The Point

This is a long term project aimed at completing two goals. The first is my personal reward for obtaining my goal body weight; the second is to replace my current wardrobe with a capsule wardrobe.

Because I am totally crazy pants, I am actually entertaining the idea of making all of these pieces myself. More in the sidebar.

The Process

There are several major steps in completing this project.

Number One

Purchased pieces should come from brands that are known for the longevity and craftsmanship, as well as for the ethical business practices. Originally I had hoped for an all-American wardrobe, but the majority of clothing brands I have found that are made in America have a distinctly “American” look to them. Lots of denim and leather, lots of more “poppy” clothing. Very few classic/traditional pieces. Those brands exist, but they often don't carry articles that I actually find interesting, which just makes things all the more complicated. This is the primary reason I am entertaining the idea of making my own clothing. See sidebar again.

Number Two

Determining pieces. The capsule wardrobe that I created is only composed of example pieces. I have no intention of actually buying any of the pieces that are in that image, with the exception of the Frye boots. Everything else is just a stand-in for the piece I will eventually buy.

The Pieces

The wardrobe will eventually be made up of:


  • One little black dress; above the knee; short sleeves; light-weight
  • One floral print dress; tea-length; sleeveless; light-weight but structured
  • One sheath dress; at the knee; 3/4 length sleeves; heavy-weight
  • One structured dress; at the knee; sleeveless; heavy-weight
  • One printed polka dot dress; a-line; at the knee; sleeveless; light weight


  • One pencil skirt; black; chino
  • One pencil skirt; camel; chino
  • One pencil skirt; grey; wool
  • One pleated skirt; floral print; linen
  • One pleated skirt; navy; polished cotton


  • One custom jean
  • One crop pants; black, polished cotton


  • Two blazers; black; camel
  • Two oxford; white; cotton
  • One oxford; blue; cotton
  • One gauzy; 3/4 length sleeve; raspberry; cotton
  • One knit; 3/4 length sleeve; black and white stripped


  • One Frye boot
  • One black heel
  • One black flat
  • One nude sandal


  • 14 panties
  • 4 every day bras
  • 1 strapless convertible bra
  • 2 slips
  • Four pairs tights; 2 black; purple; navy
  • 4 pair undershirts; 2 white; 2 black; knit cotton tanks