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10 piece maternity capsule wardrobe

10 piece maternity capsule wardrobe

A fun challenge that goes around Instagram periodically is the 10x10 challenge, created by Lee from the Style Bee blog. Essentially you choose 10 pieces to mix and match for 10 days. I've done it a few times, but wasn't sure if I was up to it late in my pregnancy. I'm glad I decided to go for it, because I came up with some fun new outfits and hopefully a little maternity style inspiration. 

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Here are the 9 pieces of clothing I chose: 2 tank tops, 2 tops, 2 pairs of pants, 1 pair of jeans, and 2 dresses. I also chose two pairs of shoes, so technically I had 11 official pieces instead of 10. That's cool, I always say do what works for you. By doing some creative layering, it was easy to come up with 10 outfits. 

maternity 10x10 challenge
maternity capsule wardrobe
maternity capsule wardrobe
maternity capsule wardrobe
maternity capsule wardrobe
maternity capsule wardrobe
maternity 10x10 challenge
maternity 10x10 challenge
maternity 10x10 challenge
maternity 10x10 challenge

What do you think? Doable? I found it to be just a fun exercise when you've gotten a little bored with your wardrobe. Try it! 

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make your capsule wardrobe work for you + a giveaway

make your capsule wardrobe work for you + a giveaway

So it’s November 10, and I’m just now getting around to posting my “fall” capsule wardrobe. I really felt bad about that for quite some time, but you know what? Life was busy in October, the weather was 100 degrees, and that’s just not when it worked for me. But that’s the thing - capsule wardrobes only work when they work for you. If the “rules” don’t work for you, make up new ones.

Even a few weeks into this capsule, there are a few other things that are not working for me. If it’s not really warm, I just can’t make myself do the dress or the wide leg crops. I hate being cold! So those won’t get a lot of use. For winter, most of this will stay the same, but I purposely kept a few sweaters out of the fall capsule to save to have something “new” to pull out in January or February. To my surprise, I haven’t actually purchased anything new for fall, except for a $6 secondhand layering tee. There are a few things I purchased at the end of last winter that are just now showing up, but nothing purchased recently. I may find something I need to add midway through the season or I may not.

So here’s my not-perfect fall capsule, with some not-perfect photos to accompany it. 

*purchased or made ethically

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TOPS:

First row: *Elizabeth Suzann Sullivan sweater, purchased secondhand, similar; *Free people long cardigan, purchased secondhand, similar; *Target striped black and white tee, thrifted; *LulaRoe Irma tunic, purchased secondhand; *Elizabeth Suzann artist smock

Second row: MOD black and white patterned blouse; Neiman Marcus cashmere poncho, similar; *Elizabeth Suzann black linen Harper tunic; *Vintage sweater, purchased secondhand; *Vince taupe sweater, purchased secondhand

Third row: *Off white long sleeve tee, Piko 1988, purchased secondhand; *Liz Clairborne cardigan, thrfited; *COS blue and white striped top, thrifted (Madewell Courier shirt is similar, also easy to find used on Poshmark); *Black Michael Stars dress, purchased secondhand, similar; *J. Crew blue and white striped top, purchased secondhand

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BOTTOMS: *AG light wash jeans; *Madewell high waist dark wash jeans, purchased secondhand; Old Navy rust cropped pants, similar, similar; Madewell slim boyjean; Express black pants; *Everlane high waisted cropped pants; *Pact black leggings; *Black AG high waisted jeans (not pictured, oops!)

SHOES: Danskos; Nine West black chelsea boots, similar; Eileen Fisher mules ; Blondo booties; Vaneli black suede block heel ankle boots

Read all my blog posts about capsule wardrobes here.  Download my Capsule Wardrobe Worksheet here

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summer capsule wardrobe

summer capsule wardrobe

It’s been about a year and a half since I’ve done an official capsule wardrobe and blogged about it. Starting with fall of 2015, I did a few rounds (see all my capsule wardrobe blog posts here, including how to do your own) and I learned so much from doing it that I thought I’d give it another go and see if I could apply any of the knowledge I acquired.

As a quick refresher, a capsule wardrobe is a limited number of pieces that can be easily mixed and matched and that you wear for a determined length of time. Capsule wardrobes have been around since the 70's, but have experienced a resurgence in recent years. I usually go by the rules outlined by Courtney Carver of Project 333 (33 items for 3 months).

I haven’t ever done a summer capsule, which seems like a unique challenge. It’ll be easier than a cold weather round because you need fewer overall pieces of clothing. It’ll be harder because since there’s not much layering, you have fewer combinations you can make.

