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:
But so comfy and a great color, so I kept it for home:
…and cut small slits in the sideseams to let it fall more naturally:
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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6 thoughts on “Weekend Staples”
Like you, I have 2 wardrobes. Home & work. The home wardrobe consists of clothes that are out of fashion for work, like the cable knit zip hoodies from JC Penney that I bought in just about every color. They will be thrifted soon, but I can’t quite part with them as they are in great condition and I love the color during the light-reduced winter months.
Yes! I love colors but my winter work wardrobe is really muted–greys, off whites, muted blues, pale pink. I can amp it up/not match at home and noone cares :)
I like the idea of having a different color palette for home vs. work wardrobes (if those happen to be separate…I work at home so mine aren’t) and getting some variety that way. Smart idea!
I wonder if your purple striped henley could go underneath the seafoamy green sweater? Or would that be too warm for the climate where you are? Seems like that could be a fun juxtaposition of color and of pattern/texture.
I recently found your blog via The Vivienne Files I think and am really enjoying it!
So glad you found the blog and are enjoying it! Thanks for commenting.
I did the extra color palette thing with my maternity wardrobe a few years back just by default–I happened to find a whole different set of colors as I was thrifting/consigning and thought “why not?”
Do you wrestle with variety having a unified wardrobe, or do you just have enough different items/colors/etc. that you don’t get bored?
I like the pattern/texture/color juxtaposition idea—it will be 70 F here today, though, so the time for trying it this season may be past. Next year, though!!
“Do you wrestle with variety having a unified wardrobe, or do you just have enough different items/colors/etc. that you don’t get bored?”
Well, I guess I have more items/colors/etc. so as not to get bored. And for the past year or so I have been trying to organize seasonal “capsules” with different color palettes so as not to get overwhelmed. This is still very much a work in progress. I can see that I have more items in these seasonal capsules than I really need (or even, more than is really effective), but I still struggle to create the level of variety in outfits that I seem to want.
It strikes me that an advantage of having separate work vs. weekend wardrobes is that you are actually switching “modes”/capsules twice a week, and that probably creates a feeling of a certain degree of in and of itself!
Anyway, like I said, still working on this. I actually think I am at the cusp of a breakthrough of sorts but I need to get a few hours to devote to working this out. We’ll see!
Sarah, I like the idea of different color palettes for different seasons to get variety…I tend to do that for warmer/cooler seasons just to change things up and reflect the season a little more.
Accessories provide some great variety for me–do you like to wear scarves/jewelry/shoes that can help change things up?
We’d love to see/hear about it when the breakthrough comes…funny how this takes more time to work out on the front end, in order to take less time shopping/deciding/dressing once we’re happy with the mix we have!