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Time to check in again with the wardrobe built on this cool grey and navy based color palette and add another hodge-podge of items skewing to the casual side.
Our garments for October include a pair of jeans, various solid-colored tops, and a couple of magenta topper pieces.
White pleated top - Loft - 2X - $14.99 - 5/2020
Magenta long cardigan - Lane Bryant - 22/24 - $11.99 - 6/2020
Medium wash trouser jeans - thrifted, CJ Banks/Goodwill - 22W - $7.49 - 10/2018
Purple exercise T - JCP - ?
Navy knit tunic - CJ Banks - 2X - $8.99 - 5/2020
Burgundy/pink marl pullover sweater - Karen Scott/Macy's - 3X - $17.99 - 12/2019
Magenta quilted vest - thrifted, CJ Banks/ThredUp - 2X - $11.84 - 8/2020
Correspondingly, the accessories are also mostly pink with an overall more spring-like than fall-like feel, but that's okay. When using a well-defined color palette year-round, at some point that color palette is going to be out of alignment with our seasonal color associations.
White/pink/green/purple watercolor floral scarf - thrifted, Lord & Taylor/ThredUp - $8.20 - 8/2020
Pink ombré scarf - thrifted - $2.99 - 3/2019
Magenta/pink ombré scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $4.19 - 5/2020
Light blue/orchid leopard/floral scarf - thrifted, Goodwill - $7.00 - 6/2015
Grey planet necklace - Macy's - $25.00 - 12/2013
Navy seed bead bracelets - made by me - summer 2021
Light pink/silver drop earrings - CJ Banks - ?
Pink bow flats - Amazon - $14.99 - 2/2020
Some of November's additions may look familiar from the #1 Black & Grey, Gina wardrobe...the grey rabbit sweatpants and hoodies were too useful for loungewear not to include them in this grey-based wardrobe as well. The navy and purple colors in the palette are represented here also.
Navy/white striped long-sleeved seamed T - ana/JCP - 2X - $5.59 - 1/2020
Dark wash skinny jeans - St John's Bay/JCP - 22W - $20.00 - 9/2019
Light grey hoodie - gift - ?
Navy fleece top - Kohls - ?
Grey rabbit sweatpants - JCP - ?
Purple plum quilted vest - thrifted, Lands End/Goodwill - 1X - $5.24 - 12/2016
Dark grey hoodie - gift - ?
Navy heather exercise T - JCP - ?
The accessories for November are a bit all over the place with gold and silver toned jewelry and scarves ranging from lightweight and narrow to bulky and warm.
Apple green/white/navy/aqua floral twilly scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $3.59 - 5/2020
Grey/pink/blue paisley scarf - Target - $12.00 - 12/2013
Dark slate blue cashmere scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $2.40 - 12/2019
Navy/blue/purple/dark aqua check cashmink scarf - thrifted, ThredUp - $3.59 - 5/2020
Silver thunderbird earrings - had them forever - ?
Gold turtle pendant necklace - Target - $10.00 - 4/2016
Grey leopard flats - Fergilicious/6pm - $14.00 - 11/2013
Grey Skechers - ?
But the true test of a capsule is how easily we can make outfits that we like and want to wear from it, so we'll start with some trousers jeans of unknown vintage (I thrifted them in 2018) that are nevertheless consistent with the wider-leg denim silhouettes that are popular right now. Outfit #1 is a simple jeans + pullover sweater + scarf combination that I find useful for that fall weather that's just starting to get chilly. The variety of pink colors keeps the outfit from looking too flat.
In Outfit #2, the navy fleece top is warm enough on its own that a lightweight twilly style scarf can be added for merely decorative flair. I wasn't sure whether the grey leopard flats would look odd, given that they are the only grey pieces in the outfit, but of course they look just fine...the beauty of neutrals.
Outfit #3 is a more casual take with the trouser jeans, paired with a white top and grey hoodie. But casual doesn't have to mean bereft of accessories! The repetition of grey in the planet necklace and leopard flats makes the hoodie look intentional and not "this is the closest thing I had to hand to throw on." My first instinct would be to add a brightly colored or print scarf, but this slate blue (very similar to the blue denim color) cashmere scarf looks lovely with the dark grey of the hoodie and is a nice low-key alternative.
Next let's turn to the dark wash skinny jeans, which will continue to be a key player in my wardrobe, denim trends be what they may. In Outfit #4, we have the colorful (various pinks) and print mix (my beloved stripes + florals) elements that are common in my style. That striped T + dark wash jeans base could be worn over and over again, looking different every time based on the other pieces added to the outfit.
Outfit #5 is another shades-of-pink ensemble, this time with the long magenta cardigan. There are many reasons I will keep my skinny jeans in my wardrobe, and one of them is how easily they pair with longer tops and topper layers for the classic "long over lean" silhouette.
