My Winter 2019/2020 Capsule Wardrobe

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Recently, I decided I was going to challenge myself to a year-long shopping ban where I was only allowed to purchase things from my approved shopping list.

Several items from that approved shopping list are pieces of clothing because, in conjunction with decluttering and banning splurging, I wanted to create a capsule wardrobe.

I'm sure by now you know what a capsule wardrobe is, but in case you don't, here's the short form:

"It’s a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear."
(Caroline Joy,

I haven't quite been able to get mine down to 37 pieces, but I did get it down to 45, which includes bottoms, tops, shoes, and outerwear. It doesn't include accessories like jewelry and belts, or "basics" like my go-to plain white tee, bras, underwear, and loungewear/pajamas.

Since it was October when I decided to start this shopping ban/capsule wardrobe adventure, I chose to create a winter capsule wardrobe, which I will use for November, December, January, and February. Four months of wearing the same 45 pieces of clothing.

Currently, my capsule wardrobe looks like this (items in pink are still to be purchased):

Tops - 23

(2) Flannel button-up shirts
(1) Denim button-up shirt
(1) Cable knit turtleneck sweater
(1) Statement sleeve sweater
(1) Long-sleeved striped t-shirt
(1) Blazer
(1) Poncho
(1) Puffer vest
(1) Slim-fitting black turtleneck
(1) Gray mock-neck sweater
(1) Pink sweater
(1) Gray cardigan
(1) Beige cardigan
(1) Dark-colored cardigan
(1) Patterned cardigan
(1) Wrap-front blouse
(1) Fair isle sweater
(1) Sherpa vest
(1) Cowl neck knit top
(1) Graphic tee
(1) Dress (for special occasions like Christmas parties, work events, etc.)
(1) Satin camisole
(3 basic long-sleeve tees—black, white and gray)

Bottoms - 10

(1) Plaid pants
(2) Dress pants
(1) Green utility pants
(1) White denim
(1) Black denim
(1) Dark denim
(1) Embroidered jeans
(1) Boyfriend/Mom jeans
(1) Faux leather pants

Shoes - 10

(1) Black heeled boots
(1) Black ankle boots
(1) Brown heeled boots
(1) Brown ankle boots
(1) Blundstones
(1) Winter boots
(1) White ankle boots
(1) Cheetah print booties
(1) Over-the-knee boots
(1) Oxford-style flats

Outerwear - 2

(1) Parka
(1) Wool coat

So far so good! I've been finding it easier to put together outfits and am finding out what my personal style is along the way.

You can follow along with my shopping ban journey by clicking here to read more articles.