Capsule #3 / Outfit 32
A huge thank you to everyone who chimed in on yesterday’s post. I’m really grateful for your feedback + ideas. Like really, really. And thanks to you, I now I have a game plan! One that will make us both happy.
So around the beginning of September, regular posts will roll out like usual *but* most of them will also include a short, quick “journal entry” about my experiences planning + shopping for my fall capsule. Very informal, but I hope very informative.
It’ll give you a deeper look into my process. Like a piece I have my eye on. Or why I chose to go with a more expensive piece here, and a less expensive piece there. Stuff like that.
Anyway. SUPER excited. And again, super grateful to you for your help.
You’ve been seeing a lot of this white tank lately — I’m having a love affair with it!
And this outfit? Well, it may be an all time favorite. It feels right for a dinner out with friends. I especially love how the lattice tank + lattice cuff work so well together.
I realize that I front tuck just about every shirt I wear. Which is a little weird, because I used to NEVER front tuck anything.
But now, for some reason, an outfit doesn’t look complete without it. I like how it helps define my waist a little more than an untucked top would.
What do you think about the front tuck? Would you / could you / have you?
P.S. And yes … a front tuck video tutorial is on the way. :)
Top: Zara (similar or similar)
Bag: Madewell (similar)
Shoes: Steve Madden (or similar for cheap!)
Bracelet: Francesca’s (similar)
Laura Rugadza says
I am so excited for your autumn capsule wardrobe. I have had a capsule for almost 2 years and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done! Love your blog x
Thank you for finding a wonderful compromise for the fall posts! I can’t wait to see your process! I especially can’t wait to see what clothes you’ll be bringing into fall from your summer capsule.
PS – The clothes links aren’t linked to anything. :)
Thanks for having my back, Nicolle! ;) The links are fixed now. xoxo Caroline
First time commenter here! I stumbled upon your blog through Kate at The Small Things blog and I am in love (in a non-creepy way). I’m preparing myself for a huge closet overhaul and hopefully following your lead by minimalizing and investing in quality pieces that will mix and match. Thank you so much for all the inspiration! Also, I was never one to do the shirt tuck but I am going to start giving it a whirl – you make it looks so good.
I love this outfit. How do you get your jeans to remain so dark? This pair always looks brand new :)
Tucking was always reserved for middle aged – I’m not a woman, I’m a mom- women in mom pants. Until you.
I discovered your blog in June, donated 4 car loads of clothes, shoes, and accessories (still in utter disbelief that they ever fit in one tiny closet), turned my life of excess inside out, found freedom in the beauty of living with less (and thus more), and most importantly, have embraced the front tuck.
I have tried the front tuck and decided it’s just not for me. For whatever reason, I feel silly. I’ve seen a few side-by-sides of bloggers showing an outfit both tucked and tucked, and I can totally see how it changes — even improves — the look,but when I try it… I don’t know. It looks completely natural and effortless on you. On me, I feel like it looks like I’m trying too hard.
Love your idea! Super excited for September :)
I just found your blog today via The Small Things Blog and I have to say I TOTALLY LOVE IT!! So very refreshing. :)
I have been starting to lean towards more neutrals myself so just love seeing the way you use all of your pieces to create such a simple, yet versatile wardrobe.
I also love the idea of paring down and simplifying things and am starting to put those concepts into practice in many areas of my life.
You now have a new follower for as long as you keep blogging, and please do keep blogging! I will be working my way through all of your posts to get totally caught up.
Yes! Love the front tuck–it’s my go to most days and you make it look so good. Thank you for this blog, it’s been inspiring!
I have been trying to simplify my life by minimizing both my wardrobe and my home and feel so much lighter and feel less anxiety with fewer “options” and things everywhere.
I look forward to your daily posts! ;)
Sara C. says
I’m also super excited to see your fall wardrobe! I’m busy planning mine. Sometimes it’s hard because I want to invest in the good pieces NOW, but I totally don’t have the budget to buy everything this season. It’s definitely teaching me patience and contentment.
Just curious if you’ve thought about incorporating pieces that are purposefully convertible (like this one http://seamly.co/collections/all/products/versalette ) into your wardrobe?
I know you’ve worn dresses with tops so that they look like skirts, and the like. What are your thoughts on something more flexible/extreme?
