Capsule Wardrobe | Breanna Rose

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was in the process of cultivating a capsule wardrobe. The blog Un-Fancy has been a huge inspiration in my process + it doesn’t hurt that Caroline has a similar style to what I would pick off the racks anyway. I literally sat down, drew out boxes ( similar to the image above ) and filled in ideas for my wardrobe based on what I already had and what I need to fill the cracks. It’s kind of funny how easy it was to figure everything out once I could see it on paper. Before, I would get overwhelmed and not buy anything at all, leaving me with a very sparse closet. I was literally wearing jeans + tees every day.

The biggest thing I’ve learned throughout this whole process is to find brands that fit really well and start from there. For me, that happens to be J.Crew + Everlane. I may discover good finds elsewhere, but these are my two “go to” brands that just never fail. From there, I’ve learned to simply be myself. I’m not a very fancy person and tend to wear simplistic and casual outfits on the daily … so that’s where my focus was. As you can see ( above ), there’s a whole lot of white, grey, chambray, and cognac. My neutral sweet spot. I don’t really have much more color than that in my closet – – and have learned to be okay with it. Is this adult life? If any of you are currently putting together a capsule wardrobe and have any good / fun finds, I would love to hear about it! You can shop what I have so far below :

  1. Kaylee says:

    I have that same backpack from Everlane and LOVE IT. I literally use it every day. I’m excited to see how your capsule wardrobe progresses. Lovin’ your style! xoxo

    • breanna says:

      I love it too! I got it 2 weeks ago and haven’t had a lot of time to use it, but I plan on bringing it to Europe later in August – – so excited to have something so GOOD to tote around. ;)

  2. Kia Perry says:

    Your style is very similar to mine! My fav brands are J. Crew and Madewell. I’ll have to check out Everlane now! It’s funny how simplistic my style has become. When I was in college I was very trendy and tried a lot of different styles and color combos. Now it’s denim and neutrals with a pop of color here and there. I’m in the process of trying to transition my wardrobe to reflect my “adult” style.

    • breanna says:

      Yes, definitely check out Everlane! It has a loose fit like Madewell, but I find that Everlane still has a bit more shape to their pieces, which I really like. :)

  3. Kelsey, Esp. says:

    Oh wow, I’m so happy I stumbled across this today. I recently started a “Happy Closet” series on my blog and this is just the direction I’ve been thinking about going with it, except I didn’t know it had a name until now! I’m only two posts in to my own series, and I pretty much have negative dollars to spend on clothing, so adding some new pieces to help dress up the 20-ish items I have remaining after The Great Culling on the Closet (I ditched over 125 items!) isn’t in the cards right now but this is such a great foundation to work from. PLUS, I’d much rather thoughtfully plan out my next steps than go crazy buying things I *think* I love. Great food for thought here. So, SO happy to have found this!

    • breanna says:

      Glad I could share Un-Fancy plus the “capsule wardrobe” idea then. Have fun :) :)

  4. bri says:

    i just started my capsule wardrobe as well! also inspired by caroline. that girl has great style! i still need 2 pieces for my wardrobe (from everlane! a new tee and their shirtdress!) and it’s so much easier to get dressed already! i’m like you, i always just ended up in a tee and jeans. hopefully now with a limited closet to go through in the morning, i’ll end up wearing something a little more exciting!

    • breanna says:

      OH! Now I’m going to go check out Everlane’s shirtdress. ;) Good luck with your last couple pieces!

  5. Meghan says:

    I love this idea and I love your design! I’m a graphic design student at SCAD and your work always inspires me!

    -Meghan

  6. jaci says:

    i started a capsule wardrobe a couple years ago — i always tended to wear drape-y, asymmetrical blacks and greys and i decided to consciously weed out any color in my closet and only buy things that fell into that style.

    the resulting feeling was great — i always felt comfortable and the most like myself in whatever i wore. it’s also more simple to get dressed because you know everything goes with everything else and you can mix + match textures and different materials in new ways. i dont have that many clothes but the different combinations you can come up with keeps things fresh.

