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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My Summer Capsule Wardrobe

I'm sooooo excited to say that I finally have a handle on my summer wardrobe!  I've hated summer dressing for the last few years.  Between being pregnant, postpartum, or nursing for several summers in a row, the summer section of my wardrobe was sorely lacking, and I never really built a great one after all that.  Last summer I constantly felt like I was piecing together a hodgepodge of clothes.  I had gaping holes in my summer wardrobe, was missing basics, and felt like I had nothing to wear.  Oh, and where I live, summer often lasts until October or November, so that feeling of piecing together a hodgepodge of clothes lasted a loooong time.  

This summer I was determined to create a plan for my summer wardrobe, and so far it's looking good!

You could call this a capsule wardrobe, but I'd call it more of a starter kit wardrobe since I have more summer pieces than these and have no qualms about adding more for fun.  Whatever you want to call it or however you want to use it, it will give you a fantastic foundation for a mix and match summer wardrobe.  


HOW I CRAFTED MY SUMMER WARDROBE

I used the tips from Tips for Updating Your Wardrobe, but applied it to summer instead of winter style.  According to the steps from that post, I wrote down the weather in my area (80s and some humidity), listed typical activities (working from home, errands, church, leading worship at church, work meetings, outdoor summer playtime with a toddler), looked up summer style to emulate from Pinterest, determined 5-7 outfit formulas, wrote down key pieces I needed, assessed what I already had in my closet from said key pieces, and created a shopping list to fill holes.  For a more detailed step-by-step process, check out the Tips for Updating Your Wardrobe post!  


HOW TO ADAPT THIS CAPSULE FOR YOURSELF

This is crafted for casual to dressy-casual activities.  You are totally welcome to copy it exactly, or you can adjust things to work for your own lifestyle and style.  Here's how:

Follow the generalized descriptions under each garment.  If I show a black and white striped tee, you don't have to use that.  Underneath it says "Printed Neutral Tee," so you could use a navy and white polka dot tank top instead, for example.

Shop through the widgets below for more ideas.  I provide several options for each category to give ideas for other pieces that fit each of these descriptions.  

Substitute or omit anything you don't like.  Don't use what won't work for you, add more of one category, or substitute things.  Like, add more skirts if you want to.  Or use only tops without sleeves if you can't stand sleeves during the summer.  Wear all maxi dresses, or substitute maxi dresses for shorter dresses.  
Summer Capsule Wardrobe


SHOP THE PIECES

Items below are exact or similar to what's shown above. If the exact item is not linked that means it is no longer available.

ROW 1:  printed tee  |  striped tee  |  white knotted tee  |  grey knotted tee  |  floral tee  |  floral cold shoulder
ROW 2:  lace top  |  green top  |  pink top  |  black floral print  |  yellow print  |  red print
ROW 3:  denim shorts  |  chambray shorts  |  white shorts  |  olive shorts  |  pink shorts
ROW 4:  yellow skirt  |  floral skirt  |  white skirt  |  blue striped skirt  |  denim vest  |  utility vest
ROW 5:  olive dress  |  printed dress  |  striped dress  |  yellow maxi  |  black maxi  |  bootcut jeans
ROW 6:  tan sandals  |  black sandals  |  metallic sandals  |  white sneakers  |  leopard sandals
ROW 7:  pom pom sandals  |  red sandals  |  neutral wedges  |  cutout heels  |  yellow heels
ROW 8:  white tassel  |  gold pendant  |  turquoise pendant  |  wood watch  |  gold statement  |  turquoise statement


MORE OPTIONS
Below are more examples of pieces that fit each of the categories.  Hopefully this provides you with a broader range of items that could fit each of the general descriptions so that you can adapt this list to better suit your style.

Most items are less than $50.  

If you are viewing from Bloglovin' and cannot see the widgets below, click HERE to get out of the Bloglovin' frame.  

SOLID TEES



PRINTED TEES




SOLID AND PRINTED TOPS




SHORTS




SKIRTS




DRESSES




SHOES




How are you feeling about your summer wardrobe?  What pieces do you need to add?  I still need to add a couple of colored tops and a colored dress or two.  My summer wardrobe currently has a lot of muted colors, but I definitely want it to be more colorful!  I've also been trying tons of shoes since I need more sandals that aren't just...tan.  Haha!  Hopefully I'll find some good ones soon!


MY PAST CAPSULE WARDROBES

For tons more capsule wardrobes for summer, spring, and fall, see my One Piece Many Ways page.  

Happy wardrobe building!

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