Creating a Capsule Wardrobe with Polyvore

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I’ll be honest — I’ve never really understood Polyvore.  I enjoy looking at cute outfits on Pinterest as much as the next girl, but making digital collages of overpriced clothes isn’t really my thing.  But as I’ve been thinking about and shopping for my fall capsule wardrobe, it struck me that Polyvore would be the perfect way to make sure all the items I was choosing for my wardrobe would go together, without having to tear apart my closet.

It took me a little bit of playing around to get it right but here’s the trick to making Polyvore work for a capsule wardrobe, rather than giving you serious clothes-envy over its endless selection (and unlimited budget):  the “like” button.  When you like an item in Polyvore, it puts into into a separate tab, which you can then use to create lots of different outfits (they call them “sets”) and save them to look at later.

I got my fall/winter clothes and shoes out of storage recently, so I started by searching to items on Polyvore that are similar to clothes I already have that I want to include in my fall wardrobe.  (Don’t worry if they’re not identical, just get something close enough so you can tell what the outfit will look like.)  My goal is between 30-40 items (including shoes) for my entire wardrobe and I’m not quite there yet.  This leaves me a little room to do some shopping to fill in the holes.  I know I still need a dress of some sort and a black cardigan.  Since I can see everything I already have, it was pretty easy to figure out what I was lacking.

The awesome thing about this is that being limited to a few items really makes you get creative with how you put outfits together.  I call this one “Lazy Saturday.”  Stretchy pants, and hoodie and Toms…  oh yeah.

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My goal is to come up with at least 3 different ways to wear each item in my wardrobe.  With a small wardrobe, everything has to pull its own weight.   Polyvore makes it really easy to figure out if I can mix and match something enough to make it capsule-worthy.  (Are you thinking about Seinfeld now?  Mwah ha ha.)

What’s your favorite thing to wear in the fall?  

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22 thoughts on “Creating a Capsule Wardrobe with Polyvore

  1. Capsule worthy, I get it :). Yay for holes in your wardrobe so you can go shopping :). Great idea to use Polyvore because taking photos of your clothes and then removing the background is time consuming. I might steal your idea once I get the energy to do anything ;).

  2. Not being out in the working world since 2005- working at home for a bit, has
    changed my whole wardrobe outlook. I need practically nothing. So saves a ton of money. Also, I am 58 and wear what I like and feel comfortable in that looks decent enough. 3 of our 4 children have gotten or are getting married
    (11-14) so stuff for that. Also, for a 4-5 other weddings and funerals in the past 5 years. I have worn the same items two or three times. That being said, doing what you are doing is a great idea. I do wear a lot of the same items to my Sean’s college soccer games, wearing Villanova shirts, etc. Once the coats go on, no one sees what you wear anyway. I do love flat heeled boots for the look and the warmth- so that’s my favorite fall item.
    Have a great weekend! Sorry so wordy!
    Love, SMD’s Momma

  3. I’m so interested in the concept of a capsule wardrobe. I don’t know if I could totally pull it off but I still love the idea.
    My favorite fall things.. it used to be flannel shirts, skinny jeans and boots. Lately I’m very into leggings and long, funky tunics.
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    • I don’t worry too much about finding exactly the brand I’m looking for, I just try to get close enough that I can tell what the outfit will look like. I doubt it’s something I’ll use on a regular basis, but it was fun to play around with putting together different outfits without making a mess of my closet!

    • Using it to find clothes that go together for a family picture is a great idea. We always do a big family photo at Thanksgiving for Christmas cards, so I’ll be thinking about that soon!

    • I am as guilty as the next Midwesterner of complaining about the weather in the height of winter and summer, but I really do love having four seasons. Storing and switching out cold and warm weather clothes can be a bit of a hassle, though.

  4. I WAS AN IMAGE CONSULTANT FOR YEARS– & CHARGED PEOPLE TO HELP THEM CHOOSE WHAT TO BUY & WHAT COLORS & HOW TO ORGANIZE WHAT THEY OWNED & HOW MANY DIFFERENT WAYS TO WEAR WHAT THEY OWNED!!! 🙂 ALSO WHAT SEASON THEY WERE– WHAT COLORS WERE BEST FOR THEM– ALSO HAIR COLOR– & CORRECTIVE MAKE UP– ETC- ETC– ALSO WORKED FOR A FUR COMPANY– HELPING PEOPLE CHOOSE WHAT FUR WAS RIGHT FOR THEM!!! 🙂 NOW I AM RETIRED & I STILL FIND– I CAN’T BREAK THE HABIT– OF HOW I DRESS & WHAT I WEAR & THE COLORS ETC- ETC !! AND I FIND –I STILL IN MY HEAD– AM DOING COLOR ANALYSIS FOR EACH PERSON I MEET!!! 🙂
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    • That dress sounds awesome and very “on trend” for fall (I can’t believe I’m saying that! I’m so clueless about fashion but I started following a few fashion bloggers/IG-ers recently so I know just enough to be dangerous now.)

      I love scarves too, but I was getting sick of the ones I wore all last year (aka COLDEST WINTER EVAR) so I donated most of them and now I need to pick up a few new ones!

  5. Loving this idea and got to admit the weather here has been crazy and was 85 degrees today with having to break out summer shorts and tank top today. Not complaining, because I am a warm weather girl, but also do like fall and getting to wear leggings, cute shoes and even boots, too 😉
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