making a list & checking it twice

so we’ve pinned and observedpurged our closets, and started our lists.

today, we finish them.

{it’s important to look at your closet as you do this.}

hello closet

ask yourself these questions:

  • is there anything that needs replaced that i don’t have on my list?
  • what are the most common pieces i pinned that i don’t have? {think through tops, bottoms, shoes, and accessories.}
  • do i have one of something that a similar piece would double my remixing options? {maybe this is a sweater you wear frequently or a belt.}
  • is there a color i have a lot of? you can steer clear of this color on your list and/or plan layering pieces that will compliment it. {example: i have a lot of neutral tops: white, gray, black. adding a colored cardigan would give me tons of remixing options.}

add your conclusions to the list. be specific! and don’t be afraid to have a long list. it doesn’t mean you’ll run out and buy all the items immediately. it’s a guide you can use while shopping. referring to it will help curb impulse buys.

i started my list and have let it sit for a few days. as thoughts come to me, i add them. here is my brainstormed list, unedited.


  • black cardigan (i finally threw it out!)
  • delicate silver necklace (the vacuum cleaner ate mine :( )


  • plaid {classic colors}, gingham {pale gray}, & white button ups
  • striped long sleeve tee; small white and black stripes, loose enough to layer easily
  • black turtleneck
  • feminine blouse- white with black polka dots and a tie
  • colored cardigan
  • princess kate dress {fitted and classic}
  • to-the-floor maxi
  • shirt dress
  • vest- fuzzy (or like jcrew)
  • leather jacket
  • coco jacket
  • wide leg jeans
  • nude heels
  • pop of color heels
  • relaxed shoes
  • leopard flats


timeless capsule wardrobe

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  • Iris December 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Caitlin! I love these last few posts! Thank you so much for your help! I have gift cards from Christmas that I want to use wisely. Hey, do you know of any blogs or pins that show you how to dress appropriately for your age?

    • Caitlin December 28, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      I’m so glad, Iris! I don’t know of any off the top of my head, but I’ll see what I can find and let you know!

      • Iris December 30, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        Hi Caitlin, I’ve really been enjoying your last few blog entries here. Thanks for the post with some age appropriate links. Very useful!

      • Caitlin December 30, 2012 at 2:09 PM

        Iris- I’m so glad! You are very welcome! I really enjoyed reading through them. Have a fantastic day!

  • Closet Strategy December 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Great list! I agree with you; it’s important to actually look in the closet, especially to plan for those older/worn items that will require a replacement.

    • Caitlin December 28, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      Thanks so much! I took a quick look at your blog and love that you challenged yourself to a 90 day shopping ban! I can’t wait to read more. Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  • Selah January 2, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    I’ve been making my list :)

    * Chambray shirt (my thrifted Oxford button down is looking tired)
    * Gray skinny jeans (my Old Navy ones are worn out – we’re talking almost see through)
    * Dark wash trouser jeans (I could possibly have mine lengthened – they are just a bit too short)

    * Olive cardigan (I wear my olive cargoes, skirt, and tank ALL the time, so I think I will get tons of use from a cardi)
    * Another pseudo-neutral cardigan (I’m thinking navy and/or lavender)
    * A black & white striped top (I LOVE my navy & white striped top, so I think black & white would be a great addition)
    * More Old Navy Tamis – seriously the best tank on the market! I’m hoping in the spring they will come out with some new bright colors.
    * This skirt, because it will work with a lot of my tops and it’s sooo cute!:,10&swHighlightThickness=1&swBorderThickness=0&itemTitle=Xhilaration%26reg%3B+Juniors+Belted+Skirt+-+Assorted+Colors&omniImageCount=1

    • Caitlin January 3, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Adorable skirt! I love your list, Selah. Lol- better replace those jeans quick!

      • Selah January 3, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        I tried the skirt on at Target today – so disappointing! It fit great but the fabric is extremely prone to static cling. Plus, the little dalmatians are navy blue and cream which is just kind of weird. Oh well. :(
        I’ve ordered a new pair of gray skinnies and they are supposed to be here tomorrow. I went with a more expensive and, hopefully, higher quality pair since I know I’ll wear them a lot.

        • Caitlin January 4, 2013 at 7:42 AM

          Boo! It stinks when that happens, but I’m so proud of you for being honest about it. That’s my struggle.

          Yay! I hope they come today.

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