My take on a fall/winter capsule wardrobe

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Hi everyone! I mentioned in an earlier post that I was going to share more about my capsule wardrobe choices, and that is what this post is about.

First, I have to admit that I didn’t do a ton of research about what technically makes a capsule wardrobe a capsule wardrobe. Most of my knowledge comes from seeing what other bloggers are doing and being inspired. I feel like, as capsule wardrobes go, mine is pretty large, maybe even too large, but I think it is a good place to start. I’m sure that over time certain items will rise to the top of the clothing heap and others we get donated. I didn’t include shoes, jewelry or bags, but I could see doing that in the future. I like taking the process gradually. It somehow makes it less unnerving.

My process for creating my capsule wardrobe was somewhat “Marie Kondo” in that it was based on my gut reaction to any given item. First I stored away all my very summery clothes to get them out of the way. I plan to purge them come next spring/summer. I also stored away anything costumey or super fancy. I divided what remained into several categories: “I can’t even look at you anymore!,” “Meh,” “I love you but you don’t fit,” and “You’re a keeper.” I donated the first two categories, stored the third and what was left became my wardrobe for fall.

I didn’t purchase anything new for my capsule wardrobe, although I may purchase one more outerwear option (I have my eye on this coat). Everything I chose had to fit my body in the present moment.

So (insert drumroll)… here are my choices:

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I kept a total of 12 tees and tanks. For this category, I seemed to favor basic items and a few graphic tees.

It was interesting to notice during the purging process what my heart was gravitating towards. I seemed drawn to simple graphic patterns and textures, rich earthly solids, and the occasional pop of red or purple. This is especially obvious when you look at my long sleeve top selections below. This category is by far the largest, which I guess makes sense for a fall/winter wardrobe.

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I’m especially happy with my dress selections. 4 out of 5 of these are recent purchases from ethical clothing lines. I like their simple lines and subtle colors.

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I’m also pleased with my skirt selection. I chose a sequined mini (thrifted), a denim midi (thrifted), and a black pencil skirt (H&M, a few seasons ago). For pants, I went with 4 pairs of high-waisted jeans and 2 pairs of leggings.

I am least excited by my outerwear category. This has always been a tough area for me. I long for a structured, minimal coat collection but never seem to be able to make it happen. I don’t hate the things that I chose, I just don’t love them now that I am looking at them, so I guess this category needs some work.

Finally, I chose four scarves. There wasn’t any particular reasoning behind my scarf choices. In fact, I think I might narrow it down further to just 1 scarf, the red and white striped one.

I am very excited to see how these pieces come together into outfits. I will be sure to share some of my favorites on the blog!

So that’s it for my fall capsule wardrobe. How about you? Do you feel like you are ready for fall, fashion-wise? Let me know your thoughts in the comments 🙂

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xoxo Anna

Thursday’s Ethical Style

I don’t know about you, but I always struggle with finding outerwear that keeps you warm, looks stylish and works with multiple outfits. I think this herringbone coat from Amour Vert checks all those boxes. It’s so awesomely chic, I might add it to my fall capsule (sort of) wardrobe. I paired it with dark skinny jeans, a silk sleeveless button down, some fantastic low-heeled pumps and a tiny pearl necklace for a classy, sophisticated look that is appropriate for work and/or walking the city streets looking fabulous.

  1. Silk blouse, Everlane, here
  2. Skinny jeans, ASOS Eco Edit, here
  3. Herringbone jacket, Amour Vert, here
  4. Pearl necklace, ASOS Eco Edit, here
  5. Block-heel pumps, Amour Vert, here

On the subject of capsule wardrobes, I did a big purge this past weekend. I donated a fair amount of stuff and stored the rest. It was immensely satisfying and I feel so happy to be able to see most of my fall wardrobe on one clothing rack. My drawers are no longer overloaded and hard to close. I even organized my hangers 🙂 It just feels lighter. Without all the sartorial noise, I feel closer to defining my personal style and it is easier to see the types of items I may need to purchase to fill in gaps. I may add a few more pieces (like that jacket!), but I feel like I’ve got most of my bases covered. I will be sharing more about what I chose to keep in a later post, so stay tuned!

