Old Navy Maternity|
A stack of maternity and nursing undershirts
Boots and shoes (and snow boots, which I like to pretend don't exist until absolutely necessary)
|Boots Target, Kicks Nike Recycled|
Three pairs earrings, quick-dry (i.e. Mama-friendly) nailpolish, and a rainbow of fitbit bands.
|Earrings Overstock, Nails CND Vinylux no-light gel polish, fitbit bands|
Counting just clothes, it's 17 pieces. I would never think I'd be happy with so little but getting dressed is easy and I always feel pretty. I didn't include workout duds, which I wear almost every day (shoutout Stroller Strides!) and I spared you a pic of my dainties drawer which I am obviously not counting.
So there you have it, Winter 2015 Capsule Wardrobe. I'll only wear these things for the season, January-March. I won't buy new, though new handmade items are of course welcome!
I am so excited for this! It feels fresh, my closet feels clean, and I feel stylish (in a Mom sort of way).