stitch fix & my capsule wardrobe

i opened up my fourth Stitch Fix box this week and it was just as wonderful as each one before it. i am kind of in the middle of re-evaluating and re-thinking the way i look at my closet and i am so thankful for Stitch Fix in the midst of it.

for a long time i lived my life in the clearance racks. i mean, it made a lot of sense. i did not have a lot of money and i was trying desperately to keep up with all the fun new looks of high school & college. also, i really had no idea who i was or what my style was. you would find me in zoomies, american eagle, hollister, lids, old navy, goodwill, limited too, forever21, aeropostale, and really any other mall store you can think of. i went through stages all the time – there was the time i only wore phat farms and south pole, the time i was skater, the time i was preppy, athletic, outdoorsy, hippie, and anywhere in between. but these last years since college, i have started to find myself & my style but my shopping was still a mess and most of the time all the “great things i got ON SALE” would be worn once or twice before hitting the goodwill pile or being shoved to the back of the closet.

it is expensive (even with cheap clothes) and exhausting trying to always be like someone else. even though i was much more confident in myself than high school/ college, i was still buying things i saw other bloggers wear, or buying everything from the Target sale racks because my friends shopped there,  or shopping random sales from online stores to get a “good price.” i was still shopping with a high school mentality. i was spending all my allowance money (we both have allotted  “no judge” spending money in our marriage) and having nothing to show for it in my closet. i would not like the way the $3 t-shirt fit, or the way the $10 jeans creased in weird places, or the $13 dress that i always had to wear a cardi with – so i didn’t wear them and i wasted my money.

the No Brainer Wardrobe was my first reality check to my buy & binge mentality (buy cheap things, get rid of them to justify the purchasing of more cheap things, etc). i realized that the same love for buying sale items was so similar to my love of purging my closet. i always bought, and always gave away but never felt satisfied.

and when i saw what Caroline of Un-Fancy was doing with her wardrobe, i knew i needed to change the way i viewed my closet and begin building a capsule wardrobe. this is just the beginning of the journey but with working at GAP for 2 years and now discovering Stitch Fix, i am already thinking better and have some “i would wear this everyday” pieces that are going into my collection.

over the summer, i will be working on perfecting my capsule wardrobe. i will cautiously and carefully pick items looking at cost, quality, fit, longevity, style, and heart. i will no longer waste money on things i am not sure 100% will fit well in my closet and get good use. i am letting go of spontaneous buys and focussing on intentional living. and all this too make my closet smaller, my confidence higher, and my perspective new.

MY STITCH FIX BOX
i mentioned how Stitch Fix is a HUGE part of this process, and it really is! having someone else, from the outside looking in, pick out some key pieces and listen to my style needs has been huge in me seeing the styles i like and the minimalist lifestyle i desire. i want to share with you the contents of my box and share with you what i kept and what i did not keep.
i kept both of these. i mean, how could i not! the dress surprised me because i would seriously never buy it in a store but i cannot stop wearing it! i knew it was an item for the capsule wardrobe because i felt 100% comfortable in it. i have a thing with dress and my bra can never show, i also don’t wear weird bras because my boobs are too big and it just feels uncomfortable (tmi?). and it looks nice, cute, modest. it is great for work, around the town, weddings. all of those things make it score high. the most important though, is that it makes me feel confident.
i kept neither of these even though i loved the fit of both. i just do not wear black enough and i didn’t feel like it needed to be in my capsule wardrobe. it just did not jump out to me. the ripped jeans i did love but since i already had a wonderful pair from GAP and i cannot wear them to work, i thought that they should go back too. remember, less is more. only buy the things you LOVE.
i put this top on and could not take it off. the comfort is all kind of wonderful, the cut & style is perfect, and it was just me. i could also easily wear it with so many outfits and that my friend is longevity! the clutch also stole my heart when i also saw it had straps. everyone needs a giant bag and a little bag. i have not been using anything else since i got it! the over the shoulder thing is SO great. i wish i discovered my love for it earlier!
this box was wonderful. all items fit wonderfully and three of them are new members of my exclusive capsule wardrobe closet!
i look forward to sharing with you this journey. closet make-overs, tips, and heart talks are in the near future as i process all this. i am very curious, what are your thoughts on all this? have you read Un-Fancy or the No Brainer Wardrobe? i would love to hear your thoughts on the matter! 
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Author: Oak & Oats

  • That dress is adorable, good choice on keeping it!

