Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It’s full of wardrobe ideas for a stay-at-home mom.
Oh man. I am not a fashion blogger for a reason! These pictures are pretty fuzzy, I apologize. However, I think you’ll get a pretty good glimpse of my Fall 2016 Capsule Wardrobe pieces.
I wanted to be able to show you exactly how you start putting a capsule wardrobe together. And I wanted to show you the eco-friendly pieces I added to my closet.
Now, if I lost you at “Capsule Wardrobe” you may want to click over and read What is a Capsule Wardrobe and Why Would You Want One?
Having a capsule wardrobe has changed my world. My closet is now manageable. I only own clothes I actually like and wear. And I’m not buying clothes impulsively, so I’ve saved money.
For this capsule I wanted to focus on eco-friendly clothes. I did tons of research and investigated how clothes are made and what fabrics are used.
I hit on several companies that have made sustainability the forefront of their business practices. Companies like praNa and Toad & Co. and Athleta.
As much as I like the clothes from those companies, I had one problem. A lot of their clothing looks like you’d only own it if you were about to lead a fly fishing expedition.
I worked hard to find those pieces that I could wear on an evening out, not just on a backcountry hike.
My secret to saving money on this eco-friendly wardrobe was to shop 6pm.com. If you aren’t aware, 6pm is the Zappos outlet. So the styles may be from last season, but the savings on these expensive brands is huge.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 6pm pricing changes daily! I went to grab a link for the plum vest in my final pictures and the price on the vest has gone up by $35! If you like something, and the price seems high, you may want to check back and see if the price lowers.
Second-hand clothing was another way I brought sustainability to my wardrobe. I found some AWESOME deals on brand new, with tag clothing from major brands at a fraction of what they would cost new.
These 3 outfits feature the organic cotton Blue/Grey Marley Striped Dress by Toad & Co.
LEFT: First, I have to tell you, this Marley dress by Toad&Co. is so incredibly comfortable. It’s like sweats, only it’s a dress. Seriously. I love to throw this dress on when I want to be comfortable but I also want to look like I put in a bit of effort.
The short sleeves on this dress make it perfect for transitional Fall days. It also makes it the perfect layering piece.
As soon as I got this dress, my daughter asked to try it on. She loved it so much, we ordered her one in the hibiscus color. It’s pretty rare when my daughter and I share taste in clothes. When we ordered her dress, we discovered the blue/grey color of the Marley dress has sold out. You could recreate all these looks with the hibiscus color. It’s far more on the red scale than the pink scale. Almost a cayenne color.
CENTER: Tying a J.Crew denim shirt (Thred-Up find!) over the dress, adding a pair of booties, then throwing on pearls takes my favorite comfy dress from the grocery store to a dinner out. The denim shirt also adds a layer of warmth.
RIGHT: I bought this mustard yellow cardigan to add to my fall capsule wardrobe and LOVE it. However, it does not fall in the eco-friendly category. I searched everywhere for this color cardigan in an eco-friendly fabric but struck out. However, I did buy it during a Labor Day sale and was able to purchase it for only $12.99. I used a Shopkick gift card to make it only $7.99. Soooo totally budget-friendly, but not eco-friendly.
As the season gets cooler, adding a scarf and cardigan to this dress means I can keep wearing it long into November.
Shirt: White House Black Market previously owned
Black Jeggings: previously owned
Green Utility Vest
This outfit has two pieces I’ve owned and worn for years: a classic white button-up and black jeggings. The most eco-friendly thing you can do for your capsule wardrobe is to shop your own closet!
I’m loving this green utility vest I purchased as a layering piece. The olive color just screams FALL to me. Plus, it fits into my search for eco-friendly pieces since it is made from Tencel.
These 3 outfits feature a J.Crew Plaid Shirt found on Thred-Up
LEFT: If you search for J.Crew on Thred-Up, you will be amazed at the selection. This plaid shirt was exactly what I was looking for and it was new with tags! I paired it with dark wash skinny jeans (White House Black Market previously owned) and leopard print flats. I think this particular combination sums up my personal style. Classic. Not a lot of risks.