How about you? Do you struggle to find the right outerwear pieces for cooler months? Would you ever do a capsule wardrobe?

xoxo Anna

Grey for fall days

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Dress, Sundry, here; Shoes, H&M last season, ethical alternatives here and here; Bag, souvenir from Paris, ethical alternatives here and here; Earrings, Stella and Dot; similar here

 

Hello everyone! It has been a while since I posted an outfit 🙂 I am slowly pulling together pieces that I feel really good about in terms of fit and style, and also sustainability. This dress from Sundry is a great example of the type of items I am looking for these day. It feels amazing, is appropriate both for work and going out on the weekend, and can be worn with different accessories to change up the look. This time I paired it with lacy oxford shoes and a neat patterned tote that I picked up in Paris on my last trip. The earrings were a gift from a close friend and I wear them constantly. They seem to go with everything. I really like the simplicity of this look and how I feel wearing it, which, I am realizing, is just as important as how an outfit looks. It’s a great transitional look as well.

Through my purchases (and actually my not-purchases if thats a word :)) I feel myself moving toward a smaller, capsule-type wardrobe. I have been systematically purging my clothing collection and it feels good. I have this crazy idea that I want all my clothing to fit on one rack with some overflow in my bureau. No more overstuffed drawers and clothing thrown over chairs! It is interesting though that there are some pieces that I never wear and kind of don’t like that I am reluctant to get rid of because there may come a day when I am like, “Where’s that blue checked crop top?! It would be perfect for this outfit!” Or the item doesn’t fit but I just love the idea of it so much I can’t part with it. I feel like I have gotten rid of all the obvious things and what’s left is hard to narrow down. Plus several of my clothing items have sentimental value. So I’ve hit a little bit of a wall. I think my next step will be to remove everything but my most favorite items and but not donate/sell it immediately. Then I can see how it feels to have less, without the fear of over-purging in a fit of frenzy.

How about you? Have you been trying to purge and hit a wall? What tactics did you use?

xoxo Anna

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Thursday’s ethical style

An outfit for the fall transition

Summer is almost over! I can’t believe it went so fast and yet at the same time seemed to last forever. Dressing for the changing seasons can be tricky. This year, I am mad about sweatshirts for some reason. I think it is because so many chic options are now available. This black, mock neck version from Everlane seems like it would be great for layering as the weather cools down. Items like this are also very versatile, which is helpful when you are thinking about scaling down your wardrobe. So many uses… for example, you could layer it over a patterned maxi dress, like this one from H&M’s Conscious line. Paired with simple but impactful gold jewelry and black boots it makes the perfect in-between outfit. How about you? What are your tricks for transitional dressing?

  1. Sweatshirt, Everlane
  2. Half-moon bag, Sage + Slate
  3. Maxi dress, H&M Conscious
  4. Gold cuff, Sage + Slate
  5. Booties, Nisolo
  6. Half-moon earrings, Sage + Slate

xoxo Anna

Thursday’s ethical style

I am obsessed with the combination of this dress with these shoes. The color reminds me of some beautiful stucco houses I have seen on my journeys. I’ve finished the outfit with simple jewelry and a subtley patterned clutch. I don’t pay much attention to hair jewelry but I think I might start trying a little harder after seeing this hair pin. How about you? Do you like the idea of matching your shoes with your dress? Do you have a strong hair accessories game?

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  3. Clutch
  4. Bracelet
  5. Sneakers

xoxo Anna

 

 

Floral at the fort

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Dress, ASOS Eco Edit, here; Earrings, Shashi via Cupcakes and Cashmere, here; Shoes, Aeropostale, ethical alternative here; Bracelet; Beacon’s Closet, similar here

Fort Christiansvaern was down the street from my Airbnb in Christiansted. It was spectacular and yellow and an awesome place to take photos. It was a windy day, obviously but I kind of like the windblown effect. I got this dress from ASOS Eco Edit and I am very pleased with the way it fits and feels! The pattern is really fantastic too, as you can see if you scroll down. When I ordered it I thought it was a cotton dress but it is really more silk adjacent which feels great on the skin. It has a ruffle running down the front which I think is a unique and fun detail and creates nice movement while walking. It was certainly the perfect dress for walking around in the caribbean heat. I think I felt more comfortable wearing a bold pattern because I was in a tropical environment. It just felt right! How about you? Do you like bold patterns? And/or do you feel more comfortable taking fashion risks while you are traveling? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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xoxo Anna

Thursday’s ethical style

I don’t know about you but I love striped shirts! I am always drawn to them and own several versions. This relaxed one from H&M’s Conscious line seems both comfortable and stylish. I paired it with a pair of distressed jeans also from H&M Conscious for a casual look that is still polished. I could see wearing this outfit to a weekend get together. It might even be okay as a work outfit for some of you depending on your office dress code. The ring and the necklace are from Favor Jewelry, an ethical jewelry company from Portland with a great selection of handmade, minimal pieces. I have my eyes on many of their items! Finally, I like the graphic imagery of this wallet, which is made from a recycled cement bag.