    • thank you so much! I have worn it countless times already! perfect for summer!

  • That dress is adorable, good choice on keeping it!

  • Great choices. They look great on you! Stitch fix rocks. Love the idea of a capsule wardrobe. I’m a huge fan in living with intention and I think this is such a great idea.

    • me too! it has been so good for me. i am excited to share more that I have learned along the way!

  • Great choices. They look great on you! Stitch fix rocks. Love the idea of a capsule wardrobe. I'm a huge fan in living with intention and I think this is such a great idea.

  • The No Brainer Wardrobe? Never heard of it 😉

    I love this, obviously. I had the same mentality, and I honestly thought I was being responsible with my money because of how “little” I spent. It’s all too easy to think that money is the only cost when purchasing clothing. But we spend so much more in emotions, space, time, etc. I love minimizing stuff to maximize life!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • The No Brainer Wardrobe? Never heard of it 😉

    I love this, obviously. I had the same mentality, and I honestly thought I was being responsible with my money because of how "little" I spent. It's all too easy to think that money is the only cost when purchasing clothing. But we spend so much more in emotions, space, time, etc. I love minimizing stuff to maximize life!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • I love those jeans, minus the tear! I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe. I’ve actually been thinking/trying to do something similar to this. Basically get rid of all the clothes that I don’t wear (which is a lot) and fill it with quality clothes that will last.

    Thanks for the new blogs to check out.

    • Krista! I know. I have a dark pair that Stich Fix picked for my in my first box and I LOVE them! I would have kept them if they were not torn!

  • I love those jeans, minus the tear! I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe. I've actually been thinking/trying to do something similar to this. Basically get rid of all the clothes that I don't wear (which is a lot) and fill it with quality clothes that will last.

    Thanks for the new blogs to check out.

  • I love this post! Since graduating college and starting a job, I’ve come to realize that quality really is better than quantity. That’s not to say that I don’t shop primarily at Target and Old Navy (because I do), but it means that I’m looking for more quality pieces that I won’t have to replace over time because of wear and tear. 🙂 Great post and you look cute as always! I looove that dress on you!

    • yeah! and not just buying everything on the sale rack. investing in good pieces that I need and love! You seriously should try stitch fix though 🙂 at least one time 😉

      • Exactly! And I’m still on the fence about StitchFix. I’ve seen some really cute pieces but I guess I’m a little unsure about the price still. It’s a cool idea and something I can see myself doing in the future, possibly. 🙂

        I do have to say, that I looove seeing what people, get, though. It’s such a cool idea!

  • I love this post! Since graduating college and starting a job, I've come to realize that quality really is better than quantity. That's not to say that I don't shop primarily at Target and Old Navy (because I do), but it means that I'm looking for more quality pieces that I won't have to replace over time because of wear and tear. 🙂 Great post and you look cute as always! I looove that dress on you!

  • I got my first Stitch Fix on Tuesday and I literally purged my closet AGAIN last night (we’re moving so it’s a good time). Thankfully, my purges have started to come less often. I went a couple of months where I didn’t buy anything new, and even now I’m trying to be super strict with what I do buy. So, hopefully, I can stop purging altogether!

    P.S. That dress looks AMAZING on you (and I love your hair).

    • how was your first stich fix Jenny?

      and I think that fast is such a good idea!

      • It was great! I kept two things, but I loved them all. They did such a good job at figuring out my style.

  • I got my first Stitch Fix on Tuesday and I literally purged my closet AGAIN last night (we're moving so it's a good time). Thankfully, my purges have started to come less often. I went a couple of months where I didn't buy anything new, and even now I'm trying to be super strict with what I do buy. So, hopefully, I can stop purging altogether!

