My first experiment with Angie's casual capsule was a bit of bust in my own estimation, at least. Sure, some of the outfits were okay, but I realized afterwards that even those I liked might not get a lot of wear, because while I'd tried to take the possible weather conditions into account, I'd forgotten that all important word "casual" and instead tried to create a sort of all-purpose capsule that didn't really serve any of my purposes particularly well.
Take 2. This time, I focused more strictly on a set of clothes that I would wear on my work-at-home days. Tasks on these days include sitting at the computer, light household stuff (but not gardening or anything super dirty), and the occasional run out to the grocery store, bank, etc. If it's anything more exciting than that, I generally step things up to "smart casual."
Without further ado, here it is. My goal is to wear this...actually wear it...through the month of September on my work-at-home days. I may not begin immediately. That depends a bit on heat; I'm still in shorts and lighter tops for now. But as soon as we start getting slightly cooler days I will begin, and continue until temps are too cool for this type of outfit. Afterwards, I'll report on the experience.
Bottoms: Old skinnies rolled into clams; white jeans; Ann Taylor leopard print pants.
Tops: Denim shirt, orchid button down, striped short sleeve fitted top, sleeveless black turtleneck, taupe linen sweater, ivory GAP mesh sleeved sweater.
Toppers: Striped Breton sweater, fuschia knit jacket. Also, denim shirt, linen sweater.
Accessories: I gave myself extra shoes and belts here -- white Cons, sandals, black pointy toed flats, Report booties; leopard belt, white belt, reversible snake print/ black belt. Plus scarf. And a navy tank top for layering.
I'm not showing every combination, but you get the drift.
A few observations:
- There is nothing new here. Every item is one to many seasons old.
- It doesn't feel particularly autumnal (esp. the white outfits), but this is what's in the closet.
- This is almost identical to my China trip capsule. I wore that capsule for most of October last year in (warmer) China.
- The Ann Taylor pants were actually in my to-donate pile because they are annoying to wear with some footwear -- a bit short for me, they catch on shoes. But they are okay with the flats and Reports, a fun pattern, and perfect weight for the interim September weather. So I will further decrease their CPW by wearing them!
I predict that I will be comfortable enough in this capsule but I won't feel excited by it.
Note that I also have lots of engagements and events in September. I'll have a separate capsule for those because this casual set of clothes won't work then.
And if anybody knows where I can get a pair of taupe jeans, please let me know. :-)