Winter Wardrobe Remix: Black, Camel, and Cream

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Camel Coat / Black Cashmere Sweater / Black Jeans / Boots

My winter capsule wardrobe this year features a new color palette that I’m really into: black, camel, and cream. I started by adding a few more ivory and camel sweaters into my wardrobe before the end of the year when all of the great Christmas sales were happening. I already had some black, but was lacking a good pair of black jeans. I found this pair at Abercrombie and Fitch and I was surprised by the quality at the price. I already owned this great camel coat, which helps to top off the looks. I love how sophisticated these colors look together. They’re classic items I’ll have for a long time. I can even see these items making their way into my spring capsule wardrobe.

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How to Make Your Sweaters Last Longer

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As you may have noticed, I wear the same clothes a lot. It’s part of my plan to appreciate what I own as opposed to buying something new. The only problem with that is the more you wear your clothes, the faster they wear out. Sweaters are notorious for this. They have the potential to pill, snag, shrink, and stretch out. I do have my methods for making them last longer though. Here are a few tips if you are trying to get the most out of your sweaters.

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Winter Wardrobe Remix: Jean Jacket

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When I started planning out my winter capsule wardrobe this year, I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to incorporate my jean jacket. It’s a staple every other season of the year, why should winter be any different? My main concern was how to layer it under coats. Surprisingly it layers just fine under my wool cocoon coat from J.Crew. It must be layered over a thin sweater, of course, but that’s the beauty of it. It adds another layer to something that otherwise might be too thin to wear on chilly winter days, giving that item a new purpose. Do you wear jean jackets in the winter? How do you style yours?

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3 Ways I’m Wearing My Striped Turtleneck

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Turtleneck / Jeans / Headband / Heels

Happy Tuesday! How is your week going so far? Did you enjoy the Super Bowl? I haven’t seen such a high-energy half time show in quite a long time. Shakira and J.Lo rocked it! Today, I’m featuring one of my winter capsule wardrobe staples: my black and white striped turtleneck. There is just something about black and white stripes that looks perfectly chic. This turtleneck looks great tucked into a pair of black high-waisted jeans and adds an interesting layer to sweaters and button downs for those colder days. This particular one is the lightweight tissue turtleneck from J.Crew and lives up to its name. What have you been wearing on repeat lately?

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Turtleneck / Jeans / Chambray Shirt / Loafers

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Turtleneck / Jeans / Sweater / Boots

10 Questions to Ask Before Buying New Clothes

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In the beginning of the year, I committed to becoming a more mindful consumer. Part of that means appreciating what you have and consuming less, but eventually the need or desire to buy something new will arise. This is especially true of my capsule wardrobe. A few weeks ago, I purged my winter wardrobe and narrowed down my closet to just the essentials. Although I feel like I have everything I need at this moment, this may change as my style evolves and my needs change. Responding to these changes with the right mindset will help make sure any new purchases I make are worthwhile. Here are 10 questions I’ll be asking myself before adding anything new to my capsule wardrobe.

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The Black Cashmere Sweater: A Winter Wardrobe Staple

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If you are just starting out on your capsule wardrobe journey or just trying to create a more timeless, classic wardrobe, one of the best items you can add is a black cashmere sweater. You can rarely go wrong wearing black, especially in a luxe fabric like cashmere. (It even has a Seinfeld episode dedicated to it.) And, as the temperatures continue to drop in February, it’s a warm and cozy option for the office and play. Here I show how I wear my black cashmere sweater to dress up an office, casual, and going out look.

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Winter 2020 Capsule Wardrobe

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Now that the dust has settled from the holidays, I finally found time to put together my winter capsule wardrobe. It may seem a little late, but we’ve been experiencing fall-like weather throughout December and early January here in Pittsburgh, so now feels like the right time. Before I jump into what I’m wearing this winter, here is a little background:

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Beach Capsule Wardrobe

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Every summer, I look forward to heading down south with my fiance and his family for a beach vacation. We’ve been going to the Isle of Palms right outside of Charleston for over 10 years, so I’ve sort of got my packing list down to a science. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to create a mini capsule wardrobe with all of the essential outfits. We spend most of our time on the beach and at the beach house. We go out a few times throughout the trip, but most of our days and nights are spent in casual clothes at the house. With a washing and dry machine, these capsule items should easily last you for a 7-day beach trip, plus 2 travel days. The best part is that all of these pieces are interchangeable, so you can create a number of different outfits if you mix and match the pieces.

What I pack:

3 tops

2 layering pieces

3 bottoms

After we’ve squeezed as much beach fun out of the day as possible, we all reconvene at the house for a delicious homemade dinner and a card game. Most of my outfits are pretty casual, but I like to have a few nicer options just in case we go out for dinner one night or run into the city for lunch. I also bring layers to stay warm in the air conditioned house.

3 dresses

For my days spent flying to and from the beach, I usually wear a comfortable jersey dress and a jacket or cardigan. We usually go out for one really nice dinner, so I make sure to pack a formal dress and a day dress just in case my fiance and I decide to run downtown for a nice dinner or lunch.

3 cover ups

5 to 6 bathing suits (not pictured here)

I like to have a few different cover ups to get me through the week since I have a variety of bathing suits in different patterns and bright colors. Also, after a few days down at the beach, they start to look not fresh. Haha!

