My Autumn/Winter Capsule Wardrobe

capsule wardrobe blog

graphic tee / cream jumper / lace dress (old) / cable knit jumper
cardigan / polo neck jumper (old) / oversized knit (old) / olive jumper (old)
blush tee / rust tee / breton long sleeve / check shirt (similar)
burgundy jumper / stripe jumper (alternative) / vintage jeans / straight jeans
skinny jeans / denim skirt / floral wrap dress / converse / supergas
hi tops / ankle boots / beige boots (old) / studded boots (old) – similar

It’s been a long time coming, but today I’m finally sharing my Autumn/Winter capsule wardrobe with you!

These 25 items (plus my warmest coat) have been on rotation in my wardrobe since way back in October. I’ve been really enjoying styling these pieces in different ways and am pleased to say I haven’t felt the temptation to shop for anything extra. I’m fairly confident I won’t be looking to update my wardrobe until Spring when the weather starts to warm up again.

Here’s a little breakdown of how I got to 25 pieces:

  • 15 pieces were either carried over from my Summer capsule or pulled from storage
  • 9 were purchased new
  • 1 was ‘upgraded’

Looking back at how often I was wearing black skinny jeans, and given that my current pair had got to the ‘baggy knee’ and ‘more grey than black’ stage, I decided to invest in a ‘proper’ pair of black skinnies. So although they are essentially the same item, I have to be honest and say yes I bought a new pair. These ones are from Levi’s and I’m confident they will last me many years to come.

So, my wardrobe through to Spring consists of:

  • 5 tops
  • 7 jumpers
  • 1 cardigan
  • 3 pairs of jeans
  • 1 skirt
  • 2 dresses
  • 6 pairs of shoes

As I’ve mentioned previously, I bought pieces from high street stores – some ethical brands and others perhaps not so. I’d love to be able to have a wardrobe full of ethical brands, but then maybe that’s not really the point? Regardless of the fact a lot of ethical brands I love are way out of my price range, to keep on buying more and more surely defeats the point of having a sustainable wardrobe?

I always make sure to really think about how an item will work in my wardrobe before I buy it. I have to be able to make at least 3 outfits with it before I even consider taking it home. So although I may not have bought from the most ethical and sustainable brands out there, to me these pieces are sustainable because I see them in my wardrobe for a long time to come. And there’s always second hand stores and online market places such as eBay where I like to look for certain pieces rather than buying brand new.

My wardrobe currently is 100% working for me, it’s got a mixture of old and new pieces that work together really well. Each and every one is well on it’s way to 30 wears and beyond. I’ve actually started keeping a little tally chart to track how much I’m wearing each piece and I’m finding it extremely helpful in figuring out where I’m making good purchasing choices and where I’m still learning.

You guys, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. I find it fascinating hearing other peoples thoughts and opinions on sustainable fashion, everyone has different views and I think we can all learn something from each other. Do you keep a capsule wardrobe? Do you purchase only from ethical brands, or like me, do you mix it up for budget reasons or any other reasons? How do you recycle your old clothes? Let me know in the comments!

Perhaps I’ll check in half way through the season to let you all know how I’m getting on with my 30 wears tally! Do any of you keep a record like this?

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic Christmas, and I’ll see you in the New Year!


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