My capsule wardrobe is pretty much geared toward work/church: business casual, jeans only on Fridays, dressier shoes, etc.
On the weekends and some weekday evenings, I dress things down. I like to be comfy/practical and not have to worry about getting dirt/paint/food on my work wear as I dig for compost worms/make art with my kid/cook with my spouse.
Having a mini capsule for the weekends that’s mostly unrelated to work wear also gives me a chance to wear colors/types of clothing I love but that don’t really fit with my mix-n-match capsule. And since nobody’s keeping track of rigid rules here, a few things that do match my capsule aesthetic bleed into the work week on casual Fridays, for maximum usefulness/awesomeness.
Here are the main things I wear on the weekends and post-work evenings in cooler weather.
Land’s End oversized sage green roll neck sweater:
Thrifted from the Salvation Army. Comfiest ever, plus very chic with leggings when One is pregnant (which One is not). Looks stellar with a pendant necklace but that ain’t how I wore it here…this was a purely temperature-driven fashion decision.
Seafoamy green knit sweater, Old Navy; thrifted. A little bit shlumpy/odd length at work:
Ombre H&M sweater, swapped from a friend.
It was too itchy for her, but luckily not for me. I generally don’t wear black as it’s harsh on my skin tone, but the greys and whites soften this up a bit (and my toddler does not care if I look like death warmed over while we read together). Plus, it’s just the right length to pair with leggings.
I nabbed this stripey Mossimo number straight off the rack at the local Junior League thrift shop without even trying it on. It was a brand and size I knew typically fit me; it was 50% off day (aka $1.50 grand total); and my child was about to come unglued that we were still—horrors—shopping. Done. Happily it fit like a dream and goes perfectly underneath my lone hooded sweatshirt as a base layer, or singly when I work up a sweat but it’s still cold in our house. Bonus: these colors are not in my capsule nor are they my favorites in real life; but they are quite lovely, and they just spoke to me: wear something DIFFERENT! Even if it’s only on the weekends.
And now for your pieces that fit right into the capsule vibe without missing a beat:
Ol’ faithful plaid shirt right here—worn many a casual Friday and weekend. Seriously, this gets worn pretty much every. week. end. Why fix what ain’t broke?
Yikes, that mirror needed cleaning.
With camel blazer + brown suede boat shoes for Friday at the office:
Moving towards warmer weather, we have a 3/4-length sleeve Breton stripe tee from the Gap, perfect for when it’s just a tad too cool for short sleeves/no sleeves:
I pair with a blazer and jeans in cool-ish weather and frequently wear to work on Casual Friday, à la this very look ^^^. But it also works peachily with shorts or knee-length cutoffs as the weather warms.
Do you have a mini-wardrobe that’s just for weekends/evenings, or just for cocktail parties, or just for ladies’ night out? Or do you fit it all seamlessly into the same wardrobe because your style is just that consistent?
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