4 pairs of shoes

Not all shoes are pictured because my Jack Rogers go with every outfit, but I like to have sneakers just in case we go for a walk. And I live in my flip flops at the beach.

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Jean Jacket / Striped Shirt / White Skirt / Dressy Sandals

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Tank Top / Shorts / Dressy Sandals

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Dressy Top / White Jeans / Dressy Sandals

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Jean Jacket / Jersey Dress / Dressy Sandals

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Navy Blue Cardigan / Day Dress / Dressy Sandals

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Formal Dress / Dressy Shoes

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White Cover Up / Dressy Sandals

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Patterned Cover Up / Dressy Sandals

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Chambray Cover Up / Dressy Sandals

Checking in on My Yearly Goals

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The start of summer is one of my favorite times of year. It’s lighter out longer, which makes me feel more motivated to finish projects around the house or just stay up a little later reading. Everything is blooming, so my front porch is decorated with flowers and I’ve started my vegetable herb garden. And everyone is ready to celebrate the warmer weather, so outdoor patios and open windows line every shopping and restaurant district.

It’s also about half way through the year and a good time to reflect on successes and opportunities. Here’s a little life update on some of things I’ve been working on lately.

Capsule Wardrobe

As you know, I plunged full swing into a capsule wardrobe at the beginning of the year. It’s definitely been beneficial in a number of ways. I’m more aware of all of the stuff I have, and I’m more focused than ever on buying less. In the beginning of the year though, I focused too heavily on perfecting my capsule wardrobe and spent more money on that than I intended. I think I need to come to terms with the fact that the ideal capsule wardrobe doesn’t just happen overnight. It’s something you have to build over time.

Becoming More Sustainable

One of the reasons I started my capsule wardrobe is to become more sustainable. It’s a topic that’s been weighing heavily on my mind lately. Every day brings a new report of how climate change is affecting our world, and I think some of the onus is on us to change our behaviors as consumers. I’ve been trying very hard to bring reusable shopping bags with me everywhere. Sometimes I still forget. And I’m trying to be less wasteful by using what I have or buying less to begin with (that includes clothes, but also food and consumables like toiletries). There are so many ways to be more sustainable, but this is what I’ve been trying to focus on lately.

Being Purposeful

Buying less stuff and thereby consuming less dovetails perfectly into one of my other goals, being purposeful. I think it’s easy to get caught in a cycle where you think buying more stuff will make you happy. But in reality, spending more time with the ones you love and filling your time with meaningful experiences are much better ways to seek out happiness. Instead of picking up my phone, I’ve been trying to spend more time reading books. Instead of watching TV, I’ve spent a lot more time on this blog! I’m also very interested in learning and trying new things, so whenever I can make the time for it, I try to learn a new skill. Any way I can, I’m trying to live a more purpose-driven life.

Saving Money

I feel like this goal is the undercurrent of all my other goals. If I buy less, waste less, and focus more on the experiences and people that truly make me happy, I will definitely end up spending less money. And at the very least, I’ll waste less money. I’ve been consistently saving every month. But I definitely think I can save even more. Inspired by “The Year of Less” I’ve been really trying to not buy anything new and just live with what I have. So far, it’s going well, and I can already say I’ve seen results, both in terms of my happiness and my savings account.

On top of these goals, I’m planning a wedding! It may seem like I have a lot going on, but to be honest, I feel like these goals are helping me stay on target to save for my wedding, and not burn out on wedding planning. What goals are you focusing on for the rest of the year?

 

May Capsule Wardrobe Recap

Today’s post is the first in a new series where I’ll be sharing the capsule wardrobe items I wore most during the month and how I wore them. First up, May! I can’t believe it’s almost over. The month flew by. We had special celebrations like Mother’s Day and an end-of-year sports banquet. There were brunches and other fun activities and lots of bipolar weather. I’m still getting used to wearing jeans at work. Here are the 12 staples I wore most this month and how I wore them.

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1. White jeans

2. Striped button down

3. Mules

4. Jean jacket

I love to wear white jeans when I want an outfit to look a little more sophisticated, especially at work. Right now I’m wearing them a lot with this striped button down, jean jacket, and mules for that transitional period between spring and summer. I’m linking to the exact Madewell jeans I’m wearing here. So good.

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5. Bright, long cardigan

6. Raw hem jeans

This adorable cardigan from Target is great for early to late spring. It adds an extra layer for warmth as well as a bright pop of color. I’ve been wearing this with every color blouse because this light blue feels like a neutral and my raw hem jeans. I love showing a little ankle especially for spring and summer with these jeans. They really show off my mules!

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7. Floral print maxi dress

I’ve been wearing this for every special event since April. It’s long, which means I can wear leggings underneath on those unusually cold spring days, and the floral print pattern makes you feel warm inside even when it’s cold outside.

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8. Bright skirt

9. White button down

10. Nude flats

Bright skirts are my go-tos during the spring and summer. Once again, this bright pink feels like a neutral to me. It can handle almost any color top and even something patterned like this leopard print sweater. I’ve been wearing it with my white button down and nude flats.

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11. Striped shirt

My striped shirt works for just about any season. I feel put together in it no matter how I wear it, but lately I’ve been wearing it with layers like this army vest.

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12. Chambray shirt

It’s been warm enough to break out the chambray shirt without a sweater, but I’ve been wearing it with a scarf lately my office is already a freezer.