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Fall Pod 2016

So I have been picking a small number of clothing each season and dressing from just these pieces for a year.  It has been w o n d e r f u l!

What I like:

+Easy to get dressed every morning and easy to put clothing away at night. A lot less stress.

+I am rotating clothing with each pod so I am wearing a larger number of pieces of my wardrobe than before.

+Its fun to put this together each season – gets me thinking about the changing of the seasons plus travel and entertaining that is up coming!

So here is what I picked for the fall pod- a total of 32 items ( I go up to 35 so this lets me still include something I will realize later that I really need). This will be my basics October-December.

  1. Shirts –   plus a black and a white shell. 


2. Skirts, dresses and pants –  plus black pants, 2 black skirts, a black and white dress.


3.Jackets and sweaters -plus two black sweaters and a long vest.


4. Shoes – plus a pair of brown pumps. 


Fall dressing for me is about color and textures and not the warmth of the clothing (cause in point: it almost 80 degrees today!). My pod is more skirts than pants, so if you are trying this you’ll need to adapt to what works with your lifestyle.

Happy Fall!



Fall Pod Dressing

Fall – don’t you love it?  Well fall is here and it is time to put together a fall pod (simple dressing).

Pod dressing is 38 (or so) pieces of clothing and pairs of shoes to wear 3-4 months.  My summer pod was 4 months but this pod will be September through November.  Creating my fall pod was about not only my day-to-day life but knowing I was picking clothing for two personal trips (to Italy with my husband and a 3-day train trip to Boston) and three professional trips (2 of which are more local, one is in Phoenix, Arizona).

Things to think about:

+Fall in California isn’t necessarily cooler during the day, but the evenings are often cooler. That being said, It is more about fall colors and layers than needing coats.

+ I want to take into account some of the current fashion trends. Pod dressing gives me a chance to play a little and to live into a new way of dressing, cause…why not?

Trends I identified that I like and I think would work for me are:

The 70’s vibe/Bold patterns

Brown I pulled out my brown skirt from the back of the closet (how did I forget I had this? It is so soft!) and added it in (nice when a trend doesn’t require an extra purchase).

Cool Hosiery 

Red (there are a bunch of trends here, but skip down to “Red”)

Here are my pieces to go with the trends:

The 70’s & Bold Patterns – both of these came from Talbots – I am finding more of my clothing is coming from here as it is one of the few places that cares about adult clothing for women these days (don’t even get me started…)


Cool Hosiery – most of the pairs I bought I found on Amazon.


(note: two different legs, note the hosiery on the left 🙂 )

Red – red really is the best color.


Here is the fall pod:

Jackets: Oversized Brown and White Sweater Coat, Jean Jacket (new), Tweed Jacket (new), Black Velvet Vest (old and well worn but still beautiful). (4 total)

Sweaters: Red, Teal, Black/Cream/Teal (from Summer Pod) – these are all the style that is longer in the front, plus my Green Anthropology sweater from 2 years back, its more classic. (4 total)

Pullovers: White pullover sweater – has a nice bit of shimmer in it – plus a casual, light brown pullover & a purple sweater top (lightweight but long sleeves)  (3 total)

Shirts: Bold Red/Black/White shirt & Bold Teal/Blue/Cream shirt, Red and White tee-shirt, Brown/black/white tee-shirt , jean shirt (5 total)

Shells: Blue, Red, Black (2), Pink – All were in my summer pod except for the pink (5 total)

Skits: Black (2), Brown/Black (1), Brown (1), Blue and White (1), Tweed (1), Jean (1), Artistic Wrap Around (1) (only Brown, Tweed, Artistic Wrap Around are new to the pod) (8 total)

Pants: Black velvet (1 total)

Dresses: Black Polka Dot (1) and Blue Professional Dress (1) (2 total)

32 total pieces.  It looks like this:


Shoes: Black Sketchers, grey heals, brown walking shoes, Black sling back, black closed toes, red loafers. (6)

And this: IMG_1611 IMG_1639

Welcome fall!

“So, how did that pod dressing thing go?”

IMG_0789So, this summer was my first attempt at pod dressing. Pod dressing is paring down your clothing to 38 (or so) pieces. This includes pairs of shoes, tops and bottoms but not scarves, jewelry or bags. I did this for 4 months with the same pieces (more or less, see below).

Here is what I loved:

Each morning was so much easier. I had pulled my pod clothing together in one area of my closet and so finding it and seeing what was there was so much easier. Looking through only 30 pieces of clothing led to a less stressful morning.

I learned to mix and match better. I tend to match things – (you know, the blue skirt with a blue top) – but pod dressing showed me that the grey top (or the black top) worked just as well. And while not everything could be interchanged, more could be interchanged than I would have ever paired on my own.