    P.S. That dress looks AMAZING on you (and I love your hair).

  • i LOVE that striped top you kept. it’s totes you (and me…i want one. haha!) the dress is super cute and comfy is always key! i am doing the same thing with my closet…getting rid of things a little at a time and only adding things that i absolutely love and will wear for a long time!

  • i LOVE that striped top you kept. it's totes you (and me…i want one. haha!) the dress is super cute and comfy is always key! i am doing the same thing with my closet…getting rid of things a little at a time and only adding things that i absolutely love and will wear for a long time!

  • Love that dress! I just recently started doing this to my wardrobe, as well. I even like that my closet just looks cleaner. Just finished my 3rd Stitch Fix, and I agree, it’s such a great way to add foundation pieces you’ll get use out of!

  • Love that dress! I just recently started doing this to my wardrobe, as well. I even like that my closet just looks cleaner. Just finished my 3rd Stitch Fix, and I agree, it's such a great way to add foundation pieces you'll get use out of!

  • All three of those outfits look perfect on you. You look so effortlessly pretty (which is the perfect kind I think-no matter how much work you actually put into it you look like you just woke up flawless! Gorgeous!)

    Also I nominated you for a Liebster award HERE. You don’t have to do it if you don’t want to, but know you are beloved! ♥

  • All three of those outfits look perfect on you. You look so effortlessly pretty (which is the perfect kind I think-no matter how much work you actually put into it you look like you just woke up flawless! Gorgeous!)

    Also I nominated you for a Liebster award HERE. You don't have to do it if you don't want to, but know you are beloved! ♥

  • Love these! I got the pomelo top in a green color in my second box and it is probably one of my all time favorite throw on and go kind of tops!

    I am headed to check out those other resources now! I have really made a shift in my thinking as well when it comes to my clothes!

  • Love these! I got the pomelo top in a green color in my second box and it is probably one of my all time favorite throw on and go kind of tops!

    I am headed to check out those other resources now! I have really made a shift in my thinking as well when it comes to my clothes!

  • MadisonMayberry

    I love that we ended up getting two of the same items in our most recent fixes. I got the clutch and that same striped top but in a grey/white combo. LOVE that top and I’ve already worn it a bunch. I also got some similar jeans, but they didn’t have the holes/distressed details. Isn’t Caroline’s Un-Fancy challenge the best? I’ve been loving it!

    • We are practically twins (I mean, we have the same last name!!) that is so fun!

  • MadisonMayberry

    I love that we ended up getting two of the same items in our most recent fixes. I got the clutch and that same striped top but in a grey/white combo. LOVE that top and I've already worn it a bunch. I also got some similar jeans, but they didn't have the holes/distressed details. Isn't Caroline's Un-Fancy challenge the best? I've been loving it!

  • I need this in my life.

    like… .my wardrobe pretty much consists of dresses that don't fit right (same as you, boobs too big/ bra problems) or jeans and t-shirts. I try to buy like.. comfy/cute tees.. but they all end up being black, grey, or navy, solid or striped.

    for real. LIVE A LITTLE SHAYLA!
    I'm going to need to do this. I'm going to do it.

  • I need this in my life.

    like… .my wardrobe pretty much consists of dresses that don’t fit right (same as you, boobs too big/ bra problems) or jeans and t-shirts. I try to buy like.. comfy/cute tees.. but they all end up being black, grey, or navy, solid or striped.

    for real. LIVE A LITTLE SHAYLA!
    I’m going to need to do this. I’m going to do it.

    • You should! I believe in you! And you should feel excited and confident in the close you have 🙂 not searching through the closet for “something” to wear! I recommend sending in all the clothes that do not fit or you do not like into thred up, read no brainer wardrobe, sign up for stich fix, and build a capsule wardrobe! (at least that is what i did!!) ahhaha

  • Britta

    so happy i found your blog through the link-up .. i love the idea of a capsule wardrobe, definitely something i should try! also the last top is perfect .. great choice 🙂

    • Thank you so much for the sweet encouragement! You should try it 🙂 I’ll be sharing more tips I learn a long the way! you should also try stitch fix if you have not yet!

