What I learned from the SAHM Casual Wardrobe Capsule Builder

My personal style isn’t so stylish when I’m working from home. I might spend half the day in my pajamas before changing into street clothes to run errands. Shameful, I know.

Last month I did something I never do and bought a few bundles from Ultimate Bundles, a site dedicated to offering ebooks and ecourses from amazing bloggers on a variety of topics. Inside The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle I found the SAHM Casual Wardrobe Capsule Builder style challenge from Get Your Pretty On.

The SAHM Casual Wardrobe Capsule Builder gives you 20 days of outfits plus a shopping list so you can stock your closet with everything you need to build a basic casual wardrobe. I spent 20 days following the style challenge and learned a lot about my own personal style.

I spent 20 days following the SAHM Casual Wardrobe Capsule Builder style challenge and learned a lot about my own personal style.

It’s nice not having to think about what to wear.

Deciding what to wear can take a lot of energy, but with a calendar full of outfits, I never had to decide what to wear the next day. Plus, I could set clothes out the night before and be all ready to go in the morning.

I spent 20 days following the SAHM Casual Wardrobe Capsule Builder style challenge and learned a lot about my own personal style.

I don’t like changing my bag every few days.

The style challenge calls for a tote and a saddle bag, which you wear depending on the look of the day. It didn’t take me long to disregard this suggestion because I’d much rather have one go-to bag ready to grab when I head out the door. As you can see from my outfit pics, my bag of choice is my new Vera Bradley tote.

I spent 20 days following the SAHM Casual Wardrobe Capsule Builder style challenge and learned a lot about my own personal style.

I’ll stick with flats, thanks.

Taupe booties popped up in several of the looks, but I’m a flats girl. I wore my black ballet flats or colorful sneakers for the 20 day challenge since they are a better fit for my lifestyle.

Scarves just get in the way.

Almost half of the looks called for a printed scarf, which is great in the fall or winter, but with windy and hot days, scarves just get in the way. I like to wear the occasional scarf, but it’s not a wardrobe staple for me.

I spent 20 days following the SAHM Casual Wardrobe Capsule Builder style challenge and learned a lot about my own personal style.

Wearing the same few pieces every week gets really boring.

I never thought I’d say this, but I need a break from chambray. Nearly half of the looks call for a chambray shirt or dress, but by the end of the challenge, I was longing for plaid or gingham or anything besides chambray. This was a great lesson though because it shows I’d never make it with a minimalist wardrobe. I crave variety.

Just say no to white jeans.

White jeans were on the shopping list, but I nixed that idea right away. I always worry about getting white dirty because I almost always get dirty when I wear white. Someday, I might be tempted to try these stain resistant jeans from Old Navy, but for now, I’m skipping white jeans.

I spent 20 days following the SAHM Casual Wardrobe Capsule Builder style challenge and learned a lot about my own personal style.

Overall, I think the SAHM Casual Wardrobe Capsule Builder is a great way to play with the clothes you already have and to find new ways to wear them. I discovered some outfit combinations I really like and now have a better idea about what my wardrobe is missing. You can learn more about the challenge here. At only $29, it’s well worth the money!

I spent 20 days following the SAHM Casual Wardrobe Capsule Builder style challenge and learned a lot about my own personal style.

Have you ever done a style challenge?

P.S. If you liked this, you might, also, like What Two Weeks of Outfit Photos Taught Me About My Style!

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27 comments

  1. These looks are all so cute, Ashley! I love scarves but not so much in summer. Flats and running shoes are also a staple for me, too. I think one of my problems is mixing pieces up in a different way and feeling confident. This is a great photo diary of your experiment. Thanks for sharing your wardrobe tips.
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  2. Wow, definitely a good option for those with tones of clothes who still say I have nothing to wear….and yes..I say no to white pants too…no no for me

  3. I probably need some more closet staples. I agree, scarves do get in the way this time of year! My faves in the winter are probably the big blanket ones, because they are more like another layer or like a sweater! lol! Love all of these chambray outfits that you wore!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  4. So interesting! I’ve created a bit of a capsule wardrobe with this pregnancy just because I don’t want to buy tons of maternity clothes. So there has been a lot of wearing the same 6 tops with different pants/jewelry to try and make it seem like multiple outfits, haha!

  5. I haven’t done a style challenge, but I have been enjoying your photos on your Instagram feed. Love focusing on a few core pieces to build a wardrobe.

  6. I haven’t heard about that before, but it sounds interesting. I can’t imagine wanting to wear the same pieces in different ways all the time though. However I do love white jeans!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  7. I love the idea of not having to think so much (or at all) about what to wear. I am always getting three of us dressed in the morning but I like to look good! Therein lies my challenge.

  8. It’s good to know I’m not the only who spends most of the day in PJs Ashley, I’ve been getting up early to exercise than making myself get dressed which usually consists of more comfy workout clothes lol. I’m totally going to check out this SAHM Casual Wardrobe Capsule Builder I need all the help I can get.
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  9. Happy to know I’m not the only one that doesn’t get dressed regularly! I’m going to check out SAHM Casual Wardrobe Capsule Builder I can use all the help I can get

  10. I’ve never done a style challenge. I’m not sure I’d do great at one either. I feel like I’m always swapping the same outfits around anyway, so it’s kind of like I have a capsule wardrobe. ?
    I’m not a huge fan of white jeans(on myself, they’re great on other people), but I do own a pair. I may wear them once a year. I wrote a whole post about that years ago. 😀
    xo
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  11. I followed along with your outfit posts on Instagram, so it was interesting to read your reflections on the experience. Like you, I like the idea of a capsule wardrobe, and I definitely need help with my casual wardrobe, but I think I’d get bored of this too. It sounds like you had a lot of positive takeaways though, and you can certainly outfit plan the night before and set it out for the next day. That’s something I need to do more consistently as well.

    Liz
    http://www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

  12. Huh- I’ve never done a style challenge but I’m currently building a spreadsheet of all the pieces in my wardrobe, and what they mix and match with. I’d love to just have a piece of software that takes everything I have, pairs it up (with tips on how to wear it, like shirt tucked in or out), and randomizes it for me, a week in advance (taking into account the weather that day). Sounds like this challenge is close…

    (also, just say no to white pants!)
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