I’ve been using capsule wardrobes for 4 years, and I love them even more now than I did that first summer. Here’s what I’ve got in my summer capsule wardrobe this year.
It’s that time of year again. Time to change out my seasonal wardrobe. This is summer number four for me using a capsule wardrobe, so I’ve learned some things. But even though I’ve got some experience, I do still find it a challenge. A fun challenge. But still a challenge. Especially since I keep discovering all these amazing new small boutiques and ethical brands!!
I realize it’s been a while since I shared my last capsule wardrobe. I feel like I should do a little explaining. About 2 years ago, I embarked on a new adventure as a LuLaRoe retailer. My idea was that I could incorporate the clothing into capsule wardrobes and my clothing boutique and my blog could sort of go hand-in-hand. But the reality was that it took SO MUCH of my time just to scrape by in my LuLaRoe business that I had zero time for blogging.
Like, I barely blogged for an entire year.
And I missed it so much! Because blogging is what I really wanted to do – not selling clothing.
Then I learned about Agnes & Dora. I thought it would be the perfect fit for my original idea of selling clothing that could be easily incorporated in capsule wardrobes. And I thought it would be easier. And it totally was easier.
But that didn’t work out either. (I really want to share more about this too. And I will.)
So that’s why you haven’t seen capsule wardrobes from me in a while.
Now that we’ve got that out, I really wanna share my summer wardrobe! 🙂
My Summer Capsule Wardrobe
This time, I included exactly 33 items (Project 333 style). Clothing and shoes only, no jewelry or other accessories. And, as always, I don’t count lounge-wear, sleep-wear, under garments, or ‘grungy clothes’.
Of course, I need some tanks for summer. I’ve got a couple of fun, bright prints and a couple of basic neutrals. I got the first one in a recent Stitch Fix box, and fell in love. The second is from a new boutique owned by a mom local to me (love supporting mom-owned businesses!). The white one is a few years old from Target. And the black one is from another mom-owned boutique that donates to A Family for Every Orphan called Elegance Restored.
Basic tees are a must. I shared these in my comparison of Pact and Everlane v-neck tees. They’re perfect wardrobe essentials.
Kohls | Modcloth | Etsy
Graphic tees are very much my jam. And I own lots. But I can’t make a capsule wardrobe of nothing but graphic tees because then I wouldn’t have room for the cute tanks and basic v-necks. (See, this is why capsule wardrobes are challenging!)
Stitch Fix | Target
I have done this enough times to know it’s smart to have a couple of long sleeve tops on hand. Mornings and evenings are cool when the occasional cold front comes through. And there seems to be a cool week or two where you fear you lost a few weeks and fall is upon you. But it’s just that weird mid-summer cool off.
Target | Target | Level 99 ( Stitch Fix ) | LC Lauren Conrad
Jeans may seem unnecessary in a summer wardrobe, but trust me, they’re needed in mine. Yes, it’s hot here most of the summer (hence the shorts), but like I said before, we do get the occasional cool off. For my shorts, I chose a modest Bermuda length from Denizen by Levi, a dressy-ish striped flat-front pair from Target, and some cut-offs I got from Stitch Fix (made in America!).
I love wearing skirts and dresses. And I know lots of you are probably thinking, “I don’t have anywhere to wear things like that.” But you do! (I kinda went on a rant about this on Instagram if you need some convincing. 😉 )
LuLaRoe | Target | Target | A&D Urban Cardi
A few layers are good for mixing up outfits and for cool mornings, rainy afternoons, and breezy evenings. I probably didn’t need this many layers, really. I’m sure just 1 or 2 would have been plenty. But I couldn’t pick between these, so I included them all!
Maxi dresses are perfect for mamas because you don’t have to worry to much about showing your undies while on mom-duty. 😉 And the midi dress in the middle is so gorgeous and flattering, I get so many compliments every time I wear it.
TOP: Target | Target | Target
I wasn’t going to count shoes this time around. I don’t really feel like it’s necessary for me. I did it in the beginning because I really needed to get a handle on my shoe addiction. But I feel like I’ve come a long way since then and I know I can survive without 30 pairs of shoes. But I decided to go ahead and include my shoes in this post so you can see what types of shoes I will be wearing with these outfits. I think pictures of everything help you to visualize what can go together when you’re first starting out.
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If you’d like to see how I use these clothing items to maximize my outfit variety over summer, you should totally follow me on Instagram. I usually post my outfits in my stories and save them in my highlights.
And if you’re just getting started with capsule wardrobes, here are my 8 tips for getting started.