Winter Capsule Wardrobe

Winter Capsule Wardrobe for Project 333

Winter Capsule Wardrobe for a Minimalist Wardrobe and Project 333

Interested to find out how I developed my winter capsule wardrobe and discovered Project 333? Well, then read on, my friends.

After getting married, I knew that something had to change. My closet was full of clothes that I hardly wore and I had trouble keeping everything organized and tidy in my small closet in our studio apartment. I was never a huge shopper, but I did enjoy browsing the new arrivals at Target or Old Navy and making random spontaneous purchases to spice up my wardrobe. Most of those pieces ended up sitting in my closet and were hardly ever worn and I just wore my favorites over and over again. I was determined to change for good and that’s when I started to research minimalist capsule wardrobes which then led me to discovering ethical fashion and the issues with the fast fashion industry today (more on that in an upcoming post.)

Over the summer, I did a major closet purge. It was so intense that I ended up getting rid of over 80% of my wardrobe. I spent hours photographing my clothes and listing, selling, and shipping through eBay and Poshmark. It took time and patience, but I eventually earned enough money to purchase a few high-quality basics to fill the holes I had discovered in my wardrobe.

Since then, I have been living with less and I feel so free. I love every single item that I own and getting dressed is a breeze because I know that everything works together. I will eventually be writing posts on how to clean out your closet, wardrobe staples, tips on shopping secondhand, and how to create your capsule, but this is just a post to show you all what I’ve chosen for my winter capsule and what I have been wearing since the beginning of January and will continue to wear until the end of March.

I was inspired by Project 333 which is a challenge to wear 33 items for three months. Included in your 33 items are clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear, and shoes. Not included are your wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, undergarments, pajamas, and workout clothing.

Here is what I included in my first winter capsule wardrobe for Project 333…

3 short-sleeved tees
(black v-neck – Everlane | graphic tees – She Is Clothing)

2 long-sleeved tees
(black wool v-neck | Chelsea Tee from Elegantees)

1 pair of jeans
(AEO skinny jeans – secondhand from ThredUp)

2 skirts (old)

1 pair of leggings (old)

1 little black dress (old)

4 cardigans (all old)

2 pullover sweaters
(Urban Outfitters and Madewell – both secondhand from Poshmark)
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1 sweatshirt (Threads4Thought – secondhand from Poshmark)

1 leather jacket (Michael Kors – secondhand from Poshmark)

1 nice coat (Nordstrom Rack – old)

1 waterproof snow coat (Land’s End)

2 scarves (old)

The two hats in a winter capsule wardrobe. Hand-knit beanie and fedora from Yellow 108.

2 hats
(Yellow 108 Eastwood Fedora | beanie – I made it)

3 bags
(Live FashionABLE Mamuye Tote | Fjallraven Kanken | Fossil Carson – secondhand from Poshmark)

3 pairs of shoes
(Hunter Back-Adjustable Rain Boots | Sam Edelman Petty Booties | Kamik Brooklyn Snow Boots)

(I use Frye Leather Conditioning Cream on all my leather goods to keep them in excellent condition)

Jewelry from a winter capsule wardrobe. Madewell Floating Arrow necklace, gold earrings, and Fossil Mechanical Boyfriend watch.

3 pieces of jewelry
Madewell Floating Arrow Necklace– secondhand from Poshmark |
| gold earrings |
Fossil Mechanical Boyfriend Watch |

Total items in my winter capsule wardrobe: 33

It’s been several months since I stopped shopping for clothes and started living with less. Since the beginning of January I’ve been wearing only items from this capsule and so far, so good. Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the season brings and I will be keeping this blog updated as I continue developing a minimalist wardrobe and learning what works for me and what does not.

Do you have a capsule wardrobe?

Have you ever tried Project 333?

I’d love to hear about your experience!

 

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  • Love this idea. Wish I could get this organized — it would save me so much time each day figuring out what to wear!

    • You definitely can do it! It takes some time initially to set up, but then you can save time every morning. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Cindi Gutenplan

    This is inspiring. I did a similar purse about a year and half ago after reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and it was indeed life changing. However, after over a year, I need to revisit and you have inspired me to check out Project 333. It is such a great feeling to live with less. You seem to appreciate your “stuff” so much more. Thanks for a great post.

    • Hello Cindi! I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up too – isn’t it such a inspiring book? If you decide to do Project 333, I’d love to hear how it goes. Hope you’re well!

