Once I began my list , it quickly became apparent that I'd need to go for 12 items instead of the 10 I'd originally intended, as I often have to layer due to variable office temperatures. Here's what I've included in my capsule wardrobe:
- Jeans (dark blue)
- Black ponte slim pants
- Black ponte pencil skirt
- Black silk tank tunic
- Taupe silk tank tunic
- Black 3/4 sleeve top
RouilleDark green linen jersey 3/4 sleeve top
- Dark rust lightweight wool cardigan
- Grey felted asymmetric sweater jacket
- Taupe long wool crepe cardigan
- Grey v-neck tunic sweater
- Black 3/4 sleeve lightweight jacket
Additional caveats: I'm not counting tights or leggings in as part of my 12, as I think of these as accessories and I'm lumping the occasional camisole into the Lingerie category as I generally wear underneath another top, mostly hidden, so not counting those either. And I'm also not counting the housework/gardening/dog grooming or going-to-Disneyland clothes.
--I edited this list quite a few times, both before and after I did my PotF*. I realized that I would be totally comfortable with 15-18 items, but thought the exercise was better served by limiting myself to 12.
--The category I've gone heaviest on is top layers (cardis/jackets) but feel I need the variety where it shows ("tabletop dressing," à la Duchesse).
--I'm already twitchy.
--I didn't want to go totally with neutrals, but as soon as you introduce color into the mix, it complicates things, and colors have to be chosen carefully. I ultimately chose
--I also realized that sticking to one silhouette (long over lean) also helped make the selection easier. There are a few items in my closet currently on heavy rotation, but I didn't include them here as they didn't adhere to the selected silhouette.
--Expect to see lots of scarves this month! :-)
The Express Lane Challenge starts Sunday...this should be an interesting experiment!
Edited to add: After one more run though, I've subbed out a dark olive green 3/4 sleeve top for the rouille. It will work better with the black items, yet still plays nicely with the dark rust cardigan.
*Polyvore on the Floor.