  • Britta

    so happy i found your blog through the link-up .. i love the idea of a capsule wardrobe, definitely something i should try! also the last top is perfect .. great choice 🙂

  • These all look so good! And I agreed with everything you said. The money thing is huge. If it is cheap, I usually buy it, and a lot of times don’t wear it. No good. Trying to be more intentional with what you have/pick is a good thing. I just need to do it!

  • These all look so good! And I agreed with everything you said. The money thing is huge. If it is cheap, I usually buy it, and a lot of times don't wear it. No good. Trying to be more intentional with what you have/pick is a good thing. I just need to do it!

  • I love everything you got from Stitchfix! I’ve had to reframe my perspective on clothes, too. I’ve decided spending more on fewer high-quality pieces is ultimately less expensive than buying a lot of cheaply priced, low-quality items. It’s so easy to waste money on clothes, and I want to be more mindful of that.

    • Yes! It is so easy to waste money and we think when we are spending less on each item we are obviously saving but that is not necessarily true!

  • I love everything you got from Stitchfix! I've had to reframe my perspective on clothes, too. I've decided spending more on fewer high-quality pieces is ultimately less expensive than buying a lot of cheaply priced, low-quality items. It's so easy to waste money on clothes, and I want to be more mindful of that.

  • I love your thoughts on all of this. I think a big purge came when I could only pack 2 bags when I moved to Asia. The bigger purge came when I had 1 1/2 days to pack my bags back to America. I gave away a ton of stuff and it felt good to not have so much.

    I have never read No Brainer Wardrobe and just checked out un-fancy. I love the concept behind un-fancy and can see how that would be a great way to go. I also think that would be great for people like me who travel / move internationally. Your wardrobe is already small and could go with you.

    One thing I love about Dave is that whenever we shop he will ask “Do you like it or love it?” If it is a ‘like’ then I don’t buy it. If it is a ‘love’ then I can get it. That has helped me sort through needs / wants.

  • LOVE your limited wardrobe philosophy. I don’t know about you, but summer is a difficult season to have a limited wardrobe. I wash my clothes more often in the summer, so I feel like they don’t last as long. But that could be that most of my summer clothes are from H&M. Hmm. I think I just convinced myself to put more focus on building my capsule summer wardrobe…

    • Ha! That is so exciting! I wear out my summer clothes less. We don’t get the longest summer here in Colorado 🙂 But you should still build a summer capsule wardrobe! It is a challenge!

  • LOVE your limited wardrobe philosophy. I don't know about you, but summer is a difficult season to have a limited wardrobe. I wash my clothes more often in the summer, so I feel like they don't last as long. But that could be that most of my summer clothes are from H&M. Hmm. I think I just convinced myself to put more focus on building my capsule summer wardrobe…

  • I love this idea! I totally makes me want to evaluate my closet. I’m pretty intentional when I shop, but this makes me want to clean out my closet of old items I’m just not into anymore.

  • I love this idea! I totally makes me want to evaluate my closet. I'm pretty intentional when I shop, but this makes me want to clean out my closet of old items I'm just not into anymore.

  • Hayley Gildersleeve

    It’s so crazy that you posted this today! I need to do this EXACT same thing! And I was just texting a friend of mine (who manages to dress well always) about the best way to go about revamping my wardrobe. I think it’s like you said, quality over quantity AND buying pieces that you could see yourself wearing everyday. I’ve been following Un-Fancy and I really think the concept is brilliant! Can’t wait to get started. I’m going to have to look into Stitch Fix!

  • Hayley Gildersleeve

    It's so crazy that you posted this today! I need to do this EXACT same thing! And I was just texting a friend of mine (who manages to dress well always) about the best way to go about revamping my wardrobe. I think it's like you said, quality over quantity AND buying pieces that you could see yourself wearing everyday. I've been following Un-Fancy and I really think the concept is brilliant! Can't wait to get started. I'm going to have to look into Stitch Fix!