  • cassie, i’ve been really interested in capsule wardrobes for a while. i’m so interested to see more of your experience with them! since i’m not working outside the home right now, everyday outfits are easy, but for church and travel i always get stuck. my sunday mornings generally involve trying on several outfit combinations before church in the morning just to find something that works. =/

    i’ve purged my closet pretty thoroughly, but my problem is buying things. i don’t know where to start. another problem i’ve run into with building a versatile wardrobe is that neutrals like grey and black don’t really suit me that well. i look better and feel better when i have a bit more color options (especially warm colors–like plum purples, olive greens, and raspberry pinks). is that a problem you’ve run into also? how have you learned to incorporate color into a versatile wardrobe?

    • I used the have to same problem on sunday mornings! and when packing for a trip. my favorite thing about having a capsule is how simple packing is now. However, color is something that I’m figuring out too. Austin likes it when I wear color and I tend to wear the same colors you do (plum purple, olive green, burgundy, raspberry, and deep teal blue.) For me, it works to keep all my basics solid and neutral (skirts, pants, tees, shoes, bags, etc) and then incorporate color through my choice of sweaters or scarves. That way I know that all of my colorful pieces will go with all of my base outfits. I love knowing that I could wear any sweater with any outfit and it will match. For future reference, though, my upcoming spring and summer capsule wardrobes will have more color in them – most of my winter clothes are more neutral. =]

      Buying things is where it gets tricky and time-consuming. Especially since I am now only buying secondhand/ethical/sustainable/high-quality clothes, it makes everything even more complicated. Curating my capsule showed me what gaps I needed to fill and then I did a ton of research. I have a list of brands I can shop from and I would look for what I needed from them and I also did a lot of secondhand shopping on Poshmark. I found some very nice, high-quality, gently-used pieces that I wouldn’t have been able to afford at full-price and from companies I wouldn’t have purchased from anyway. It helps to know what you need and be specific as possible. I am planning a whole post of online secondhand shopping tips, but try to narrow search terms as much as possible. I knew I wanted a pullover sweater and I like clothes from Madewell so I searched for Madewell sweaters in my size. Sometimes I know the exact sweater I’m looking for and I’ll just keep searching and wait until one becomes available. If you have any specific questions feel free to email or text! =]

  • Wow! This impresses me so much – as a woman who admittedly loves clothes, it’s so inspiring to see the combinations you can make out of 33 items! Really awesome post 🙂

    • Thank you, Grady! I never thought I’d be able to this, but, the longer I do it, the more I realize that 33 items is more than enough and I can create so many outfits from just these few pieces.

  • Your blog post today just inspired me to get rid of one full garbage bag of clothes that I haven’t worn in a while! Great post. 🙂

    • Yay for getting rid of old clothes! So lovely to hear from you, Kaleigh. Hope you’re well!

  • Love this! I also started doing a capsule wardrobe lately and I love it! I actually started a blog about it because it’s been so rewarding!

    Karin
    http://www.truncationblog.com

    • Hello! Thanks for stopping by! Just checked out your blog and am following now so I can see your capsule wardrobe updates. Isn’t it so amazingly rewarding? I’ll never go back!

  • this looks lovely! i’m inspired by your three pairs of shoes. =]

    i’m still working on mine, which is needing some tweaking since i began teaching (i just learned that jeans are not allowed…right after i finally found the perfect skinnies at the thrift store and thought i was set for pants! =P). i’m actually winding up doing a more all-seasons approach and trying to stick to basically all thrifted/secondhand (exceptions are pretty much just gifts at this point). i’m buying for all seasons at once since thrifting is so hit and miss…i’m concentrating on looking for what i need immediately, but if i find the perfect summer item that i know i’ll need, i grab it!

    • teaching? this is a new adventure that i’d love to hear about! hope it’s going well so far. =]

      i agree with shopping for all the seasons at once. i was sorely lacking winter wear which is why i had to focus on sweaters first but now i know all i need for summer is a pair of high-waisted denim shorts (of a suitable length) and an elegant + modest swimsuit (i’m looking for a pretty one and not my old one that is for lap-swimming) all my other basics like my jeans and tee shirts will just transfer over. (i’ll switch the tees out, though, for variety)

      as regards my three pairs of shoes, i am ready for the day when i can exchange the boots for sneakers, sandals, and flip flops. =]

  • I have REALLY been wanting to do a capsule wardrobe. We lived abroad for 16 months recently and basically had a two season capsule. We just got all of our stuff back and moved in to the home we are renting while we build and unpacking everything from storage I AM so motivated to do this! I had never heard of Project 33 but this is something right up my alley! I am going to give it try. Thanks for sharing and I can’t wait to see all of your styling. You’ve inspired me!

