It’s entirely possible I have been in a black handbag mood for the past year. As you can see, all my bags are black right now! Well, black is classic, and can seamlessly move from season to season. This makes black handbags a great investment option if you are looking for longevity in your bags; and despite my handbag shopping addiction, I do look for longevity in my bags! haha, hard to believe right?!
For the holiday 2019 season, my handbag capsule wardrobe contains one mini bag I can wear to parties. This mini bag is my Valentino VSling. It’s a great little bag since it can be worn for both casual parties, and dressy events. It plays well with the sequin looks from my holiday capsule wardrobe. If you don’t have a little bag to pull out for the holiday 2019 season, I highly recommend this one! It’s a current IT bag, and the strap is convertible. See my full review here.
Since the holidays are busy, a cross body bag is a must. If you don’t need a lot of room, but want to remain hands-free, this cross body bag works like a charm. It is also convertible. It can be a cross body bag, or a belt bag. Love that!
The rainy season will start soon, and football season isn’t over. So, this little PVC tote is perfect since it is stadium approved when the interior pouch is removed; and since it’s PVC, it is rain proof. Love! Be sure to incorporate a PVC bag into your holiday wardrobe for those reasons. This is an IT bag and priced under $200. Love!
Lastly, my workhorse bag this holiday season is my Chloe Aby. It’s roomy and can be worn over the shoulder, or cross body. This makes it ideal for busy holiday, errand filled days.
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That’s it! Four bags should get you through the busy holiday season. Shop your closet for a small or mini bag you can wear to formal affairs, one cross body bag, a PVC bag, and a workhorse bag. If you are missing any of these bag styles for the holiday season, check out my picks, and invest in once!
I’m mixing things up here on Bay Area Fashionista! You all gave me such great feedback on my “what’s in my suitcase” posts this past year, that I decided to take those style posts a bit further, and show you my seasonal capsule wardrobes! If you like this type of post, please let me know and I will continue it into the new year!
The holiday season is a combination of cool, winter-like weather and parties! Yipee! This means we all need clothing which offers a festive vibe, keeps us warm, and can take us from day into evening for all those parties! Yipee!
The capsule wardrobe pictured above features denim styles we all have in our closet. Skinny jeans and bootcut jeans are basic, go-to denim styles which work well for mixing and matching our daily looks. This fair isle sweater is the perfect “hero” piece for this wardrobe. It offers a wintery vibe which is both fashionable and festive for the season. Love that! It can be worn many different ways, making it a great central focus for a holiday capsule wardrobe.
This sweater pairs well with skinny jeans, bootcut jeans, and over leggings for a more casual and comfy look. It can be layered with a long sleeve tee. I love black or charcoal paired with a green scarf, or worn alone with the red tee for a more holiday look. This is my workhorse capsule wardrobe this holiday season; you will see it a lot!
Hopefully you can find most of these items in your closet to create a similar capsule. I recommend adding this sweater to update your wardrobe basics and make them scream holiday 2019!
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What is your favorite piece from this holiday capsule?
This holiday season, sometimes we need to be casual yet fabulous. This vest will make you fabulous! It can be paired with everything pictured above, so it’s an easy add to your closet. I love it paired with a red long sleeve tee for a holiday vibe, a black long sleeve tee for a chic look, or over this thin, white turtleneck sweater for a winter wonderland look. I prefer it over leggings with furry boots for an apres-ski look, or paired with skinny jeans or bootcut jeans for an everyday look.
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I love this capsule for a girls lunch, daytime holiday party, school party, office party during the day, and for everyday fabulous-ness. (haha, is that a word???)
Looking for something day into evening? Or maybe something festive casual? This green sequin top is a game changer! It’s really affordable, and can be paired with jeans from your closet; and paired with pumps or high heel booties for a daytime party. This is also great for casual evening events too! This is my favorite party style. If I can get away with jeans, I will!
This top can also be dressed up with a black pleated skirt-which you may already own-for evening events. It can be paired with booties for a daytime or funky look, or with pumps for a dressier, evening vibe. This is a great holiday party, casual wardrobe, which can be integrated into items from your closet. Love that!
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Do you see a theme here? Almost everything goes with the jeans in your closet-did I state the obvious? You can save a ton of money this holiday season just investing in a few “hero” pieces and then mixing them into items from your closet. I am sure you already own jeans, but I also recommend investing in a black pleated skirt, and if you dare, coated leggings for the season. They are basic pieces you can mix into your wardrobe during any season of the year.
How fabulous is this dress?! The price is magnificent too! It can be paired with pumps for a holiday party look, New Years Eve party, or night on the town. It can be dressed down if paired with coated leggings; this also works if you are attending an outdoor event. The leggings will keep you warm while keeping you in a festive theme. Love coated leggings!
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I don’t like buying expensive clothing when I know I won’t wear it often. This dress is perfect and guilt-free since it is so affordable! I actually am obsessed with it over leggings. It look so festive and funky. Love that!
This is my first time posting a seasonal capsule wardrobe. If you like, or dislike, the format, please let me know! Here is another breakdown of what’s shown in this post:
Closet basics which transcend season and should be in everyone’s closet:
Holiday 2019 key pieces to pair with closet basics:
I hope this holiday capsule wardrobe for 2019 helps you plan your holiday outfits! Stay tuned for more holiday style!
There are a lot of fabulous designer shoes on the market, but very few survive season after season. While these shoes haven’t been around for decades, they have survived IT status and settled nicely into possible classic status.
While these shoes are mostly designer, I had to include two pairs of non-designer shoes due to their popularity season after season. In fact, one pair is priced under $100! Love that!
Seasonless loafer mules: These classic loafer mules launched into IT status two years ago and have proven to be able to withstand the test of time. Countless brands have designed similar styles, and their popularity is high. These mules can be worn during all four seasons, depending on the weather in your geographic location. They are extremely comfortable, and can be worn with skirts, pants, jeans, and dresses! These mules are extremely versatile, and a closet staple!
Little black flats: Like the LBD or “little black dress,” we all need a pair of little black flats. These have been around for years and are extremely comfortable, soft, and super cute! Aren’t the scallops adorable!? These flats are timeless, seasonless, and a closet staple.
Edgy high heels: Sometimes you just don’t want to wear classic black high heels. Thankfully the iconic Valentino Rockstuds have become a classic, and a closet staple. They have withstood IT status, and the test of time. Plus, they are really comfortable! We all need one pair in black.
Lace-up espadrille wedges: These fabulous wedges have been featured season after season for many years. They are comfortable, and priced under $100. Love that! You can wear them with pants, jumpsuits, skirts, dresses, and shorts! So, they are the perfect go-to shoe in the spring and summer months.
Platform wedges: These function the same as the lace-up wedges mentioned above, but lace-up shoes aren’t everyone’s jam. So, if you prefer a buckle, these are the espadrille wedges for your shoe capsule wardrobe! They have been shown season after season, and match everything in your spring and summer wardrobes!
*If you are creating a shoe capsule wardrobe, just pick one pair of espadrille wedges, that’s all you really need; unless you want both! Then I won’t stop you-because I own both already! Ooops!
Classic high heels: These sky high heels are classic. They match everything from office attire to cocktail ensembles. We all need one pair in our closet. They are the only classic pumps we need.
There you have it! A designer shoe capsule wardrobe. Of course, this list does not include utility shoes such as rain boots, or sneakers. This is for a more fashion-focused wardrobe. If you are looking for rain boots, check out this classic pair.