Fall Capsule #1: December Outfits + Capsule Recap


I started my first Capsule Challenge about 3.5 months ago. I wanted an easy way to reflect on what outfits I had worn and what pieces I had utilized, so I thought a recap post might be a good way to do that (here are September’s recap post, October’s recap post, and November’s recap post). This way I can see what’s working and what’s not, and you can have a concise post of the outfits (in case you didn’t want to read my everyday ramblings and just wanted the looks)!

Here. We. Go…


  1. Whirlwind Weekend
  2. Plaid + Faux Leather
  3. Stripes At Last!
  4. In-VEST-ed
  5. Graphic Sweater, Winter Style
  6. No Dots About It
  7. Fur Get About It
  8. Holiday Dressing
  9. Red-dy, Set, Blue
  10. Orange You Glad
  11. Spotted Plaid
  12. Basics and A Beanie
  13. Life Facts
  14. Sometimes
  15. Neutral Leopard
  16. Striped Up, Plaid Down
  17. Polka Party
  18. And We’re Off!
  19. Swan Song (The End of the Capsule)
  • Most Worn Item (besides jeans): cognac ankle boots, tan sweater, gray jeans
  • Least Worn Item: most of my skirts (see below)
  • Favorite Outfit: #6
  • Honorable Mentions: #11, #13, #14, and #18
  • Least Favorite Outfit: none really!

So here’s some things I learned from the capsule:

  1. I forgot completely about no-shopping during Black Friday. Whoops. Yay for cheating.
  2. I also completely forgot that in December, my work normally lets us wear jeans the whole month. So a lot of my skirts and dresses went unworn in the month of December, which was annoying, because I had SO MANY OUTFIT IDEAS for them.
  3. I’m not made to have a capsule. I think it’s something I would have to learn. I actually really like schedules and consistency, but apparently not in my wardrobe. Spontaneity, please! If I wanted to wear my leopard ankle boots, I couldn’t, which is a sad face.
  4. It was nice (in my early early morning zombie state) to only have 43 items to choose from. It makes outfit planning that much easier.
  5. The no-shopping was hard, but not that hard, since I left myself a cheat: accessories and outerwear. That was nice and really helped expand my outerwear collection!
  6. I had a blank slot in my capsule for a to be determined item (see final capsule items here) in case I had a desire to wear something, but I never made a decision or needed something else, so I only ended up using 43 items for 74 outfits. I had about 20-30 more outfit ideas (mostly work wear) that I could have done, but I was running out of outfits based around jeans. So it goes.
  7. I thought I was going to do a mid-January capsule, but I’m going on a cruise at the end of January, so that might not work…I might consider doing a mini-capsule (say 10 items for 15 outfits or something similar) instead. But the lovely Anne is doing a winter capsule, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with (her inspiration board is EXACTLY what I want to look like everyday for the rest of my life – no exaggeration), so you should check her out too!

That’s about it here then! Thanks for reading and following along with my capsule challenge!

  • First of all, I heart recaps, so it’s neat to see all your outfits together! I also like the idea of cutting out certain aspects of clothing to focus on bigger items (like outerwear) for a little while. Anywho, have a happy new year!

    dash dot dotty

  • Rebecca

    Congrats on finishing! :)

  • Once again, love seeing all of your outfits all lined up. I’m flattered that you mentioned my inspiration board so kindly because I must admit, I was having trouble getting motivated to even do this thing (I was happy with the results of fall, but all that planning, for my LEAST FAVORITE season? Bah) – so I actually took your capsule list and used it as the basis for my next one, because I loved all your recaps so much. So handy to have them pinned for January-March outfit inspiration since I have plenty of these items or similar to work with :)

    Love the recap and the lessons learned – so interesting to see what everyone takes away from this experience and how they approach it differently. It makes sense that people will have different reactions to the restrictions, etc. because style is such a personality based thing, so we’re all going to operate differently with it, but I love how everyone used it to be creative in their own way, whether they stick with it for future seasons or not…

    Yours was a total success in my book!

  • I really enjoyed following along with your progress on the capsule! I feel like I would have a similar experience to yours–I really love being organized and having lists, but the restrictions would kill me. So often, I’ll have planned an outfit for a specific day, but when that day comes, I just don’t feel like wearing it AT ALL. I imagine that would be even more frustrating in the midst of a capsule challenge.