This is what I've been wearing since the beginning of June and will continue to wear until the end of August. As always, you need to be realistic about the ways you’ll be spending your time in this season. I know that in this three month period, I’ll be momming or working from home approximately 75% of the time, seeing clients 24% of the time, and dressing up 1% ;) Since I can assume that it'll be blazing hot in St. Louis for most of that time, most of my clothes need to be comfy, kid-proof, and cool. I marked the mom-appropriate items in the list with an *, and it works out to about 81% of my capsule. No surprise, most of my items are black, white, or denim, with a few patterns and a bit of rust and blue.

There are lots of different ways you can adapt the capsule wardrobe “rules” to fit your needs. For this round, I’m including clothing items and shoes, but not accessories, and I've ended up with 32 items. If I came across a great jumpsuit or go-anywhere dress, I still have some room to add it, so I'm not adhering to the "no shopping during the capsule" rule. 

summer capsule wardrobe

 

From top left:

*1) Black tee: thrifted, similar ethical version
*2) Rust top: thrifted, similar
*3) Black and white ikat print top: gift from a friend
*4) Ivory crop top: ethically made, Elizabeth Suzann
*5) Indestructible poly blend black top: Forever 21 from several years ago, knockoff of this one
*6) Blue and white striped boxy shirt: thrifted, COS, similar here 
7) Drapy white top: James Perse, no longer available
8) Embroidered white top: Joie Mahan blouse (on ebay in blush), similar
9) Boxy white blouse: Vince, no longer available, but two similar options, plus one ethical option
*10) Patterned cropped top: Eileen Fisher, no longer available
*11) Drapy black dress: ethically made, Hackwith Design House, also available in plus
*12) Black shift dress: Michael Stars, purchased at consignment
*13) Blue and white striped dress: thrifted, similar 
*14) Black linen tunic: ethically made, Elizabeth Suzann
*15) Linen dress: Eileen Fisher, no longer available, similar ethically made version
*16) Light wash skinny jeans: ethically made, AG Jeans, similar on a budget
*17) Rust culottes: Old Navy, similar
*18) Denim cutoffs: vintage from Otis and Maclain
*19) Black culottes: Madewell, no longer available, similar, similar on a budget, similar plus size
*20) Boyfriend jeans: Madewell
*21) Brown flat sandals: mine are old from LOFT, pictured from Old Navy, ethical version
22) Nude wedge sandals: Earth, also search "Earth Coriander Sandal" on ebay
*23) Black thong sandals: Birkenstock "Gizeh"
24) Black wedge sandals: Nine West, similar, similar on a budget
*25) Black stacked heel sandals: Madewell "Marie", no longer available, similar 
Not pictured:
26) Crop top: Living Collective
*27) White top, similar to Vince top pictured, but kid-friendly: The Limited
*28) White tee: thrifted
*29) Black and white patterned shorts: old via Rack+Clutch
*30) Brown ankle boots: Blondo 
*31) H&M red patterned tank top
*32) Thrifted patterned caftan dress

 

The best part for me about doing a capsule wardrobe is looking in my closet and just seeing these few options. Hardly any decision making necessary! Would you do it?

Want your own capsule wardrobe? Go here to sign up for my 5 day capsule creation challenge! You'll get my capsule planner and emails leading you through the process of setting up your capsule! 

If the thought of having fewer clothes sounds dreamy to you, but you've had trouble paring down, go here for more info about my online course called making space. The course is 4 weeks long. It's for anyone who’s ever opened their closet and thought “I have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear” or who’s tried cleaning out their closet on their own and wasn’t able to make decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of. The four modules are: 1) Defining your Style, 2) How to Edit, 3) Overcoming Stumbling Blocks, and 4) Continuing the Momentum Mindfully. I'll walk you through all the hard parts and you'll end up with a closet full of only things you love and wear. 

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a 10 piece eileen fisher capsule wardrobe

a 10 piece eileen fisher capsule wardrobe

There are always different capsule wardrobe challenges going around the internet. In recent memory, there were 30x30 (30 pieces for 30 days), then Project 333 (33 pieces for 3 months), then the Unfancy capsule (37 pieces for 3 months). Currently, 10x10 (10 items for 10 days) is popular. Since I wanted to introduce you all to how versatile, practical, and useful Eileen Fisher clothing is, I thought I’d take it a little further and see how many outfits I could get with only 10 pieces of clothing.

