Winter Capsule Outfits: Week 3

With all of the brainstorming and getting ready to post my Winter 10×10 items tomorrow, I hadn’t planned on posting my daily outfits for this week. But, one of my outfits this week reminded me of what I think is the most important thing to consider when getting dressed and working to keep a lean wardrobe, so I wanted to share.

Here’s what I wore this week:


style notes

I just love this super casual outfit for weekends. Last Friday I wore this to school with the same sweatshirt in blue (our school color). That night I went and had drinks for my sister’s birthday. Since I was only going to the pre-party portion at her house I wore this exact outfit. Then Saturday I wore it again to do my typical mom stuff…birthday gift shopping, party drop off, soccer game, etc. And I wore it AGAIN on Sunday to a family dinner! Too much? Never.

I never really quite feel ‘myself’ in sneakers, so these casual clogs have been a great purchase for casual weekend looks.

the items

Sweatshirt  (Old Navy, ethical option) / purchase in 2011 I think?

Jeans (Madewell via Poshmark, Everlane just released a similar color) / run true to size / if you get the Everlane Modern Boyfriend I suggest sizing down one for a straight-leg fit / Spring 2017

Clogs (Lotta From Stockholm) / I sized down based on the size chart, but I cannot get the adjustable strap around my ankle. Lengthwise they are fine. / Fall 2017

would I rather be wearing something else?

Absolutely not. I fact, I plan to repeat this outfit all this weekend too 🙂 Though, I think a delicate necklace or earrings would be a nice touch.


style notes

It was a cold, gloomy day and my first instinct is always my super cozy Vetta Oversized Sweater. I wore it as a traditional sweater with jeans. Tan boots add warmth and a subtle statement necklace completes the look with ease.

the items

Sweater (c/o Vetta) / sold out, but receive 10% off any order with code STYLETHISLIFE / Fall 2017

Jeans (Madewell via Poshmark) / run true to size /  November 2017

Boots (Nisolo) / run slightly narrow, but true to size lengthwise / October 2017

Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton) / get 10% off with code PAIGE10 / Fall 2017

would I rather be wearing something else?

No. This outfit is comfortable, but styled just enough that I feel put together for the first day back after a long weekend.


style notes

I included this cardigan in both my fall and winter capsules and I haven’t worn it yet. Today I decided to ‘force’ myself to wear it. I tried it with a striped tee under and felt that chopped up the outfit. Then, I tried a plain gray v-neck, but that was more a cool gray and this sweater has warm tones, so they didn’t quite work together. I finally settled on a black tee. I chose my Ponte Pants because the slim fit balances out the long cardigan.

As always, I added warmth to the color palette with tan boots and a necklace.

But I just didn’t love the outfit. It’s fine and I like it. But I don’t love it. I wore it because I felt like I should. I have the sweater, I wore it quite a bit last year, I included it in my capsule, so I should wear it…right? This whole entire thought process reminded me so much of how I used to think of clothing. I liked everything I bought and wore, but I didn’t truly love much of it. My outfits were fine and I liked them, but I never LOVED them. Now that I’ve started to be more picky about what I buy and what I wear it’s so obvious to me when something isn’t meeting that love level.

So, the cardigan is going to be put away for the rest of the season. I don’t think I’ll purge it yet, because last year I wore it quite a bit. But I’m going to get it out of my closet to open up that space and then we’ll see how I feel about it next fall. If it still isn’t clicking, then I will pass it along.

the items

Cardigan (Old Navy, similar) / Fall 2016

T-shirt (c/o Tapered Collection) / size small / Fall 2017

Ponte Pants (Brass Clothing) / size small / January 2017

Boots (Forever 21, ethical option) / hand-me-downs

would I rather be wearing something else?

Yes. Please. Again, I like it, but I didn’t love it. And I really noticed at the end of the day that I had felt ‘blah’ about it all day long on some small level. I have tried the cardigan with jeans and other color combinations and just haven’t found a combination I’m excited about this year. I think I could have worn my Vetta Sweater as a cardigan and been much happier in this outfit.


style notes

This is my Christmas Eve outfit on repeat. The solid black outfit is a great basic background for my stand-out accessories. I love the subtle red of the shoes and how the cream beads pop against my dark top.

the items

Top (Jamie and the Jones) / size small / March 2017

Jeans (Everlane) / sized down in Modern Boyfriend fit) / November 2017

Shoes (c/o Everlane) / true to size / full review here / November 2017

Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton) / get 10% off with code PAIGE10 / Summer 2017

would I rather be wearing something else?

Nope. I love this combination and felt so effortlessly styled all day.

How was your week? Did you wear what you loved? How often to you wear something because you feel like you should, not because you 100% want to?

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    1. I find myself wearing the exact same outfit more than two days in a row, with a quick wash of items in between wears if needed. There is something incredibly freeing that comes with knowing exactly what your going to wear, how it looks on you, and knowing you feel great when wearing it. Thank you for sharing your take!

    1. Great post. I love how you talked about that gray cardigan. I forced myself to wear something this week too, and I think it’s just the wrong season. I think I need to pull a few seasonal things out and leave them aside for spring!
      As for sneakers, I never quite feel myself in them either! (Unless they are Cons!) I am glad you like your clogs. In my experience those back straps allllways stretch out. That’s why they are so short to begin with. I bet you could get it to fit you!

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