    • That’s the wonderful thing about capsule wardrobes – they are perfect for traveling! Let me know how it goes! Will you be posting about it on your blog so I can see updates?

  • I seriously love the idea of the capsule wardrobe, but I have NO idea where to begin. Thank you for sharing yours because it definitely helps to have something to go by.

    • It definitely is overwhelming when thinking about starting out. I had to get rid of almost all my clothes before I could even consider starting a capsule wardrobe. It’s not impossible, though, and I plan on posting more tips and tricks for getting started soon.

  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE that leather jacket! I am in the process of purging & minimizing our entire family’s closet, along with de-cluttering. We have 3 man cubs, and I realize not every piece of clothing needs to be saved for “hand-me-downs”, because what 3 year old needs 20 pairs of jeans?? (and what mama needs that much laundry piled up in the basement?) Always enjoy seeing how people piece together their capsule wardrobes! Maybe I’ll eventually I’ll be able to showcase my capsule wardrobes on my blog one day too. 🙂 #SYBL

    • Hello! Thanks for your lovely excited comment! I love the jacket too. I searched and saved up for a secondhand leather jacket for a long time and when I found this one, I snatched it up. Now we’re inseparable. 😉 Have fun with the decluttering project for your family! It’s amazing how, the more you get rid of, you realize how little you actually need. Have a fantastic day!

  • I really enjoyed seeing all the items in your capsule wardrobe! You have a lot of really cute pieces that go well together.

    Capsule wardrobes are definitely something that interests me, but I’ve realized how attached I’ve become to clothes and haven’t been able to commit it yet. For now I’m taking steps to make my way closer to a capsule or minimalist wardrobe.

    Just the other day I did inventory of my closet and discovered I have just under 100 pieces of clothing. That’s a lot! And half the time I’m not sure what to wear. I’ve never been very good at styling and mixing and matching pieces together, so that’s something else I’ve been working on. I’m definitely getting better, but still have a ways to go!

    • Thanks Sereina! Getting rid of clothes is so hard at first, but, once I got started and I realized how much I loved the look of an empty closet, I couldn’t stop! If you end up starting a capsule wardrobe, be sure and let me know how it goes! 🙂

  • I am so interested in trying this out in the near future.
    I don’t think that I could limit myself to just 3 pairs of shoes for the season though.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Hi Jenny! You wouldn’t have to limit yourself. Some people have less variety in sweaters to allow for more shoes – it’s totally up to you. I used to have lots of shoes that I hardly wore so I just kept the favorite go-to pairs that I kept reaching for.

  • I love this idea, working in an industry that requires me to wear black all the time, my wardrobe gets pretty boring, but this just opens my eyes to more ideas clothing wise

    • I love black as a base that you can then add fun accessories on top of! Glad it was able to provide you with a bit of inspiration. 😉

  • I really need to start taking this approach. Lately I look at my closet and am not a fan. It’s time to purge and start over. If I had a million dollars 😉

    • I know the feeling! You might be surprised though. If you have some time to devote to selling your clothes, you could end up making a lot. Over the course of five months, I made over $1,000 from selling my old clothes. You might be able to do the same and then you can start over!

  • I loved this! Capsule wardrobes have changed my life! I always love seeing what others include in their wardrobes. And it’s so interesting how it all depends on our lifestyle and what we do with our days.

    And I love your style! I own/sell in my boutique almost half of these items!

    Thank you for sharing! Have a beautiful + kind day!

    • Thanks for your lovely comment! I visited your blog and am following now – I love seeing what others do for their capsules too and how they differ for different ages, careers, location, etc. Love your boutique too!

  • WOW! This is awesome! I love your clear, pretty pictures of your items, and how you put it together. I’m fascinated by capsule wardrobes but have a hard time putting them together. I get so sentimental about clothes…ugh! Really like the colors you used and your tips. I really don’t shop through Poshmark much, but I need to check it out! Looks like you scored some great deals.

    • Yes! Definitely check out Poshmark! That where I’ve had the most success buying and selling. I used to get sentimental about clothes too, until I started parting with them and realizing that I didn’t even miss them once they were gone. Thanks for you comment and I’m so glad you enjoyed the post!

  • I do find myself wearing a lot of what is in my closet and coming back to items after months of not wearing them, so I’m always afraid to purge and start over. But, I do love the idea of it and I’m loving your wardrobe!

    Penn&Quill || Robin

    • Hello Robin! Thanks for stopping by! Your blog is delightful. 🙂

  • This is a pretty great idea, I feel like my wardrobe is pretty limited and I might already be doing that (although I need to purge my closet!)

