My September Capsule Wardrobe

September is a funny transitional month for me. The weather can be unpredictable, ranging from +15 to +35 degrees, and I head back into the classroom after a summer of hanging out with my kids at home. I wear completely different clothes in July and August than I do when I’m working, so I can’t have just one warm weather capsule. In fact, I have one capsule for June and September and another for July and August.

If you’ve started looking at my Canadian Capsule Planner, you’ve already had a sneak peek at this wardrobe. When I created my planner, I used this wardrobe as my exemplar. I thought some of you out there might want a peek at what this actually looks like. You’ll notice that I’ve rolled Levels 3 and 4 (Nice and Extra Nice) into one group this time around. In September, I make an extra effort to look nice and professional and “Extra Nice” is not saved for special events, but every day. Don’t worry, things get way more cas for me in October. You can review of my Levels of Formality here.


Activewear (One “inside” look and one “outside” look)

  • leggings from Lulu Lemon
  • tank from Lululemon
  • bra from Lululemon
  • Adventure Tank (muscle tee version)
  • Avery leggings shorts
  • sneakers
  • socks
  • ball cap

Level 1 (Loungewear )

Level 2 (Casual Outing)

Level 3 and 4 (Nice and Extra Nice)

Level 5 (Formal)

I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it: a capsule wardrobe is a way of life, not a 30-day challenge This capsule isn’t perfect. It isn’t complete and doesn’t totally coordinate. Navy used to be my main neutral from summer, but I decided to transition to white with black a few years ago. As you can tell, I still have A LOT of navy or things that go better with navy. It’s a slow transition and I am okay with that.

I also want to make clear that these clothes aren’t exclusive to September. Most of these were in my closet already from August and a lot will stay into October. What I have simple done is taken out exactly enough clothes to meet my needs (and the weather) for the month of September. I have a clear idea what I am going to wear when and where and shouldn’t ever need to stress about what to wear. Now that my clothes are taken care of, I can use all that extra time and energy to focus on getting ready to teach this school year.

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