Outfit #6 uses a navy T and dark wash jeans to create a column of color topped with a dark plum quilted vest. To liven up/brighten up the outfit, I added the fun turtle pendant necklace and a scarf with a vibrant leopard-plus-floral print. I don't typically put multiple leopard print items in one outfit, but the grey leopard flats are subtle enough that doubling up this way doesn't seem like overkill to me.
To round things up, let's look at a couple of lounge outfits featuring the cute rabbit sweatpants with a comfy exercise top, zip up hoodie, scarf, and easy slide on-and-off Skechers. For those with body temperatures that run cold, clearly that first layer could be a long-sleeved T or fleece top for additional warmth. In fall, I find that a short-sleeved moisture-wicking top makes a great first layer underneath a hoodie and keeps me warm enough (especially with a scarf around the neck).
This time I'm including three different garments to feature from past OOTD...1 from October's additions and 2 from November's additions. Starting with October, I was a bit surprised to realize that I had only taken one OOTD photo with the burgundy marl sweater (even though I've worn it 6 times)! But the one photo I have is of a rather fun WFH outfit that I wore this past winter. I like how the various shades of burgundy, pink, maroon, and wine come together in this outfit, and I enjoy how the hi-lo skirt looks worn sideways to give it an asymmetrical hem.
Next are two outfits featuring November's dark plum puffy vest, which I actually removed from my wardrobe earlier this year (after creating this capsule). I had previously worn it with a purple pullover sweater in almost the identical shade of plum, which is a version of that "modern twin set" look that I like, and when I decided the sweater had gotten too small, the vest was somewhat orphaned. Of course, it still worked well with neutrals! In this pre-pandemic casual Friday at work February outfit, I like the combination of denim, grey, and purple...with splashes of orange in the scarf...very well.
In this late winter work outfit, the black column of color is topped with the purple vest, but the ensemble is cheered up with a vibrant multi-colored scarf (that does include some dark purple) and tall cognac boots. But ultimately, I decided that the puffy vest was just too...well...puffy and exceedingly warm for indoor wear while not being large enough to layer over heavy sweaters for outdoor wear. And who am I kidding? Wearing a quilted/puffy vest as an outdoor layer works extremely well in places like Colorado (a dry cold in which keeping your core warm is really enough to make you comfortable in a surprising range of temperatures) but is not such a winning strategy for the wet cold of Minnesota. All things considered, I'd rather wear my vests as an indoor layering piece and put on a coat (of whatever appropriate warmth level) for going outside...so I bid adieu to this very puffy purple puffer.
The next three OOTD include the extremely useful and versatile navy and white striped T that continues to be a strong player in my wardrobe. In this October outfit from a year ago, it forms the basis of a print mix with a plaid scarf, rounded out with a dark aqua cardigan and navy pants. It's a very simple outfit but I really like it, and I think the striped top definitely steps things up a notch on the interest scale.
In this outfit from a couple weeks ago, I played with a print mix again, this time stripes + stripes. In one of my layered necklace posts, Jodie from Jodie's Touch of Style had given me the friendly challenge to continue layering necklaces into fall...with scarves! I am intrigued by the possibilities, and here is my first foray into experimenting with this specific combination: I purposely tied this lightweight thin twilly style scarf at a low pendant length, then added the DIY multi-strand seed bead necklace at mid-length and the DIY Zork lantern pendant necklace at the top. I have to say, I LOVED how this turned out. It's perfect for this early fall period when I don't really need the scarf around the neck for warmth. This is one of my favorite fall outfit silhouettes, too...a "long over lean" look created from a long-sleeved top + skinny pants + long vest.
Finally, here is an outfit from last November with a striped T + ombré scarf combination. I know I've said it before, but I can't overstate how useful I find ombré scarves in my wardrobe. They are terrific for print mixing but also for bridging/blending various colors or versions of a color in an outfit. Their soft wash of color is also a flattering type of print for me personally with my soft, low-contrast look.
Now let's talk rabbits! And more importantly, look at rabbits and their amazing fluffy cuteness. October's bun is showing off the infamous Rabbit Loaf position...welcome, Jesse the white Jersey Wooly! The #2 Darcy wardrobe got a Jersey Wooly rabbit for October, too, and it makes total sense. One must prepare for the cold weather with some warm woolens/Woolies.
November's twisted huddle of bunny is Laura, the grey Mini Lop! She has a little bit of a "wait, what do you mean I'm part of a capsule wardrobe rabbit menagerie now? how is that even a thing?" look to her, doesn't she? Well I'm confident that Lily the Lilac, Jesse the white Jersey Wooly, and the other 8 rabbits will make her feel right at home in no time.
Do you have a favorite cut of jeans? Do you tend to follow denim trends or stick to your tried-and-true favorites?
In my next capsule post, we will take look at the Oct & Nov additions for our fourth wardrobe: #4 Olive & Beige, Kiwi.
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