    I’m looking forward to learning more about implementing this project for myself.

    • I will definitely be sharing more tips and tricks for getting started in the future. I’d love to hear how it goes if you decide to start your own capsule wardrobe.

  • Shut up this is awesome! I totally admire you. Coming from someone who has a slight addiction to clothes, I don’t know how you do it!! Haha -I can imagine how freeing it must be though. I know it sounds crazy, but sometimes I do get overwhelmed with my amount of clothes! I can’t wait to read more updates!
    ~Mattie
    http://www.mattiesmakings.com

    • I used to get overwhelmed too, but I certainly don’t any more. Glad you enjoyed the post- Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  • I really want to do this! I think it would be a fun challenge and liberating.

    • It is a fun challenge for sure! Have a great day, Becky!

  • Meg

    Wow – I’m impressed. I haven’t managed to figure out a capsule wardrobe yet, but yours looks like it fits you and your stage of life perfectly. Mine would probably have a lot more color! (and a lot more patterns to hide kid stains!)

    • Hello Meg! Just visited your blog and it’s amazing – your photographs are stunning. I do find that I’m missing color so I plan on adding more cheeriness to my upcoming spring capsule. For now, these colors work well for winter. But yes, I don’t need to hide kid stains yet!

  • I love all of your selections! I’ve thought about creating ones before but my closet is fairly small to begin with though there is always more weeding to do!

    • So glad you enjoyed the post, Catherine! If you’ve been thinking about it, you should go for it. Even if you don’t get rid of anything and just box your other clothes up for three months as an experiment, it’s worth a try. I’d love to hear how to goes for you if you end up giving it a go.

  • This is such a great idea! I have an insane amount of clothes as well and have really been wanting to get in there and purge. I’m not sure I’d be able to get myself down to a 33 item capsule, but a few more bags to donate would be good enough for me at this point!

    • Hello Rachel! I certainly didn’t start here either! I began by just donating and selling one bag at a time – bit by bit – and the more I got rid of, the less I wanted to have. A capsule wardrobe isn’t right for everyone, but an organized and cleaned-out closet is always a nice thing to have.

  • Dude, I don’t know if I could pare it down to 33. That is insane! I’m impressed, because everything goes together. That must’ve taken quite a while. Did it?

    • The initial purge of my closet took a long time. I did a lot of getting rid of, selling, and then purchasing a few high-quality replacements. Actually making my capsule was easy after that since there wasn’t much to go through and I knew the pieces I was wearing regularly anyway. Hope that helps!

  • oh i so need to do this!! my closet is over flowing, and i still “have nothing to wear!”

    • I remember those days! Having a capsule wardrobe has solved the problem, though. Because when you only have 33 items – you genuinely love and want to wear each one.

  • You have a great capsule collection there, Cassandra! How could you ever bring yourself to only own 33 pieces of clothing for an entire season, it seems like an extremely daunting task to me, so hats off to you. I had never heard of project 333, I am going to look it up for sure. I am so eager to get a sneak peek at the rest of your collections too 🙂
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • It was daunting at first, but after months of getting rid of things, I finally got rid of enough to make the capsule wardrobe very do-able. Thanks for your lovely comment and let me know if it’s something you decide to try! (And I’ll be posting pictures of future capsules that contain the rest of my spring/summer clothing too)

  • I love your capsule wardrobe, especially the neutrals! Neutral clothes are my favorite!

    • Thank you, Audrey! I love neutrals because, when you decide to add a pop of color, it goes with all of your basics.

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  • Amanda

    This is a great, realistic capsule wardrobe! I am a big fan of the capsule wardrobe concept and am working on mine now. It definitely helps evaluate your closet.

    • Yay for starting working on yours! Will you be blogging about it?

  • This is pretty impressive! I don’t know if I could cut my closet down by 80% even though, like you before Project 333, I have a lot of clothes I rarely wear and have favorite seasonal pieces I wear a lot! I really like the idea of a capsule wardrobe though and think maybe I’ll give it a try sometime. The problem is I really like variety!!
    xo, Laura
    Have Need Want

  • WOW! I don’t know if I could get down to 33 items.. though I could probably do 50 no problem (just off the top of my head), then again maybe it’s less than that, I wear almost the same things every week anyway.

    Good for you for purging. I like to do an every-3-months end of season purge and donate what I didn’t wear, I rarely look back, but I haven’t gone full capsule wardrobe yet. I might just…

    also: that arrow necklace is seriously stunning

    xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

  • I LOVE your wardrobe! That grey ruffle bottom top is the cutest ever.

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