Hi Caroline! Do you have a post about your camera/lighting info? I love your photo vibe- the lighting is always so perfect and I love that faux brick backdrop!
I’m absolutely obsessed with the front tuck! It really helps make the outfit look more pulled together. You should definitely do a tutorial! I love seeing how other people do it.
Thanks for the compromise, Caroline! Great idea! Inspired by yesterday (I’m Emily in NYC worried about The Coat), I took a better crack at my semi-official capsule list last night. It was interesting…and when I got it down to 42 pieces (it’s a draft), it was such a joyful, rich sight! I said, “wow! what alot of clothes!” And most on the list I have already!
Now, I’m also interested in the current “to get” list from last night..and the total $$ I guess those pieces will cost. I learned that A) I can not at all afford the entire list in September…so capsule will be modified or later…and B) a stark truth was staring me in the face: how on earth was I “affording” the piecemeal, not-planned, shop-in-hurry-guesswork-and-regret-later, way I usually have done the task of clothing myself? NOT WELL!
So thank you! I forgot to say it yesterday in my excitement to reply. I’m moved by this idea, and your guidance is really, so, so inspiring. (As I bet you can tell from your panting-puppies roll of comments yesterday!)
I’ve also fallen in love with the front tuck this year. It seemed weird to me when I first saw it on different blogs, but now I’ve realized that it (with, for me, a simple belt) is an easy way to make an outfit look more polished and pulled together, yet still comfortable.
Love the site! It would be great if you had a page with one photo of each outfit from the capsule in a grid. Obviously the current capsule would continue to be added as you post them, but it would make it an easy way to see a snapshot of all the outfits!
Hi Charlotte! I love that idea and have been toying with it for some time now. My plan is to create a site like that to go alongside the blog. In the meantime, check out my Pinterest board STYLE: Unfancy. xoxo Caroline
Found your blog today thanks to the link up with The Small Things Blog. I wanted you to know how much I appreciate your mission, style, and writing!
I often just tuck my shirt in entirely… which I also used to do never ever. Idk, I can wear a pretty casual shirt, tuck it in and suddenly BAM looks like I thought about my outfit. Me likes!
Curious to see your planning process!
Yay! I’m so excited to see what you have planned for fall so far. Your blog has been a big inspiration for me! Can’t wait for the front tuck tutorial, I haven’t mastered it yet.
Totally love your blog and the entirec concept of capsule wardrobe. I´ve just started working on my autumn-winter capsule, planning to stick to it for 5 months (October-March). The difficulity for me is to find versatile pieces as I wear mainly dresses and bold colors. Uffff…
Iris R. says
I’m excited for the new additions to your posts. I think that will be a great compromise! Also, very much in need of a front tuck tutorial, so I’m glad you’re doing it. I really love the look on other people, but haven’t quite figured it out for myself yet and would like to.
I’m a front tuck addict too haha Feels weird if I don’t do it! Found your blog today and love it btw!
I would love to front tuck, but I always feel like a mook doing it, so I’m super excited for your tutorial! Instead, I often tie off my shirts, but that only works with certain fabrics and looks pretty teen-y, which I am, but I don’t always have to look it!
I’m about the same as Eros ^^ I try it, then don’t like how it looks from the side. If I’m wearing something high waisted, I’ll usually tie, if not, forget it!
Excited to read about your upcoming wardrobe!
I love the way a front tuck looks, but, being short-waisted, I look suuuuper Mom-ish when I try it!
I just found your blog, and I’m super intrigued by this capsule wardrobe thing. I can’t wait to see how you plan your fall capsule.
Monika Faulkner says
“Yes!” to this simple but chic jeans-and-tank-top look…and “yes!” to the front tuck!! The funny thing is, my husband will often ask me if I want to fix my shirt before he takes my outfit photos!! :D
Yes and please to everything front tucked because it looks perfect on you. I don’t have the confidence to pull it off yet…but I also haven’t purchased a single new piece of clothing since I had my daughter a year ago…yikes! When the right shirt comes along, I will commit to the “front tuck” and never look back. Excited to hear a more in depth post on your fall capsule and process! It feels like every piece you purchase is tailored for you. I think that can be the challenging part sometimes, picking a piece that you not only love, but looks like it fits just right. Share with us your ways!
Wow! This was simply amazing. I love the top & the denim