    • breanna says:

      Exactly! Now I feel confident in my wardrobe ( although it’s not complete yet ) and find the whole getting dressed thing much much easier. Love it!

  7. lucinda says:

    caroline has started the capsule wardormbe movement! and thanks to you, i’ve discovered unfancy and have become TOTALLY inspired. i’ve purged my closet and whittled everything down to 37 pieces for my summer capsule. it’s so liberating! and i’ve been way more creative with my daily looks. i LOVE what you’ve curated for your closet – we have similar tastes, although everlane hit my wallet a bit too hard, so it’s jcrew and madewell (on sale!) for me. would love to see an #ootd, will you be posting any?

    • breanna says:

      Oh wow, already down to 37 pieces, ehh?? Good for you! And unfortunately, I probably won’t post Outfits of the Day … it’s just not something I’d feel comfortable doing. A little camera shy. ;)

  8. Krista says:

    Thank you so much for posting about this! I remember you mentioning it previously, but I finally popped over to Unfancy to check it out and it’s incredible. I’m starting grad school in the fall, and it’s been 5 years since I’ve been in school. During the past 5 years, I’ve been self-employed and working from home, so I haven’t focused much on my personal style. I’ve been thinking a lot about curating a good look so I can come across cute and professional when I go back to school–our program is small and we do placements at the end of the year so I want to make a good impression on our professors from the get-go (to go along with my smart answers and knowledge, of course)! This is totally going to help me. Thanks, Breanna!

    • breanna says:

      You’re welcome! Since I’ve been out of school, I too have noticed a shift in my wardrobe + style. I used to get more dressed up, everyday, and now it’s few and far between. So I’m sure going back to school will be a natural kick in the butt per say. ;) Enjoy + good luck!!

  9. Ah! Just started to narrow down my own capsule wardrobe. While it’s still a bit bigger than 37 items, the number fits me. Caroline is great! I emailed her and she sent back tips to de-clutter in the house, on the computer, and a couple other places. So I’m taking on the challenge to do it all! And it feels amazing! So glad to see what other people’s capsule wardrobes are looking like :)

    • breanna says:

      Oh wow! Good to know she has some more tips up her sleeve. ;) Hopefully she shares that on her blog!

  10. Hannah says:

    Omg, I just started doing this, too, and I was also inspired by Un-Fancy! I’m actually about to make a big move across the country, so the idea of paring my life down to the bare essentials is super appealing to me right now. It’s just stressful to have your life cluttered by so many items and decisions that are just unnecessary. I started doing a little series on my blog about it, which I promise I’m sharing in the spirit of solidarity and not just to promote myself. I’m just so excited to find other people who are doing this too! http://hannahwr.com/blog2/2014/07/22/capsule-wardrobe-1-personal-style/

    Also, have you seen the website Into Mind? Anuschka has written so many great, in-depth articles on the topic, I highly recommend checking it out!

    • breanna says:

      Best of luck to you with your move! And I have heard of Into Mind, just haven’t read their articles in depth, I’ll have to give it a try. :)

  11. Erin says:

    I love this. I’ve been thinking about doing this as well and my capsule wardrobe would also be full of grey, black, and white!

  12. Kisha says:

    I bought those booties (in black suede) earlier this year and LoVE them – so comfortable and they go with everything. I’m also trying to minimize my wardrobe and invest in quality pieces that I love and I plan on buying those booties in the cognac leather AND in the black leather…because when you find something’s that good and just works…why not?!

    • breanna says:

      I love them too! I feel like once you find a basic essential that works … you just gotta get it in a few colors. ;) That’s how I’ve felt about my J-Crew tees this summer, too!

  13. Hollyanne says:

    Did you get the Muscle or the Drape tank from the Everlane x Langley collection? They are both so pretty, I don’t know which to choose!

    • breanna says:

      I got the drape tank! It had a more feminine shape ( in my opinion ) which I prefer, so I went with that one. And it’s definitely lovely in person. :)

  14. Melanie says:

    I have been inspired by infancy too & am also looking at creating a capsule wardrobe! I think it will be a lot of fun!

