Fall Capsule: Week 9 Work Outfits

Sunday night I had some struggles deciding what to wear, so I decided to skip my usual plan-ahead ways and just go with the flow. Turns out that’s a pretty good strategy – it was a week of 10’s.

Looking back at the week, the clear theme was to wear items and a color palette I love and the outfits fell into place. As soon as I typied that, I realized that is essentially the mission of my capsule wardrobe. This week was a great reminder of what made me want to start a capsule in the first place (way back when I was pregnant with baby #4). I wanted getting dressed to be easier. But I also wanted to look pulled together.

Here’s a look at what I wore.


Monday

style notes //

These pants hadn’t been worn since the Fall 10×10, so it was time to get them back in the rotation. I still struggle with what to wear on top to make these pants more flattering. During the 10×10 I wore them with my Umber T Top and Birkenstocks. I liked the small tuck and nice drape of the T Top with the structured pants, but the Birkenstocks weren’t the best option. So, I copied the look, but wore pointy-toed, heeled boots to add some height and elongate my lower half. I liked this combination better than my first attempt a few weeks ago.

This was an easy throw on and go Monday morning outfit.

I keep trying to wear these pants with flats like so many other women pull off flawlessly, but it seems heels work best for my height and the the length of the pants on my short frame.

the items //

T Top (Jamie + the Jones) / size small

Pants (Everlane/ size 6 / run slightly large and stretch with wear, so could size down if you’re on the smaller end of a size. I’m 5’2″ and have not hemmed these.

Boots (old from Forever 21, ethical option)

Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton) / get 10% off your order with code PAIGE10

grade // 10

Tuesday

style notes //

Winter blew in today and it was cold, gray, and snowy. The perfect weather for this oversized sweater worn as a cardigan. To break up the monochromatic look I added warm tan/brown accessories, which if you’ve been following along for a while you know is my go-to combination.

the items //

Sweater (c/o Vetta Capsule) / size small / unfortunately this is sold out, but you can get 10% off your order with code STYLETHISLIFE

White tee (c/o Tapered Collection) / size small / currently all items are 20% off for the Friends & Family Sale. See below for a link to a full review and my cliff note version. These tees are great closet staples, I highly recommend them.

Jeans (c/o Mott & Bow) / size 30 / I sized up because they are very skinny jeans through the legs, but now they’re slightly too big in the waist. They do have stretch, so are more jegging-ish, in my opinion.

Boots (Nisolo) / I got my regular size and they are a little narrow in the toes. One foot feels great, but the the other is snug. I’ll keep wearing them and keep you posted on if they break in.

Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton) / get 10% off your order with code PAIGE10

grade // 9.75 

Dinged because of my boots being snug.


Wednesday

style notes //

I have had this sweater since summer and am just now getting around to wearing it. I love this outfit. It’s so simple, but something about it struck a chord with me. The sweater fits just right and adding my clogs and wood beaded necklace makes me love any outfit. No fancy style tips here, just wearing items that I feel good in.

the items //

Sweater (Brass Clothing) / size large / Currently on sale. It runs pretty small, if you want a looser fit I would go up 2 sizes. I love this sweater as a closet basic and have gotten tons of compliments on it.

Jeans (Madewell Cruiser via Poshmark) / size 28 / runs true to size and I love the cropped length and 100% cotton

Clogs (Lotta From Stockholm) / run a bit big / use the measurement guide

Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton) / get 10% off your order with code PAIGE10

grade // 10

Thursday

style notes //

This is our first long weekend since Labor Day and it’s been a rough couple of weeks. We had another round of Parent-Teacher Conferences, which means a 12.5 hour day. It was a cold, gray day and just like comfort food, I was craving comfort clothing. A couple of weeks ago I wore the same sweater and pants, but I changed up my shoes this time.

the items //

Checkered T Sweater (c/o Jamie and the Jones) / size medium

Ponte pants (Brass Clothing) / size small

Clogs (Lotta From Stockholm) / run a bit big / use the measurement guide

grade // 10

One of my struggles with planning outfits this week is that I tend to overthink it. For example, I try to make sure I don’t wear black pants two days in a row or I try to vary my footwear or I think about what hasn’t been worn in a while and try to work it into the rotation. I’m not sure why I do this, but it’s been a habit for as long as I can remember. But, I also realize that it totally doesn’t matter and no one notices

A few gals on Instagram mentioned that they wear black pants almost every day and have only a couple pairs that are in heavy rotation. So I’m curious…how many pair of pants do you have that you wear regularly? 

