Thank You, Angie!

Over a month ago I posted an "already missing my wardrobe thread", bemoaning that i would be away from my closet for 2 months. I took the advice some of you gave and threw in some extra stuff. It has been over a month now with several feet of snow and lots of winter. It still is. That has limited my choices, especially footwear and coats.
I want to especially thank Angie for her capsule posts. I have learned so much from trying to follow them and how varying color, pattern and silhouette can keep it from getting boring. Someone linked to a capsule template from another site, but it doesn't go into enough detail. For example it allows for 6 (or more) tops, but following Angie's casual fall capsule I learned that varying them...buttondown, knits, graphic tee, print, stripes, what really makes this work. A huge thank you to Angie that I am not bored out of my mind by now because I remembered to include variety for both winter and spring.
I have tried to write this several times, always getting called away before hitting Submit, thus losing it. So I'm submitting now.

This post is also published in the youlookfab forum. You can read and reply to it in either place. All replies will appear in both places.


  • Joy replied 3 years ago
    This is the template I used. I learned that I don't buy enough variety in tops especially.

  • crutcher replied 3 years ago

    Angie has a wealth of information here in the archives of YLF...I had a brain storm as I read your post, Joy...wouldn't it be great if Angie would publish a notebook with 25 of her top fashion suggestions...Each year, notebook purchasers could add additionally purchased articles so that the notebook would be current...All of this would be a precursor to the wonderful fashion book she is to publish in years to come..
    I would love to have a binder with articles at my finger-tips for easy reference...Hey, I would like to be the first to order a pre-published
    Great post, Joy...Thanks for reminding us how much information is actually here...

  • Laura replied 3 years ago

    That was a genius post - I remember it well! So impressed to hear that you used the ideas and they are tried and true.

  • Style Fan replied 3 years ago

    I agree.  Her advice is incredible.  I realized after reading this post on capsules what was missing in my packing this year.  I wish I had read it earlier.

    I will also purchase the notebook if it were available.

  • Caro in Oz replied 3 years ago

    Nodding my head too, yay for Angie & YLF.

    So glad you are enjoying your capsule Joy - well done :)

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    (good job submitting, and hugs).

    I'm blushing and touched, dear sweet Joy. It makes me very happy that the Fall capsule formula helped you travel with style. Good job actioning the information so effectively. Much love to you. 

    Thanks for the sweet words Laura, Crutcher, Style Fab and Caro. 

  • Beth Ann replied 3 years ago

    So glad the capsule is working well for you!  Angie is such a helpful presence --- and you are creative and talented in putting her ideas into practice!

  • UmmLila replied 3 years ago

    That capsule is still looking fresh, and the underlying structure is manageable, too.

  • rachylou replied 3 years ago

    Mm. That is brilliant - the importance of variation.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Crutcher, that is a wonderful idea! I would buy the notebook for myself and friends.
    Angie, before actually trying to match up pieces in my closet with the types in your capsule example, I didn't really do very well. I would have had a capsule full of identical items in a few different colors and wondered why I was so bored or why I had nothing appropriate to wear for some occasions.

  • CocoLion replied 3 years ago

    Joy, thanks for reminding me of this piece from a few years ago.  It's not only a great capsule how-to, but it could also be used for packing.  This is one of those entries where, the fundamentals take a while for some of us to "get." Therefore, the concepts bear repeating.

    Now, off to see how this could work for Spring!

  • Runcarla replied 3 years ago

    Doh! Thanks for the post/re-post. You have helped me recognize something of an issue in my own wardrobe-not enough variety in the fabrication/style of my tops. Thankyou...and BIG thankyou yo Angie.

  • Summer replied 3 years ago

    That's brilliant, Joy.  I'm glad your enjoying the variety in your Fall capsule, and thank you for the link to Angie's post - it's good to refresh the memory.

    My wardrobe wouldn't function without capsules, and Angie's template plus your insights have made me realise that I, too, need more variety in the tops that I buy.  Thank you both.

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Wow. Thanks for the kind words, ladies. 

    Joy, I'm giving you more credit. You have packing flair. 

  • Windchime replied 3 years ago

    Joy, that is the exact post that inspired me to join YLF and set me on the path to overhaul and improve my wardrobe! I probably reread it dozens of times and used it as a template for my first capsule; I was so inspired by it.

    It's a real achievement to pack a winter capsule which continues to feel fresh and interesting after several weeks. I'd be very interested in knowing more about the capsule you put together, if you get a chance to write about it.

  • Sterling replied 3 years ago

    I wanted to add my thank you as well.  My wardrobe has never in my life been more coordinated and workable.  

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Off for a while, but wanted to quickly say that you made my day Sterling and Windchime. Thank you for voicing your appreciation. 

  • jackiec replied 3 years ago

    Great news, Joy!!!! So glad it's all working out. Thanks for linking the original capsule write-up. So helpful. I am getting better and better at working all my things together like this. I could definitely stand some more study time, though. I'm an emotional shopper, but it's good to have a reminder of this info in my back-pocket.Angie is a genius :)

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Angie, you deserve all the appreciation and kind words and then some. You are gifted with a clear vision of what is needed and effectively translating it for the rest of us.
    Windchime, studying that capsule is a real eye-opener, isn't it? I will try to tell you about my winter/early spring travel capsule, but it may be in stages and I will try to add photos later.

  • Elizabeth P replied 3 years ago

    Great to know your travels are goin gwell, at least clothes-wise.  Thanks for pointing out that capusle post - I go and look through them every once and a while, but it has been a while.  It's great to see how a capsule post had real life successful outcomes.  You can add me to the growing list of people who need more variety in my tops.  Getting there though.

    Thanks Angie!

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    I lost a long post to answer Windchime about the capsule I am using, so this may be posted in odd segments as I get interrupted often (babysitting).
    My capsule had to span 2 months of mostly casual looks, both cold snowy weather and warmer, possibly even hot.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Continued: I limited to a color scheme of ivory/white, black and shades of grey for neutrals and blush and mint for color with the addition of an EF silk tank and cashmere cardi, both in a cornflower (medium) blue for a change.
    Cold weather tops are 4 pullover sweaters...a Gap ivory cable knit, charcoal cropped EF wool, and loose see-through knits in a batwing dove grey and a soft black slouchy banded bottom. The last two can be layered over tanks for warmer days. All go with all my bottoms for different silhouettes. I also have 3 sweatshirts in grey and blush stripe, mint moto, and shiny winter white that can be layered under.
    Bottoms are also varied but all with skinny or at least straight legs to tuck into boots...skinny faded 7FAM and dark sized up Hudson skinnys, blush coated KUTs, black NYDJs Ponte knit, medium grey NYDJ skinny jeans, black wool slim JC trousers, and a light grey EF knit. I also brought track pants in a black/white nubby texture with black racing stripe and cuffs and grey plaid jeans for more variety. If it gets hot enough, I can roll most of the jeans and the EF pants.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Buttondown black BB shirt and silky 3/4 sleeve greys/white/black oriental geometric print.
    Crossover: Black and tan long sleeved stripe with banded bottom
    Long sleeve knits: dark blush, white cotton tee, mint turtleneck, EF black silk turtle, grey/ ivory stripe

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Oh, Joy. You are too kind, and I feel undeserving of your awfully gracious words. THANK YOU. 

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