What good is writing about how to build capsule wardrobes if I never talk about how I put the pieces together? I've been wanting to start sharing more outfits on the blog (like I did at the very start), so I'm starting a little series called Capsules in the Wild.
Maybe you've seen me use that as a hashtag on Instagram?
I picked #CapsulesInTheWild because I thought it’d be a fun way to showcase the outfits I put together for different events. Sometimes I’m hiking, sometimes I’m out with Brandon or with friends, and sometimes I’m just running errands and hanging out a coffee shop.
Which brings me to this outfit.
I have to talk to you about this t shirt. I was looking for a great quality cotton striped t shirt last year. I wanted one that was white with small black stripes—very specific, I know. I’d come across a cool store named Philanthropy back when Brandon and I lived in Davis (it’s actually where I bought my favorite tote I mentioned in this post). As I scrolled through Instagram one night last winter, I saw this tee and immediately wanted it.
I do this all the time. I find something I love and decide I want it without looking at the price. It’s super annoying because I quickly realize my taste is better than my budget.
Luckily, I had some extra cash on me that time! After a few comments back and forth, I set up a time to go buy the t shirt.
Now I don’t usually spend $40 on a t shirt. It freaks me out a little to think that I actually did that. But here’s the deal: this Project Social T shirt 100% cotton, made in the US, and I’ve worn it maybe a thousand times in less than a year. It got to the point where it seemed like that was the only shirt I wore, ever. I’ve included it in every capsule wardrobe this year so the cost per wear just keeps plunging. I’m all about it. Plus the company partners with different charities to help raise awareness for them as well as donating to them.
My point is, this t shirt gets way more use than any of my $5 ones from F21. The quality is so good and I expect to wear it for at least 10 years.
Instead of doing my usual tucked in tee thing, I switched it up with a little knot at the front (held together by a bobby pin) and rolled the sleeves to give the look a little more of a badass edge.
I paired the t shirt with my black skinny Levi’s and taupe ankle boots and finished everything off with this bowler hat.
I teased this story a little on Instagram, but I actually bought the hat like four years ago when I decided to dress up as Taylor Swift (from the Red album) for Halloween. I bought a straight blonde wig, a red leotard and wore high waist black shorts with keds and the hat. No one got who I was. I got called Lady Gaga like a million times that night. I haven’t dressed up as any blonde person since.
I don’t usually have fully neutral outfits but I really liked this look. I think the monochrome pairing helps keep this t shirt and jeans outfit looking a little more polished. Casual but not too casual, you know?