I keep trying to find ways to add variety to my bottoms, but maybe that’s totally unnecessary and I should do more repeating?


 p.s. 
My favorite basic tees are on sale this weekend over at Tapered Collection. Use code FALLFRIEND for 20% off your order or just use this link and the discount will be applied automatically. I did a full review last spring, but here’s the condensed version. The white is about as close to not-see-through as a white tee can get (totally appropriate for work), they run true to size (I have the small), the Three Quarter is my very favorite, but the Long Sleeve Henley is a close second, they black doesn’t fade, and they’re made in the USA!

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    1. I wear jeans almost everyday #momlife and have one pair of olive khakis I rotate in. I would have said 2 pairs of jeans I truly wear but I just discovered a couple pairs of jeans in a box (yes 5 months on and I’m still unpacking from moving!). I had put them in the consignment pile because they were too small, but when I put them on, they miraculously fit. So 4 jeans, maybe 5, and one pair of khakis in daily rotation.

      1. You should search for Gold Zipper on YouTube. She did an experiment of wearing the same black dress for 30 days. No one really noticed. It’s proof we worry about what we wear way more than other people do.

        1. Oh, and I’m going to go check that out this evening – thanks for the recommendation. One thing I’ve learned from my capsules is that no one is paying nearly as much attention as I think. And even if they are, I think it’s a short-term thing. Like, they may notice in the moment, but not remember tomorrow what I wore today, if that makes sense.

          Thanks for the recommendation.

      1. Andrea,
        First, yay for jeans that once were too small fitting…why does that always feel so good!? Jeans are my favorite to wear and although I technically could wear them every day because our dress code is super relaxed I have never done that. It’s hard not to accumulate too many pairs, but I try to remind myself that I wear them probably 3 days/week at the most.

        I hope you have a great week!

    1. All my pants at the moment are black (except for one pair of old jean/jeggings that are a lovely egglplant colour – I don’t wear them much because I don’t like sitting in jeans for my workdays). I probably wear three of my black ones consistently. I do want to order a new pair of the Elizabeth Suzann cotton canvas in clay to add a little variety. But when I look back on my #fall10x10 I think the all black bottoms work as I often wear a bit of colours on top. https://www.instagram.com/p/BaSwKJDASiz/?taken-by=amsfenton

      1. Amanda,
        I really have no idea where I got this notion that I should switch up my bottoms more, but I’m starting think I should embrace a bit of a ‘uniform’ and stop trying to force it. I like to switch things up by wearing different silhouettes and textures, but black pants are such an easy/versatile/obvious choice.

        Thanks for the input,
        Paige

    1. Love all your looks this week! And I’m impressed you’re sticking with trying to break in your shoes! I HATE getting rubs and have a zero tolerance policy with shoes that rub! If they are leather, saddle soaping them and then oiling them and then wearing them “wet” will help stretch them. Saddle Soap (glycerine bar), towel dry, then oil/condition (neatsfoot oil will darken leather…or you can try a creme leather conditioner which are usually a combo of wax and oils) and then put them on. You can also try wearing them without socks…the moisture from your feet will help the leather stretch too! If they are suede, ignore all this!

      I have 6 or 7 pairs of pants on rotation–all different colors! I stick with one fit, skinny, except for a few days a month when I feel more comfortable in my couple of pairs of looser fitting wide-leg pants.

      1. Ophelia,
        Thanks for the tips on loosening up the shoes…I had no idea that wearing them barefoot could help, so I tried that this weekend when I knew I wouldn’t be in them for a long period of time. Uncomfortable shoes are the worst, but I know this leather will give a bit over time, it’s just surviving until it gets there! 🙂

        That is so great that you have identified a silhouette that works for you and can add variety in colors. I used to wear bootcut cords and I had 5 different colors that were my weekly rotation – I loved it.

