Now is usually the time of year I start to feel the want for fall clothing. The back to college vibes always get me–yes, even as a professor–and I feel the need to make some teaching wardrobe upgrades. But this year is different for everyone, and I’ll be teaching online through the fall semester. So instead of upgrading my wardrobe, I’ve decided to downgrade it to 34 items. I hope this capsule wardrobe will reduce decisions and keep me comfortable for days of online class prep and a few visits to my office. Here is my early fall professor capsule wardrobe!
Here are a few factors I like to think about when picking a capsule wardrobe out:
Climate: It’s still hot here and it will be through the end of October (above 90, if not above 100! I know, why do we live here??). So the ad cycle pushing boots and sweaters really doesn’t work for me. Instead, I am trying to be honest with myself that my shorts and sundresses will need to stay in rotation.
Colors: It’s interesting to think about how virtual work has changed what I’m drawn to. As I said on Instagram last week, I am realizing I need some saturated colors, especially in tops, so that I look alive on Zoom. This “need” makes me feel like shopping so instead of doing that I tried to pick out the tops that make me feel best and wear them on repeat.
Lifestyle: Things I don’t need: structured blazers, work trousers, and most of my shoe collection. I miss my shoes but for now I’m letting them be and picked the three pairs I have been reaching for most–flat sandals, comfy leather flats, and sneakers for running errands–plus one pair of block heels for office runs.
Outfit combos: Here are some of the outfits I’m looking forward to making for early fall!
Remember when I said I was really feeling color and then immediately returned to my old ways and only styled black and white? Woops. Consider this my new favorite outfit though. Similar top/Similar pants/Sneakers
I did feel silly putting so many tank tops in this capsule, but they’re all I’ve worn all summer. Easy to keep a blazer at my desk and throw it on for meetings.
These Eileen Fisher silk pants are such a forgotten favorite, so I put them in the capsule to give them another shot. They are extremely breathable and once again prove that thrifted Eileen Fisher is always the best option in life.
Alright, more outfits coming once classes are in swing again! If you are teaching online I see you and I am here with you through the transition–I will definitely miss the joy of seeing students face to face.
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