  • Amanda

    Lovely fix this time around! I especially love the striped top and the bag- things that will never go out of style and are essentials in anyone’s closet!

    http://tallvegetarian.wordpress.com/

  • Amanda

    Lovely fix this time around! I especially love the striped top and the bag- things that will never go out of style and are essentials in anyone's closet!

    http://tallvegetarian.wordpress.com/

  • I really like your idea to build a capsule wardrobe – something I need to work on. You got some great things from your Fix!

    • thank you!!! it is because I am super detailed when i leave feed back and i have a pinterest board with all my favorite looks

  • I really like your idea to build a capsule wardrobe – something I need to work on. You got some great things from your Fix!

  • Susan

    I love that dress and crossbody! My next Fix is in the mail and I hope I get a cute summer dress or two! I like your capsule wardrobe idea! Susan

  • Susan

    I love that dress and crossbody! My next Fix is in the mail and I hope I get a cute summer dress or two! I like your capsule wardrobe idea! Susan

  • Heidi

    Love that you have decided to take charge of your closet. I always say that you “invite” items into the closet and you only want those you LOVE. You may also want to think of working with an “image consultant”. I work with Ginger Burr of http://www.totalimageconsultants.com . She also has a book that you may find interesting and very helpful. “That’s So You”. Once you understand what your style really is, the process of shopping is SO much easier. I think I am on about my 12th Stitch Fix. Love it!!!

  • Heidi

    Love that you have decided to take charge of your closet. I always say that you "invite" items into the closet and you only want those you LOVE. You may also want to think of working with an "image consultant". I work with Ginger Burr of http://www.totalimageconsultants.com . She also has a book that you may find interesting and very helpful. "That's So You". Once you understand what your style really it, the process of shopping is SO much easier. I think I am on about my 12th Stitch Fix. Love it!!!

  • Amy

    i’m trying ot build a capsule wardrobe as well. unfortunantly it just isn’t working. i still have some weight i’m actively dropping and until i hit that goal, i just can’t justify spending the $40 per item haha. but i will, one day! 😉 great keeps by the way!

  • Amy

    i'm trying ot build a capsule wardrobe as well. unfortunantly it just isn't working. i still have some weight i'm actively dropping and until i hit that goal, i just can't justify spending the $40 per item haha. but i will, one day! 😉 great keeps by the way!

  • thank you so much! I have worn it countless times already! perfect for summer!

  • me too! it has been so good for me. i am excited to share more that I have learned along the way!

  • hahah!

    I love you girl!!!

  • Krista! I know. I have a dark pair that Stich Fix picked for my in my first box and I LOVE them! I would have kept them if they were not torn!

  • yeah! and not just buying everything on the sale rack. investing in good pieces that I need and love! You seriously should try stitch fix though 🙂 at least one time 😉

  • how was your first stich fix Jenny?

    and I think that fast is such a good idea!

  • Sarah got one in her fix as well! it is the best!

  • great minds think alike!!!

  • thank you so much! you are way sweet 🙂

  • that is great! yes. I am sure you will love both of the others!!

  • We are practically twins (I mean, we have the same last name!!) that is so fun!

  • You should! I believe in you! And you should feel excited and confident in the close you have 🙂 not searching through the closet for "something" to wear! I recommend sending in all the clothes that do not fit or you do not like into thred up, read no brainer wardrobe, sign up for stich fix, and build a capsule wardrobe! (at least that is what i did!!) ahhaha

  • Thank you so much for the sweet encouragement! You should try it 🙂 I'll be sharing more tips I learn a long the way! you should also try stitch fix if you have not yet!

  • Hayley! You really should! If you want to learn more about stich fix, you should read my FAQ post! http://oakandoats.com/2014/04/the-real-deal-about-stitch-fix.html

    I LOVE it. It is not monthly (just whenever you want) and I so recommend it!

  • ooooooh! That is so exciting!

  • Exactly! And I'm still on the fence about StitchFix. I've seen some really cute pieces but I guess I'm a little unsure about the price still. It's a cool idea and something I can see myself doing in the future, possibly. 🙂

    I do have to say, that I looove seeing what people, get, though. It's such a cool idea!