        I hope you have a great week,
        Paige

    1. I really like your blog- it is great to see how another teacher dresses for work and I like how you combine comfort with looking polished. I try to change things up during the week by wearing a dress/ skirt once in a while (not on supervision days! It’s definitely winter where I live), jeans on Fridays, and pants the other days. I have two pairs of black pants- one wide leg, one narrow so the different shapes mean they go with very different things. I also sneak in my black jeans at work, especially if I want to wear tall boots. I figure they look dressy enough as long as I wear something fancier on top. I also have a pair of maroon pants that I wear once in a while (exact same style as my slim black pants). All in all, I have quite a bit of variety on the bottom in terms of shape, if not in colour. I haven’t even pulled my fake leather leggings out yet:P

      1. Darby,
        I think our approach sounds very similar to pants. I do try to mix in a skirt or dress typically once per week, jeans twice per week and then mix in either 2 different color or shape bottoms. I think some straight-leg black jeans may be a good addition, so I’m considering those for winter.

        Faux leather leggings would be such a fun (and comfy) addition. Love it!

        And thank you for the kind compliment. Comfort has to be first and foremost for teachers, but it’s nice to feel pulled together too.
        Have a great week,
        Paige

    1. Paige I absolutely loved this week of outfits! I love how you said that you didn’t plan ahead and just went with it. I find so often that when I overthink things it just feels… off. Usually our gut is a better indicator of what we love than our head. 🙂

      1. Karin,
        Yes, planning often leads to overthinking (as with most things). Trying to let it go and just wear what feels best that day. Because sometimes what sounds good and what actually feels good are often not the same.

        xo,
        Paige

    1. Another week of great looks! I’m always trying to mix it up on bottom too, but honestly denim will always be my true love. I’ve been mixing in my handmade linen pants, but jeans are ALWAYS my natural choice. The others take more effort to make them work.

      1. Thanks, Jaana! I find bottoms so much harder to mix up than tops. It can be harder to find the right fit and shape for my figure and somehow black pants always just feel a bit boring. I guess it’s time to change my opinion there and just embrace it.

        You rock a mean vintage jean…stick with it!!
        xo,
        Paige

    1. I don’t think most people remember what you wore… all they have is an impression of how you consistently dress. I say put those favorites on repeat! : )

      1. Mariah,
        You are so right! I know when I did the 10×10 and wore that pumpkin/umber color almost every day not a single person noticed. And if they did, they certainly wouldn’t say something. It seems to be strange mental restriction I put on myself…it’s much better now that I’ve started a capsule and realized no one notices, but the thought still creeps in.

        Thanks for the advice – you’re so right!

    1. I look forward to reading your weekly outfit recaps every Saturday morning. It always gets me inspired for the following week. I am a preschool teacher so I relate to wanting to look polished but comfortable. You are making me want a pair of Lotta clogs!

      1. Morgan,
        First of all…preschool?! Wow, you are amazing!

        It seems teachers more than anyone value being comfortable at work, but it is still nice to feel pulled together. Thanks so much for your kind words.

        Have a great week,
        Paige

    1. I own 2 pairs of dark skinny jeans, 3 pairs of skinny/slim black pants, some loose-fitting black pants and a pair of olive green skinnies. That’s it. There’s weeks I wear black skinny pants 3 or 4 days in a row. I like them and feel good in them, so I have no shame in repeating them! I try to mix it up between days, but most mornings, I stick to what I know because I feel good in it. There’s nothing worse than being uncomfortable in an outfit all day!

      1. Stacy,
        I think it’s so powerful to find what you feel good in and what works for you and just own it. I often struggle with bottoms because they’re harder to make ‘work’, but I need to continue to shift my mindset and embrace what I’ve found that works!
        Thanks for sharing, I love hearing what’s in your wardrobe and how it works for you.
        Paige

    1. Every time I see your pictures, it makes me want to start over with a completely new wardrobe. You have such a classic style that I love. I have been slowly getting rid of pants, especially as I have bought some that aren’t very flattering just because I thought I needed “options.” I have a favorite style and I usually want to wear the two pairs I have in that style most of the time.

      1. Heather,
        Thank you so much for your kind words. It’s been a long process in the making, but I feel like that’s essentially what I’ve done. I still struggle with that exact feeling of needing options, then ending up with things that don’t really work for me. A few years ago that reached an all-time high and that’s when I decided to start purging and capsuling. I found that getting rid of the ‘noise’ in my wardrobe made it so much easier to find styles that I love wearing and that look good. It also freed up money and space to invest in new things that I want to wear over and over. Two and a half years later I’m feeling pretty good about it 🙂

        Thanks again,
        Paige

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