  15. Niki says:

    I have been following Un-fancy too (via Into-Mind) and have been meaning to start my capsule wardrobe. Caroline’s done a really good job laying out the steps to doing this. I found Project 333 by Courtney Carver but Caroline’s expanded on that idea with vest/jackets and dresses so instead of 33 pieces for 3 months, it’s 37 pieces.

    Your post inspires me to start on my capsule wardrobe sooner rather than later. I love Everlane too! I’m too tempted to get all pieces of my wardrobe from them. But I know Caroline shares that it’s good to get something using the rule of 3: casual, statement pieces, and in-between. Did you feel like you needed statement pieces or happy with more casuals and in-betweens?

    • breanna says:

      I feel like my wardrobe currently ( it’s not quite to the right # of pieces yet ) is a bit more on the casual side. Being that I work from home and do a lot of meetings via phone, I don’t need to “dress up” as often, so it’s shifted for me that way. BUT! I do have some pieces that can easily be dressed up – – and a few that just are dressy. I’m trying to infuse a bit more of that as I feel I’m lacking. So Caroline’s rule is probably a good one. ;)

  16. I totally get you . I was the total extreme oposite , having a closet so full it was overflowing and exploding from everywhere and I ended up having the feeling I never ever had anything to wear. I now realized, I should not buy prints or crazy colors cause I get tired of it so quickly and their not easily pairable with other stuffs. I realize now that a confortable linen pants, birkenstocks and a black dress were enough for my whole summer so I definitely plan on finding this minimal combinaison for the fall too.

  17. Marie says:

    I’ve been doing my best to streamline my wardrobe. I almost feel bad about how much stuff I was keeping that I don’t even wear. But I still have a habit of buying what I like in multiple colors. If this was my capsule it would end up with tees in 3 colors. I’m not sure if this is good or bad.

  18. I’ve been absolutely loving Caroline’s blog too! Both your’s and Caroline’s style resonates with me so well. Love neutral, cognac + simple. :)

    I’ve been semi-debating starting a capsule wardrobe this fall….. I’m loving yours!

  19. Megan says:

    I have those exact booties and I LOVE them. Tanks from Everlane are great staple pieces. I’ve also been eyeing their reverse denim tote . Great finds!

  20. Kaylie says:

    OMG. Life changed. I’ve never heard of a capsule wardrobe. I just moved and this would help tremendously! Thanks for sharing :)

  21. Iris R. says:

    Those Sam Edelman booties are so cute – and definitely cheaper than any ones I’ve been looking at. I think I might have to get them. I have very similar taste to both you and Caroline as well, and I think my capsule wardrobe will turn out much the same – neutrals and leather. I just did a bunch of shopping post-closet purge and now I think I’m at a good place for a while until I transition to entirely fall pieces. In addition to what you have above, if you like flannel shirts, I just bought the Ravenwood plaid flannel from Madewell and am excited to wear it with shorts while it’s still warm and then jeans. It’s one of the only colorful pieces I’ll have, but still somehow seems like a neutral because it will go with everything. I also bought some basics from a second hand site called ThredUp, where I got an American Apparel shirt, Everlane tee, Zara tank, and Madewell chambray, all as good as new, for $32 total (!) So I would recommend that as a place to look for pieces if you already know of specific brands and are on a budget.

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  23. Jan Marie says:

    Hi Breanna! This was the post that made me start following your blog. Though I also just e-stalked you (you mentioned cold weather in your post about increasing adventure) and found that you live in Minnesota–please please PLEASE post a winter capsule? Ever since discovering Into-Mind/UnFancy/Project 333/etc I’ve been loving the capsule idea, and wanting to do it myself but at a TOTAL LOSS for how to adopt it for Boston winters. The temps are low and the skies are dark–I just can’t bear a wardrobe of the same 10 grays and beiges for all 6(!) months of winter we have in our respective climates, ya know?

    If you *do* rustle up a winter capsule, please do let me know. Drop me a line at my blog? http://butwhyisthejunkgone.tumblr.com

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