Accessorize fall / winter 2018 lookbook

Put on your cozy socks and let’s get excited about winter!

Pssst … here’s a , just in case you want to brush up. And here’s a  about my goals + thought process in building this capsule wardrobe. 

In this post, we’ll be chatting about my process of putting my winter wardrobe together + my budget + what I ended up with + finally, where you can shop for each piece.

But first, let’s just get a visual for the whole wardrobe:

WINTER-CAP

Disclaimer: Honesty is awesome, so I chat numbers and dollars in this post. I trust you’ll honor my honesty. Just so we’re clear, everything written here is based on my personal experiences + opinions. Not everything I say here will work for you, but I have faith that you’ll take the information presented  and apply some of it to your own wardrobe in a new and creative way.

This post is an overview — keep in mind that I’ll be discussing each item more in-depth in outfit posts.

THE PROCESS

This wardrobe was a happy one. Why? Because it was the first time it felt effortless. It was the first time that I got a glimpse of, “This is working! I know my style, and I’m spending less + buying less.” Which is what this is all about. And that makes me … happy.

Get ready for this: I finished every bit of my shopping in two outings.

I look at that sentence I just wrote up there and think: There’s no way I just wrote that. I’m the girl that has always thought, overthought, bought, returned, and maybe went back and re-bought it again.

But that’s how it went down this time.

You know what that means?

I’m changing. This process is changing me.

And I like it.

So… going back to the effortless thing. Here’s why I think it felt that way this time around:

(A) I just decided that it would be effortless. December is sacred to me, and I crave rest in December. I didn’t want to spend much time out shopping. So … I didn’t.

(B) I had a solid foundation underneath me — I already owned about 80% of these pieces. They were either rolled over from my fall capsule, or accessorize fall / winter 2018 lookbook they were pulled from storage.

(C) And because practice makes things easier. This is the fifth time I’ve made a capsule wardrobe, and I feel like I just know my style now.

I had one goal:

Major comfort.

Meaning comfortable fabrics + tops that allow me to trade a real bra for a sports bra + flat shoes.

I did run into a little bit of internal struggle, mostly because I knew the wardrobe I wanted to design might seem boring on a blog. I had thoughts swimming around my head, like, “I need variety … or else everyone is going to get bored.” + “I need color … or else everyone is going to get bored.” But the truth is, I had put that pressure on myself – and I could take it away.

Once I released that pressure, I was left with my favorite, most “me” wardrobe ever.

My style for winter is modern + monochromatic + secretly super comfortable.

BUDGET

I’m so proud of my budget. You know how I mentioned I didn’t want to spend much time shopping? Well, I knew I didn’t want to spend much money shopping either.

So I budgeted 0 for my winter capsule and — it wasn’t easy — but I stuck to it. I kept finding myself tempted to spend more “because of the blog” but I’m so glad I didn’t. That’s not what this is about.

Let’s break this 0 down a little bit.

I bought 8 new pieces for winter, and received one more as a gift from my family. (You can see which ones are new in the photo above — they have a little dot next to them.)

My sherpa jacket was an early Christmas gift from my family, so I was able to save there. (Thanks Mom!)

Next, my dress boots actually account for half of my budget. Meaning I managed to get the remaining 7 pieces for about 5. I relied heavily on discounts, using one or more on just about every item — either scoring a Cyber Monday deal, or just googling a discount code. Major victory!

Since I won’t be shopping for the next three months, it comes out to about per month. I’m so proud of that number, I could do a happy dance.

SHOP IT

winter1

  /    /    /  slouchy sweater ()

   /    /    /  sherpa jacket ()

WINTER-1

 

    /    /   ( or )  /  

graphic tee () /   ()  /    /  fit and flare dress ( or )

WINTER-2

 indigo jeans   /      /     /   ()

   /    /    /  

winter4

puffer jacket ()  /    /  shirttail hem skirt () /  leather leggings ()

  /    /   () /  cognac booties ()

winter5

  /   () /  flats ()  /  slip-ons ()  /  shearling farm boots ()

I can’t wait to share more about these pieces (and why I chose them) over the coming season. Happy weekend!

xo



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