  • Amy, that totally is wise! and I am so proud of you 🙂

  • So fun!! I will have to check it out 🙂

  • thank you!!! it is because I am super detailed when i leave feed back and i have a pinterest board with all my favorite looks

  • This is great, I came across the capsule wardrobe about a month ago, it looks like such a great idea, it’s pretty much what I’ve been doing already. 🙂

  • This is great, I came across the capsule wardrobe about a month ago, it looks like such a great idea, it's pretty much what I've been doing already. 🙂

  • yes! I so agree 🙂 Have you tried stich fix?

  • That Corinna Stripped Dolman Top is wonderful! It looks great on you and I can tell how comfy it is!

  • That Corinna Stripped Dolman Top is wonderful! It looks great on you and I can tell how comfy it is!

  • It was great! I kept two things, but I loved them all. They did such a good job at figuring out my style.

  • I love that dress! I wouldn’t have wanted to take it off, either!

  • I love that dress! I wouldn't have wanted to take it off, either!

  • For real!

  • I love the stripped top! You also look so happy in that photo that I was hoping you would keep it! I am also thinking about doing a capsule wardrobe because I want my closet to be a collection of my favorite pieces rather than just sale stuff that I have to shuffle past to see the favorites.

    • Marissa!
      Thank you so much for the sweet words! I really encourage you to start building a capsule wardrobe! It is a mind switch but it is so freeing!

  • Marissa

    I love the stripped top! You also look so happy in that photo that I was hoping you would keep it! I am also thinking about doing a capsule wardrobe because I want my closet to be a collection of my favorite pieces rather than just sale stuff that I have to shuffle past to see the favorites.

  • Marissa!
    Thank you so much for the sweet words! I really encourage you to start building a capsule wardrobe! It is a mind switch but it is so freeing!

  • It is the best ever! HA!

  • I do recommend both those resources!

    That is such a helpful hubby!

  • Yes! It is so easy to waste money and we think when we are spending less on each item we are obviously saving but that is not necessarily true!

  • Ha! That is so exciting! I wear out my summer clothes less. We don't get the longest summer here in Colorado 🙂 But you should still build a summer capsule wardrobe! It is a challenge!

  • Yeah! Send those old clothes into Thred Up!

  • You are so wise!!

  • Hannah

    totally have the clearance rack {+thrift store} problema… I’m definitely gonna be looking into this whole idea because I just love it! <3

  • Hannah

    totally have the clearance rack {+thrift store} problema… I'm definitely gonna be looking into this whole idea because I just love it! <3

  • It is super wonderful!

  • Sharon

    So in love with the chevron dress! These cute picks make me want to give Stitch Fix a try but I’m still debating between it and Vain Pursuits, a personalized skincare service. I think they’re both kind of similar in terms of filling out a profile and conveniently receiving personalized choices. Do you have an opinion on Vain Pursuits? Where should I invest that $20 into? 🙂

    • Sharon, I have never heard of them but the good news is that you don’t “lose” the $20 with Stitch Fix. Whatever you keep from your box, the $20 goes towards what you get!

      • Sharon

        Oh phew! That’s definitely a good tip about Stitch Fix! I was kinda worried that I’d just throw the $20 down the drain if I don’t like anything in my Fix. Apparently Vain Pursuits has the same policy. Gr, tempting to spend $40 now 🙂

  • Sharon

    So in love with the chevron dress! These cute picks make me want to give Stitch Fix a try but I'm still debating between it and Vain Pursuits, a personalized skincare service. I think they're both kind of similar in terms of filling out a profile and conveniently receiving personalized choices. Do you have an opinion on Vain Pursuits? Where should I invest that $20 into? 🙂

  • Sharon, I have never heard of them but the good news is that you don't "lose" the $20 with Stitch Fix. Whatever you keep from your box, the $20 goes towards what you get!

  • Sharon

    Oh phew! That's definitely a good tip about Stitch Fix! I was kinda worried that I'd just throw the $20 down the drain if I don't like anything in my Fix. Apparently Vain Pursuits has the same policy. Gr, tempting to spend $40 now 🙂