CENTER: I bought these Toad&Co. Sisko Slim Pants in olive to be worn as one of my 4 pairs of pants I currently have in my capsule wardrobe. (I’m hoping for just one more pair but haven’t had the energy to jeans shop!) The Sisko Slim Pants are 98% organic cotton with 2% spandex and they might be some of the most comfortable pants I’ve ever worn. Bonus: I only paid $26 for them!!! Y’all need to investigate them for yourselves.
I love the look of the olive pants with brown boots, plaid shirt and a navy sweater. I think I’ve had that navy sweater for about a decade. It’s made by Gap.
RIGHT: My new mustard cardigan goes with so many of the pieces in my capsule! I think it looks smashing over my new plaid shirt.
When I put together my Spring Capsule I realized I didn’t have enough skirts. I didn’t think I wore skirts very often, but it turns out I have more occasions for skirts than I imagined. This one is by Toad&Co and was purchased at a local store using a gift card I had received as a birthday gift.
H&M has come out with a “conscious line” of clothing made from organic cotton and the prices are fantastic! I bought several long sleeved t-shirts to be worn as layering pieces priced at only $12.99 each.
The black skirt is from Athleta and was purchased a few years ago.
The blue studio wrap is also from Athleta. I really wanted “warm and cozy” which is how this wrap made it’s way into my fall wardrobe. I’m happy to report it’s made from Lyocell. The closed-loop manufacturing process make lyocell the most eco-friendly of the regenerative fibers.
These 3 looks feature the Toad&Co Rosalinda Jersey Knit Dress
LEFT: This dress is yet another Toad&Co. find. Made from organic cotton and Tencel, it’s like the long sleeved version of the blue/grey dress above. I think it looks great alone. Although, looking at the pictures, it really needs ironing! HA!
CENTER: For look number 2, I added a jeans jacket and a pair of brown boots. I already owned the jeans jacket but I think they still sell it at Old Navy.
RIGHT: I think every wardrobe needs one of these long Kennewick Wraps from Athleta. I said I wanted “warm and cozy” and this sweater delivers! It is pricey but I plan to wear it for years. Paired with black riding boots and pearls, this simple organic cotton Rosalinda dress can now be worn for a night out on the town.
I picked up both of these pieces during the Athleta summer clearance sale. (If you are on my mailing list, I let you know it was happening.) Here’s the deal: I knew my wardrobe needed at least one uber comfy sweats-type outfit. I spend a lot of time sitting on bleachers watching volleyball. I also like to be comfortable on weekends when we are staying at home. So I included these two pieces.
The Studio CYA Sweatshirt in white was on sale over the summer AND IS STILL ON SALE. They also have new colors for the fall at Athleta. I’m sure my white sweatshirt will be filthy and stained soon. But at 50% off, I was willing to buy it in white.
These three looks feature the Marley T-Shirt by Toad&Co.
RIGHT: Can you go wrong with a t-shirt and jeans? I love this simple shirt. I’m tall, and it is plenty long, which is hard to find. The fabric is yummy. The styling can be dressed up or down. Here I’ve just paired it with skinny jeans and my Vans. This is every day dressing for me.
CENTER: All I did for this outfit was add a blanket scarf and a pair of heels. I think it completely transforms this shirt!
RIGHT: Yet another Toad&Co find, I added this quilted puffer vest to my capsule. The last vest I bought was a Hannah Anderssen that matched a vest I bought for my daughter….who is now in college. It was time for a new vest! Paired with pearls and boots, this is another outfit I feel is dressy enough for a night on the town.
This is not every piece in my capsule wardrobe. I’d like one more pair of jeans so I’ll have 5 pairs of pants total. I got kinda tired of taking pictures of myself, so I didn’t take one in the smashing Kate Spade little black dress I bought off Thred-Up that was new with tags and didn’t cost a fortune! I’m also still trying to decide if some of the pieces I already had in my wardrobe can be worked into my capsule.
So while this Fall 2016 Capsule Wardrobe still needs a bit of tweaking, I hope I gave you a good idea of how a capsule is supposed to work.
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