IMG_0574I learned to love white. I tend to wear darker colors but a white peasant top and a white jean jacket were part of the pod. Wearing white made me feel more upbeat, look more upbeat and people responded positivity to my wearing white by asking if I was just back from vacation!  White worked with my coloring and never knew that.

What was a challenge:

In the first month I put a hole in my beloved black skirt. I have had this skirt since 2013 and it was a regular staple of my week. Sadly, when I was traveling I tried to iron it and put a whole in it the size of my fist! I did replace it so I wasn’t down a piece but ended up purchasing a skirt that was blue and white instead. I found I could make due with the other black skirts I had.

Not shopping: I became aware of how often I shop for clothing. With the pod my commitment was not to buy clothing until I was working on the fall pod and that was hard. It was especially hard with vacation in August and my usual pattern of picking up a couple new things for travel.

Shoes: I still have no idea what I am doing with shoes. Two of the pairs I picked (red heels, black flats) basically wore out over the four months. They were old when I began the summer pod and became more shabby during the summer. I never wore the polka dot shoes and the new black flats I bought never did become comfortable. I will need to work on shoe choices for next pod.

Did I cheat on my pod? Yes, a bit. For example:

I did buy a new outfit but did not put it in my summer pod. The plan was it would be great on vacation.  But once I tried it on at home, it looked terrible it. It was also pink (skirt and top) and so it really didn’t go with anything else in the pod. That added to my ease in not adding it to the pod.

My last cheat related to my laziness – a couple times I was behind on laundry and pulled a shirt from another part of the closet.


Overall, I realize this is a powerful strategy in my lightweight and low maintenance lifestyle.

What’s next? I am working on my fall pod and will post on that shortly.



Pod (Simple) Dressing

My mother is a clotheshorse. She has full closets and lots of choices. When she cleans her closet, I get her cast offs, so I too have full closets and lots of choices. And, like her, I enjoy finding that next “right” classic white tee-shirt.

But a couple months ago, I ran across a blog about capsule (I like the term “pod”) dressing. The concept is basically this:

38 pieces for 3 months – the exact number isn’t important (so it could be 35 or 40 instead of 38, 3 months or 4).

Pods include clothing and pairs of shoes but not jewelry, bags or scarves, work out or painting/gardening clothes.

This interested me but not because I want to wear less clothes, but because I wanted to wear MORE clothes. Honestly, I have been in a terrible, couple year rut, wearing the same things over and over again – most everything is black too.

Mornings were a sad time at my house because I felt overwhelmed as I looked into the full closet trying to decide what to wear. There was too many choices and since much of it (a) didn’t fit (b) was in bad shape (c) were not things I loved, the daily struggle around what to wear was not the way I wanted to start my day anymore.

So as with any new idea, I read the articles ( look here and here and here and here).

But I noticed that my pod would be substantial different.


  • I am a career woman.
  • I am not a size 6.
  • I have an artistic side so I like to have fun with my clothing.
  • I didn’t want to pick one color and buy around it because I wanted more color.
  • I wanted to spend less than it seems others do on this.
  • I can never figure out shoes…
  • But need to walk 8000 steps during the day.
  • I buy too many things I don’t love just because they fit.
  • I travel often (business and pleasure).

So where to begin?

I started with a couple basics – what I had that I already LOVED.  Here is my list (and a couple photos

Skirts: Black Skirts (3), Jean Skirt, Red Splash Skirt

Jackets/Sweaters: Black Striped Jacket, Blue/White/Black Sweater

Tops: 3 Black Shells, White Peasant Top, Beige Sweater Set (2 pieces), Johnny Waz Top

Dresses: Blue and White Polkadot Dress

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Interestingly, while I already had all of these clothes, many of them were so jammed in the closet that I seldom saw them!  This totaled 15 pieces.

Looking at these made me think about what was missing and I purchased a couple things to put the look together. I mostly wear skirts so I knew I need a couple new things (not black) and a couple jackets (cause the old ones don’t fit or are in bad shape).

Here is what I bought:

Jackets: White Jean Jacket, Blue Soft Jacket, Poppy Soft Jacket

Skirts: Blue Striped Skirt, Blue Hawaii Skirt, White Skirt, Brown/Black/White Skirt

Tops: Blue Shell, Red Shell, White Shell (sleeveless tee-shirts)

Dress: Blue and white dress

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Finally, shoes:

Black Slip Ons, Preaching Shoes (small heals, black), Red Sandles, New Black Shoes

Brown Easy Spirit, Black Slip Ons, Brown Sandals.


So how did it go? Next week –