This is how my use of capsule wardrobes has evolved, and I think it's great for me. I love the ease of getting dressed with a capsule wardrobe, but the rebel in me loves to break the rules and wear things from outside of my capsule. Also, I hate the idea of having clothes that I like but am not "allowed" to wear because they don't fit into a prescribed number of pieces. For now, this combination of mini-capsule + leaner closet seems like a great fit for me.
Now, let's look at the clothes. This post contains some affiliate links, meaning if you click through and buy something, I might make a small commission but your price would stay the same.
Many of these are older, so I'll link to similar items if the exact clothes are available anymore.
Tops, tunics, and a dress:
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Self-dyed and self-sewn sweatshirt tunic
I have a variety of colors and lengths included here. There are 4 shirts, two tunics, and one dress. Three of the shirts (not the flannel) can be layered under pullover or cardigan sweaters. The flannel can go on top of t-shirts (though I wouldn't layer it with the navy or burgundy shirts I have here). I can layer the tunics and dress over skinny jeans, jeggings, or leggings for warmth.
I will definitely wear, but did not include, t-shirts and tank tops for layering.
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Self-knitted speckled sweater
In this category, I stayed pretty neutral. I have a lot of color in my tops, and it will be easier to layer them with neutral sweaters.
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I think this assortment will serve me well this winter. I like to wear longer shirts a lot in the winter, for extra warmth. They go best over slim pants. It's also nice to tuck skinny pants into boots, especially if it is wet outside. My flared jeans' hems would get wet if I walked through snow or slush, but I could stay dry with waterproofed boots on top of leggings or skinny jeans.
I don't imagine that I will only wear these four pairs of shoes and boots all winter, but they are a great place to start. Those fleece-lined Vans are so cozy, I can't wait to wear them. I just got them for Christmas and haven't worn them outside yet.
The Toms suede boots are similarly cozy and comfortable. I wear them a lot, as you might be able to tell from how dirty they are. I should really clean them up and waterproof them to make sure they last a long time.
I love the grey and black boots, and one or the other of them can complete almost any outfit this time of year.
So that's my mini-capsule. I'll be sharing my outfits a few times a week and letting you know how my plan is going.