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Spring 2022 capsule wardrobe

spring 2022 capsule wardrobe casual

Casual spring 2022 capsule wardrobe from top left: yellow/white stripe tee / pink tee / beige classic cut jeans / G buckle belt / boyfriend jeans / green puff sleeve tee / green long sleeve tee /

Spring feels different this year. Perhaps it is because we are moving away from the pandemic, dropping the mask mandate, and enjoying the scent of spring. Aren’t the cherry blossoms beautiful? Also, the pear trees; despite the allergy inducing pollen they create, those white blossoms are so pretty! I am so happy spring 2022 is here! Yay!

Since spring has sprung, and the blossoms are everywhere, it is time to talk about my spring 2022 capsule wardrobe! I have two capsules this spring season, one casual capsule wardrobe, and one power suit capsule. Normally my capsule wardrobe builds on itself from season to season, but I am down forty pounds since last April, so I was forced to replace most of my wardrobe, and this means my clothing capsule is mostly new. While all that shopping is fun, the point of a capsule is to build on one’s wardrobe each season without buying all-new; but this season I had no choice. Moving forward, these pieces will be built on each season since I am stable in my weight now and will maintain my current size.

For the spring 2022 season, my capsule wardrobe consists of classic boyfriend jeans, colored jeans (because this is a huge trend), and brightly colored tee’s. Color is in! I love the cheerful look these pieces bring to my closet. I love mixing and matching these pieces together for a cheery spring look. The only mix and match I am not doing is the yellow tee with the beige jeans, I don’t like that look. The beige jeans look fabulous with green, neutrals, and pink. Love!

Spring 2022 power suit capsule

spring 2022 power suit capsule

Spring 2022 power suit capsule from top left: single breasted black blazer / double breasted blue blazer / black trousers / blue trousers / green one shoulder blouse / black layering tee / white layering tee /

I am sure you have heard; the power suit is back. The power suit is perfect for a capsule wardrobe since it can be broken up into so many different outfits! I decided to invest in one classic black suit, and one trendy blue suit. These pieces can be mixed and matched into four different suit combinations. Plus, the blazers can be paired with jeans and shorts later in the season. This green top is perfect for adding some spice to a suit. It can also be worn with trousers or jeans for a going-out-at-night look. It’s a great evening top to keep as part of a spring and summer capsule wardrobe.

You cannot go wrong with layering tees. These black and white tees’ fit nicely underneath the blazers, and don’t add bulk or warmth. That is perfect for warm spring days. One huge trend with power suits right now is to wear a cropped top underneath the blazer. While this looks fabulous on some people, it isn’t really my style, so I am sticking to layering tee’s.

The look for jewelry right now is simple and understated, which means a blank neckline. Since I wore power suits back in the day, a blank neckline is weird to me. I have the urge to pair my blazers with vintage neckerchiefs from the 1990s, so stay tuned to see how that plays out. Since I wore suits all the time to work in the 1990s, I also have the urge to pair blazers with necklaces, but that isn’t a thing right now. Think simple and chic. Let the brightly colored blazer do the statement-making. Let’s see if I can do this without a scarf or necklace. haha

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My spring 2022 jewelry and accessories capsule wardrobe:

Are you excited for the return of color? Also, the return of the power suit? I know I am!

Stay tuned for my shoe and handbag spring capsules next week!

XOXO
Cathy


Winter 2022 capsule wardrobe

winter 2022 capsule wardrobe

Winter 2022 capsule wardrobe from top left: periwinkle cardigan sweater / black puff sleeve top (under $50) / large gold hoop earrings (under $100) / silver and periwinkle door knocker earrings / purple and gold earrings / faux leather pants / dark wash denim jeans / G buckle belt / grey scarf / berry long sleeve tee (great for layering, under $50) / charcoal jeans / pictured below: black puffer jacket (more color options here) /

Whew it’s cold this year! I don’t know if the temperatures really are lower this year, but it sure feels a lot colder to me! When it’s cold, I love staying warm with a scarf, a good jacket, and a cozy sweater. My winter 2022 capsule wardrobe is cozy and casual; exactly what the winter season needs.

After the holiday season, life is fairly casual unless I am jetting off to New York Fashion Week, which I am following from home again this February due my children’s schedules. If I do need to look somewhat dressy, these faux leather pants will be perfect for keeping me warm and looking elevated. Love!

Of course, since periwinkle is the color of the year, I had to snap up this fabulous sweater for the winter season. It will also carry me into the spring season since we still get cool temperatures in the early spring months, as well as in the evenings later in the year. A cardigan sweater is a great item for layering in the spring and the summer; you never know when the fog will roll in around here!

I prefer a skinny jean, or classic cut silhouette in my denim when I am pairing it with jackets, coats, and sweaters. I feel like it gives off a more flattering silhouette than the trendy wide leg pants we have been seeing. Also, at my height, wide leg jeans overwhelm my frame, so I prefer sticking to skinny jeans and classic cuts.

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What are you putting into your winter capsule wardrobe this year?

I’m looking forward to staying cozy this winter 2022 season! Stay tuned for more winter coverage!

Thanks for stopping by,

XOXO

Cathy

sam puffer jacket

Fall 2021 capsule wardrobe

Fall 2021 capsule wardrobe from left: chunky cardigan sweater / beige puff sleeve tee (under$50) / long sleeve black tee (under $100) / pink scarf (under $100) / green asymmetrical hem pleated skirt / large hoop earrings (under $100) / green statement earrings / mint statement earrings (sold out, similar here) / bracelets (under $50, local designer) / black jeans / dark wash distressed jeans / (not pictured-was wearing when I took the photo-oops!) snake buckle belt / (not pictured-puff sleeve black tee )

In case you noticed, my fall capsule wardrobe is trimmed down this season. This is due to the fact that I lost close to thirty pounds since April. Yes, you read that correctly! I have lost exactly twenty-eight pounds since April.

My weight has been creeping up over the last several years, and my doctor finally read me the riot act. She put me on a diet! I am glad she did, because I am back to my normal weight, and my older clothing fits! That being said, the clothing pieces you have seen me wear over the past few years are all way too big on me now.

My hope in moving towards capsule wardrobes each season was to reduce my purchases, and have a more sustainable closet. In keeping with this spirit, my fall capsule wardrobe is small this season because I am starting over! I have had to purchase new jeans and tee’s which fit me. So the next couple seasons, I will be re-building my wardrobe; little by little! The clothing that is too big now, I am donating to charity.

So, in order to start over, I purchased these dark wash denim jeans earlier this month, as well as these black jeans for the cool weather season. They are perfect for the fall season, and will also work well into the holiday and winter seasons.

I love fashionable tee’s! My fabulous, puff sleeve tee’s from the last few seasons are way too big now; I look like I am swimming in them. Therefore, I need to re-build my tee wardrobe. I am starting with this beige, puff sleeve tee which is ideal for fall, and also this long sleeve black tee since it is basic, and will carry me through fall, winter, and the holiday season.

What if I need to dress up? Ah! My dresses are huge, so if I need a dress, I will buy one when the time comes. In the meantime, this pleated green skirt, with an asymmetrical hemline, is perfect for the fall and holiday seasons. I love the movement it offers and the emerald green hue. I hope to pick up another top to wear with it this season, but in the meantime, I will wear this puff sleeve black top, and a pair of heels.

Oversize, chunky cardigan sweaters are hotter than hot this fall season, so this neutral hued cardigan will be perfect for keeping me cozy during the cooler months. Love it!

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Since I have lost so much weight, you may see more fall pieces pop up on the blog during the season. My shoe and handbag capsules will post on the blog later this week. Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy