Fall/Winter Work Capsule Wardrobe Outfit Options

Fall/winter work capsule wardrobe business casual outfit options 1-10 #capsule #capsulewardrobe #workcapsule #workwear
White T-shirt • H&M | Striped Shirt • L.L. Bean | White Blouse • H&M |
Grey Check Shirt • Mango | Burgundy Shirt • Mango | Polka Dot Blouse • Mango |
Navy Cardigan • J. Crew FactoryBlack Sweater • H&M | Grey Sweater • Mango |
Turtleneck Sweater • MangoBlazer • H&M | Skirt • L.L. Bean | Jeans • H&M | Black Pants • H&M |
Grey Wool Trousers • Mango | Navy Dress Pants • Mango | Black Print Dress • Sugarhill Boutique |
Burgundy Dress • MangoWool Coat • Mango | Black Boots • Office | Wedges • Franco Sarto |
Leopard Flats • AsosHeels • Aerosoles | Neutral Tote • Century 21 | Black Tote • Marks and Spencer |

Based on the pieces from last post Fall/Winter Workwear Capsule Wardrobe Business Casual I put together 30 outfit ideas. There is definitely a lot more different combinations that can be made, 30 is just a good start. These options are based on a work business casual environment that has casual jean Fridays. Under the dresses I would wear some black tights to still keep a professional look while remaining weather appropriate.

I suggested that you start right from the bottom of your wardrobe all the way to the top to see how many items you already own that would work in your professional wardrobe. It is surprising how many pieces you can transition over to look completely different paired with the right pieces. I give a quick breakdown on how you can do this in 5 steps in this post.

While many people have a completely separate work wardrobe from weekend wardrobe I like to integrate them together as much as you can because it can save you money and give you a lot more outfit options. Along with your work capsule you still need your accessories and seasonal pieces like scarves, winter hats, gloves, and winter boots. These are necessary items if you live in an area that experiences a colder winter season.

Is your work wardrobe and weekend wardrobe separate or integrated?

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Fall/winter work capsule wardrobe business casual outfit options 11-20 #capsule #capsulewardrobe #workcapsule #workwear

Fall/winter work capsule wardrobe business casual outfit options 21-30 #capsule #capsulewardrobe #workcapsule #workwear

Fall/Winter Workwear Capsule Wardrobe Business Casual

fall/winter workwear capsule business casual #capsule #workwear #capsulewardrobe #workwardrobeT-shirt • H&M | Striped Shirt • L.L. Bean | White Blouse • H&M | Print Shirt • Mango |
Long Sleeve • Mango | Print Blouse • Mango | Cardigan • J. Crew Factory |
Black Sweater • H&MGrey Sweater • Mango | Turtleneck Sweater • Mango |
Blazer • H&M | Skirt • L.L. Bean | Jeans • H&M | Black Pants • H&M | Wool Trousers • Mango |
Dress Pants • Mango | Print Dress • Sugarhill Boutique | Coloured Dress • Mango |
Wool Coat • MangoBlack Boots • Office | Wedges • Franco Sarto | Flats • Asos |
Heels • Aerosoles| Neutral Tote • Century 21 | Black Tote • Marks and Spencer |

I was asked if I could put together some fall/winter business casual workwear outfits to give some inspiration, so this weeks list is a fall/winter workwear capsule wardrobe. I thought it would be a better idea to break it down into what pieces I would include and then make outfits based on those pieces like with the packing lists. That way it’s easy to see what pieces you have that are similar or that you already own and what type of things you might want to add. If you refer to my A Simple Teacher Capsule Wardrobe in 5 Steps I give you a quick way to go through your clothes to see what you have that will be suitable for work and what you may need to add/substitute/or buy. It’s the easiest and most inexpensive way to build a work wardrobe.

I didn’t include bright colours because that is a preference of mine and I find it easier to make everything match if I follow a basic colour palette. But it would be very easy to build a more colourful wardrobe or add some colour with scarves, accessories, shoes. Even a bright blouse, sweater or blazer will add a nice burst of colour. This list is for fall so I obviously  picked heavier knit sweaters, wool pants, and a wool jacket. Not included in this list is the rest of your winter gear like hats, scarves, gloves, and boots. When I was working in a professional environment I still walked and used public transport to work. This meant that I had to wear my winter boots and pack my heels/dress boots in my bag and switch over at work. It is a pain and doesn’t usually look very cute, but it is a common practice because  a) It stops you from falling on your ass in winter and b) saves your work shoes from being destroyed by slush and snow.

I’m going to pair these in to outfits for the next post. I hope it gives some inspiration.

What are your favourite fall/winter work pieces?

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Some Shopping Honesty

New Fall items #fallfashion

No. 1 – Brown Sweater • Zara | No. 2 – Grey Sweater • Mango | No. 3 – Tie waist Sweatshirt • Zara | No. 4 Strappy Flats • Zara | No. 5 – Jeans • H&M* | No. 6 – Peasant  Shirt • Zara | No. 7 – Adidas Gazelles • Urban Outfitters
*I Included these jeans because they are quickly becoming my favourites even though I bought them in June.

I’m going to be honest. I have bought a few wardrobe items lately. Last month you know that I bought two sweaters. One to replace a worn one, and the other because I realized last winter that I didn’t have enough sweaters. I may actually get another oversized cowl neck or a cardigan for winter as well to round out the selection. I just haven’t really looked. In June I bought what are now one of my favourite pairs of jeans, and I recently bought a peasant shirt and a black tie waist sweatshirt as well. I spread it out somewhat so it doesn’t seem that bad, and I am sure to many that it isn’t because in the grand scheme of things I have seen people drop 5x that amount in one shopping trip. Although I still feel a little guilty since I am trying to cut it down as much as possible.

Over the weekend I cleaned my closet and did a shoe inventory while the girls attempted to clean theirs. I decided that a few shoe wardrobe holes I would like to fill are ballet flats and sneakers (I have converse but I want a more sneaker style). Tom forgot to buy me my birthday sneakers until I kindly remind him on Friday, so they should arrive in the mail soon. He said, “whoops, you should have reminded me”, and I responded that, “It was no biggie and I was just going to buy them myself.” which prompted him to order them. Passive aggressive? Yes, but sometimes he needs a little nudge or reminder. If I didn’t make sure to buy everything then the kids would have nothing on any holidays or birthday’s so I am not ashamed ;)

I had some black flats that I bought three years ago but I didn’t love the way they looked so I recently donated them since they didn’t get any wear. I’m sure someone will get a lot of use out of them.  They were the d’orsay style and although I love the look of d’orsay they seemed emphasize how narrow my feet are and make my ankles look skinnier.

Note: This isn’t a woe is me post, but it is my own personal issue that has carried over from my teenage years. I wore a uniform in high school and people always, always made derogatory comments on how skinny my legs and ankles were. They would even say I had an eating disorder and nicknamed me ATV (anorexic tapeworm virus). Nice huh? It got to the point that I would wear several pairs of tights at a time trying to make my legs look fuller. That stupid mental shit stuck with me and I am still super conscious of legs and ankles and never fully comfortable baring them. Long story short, I donated my flats that I wasn’t comfortable in to make room for something that I was, and after about 9 months I found the above ones at Zara on the weekend. I like them a lot. A strappy flat with a twist. They seem quite comfortable even with a sore toe.

So the moral of this story is don’t keep what doesn’t make you feel good about yourself and sometimes you need a seasonal closet refresher even though you are trying to be a minimalist ;) 

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Starter Teacher Capsule 40 Outfit Options

Outfits 1-10

Teacher Capsule What to Wear Outfits Options 1-10 #capsule #capsulewardrobe #whattowear #teacherwardrobe

Camisole • Mango | T-shirt • H&M | Striped Shirt • Mango | Black Shirt • Mango |
Long Sleeve • Mango | Print Blouse • Mango | Black Blouse • Mango | White Blouse • H&M |
Print Long Sleeve • Mango | V-neck Sweater • Mango | Cowl Neck • Mango |
Long Cardigan • H&M | Chunky Cardigan • Mango | Blazer • H&M | Pencil Skirt • H&M |
Midi Skirt • H&M | Culottes • Mango | Light Pants • Mango | Black Pants • Mango |
Trench • Mango | Wool Coat • Mango | Brown Purse • Steve Madden |
Black Purse • Gabriella Rocha | Scarf 1 • Steve Madden | Scarf 2 • Ones King Lane |
Scarf 3 • Betsey Johnson | Belt • Fossil | Black Boots • Topshop | Brown Boots • Timberland |
Print Flats • Dolce Vita | Black Flats • VANELi | Sandals • Sarto |

This page may take a bit to load because I have 4 large collages included on it. Each collage has 10 outfit options that I made from the pieces in my last post A Simple Teacher Capsule in 5 Steps.  So please be patient :) I am doing this a slightly different way than I usually do. For my outfit posts I list the outfit numbers below each post and beside it include links to every piece in that outfit. This time I am going to just list all the pieces below with the stores they are from and include a picture widget at the bottom that will also directly link you to the items. It will cut down on confusion and repetition.

In the last post I gave 5 easy steps to build a capsule from as many pieces in your own closet that you can. This capsule is by request for a new teacher starting out. Simple, versatile, and budget friendly are the criteria and I tried really hard to stick with that.

Whenever I get stuck for inspiration my go-to place is Pinterest because you will always find someone who is way more creative than you are and you will be flooded with good ideas. I went and searched some items that I included in this capsule to find a few outfit examples that people are wearing. This is to help see how they truly look vs laid flat on my collages. Here are a few of them. Pin 1 | Pin 2Pin 3 | Pin 4Pin 5 | Pin 6Pin 7 | Pin 8Pin 9 | Pin 10Pin 11 | Pin 12Pin 13 |

I hope that some of these gave you inspiration.

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Outfits 11-20
Teacher Capsule What to Wear Outfit Options 11-20 #capsule #capsulewardrobe #whattowear #teacherwardrobe

Outfits 21-30

Teacher Capsule What to Wear Outfit Options 21-30 #capsule #capsulewardrobe #whattowear #teacherwardrobe

Outfits 31-40

Teacher Capsule What to Wear Outfit Options 31-40 #capsule #capsulewardrobe #whattowear #teacherwardrobe

 

 

A Simple Teacher Capsule Wardrobe in 5 Steps

A simple Teacher capsule wardrobe in 5 steps Built from your closet #capsule #capsulewardrobe #teacherwardrobeCamisole • Mango | T-shirt • H&M | Striped Shirt • Mango | Black Shirt • Mango |
Long Sleeve • Mango | Print Blouse • Mango | Black Blouse • Mango | White Blouse • H&M |
Print Long Sleeve • Mango | V-neck Sweater • Mango | Cowl Neck • Mango |
Long Cardigan • H&M | Chunky Cardigan • Mango | Blazer • H&M | Pencil Skirt • H&M |
Midi Skirt • H&M | Culottes • Mango | Light Pants • Mango | Black Pants • H&M |
Trench • Mango | Wool Coat • Mango | Brown Purse • Steve Madden |
Black Purse • Gabriella Rocha | Scarf 1 • Steve Madden | Scarf 2 • Ones King Lane |
Scarf 3 • Betsey Johnson | Belt • Fossil | Black Boots • TopshopBrown Boots • Timberland |
Print Flats • Dolce Vita | Black Flats • VANELi | Sandals • Sarto |

Scenerio: You have just got your first position as a teacher.

Dilemma: You don’t have a lot of disposable income to buy yourself a whole new wardrobe to start your new career.

Solution: You can put together a simple capsule wardrobe based on things that you probably already have in your closet. This post comes by request for a first time teacher who wants some ease in choosing her teaching wardrobe. The following steps are going to include you removing a lot of things from your wardrobe so make sure you have a large space set aside like your bed or an alternative clothing rack. Use the above list as a guideline to help decide what you may need while you go through your own closet.

Step 1: If your school has a dress code go through your closet and pull out every single piece that follows that dress code. Leave everything else in your closet that does not. For this capsule the dress code was relatively simple along with a few personal preferences. No blue jeans, or distressed denim, no heels, no suits, no spaghetti straps.

Step 2: Since you are already aware of your colour preferences by what you already own, what key colours do you want to incorporate with your basic neutrals? For this list we chose the basics of black, grey, white, tan, navy. The colours to add are mustard, cranberry, olive-green, and dark teal. I tried to include as many of theses as I could while still maintaining the ability to mix and match as much as possible. Remove everything that doesn’t work for the colours you choose and put back into your closet.

Step 3: Depending on the climate you live in, figure out what kind of pieces you will need to have a fully rounded, all season wardrobe. Make a rough list on paper.

Step 4: After determining what you will need decide how many of each piece you want to include. For example you won’t need 5 pairs of black pants. Choose one or two of your most comfortable, versatile, and flattering and use those. Put everything else away.

Step 5: By now you will have a narrowed down, rough outline of your “new” teacher capsule. This is the creative step. Clear away your piles of clothes into organized groups of tops, bottoms, shoes, accessories and start to make outfits with the pieces. Use your bed or floor to put together as many outfits as you can. Add accessories and change shoes to get different looks or transition outfits through different seasons. Take pictures of these outfits for reference. See how many looks you can get from one outfit by simply changing one piece, or the shoes, or accessories. You’ll be amazed at all the different looks you can make with a little creativity. Belt a cardigan, tuck/untuck a blouse, add a scarf, omit the blazer, etc.

During this process be sure to note any pieces that you did not or barely used during the outfit step and decide if you wish to include or omit them. Be as ruthless or forgiving as you want. While it’s nice to have a small, tidy capsule, it is also nice to have a few alternates so don’t feel you need to stick to a specific number. Also note anything you didn’t have but wished you did when you were making outfits. Maybe you didn’t have a black blazer, or brown boots. These will be the pieces you may have to buy later.

By now you should have made your decisions. All the pieces you have remaining out of your closet are your new teacher wardrobe pieces. Maybe you want to find a way to keep these separate from your weekend wardrobe or maybe (if you are like me and don’t have a lot of space) you will just put everything back and use the pictures you took as your guideline.

This process should only take a few hours to complete. After you finish it is time to start shopping to fill those holes. You don’t need to buy brand new. Shopping second-hand, sale racks, even trading pieces with friends are all good options for achieving this without spending a lot of money. Ebay and Thredup are great options for second hand treasures (although thredup isn’t in Canada yet I have American friends who find amazing deals on it all the time)

The outfit options for this list can be found in this post. You can see how many ideas that you can get from a small list of pieces.

Good luck with building your wardrobe and with your new job!

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