Capsule Wardrobe: Part 3 – Mix and match outfits

One of my favorite things about my capsule wardrobe is the number of outfits I can create with just a few pieces. I thought I’d show you some examples using a “mini capsule,” three tops, three bottoms, and two completers (along with shoes and accessories). This was a fun challenge for me, and I ended up putting some outfits together that I never would have tried otherwise. Here’s what I had to work with:

  • tops: gray flowy tunic, burgandy striped top, pink short-sleeved tee
  • bottoms: distressed skinny jeans, black leggings, dark boot-cut jeans
  • completers: brown jacket, cream cardigan
  • shoes: gray converse, brown riding boots, gold toms
  • accessories: turquoise beads, long gold necklace, plaid scarf

This outfit is both super comfy (the top is whisper-soft cotton jersey) and polished enough for a MOPS meeting or Bible study.
I love how versatile this tunic is. Dressed down with some distressed skinnies it works for a trip to the library or a park playdate. 
Paired with leggings, riding boots, and this (faux) leather jacket and it’s the perfect outfit for a girls’ night out.

This striped burgundy top is super comfy (noticing a theme yet?) I paired it with this chunky knit cardigan from Gap that I’ve had forever, with distressed jeans and sneakers for a trip to the library.
Worn by itself you can see the fun raglan sleeve detail on the top, and the scarf and boots give it a definite fallish vibe (this is pretty much the exact outfit I just wore for our family pictures).

This caramel colored motorcycle jacket was a total impulse buy at Target a couple weeks ago. I broke my “no clothes shopping until December” rule, and I couldn’t be happier I did. It’s taken my wardrobe in a whole new direction, and proves that sometimes rules were meant to be broken. 🙂 
This slouchy dusty-rose tee has been a great, versatile piece for transitioning from late summer to early fall weather (it’s super cute with a pair of distressed jean shorts too).
Just throw on a jacket in the morning when the air is still crisp, then take it off in the afternoon when the air conditioner kicks on again.
I’m still waiting for all-day cool weather when this cardigan/leggings combo will be perfect for curling up with a book during nap time. 
Hopefully this gives you some new ideas for changing up your favorite pieces and pulling together fresh outfits from your favorite clothes. It really doesn’t take that much effort (I usually decide on my outfit either the night before when I put on my jammies or in the morning while I’m in the shower). It make such a huge difference in my outlook when I feel pulled together and ready for my day. Of course to be completely honest there are still days when I do my grocery shopping in workout gear or spend the day in my favorite sweatpants and ratty t-shirt, but at least I know when I want to look nice with minimal effort, I can! 🙂 
What are your favorite go-to outfits for fall? Do you like to wear the same basic uniform every day, or do you prefer to mix and match? I’m thinking of adding a pair of colored jeans this winter for more versatility, but I’m not sure I would end up wearing them very often. Thoughts?

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