Athleisure Capsule Wardrobe Challenge - 5 outfits from the 7 days

Recap: The 7-Day Athleisure Capsule Wardrobe Challenge

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw me attempt a seven-day athleisure capsule wardrobe challenge. I picked out seven pieces of mostly athleisure items to wear for a full week. This idea came from Alyse Mason Brill, the boss babe behind SweatPink/Fit Approach. She did hers for 10 days, but I just…couldn’t. I know my limitations, but I’m also chasing some simplicity.

I tried an athleisure capsule wardrobe challenge for seven days. The results were somewhat surprising.

For the seven days, I chose:

  1. A wrap dress I bought at the Ann Taylor outlet. This wasn’t strictly athleisure. However, a lot of the athleisure companies make beautiful dresses that can be dressed up or down, but not in petite sizes. I’m 5’1″.
  2. The lavender PrAna t-shirt I bought at BlogFest in July.
  3. A black Calia by Carrie Underwood skort.
  4. The PrAna Harlene top in a black-and-white chevron stripe.
  5. A floaty Athleta tank top.
  6. Athleta Metro shorts in black. They’re so comfortable, and they look like real shorts.
  7. PrAna Briann pants in gray. They feel like leggings. They also come in a short inseam.

Lessons from the Athleisure Capsule Wardrobe

First of all, I never expected to get into athleisure. For a really long time, I thought of it as the people who wear yoga pants everywhere. I didn’t expect to find such cute pieces! The Metro shorts really look like regular shorts, and they’re so comfortable I could (and did) take a nap in them. All the tops felt great and fit perfectly into my entrepreneur/work from home/mom life. Finally, when the weather cools down, those PrAna pants are going to be a wardrobe staple.

However, I don’t like dresses. Or skirts. I feel overdressed in them. Granted, I wear dresses to church and when I have to meet with my kids’ teachers or other business professionals. But I hate them otherwise. I coveted the PrAna Berry dress, but I knew it would be too long. I realized I need an athleisure dress that I can wear with flat sandals or tights and boots. I’m open to suggestions for something that isn’t too long for my short self.

Also, I honestly can’t do a full capsule wardrobe. I felt like I had to do an extra load of laundry because, thanks to the Houston heat and humidity, I sweated all over my shirts. Even when I travel, I bring one shirt per day. However, I did like limiting my choices. I didn’t get back from the gym and wonder what I would wear (especially the last day)!

My big takeaway from this challenge is that I can absolutely wear athleisure. It helps when the pants and shorts look like “real” pants and shorts, and it also helps that PrAna and Athleta offer such cute tops. I have a feeling I’m going to wear those PrAna pants a lot this winter. I’m still in search of the perfect athleisure dress, the one that’s going to take me to teacher meetings, church, and a new Toastmasters group.

Have you ever done an athleisure capsule wardrobe? What’s your favorite part of it?

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2 Responses

  1. Alyse
    October 24, 2017
    • runoutofthebox
      October 25, 2017

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