My athleisure capsule wardrobe results

I just wrapped up my 10-day Athleisure Capsule Wardrobe Challenge, and I am so excited to share the results with you! I’ve been posting my #ootd on Instagram, and overall, I’m rating this challenge a smashing success. Below, I’m sharing the great, the lessons learned, and the times I broke the rules.

The great

It was way easier to get dressed.

This is the hands down, number one benefit. I am one of those people who stands in her (way too full) closet bitching and moaning about how she has nothing to wear. After ten minutes of grumpily and loudly hating everything I own, I reach for the same ol’ tried and true pieces, again and again.

LaterGram! I forgot to post my #ootd yesterday for my athleisure capsule wardrobe challenge. This is day 6. Wearing @prana pants, @athleta top, @madewell necklace, and @loft sunnies. #sweatpink #athleisure #pranafallstyle17 #pranastyle #powerofshe #loftstyle #capsulewardrobe #feelamazingeveryday #madewell

75 Likes, 10 Comments – Alyse Mason Brill (@alysemb) on Instagram: “LaterGram! I forgot to post my #ootd yesterday for my athleisure capsule wardrobe challenge. This…”


So, really, moving to a capsule collection just legitimized what I was already doing, but saved me a little time. 😉 Every time I started to think, ugh, what am I going to wear today, I’d realize, oh, right, my choices are super limited! YAY!

I forgot about clothes.

Ever have one of those days when you get to work or catch a glimpse in a mirror and you think, ugh, what am I wearing, and why? Either it’s uncomfortable, or you put together a new combination and something about it is off, or for whatever reason you’re just not feeling it that day?

Happens to me all the time. Except for these last ten days, when I basically forgot about what I was wearing, in the best way possible. Limiting myself to my favorite pieces meant my outfits just faded (happily) into the background.

Lessons learned

My shirts were too similar.

I chose my three favorite athleisure tops because, hey, they’re my favorites, and they can all be dressed up or down.

Three different shirts… same look.

I went into it thinking that their cut and necklines were different enough that they’d add some interest to my daily outfits. However, they were all pretty similar, especially on camera: they were all essentially patterned tops with a white base. If I had to do it again, I’d try for a little more visual diversity.

No layers = boring outfits.

Compounding my too-similar tops was that I was working with basically no layers to help mix it up.


It’’s still around 90 degrees every day in Austin, so adding scarves, jackets, or other layers that would help make my daily outfits look different was basically a no-go.

The times I broke the rules

I needed a nicer option.

When I was planning the capsule, I forgot about Yom Kippur. I needed a dress to wear to services, so I chose a basic black number that is essentially a fancier version of my beloved prAna dress. It felt like a legitimate cheat.

I wore the same thing twice.

I totally wore the same outfit twice, two days in a row. I *did* do laundry that night, but, well, the outfit worked so well for me that I just had to wear it again. 🙂

What’s next?

I am definitely doing this again. Especially as the weather cools down, so that I can add a little more variety into my capsule, at least for the purposes of sharing on social media. 😉

Are you interested in joining me next time? Let me know in the comments—I’d love to do this with friends! 🙂

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  1. Nicci Randall
    Nicci Randall

    I’m so in next time! I think this will help me purge some items that I really don’t need…

    1. Alyse Mason
      Alyse Mason Post author

      YESS, I’m going to loop you in as the official fashion consultant. 🙂

  2. Jamie King

    I can’t believe you did laundry to wear an outfit twice in two days. I’d totally just re-wear it and then do the laundry. I guess I’m a grosser human. HAHAH!

    1. Alyse Mason
      Alyse Mason Post author

      Well, someone did kindly smear cherry tomatoes all over me, so laundry had to happen… 😉

      But (as I’m sure you’ve witnessed a few times, hahah) I’ve absolutely reworn things two days in a row without washing!

    1. Alyse Mason
      Alyse Mason Post author

      Awesome! Gotta start planning the next one. I’m already withering from decision fatigue over here, trying to pick out my clothes every morning! 🙂

  3. Briana S.

    Love your posts Alyse! I’m going to have to look up some of these pieces and mix up my own wardrobe. Thanks for the inspo!

  4. Sara Giboney

    I totally need to do this! And I’m totally with Jamie, I would just re-wear clothes without washing them ; )

    1. Alyse Mason
      Alyse Mason Post author

      hahah YES laundry is such a drag! I definitely do re-wear without washing, too! 🙂

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