Here are the details for today’s look:

  1. Shirt, H&M Conscious
  2. Ring, Favor Jewelry
  3. Necklace, Favor Jewelry
  4. Jeans, H&M Conscious
  5. Shoes, Tom’s
  6. Wallet, Fair Trade Winds

Let me know what you think about today’s ethical style. Would you rock this look? And where?

xoxo Anna

P.S. This post was not sponsored by any of the companies mentioned. I’m just sharing my humble opinions 🙂

Five jumpsuits

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Jumpsuit, Target, here; Shoes, Catherine Malandrino; ethical alternative here; Earrings, Old Navy, ethical alternative here; Stud earrings; Madewell, here

Hi folks! So, I debated whether to post this jumpsuit as I bought it at Target (quintessential fast fashion) and I am trying to cut back/eliminate my dependence on this type of clothing. I was even thinking of returning the jumpsuit, but I just fell in love with it the first time I put it on. It is so comfortable and easy to wear (and take off :)). The floral pattern is lively, while the off-the-shoulder silhouette is dramatic. I have been resisting the culotte trend because I was not sure how it would look on me, but I am pleased with the way this version of the trend looks. To accessorize this look, I added hoop earrings and blush slides.

I think one of the major reasons I want to get away from fast fashion is my tendency to cycle through clothes and disregard the value of each item. In this case, I feel that I will be wearing this jumpsuit for a long time so I think that counts for something.

To further cosmically offset my Target purchase, I am highlighting four ethical jumpsuit alternatives below. These picks come from three stores that are new to me. AmourVert (which means “Green Love” in French) has gorgeous pieces that are sustainably produced. Cleobella features bohemian clothing and accessories that are handmade in Bali with recycled materials. Finally, River Island offers pieces designed in-house and boasts an ethical mindset toward manufacturing as part of their “firm belief that business can be both profitable and responsible.” This UK company is huge, which immediately makes me skeptical about their practices, but I was impressed with what they had to say on their site about their relationships with their manufacturers and their commitment to working against modern slavery. Check out the jumpsuits below and let me know your thoughts in the comments 🙂

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1 here; 2 here; 3 here; 4 here

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Thursday’s ethical style

Today’s outfit pairs a cute pink tank top (which I actually bought recently) with a kicky skirt and sneakers. Tie a bandana around your neck to complete the look. I like how cheeky this outfit is. It’s sexy, yet playful. As always, the items for Thursday’s ethical style are sourced from retailers that report themselves to be ethical and/or sustainable. I have found that this can mean a lot of different things for each retailer, from engaging in fair labor practices to sourcing recycled materials to eco-friendly production practices. While this can all be a little confusing, I feel like it is a step in the right direction to start to consider these factors when it comes to the clothing we wear. Here are the links to today’s picks:

Sneakers, Tom’s

Skirt, ASOS Eco Edit

Tank top, ASOS Eco Edit

Bandana, Krochet Kids

Ikat Wallet, Fair Trade Winds

Necklace, Starfish Project

How about you? What do you think of today’s look? Are you trying to be more conscious of your fashion choices? What have your experiences been?

xoxo Anna

 

Desert blooms

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Shirt, souvenir from Mexico, cute ethical alternative here; skirt, Calvin Klein, thrifted, ethical alternative here; Sunnies; bought at drugstore, ethical alternative here; boots, Nine West, thrifted, ethical alternative, here; Earrings, Madewell, here

Hello from Phoenix! Even though the heat is crazy here, I still love the desert. I have always felt very connected to and energized by it. I like the stillness and observing the plants and animals that are so different from what I am used to in New York.

I’m so happy to have a new outfit post to share with you today. This outfit seemed like a natural fit for the desert landscape. Something about the embroidered flowers on the shirt reminds me of the cactus flowers I have been seeing. The denim and the boots give it a slight cowgirl look, which I am not mad about. I got this shirt in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico a few years ago. It has surprised me how functional it has been. It was one of those items of clothing that just feels like home, or the clothing equivalent of home. The Goodwill here in Mesa, Arizona has been very good to me 🙂 I found this skirt there. It was weirdly long until I cut it down to midi length, and I plan to let the hem fray naturally. The boots were another Goodwill find. I think they will be just as good for New York winters as they are for desert walks. I made a few other fun finds which I will be sharing with you soon. For all these pieces, I have offered ethical alternatives from around the web. How about you? Do you have any favorite clothing items you have bought on your travels?

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xoxo Anna