As when I have chosen my own capsules (to see all my capsule wardrobe blog posts, go here), I started with more and edited it down to 10 items. I made sure to have basic tops (white tee, striped tee, and dressy shell) and bottoms (dark wash jeans and black pants). I wanted to have a versatile dress and lots of top layers that would go with every foundational piece for lots of combinations.

10 piece eileen fisher capsule wardrobe

Here are the 10 Eileen Fisher pieces: Sleeveless Silk Long Shell, Dolman Sleeved Linen TunicLong Sleeve Jersey Top, Long Draped Open Cardigan, Fisher Project Wool Poncho Top, Fine Merino Birdseye Angle Front Jacket, Wool Blend Twill Graph Serape, Slim Ponte Pant, Washable Silk Dress, and Soft Stretch Skinny Jean

You may have noticed that the prices on these items are higher than some I might usually post. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, this is an amazing company. When you pay a higher price for an Eileen Fisher item, you're paying for the fact that these are classic pieces made with quality fabrics that won't be out of style in six months. You're paying for the fact that the items are made with textiles that are produced with less waste and fewer chemicals. You're paying for the fact that this company actually tracks the supply chain of what its products are made of to ensure that when they say it's organic cotton, it's actually organic cotton.  You're paying for the fact that this company is committed to human rights and not only monitors its factories for violations but is beginning to do cell phone surveys of workers to allow them a voice.

There are also many ways to get discounted Eileen Fisher pieces. I've found pieces on eBay, at consignment stores, Nordstrom Rack and on sale at the Eileen Fisher store. If you can shift your buying from 4 fast fashion pieces to 1 discounted ethically-made piece, you'll be doing good at the same time as you reduce your overwhelm from excess in your closet. 

But back to the outfits! All in all, I came up with 24, a good month's worth of looks for both casual and dressy work and play occasions. 

 

To see a 10 piece capsule in person and get tips on how to style Eileen Fisher pieces, come to our special event at the Plaza Frontenac Eileen Fisher store THIS Saturday, December 17th from noon-3pm. We’ll have light refreshments and lots of good people and clothes. See you there!

P.S. Just in case you were wondering, Eileen Fisher isn't paying me for this post or this event, I just really believe in the company. P.P.S. This post contains affiliate links. If you click on them, I get a few cents, but it costs you nothing. I'm raking it in - in four years of blogging, I've made a total of $246.36 - that's $5.13 per month!  ;) 

my winter capsule wardrobe

my winter capsule wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 

fall capsule wardrobe review

fall capsule wardrobe review

I spent the month of December planning, organizing, and shopping for my next capsule wardrobe, but somehow never got around to blogging about it. Today, I'm at jury duty, which turns out to be the best place for me to get some work done!

First and foremost, I really do like the concept and decided to continue it, adapting it to my needs. I learned a lot from the fall version and will try to avoid making the same mistakes. One mistake I made was having too many warm weather items. Once cool weather hit, I felt like I was wearing the same sweater constantly. Even I need a little variety, and yes, I did start to get a little bored with what I had. Also, a few of the items in my fall capsule only got worn once. Some of those made it to the donation pile. Some were for special occasions, and in the future, I don't think I'll include them in the capsule.

Since I didn't have enough cool weather items, I bought a few (this layering tee, this tunic, this sweater, these jeans) towards the end and started wearing them. It would have been ridiculous to wait until January 1 to get use out of them. I'm also not going to limit myself on accessories next time - I'll be wearing necklaces and scarves with abandon. 

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Because I've focused and edited my wardrobe over time, many items got worn multiple times a week. Yes, clothes do wear out faster when you have fewer things you wear more often. I'm choosing to think of this as a positive (replacing things means I get to shop, which is my favorite activity), but it is a little frustrating when you invested so much time looking for those pieces only a few seasons ago. I knew many of these things were on their last legs, but it seems as if they've all given out at the same time. I ended up with quite a long shopping list of items to replace. One was a dressy black coat, and I "invested" (I don't think clothes are ever a real investment, but at least I could resell this easily if I wanted to) in a Rick Owens jacket from the online consignment store The Real Real (above, similar version here). I also got this Madewell purse as a Christmas gift from mr. mindful closet and I really love it - lightweight AND functional!

I'll keep working on a post about my shopping list and the full winter capsule, but I'm not stressing too much about the fact that I didn't have it ready to go on January 1. It's all a process and I'd rather buy the right things at the right time than buy something mediocre in order to have it by an arbitrary date. 

Happy New Year! 

the capsule wardrobe halfway point

the capsule wardrobe halfway point