Closet cleaning and capsule wardrobes are always hot topics during the first of the year. I am horrible at official capsule wardrobes, but am starting to get better at getting the overall concept of them…buy go-to pieces that can be workhorses in your closet. Having a sense of your own style sure helps when choosing these pieces and though I don’t own a ton of LOFT pieces, I find myself lately being drawn to some of their stuff online. I decided to head over to their brick and mortar and give them another try in person.
What I found? Pairing some of my own tough-girl pieces with their more refined, workwear items creates a combo I am loving right now. I found 5 pieces that could create a solid start to a capsule wardrobe. Check it.
The Interesting Tee
Lace Yoke Tee – I adore this black lace tee. It’s flattering, has a shirttail hem to cover the mama tummy, it’s soft and it’s easy to wear with a variety of pieces. It’s a great work tee because the lace adds interest and makes it dressier, but it’s comfy enough to wear everyday with jeans. (Apparently, I should travel with a dust cloth in tow…geez. Sorry about that mirror!) Wearing size Small regular, for reference.
The Sexy Cami
Strappy Cami – I recently realized in my continual closet purging, I had gotten rid of all of my dressy camis. This is a tragedy. A nice flowy cami is such a great go-to piece for work and/or date night. It’s easy to cover with a cardigan or blazer and then you have a beautiful sexy piece underneath for hot temps or a hot date. Never fear if you’ve done the same as I have. LOFT has this beauty to fill the gap. I love the fit on this and the racerback straps are very flattering. Thumbs up. Wearing size Regular Small, for reference.
The Modern Cardigan
Striped Belted Cardigan – Cardigans are making a shift these days and I’m so glad. I was sooooo bored with the drapey swing cardigans and the sweater set fitted cardigans of a few years ago. They are pretty uninteresting. But you know what is interesting? An updated cardigan! You know we all love long cardigans over here at TME and I was excited to find another style I liked (I may have over-purchased long cardigans during holiday sales!) This striped cardigan that borders every so slightly on robe status has a cool artisan clothing vibe that I’m loving. The key is to pair it with tougher items like black jeans and a graphic tee. I prefer it open, tied in back best. Moto details, faux leather and high tops would also be great to wear with it. It’s so soft and comfy and would double as a great swim coverup, too.
The Versatile Pant
Pindot Essential Ankle Pants in Marisa Fit – These pants are the jam. They have a tiny dot print, are ankle length (in both petites and regular) and have a really comfy waistband. This fit was a tiny bit tight in the thighs for me, but I was in a 4P and generally go up a pant size when wearing petites, but they didn’t have a 6P in store. I cannot say how much I loved these as a nice jean alternative. I’d wear them with a cozy gray sweater or a, yeah, graphic tee, too. Pop a cute chambray bomber or jean jacket over this cami for spring, a warmer long cardi or turtleneck for now.
The Everyday Jean
Modern Skinny Jeans in Mid Vintage Wash – I really liked these jeans. I hadn’t tried LOFT jeans maybe ever. These are a great mid rise, soft and fit well. They are a good choice, especially for under $100. Wearing size 27, for reference. True to size fit.
A Few Honorable Mentions
Plush Lined Hoodie – I couldn’t really pick 2 cardigans for the ‘capsule’ choices, but this one is sooooo lovely and soft. It’s a little athleisure-y for me to wear outside the house, but soooo cozy. And very cute. Wearing size Small, for reference.
Leopard Turtleneck Sweater – There’s just something about animal print that I love. This print is a little larger than I typically go for, but I’m still somehow really liking it. I’d definitely pair it with busted-knee skinnies and either Chuck Taylor hi tops or black moto boots. If an overall sweater is too much for you? Try these mitts or this cowl for a little pop of print.
Striped Back Mixed Media Sweater – There was just something I really loved about this top. The front is a typical crew neck navy sweater and the back is this lovely pinstriped oxford fabric. I think some type of layering underneath would make it more interesting, like a collared button down shirt. It’s quite preppy, so I would pair it with some ripped denim (I think I’d pair ripped denim with just about everything).
Shop These and Other Favorites
So there ya have it. So glad I took this little trip to the (gasp) mall. Worth it. Any favorite pieces you like to include in a capsule collection? Any successes with actually sticking to a capsule wardrobe? Do you get bored? This artist needs all the inspiration, all the tools all the time, but I so appreciate those who can live more minimally when it comes to clothing. I would love to hear about your experiences!
And speaking of the new year and new practices, I’ve started the Barre3 B3 ALL IN program this month! I’ve previously done some of their workouts online, but I took my first in-studio class today and it was amazing (and tough!) I’m really enjoying their recipes, so far, too. If you want to follow my journey through it this month, follow my IG stories over @elletrain.
Until next time…