When I first started putting my winter capsule together, it was easy enough to pick out my favorite basics. My daily uniform typically includes a combination of skinny jeans + loose fitting button-ups + ankle boots, with a blazer thrown in for good measure. Thanks to an overabundance of all of the aforementioned items, choosing capsule-worthy favorites within that silhouette took all of five minutes.
There are a few pieces, however, that I included in my capsule to challenge myself. Though loved in theory, these items were seldom worn when stored in an overgrown closet.
Case in point: this graphic t-shirt from Sevenly. Sevenly donates $7 from every item sold on their site to a specific nonprofit partner, to impact lives and strengthen a community of giving worldwide. Pretty cool, huh? I purchased the "Different Not Less" tee, for which they partnered with Autism Speaks, and wore it maybe twice before it was relinquished to the back corner of a drawer and all but forgotten.
This might be a nice time to disclose that when I'm not discussing a capsule wardrobe, I'm probably talking about autism. From 9-5 I am a program manager at large nonprofit, working to bring quality autism services and special education to families throughout the Bay Area. When a friend pointed out that Sevenly was donating to autism research, I jumped at the chance to buy one of their super sweet, super soft graphic tees. The only problem? I don't wear graphic tees.
Including this top in my 40 piece capsule meant that I would have to give it a fair shot. I really enjoy the colors, cut and message, and have delighted in the challenge to integrate it into my favorite outfits. It's probably not going to make the short-list for Spring, but forcing myself to create opportunities to wear B-Team items this season has been a great learning experience. I like to think that this capsule wardrobe is helping me focus my personal style, while allowing me to be daring and test the waters in a few key ways. For now, it's back to basics.