What’s in my summer capsule wardrobe

After all the planning and reviewing, my summer capsule is up and running.  I’ve taken stock of what I already have, bought a couple of new pieces, carried forward some from other capsules and dug some out of storage.  So, what have I included this year?

 

A few stats:

  • 8 bottoms (3 trousers, 3 skirts and 2 pairs of jeans)
  • 4 toppers (2 jackets and 2 cardigans)
  • 14 tops (of various sleeve lengths)
  • 2 dresses
  • 4 pairs of shoes (3 pairs of sandals and 1 pair of shoes)
  • 1 jacket (as outerwear)
  • 2 accessories (1 bag and 1 pair of sunglasses)

 

So 35 pieces in total – although 14 tops – hmmmm……. It’s only when I’ve written that down that it seems excessive.  When I was sorting out through my tops, they all seemed essential.  I’ll have to keep an eye on that and see the number of wears I get from each one.

Tips for a summer capsule:

  • I live in the UK and a range of clothes is preferable, due to the varying weather – it was cold and windy last week, it’s warm and sunny this week.
  • I’m a fan of Project 333 and it’s a brilliant framework, but it is a framework. A strict number of items is great when getting started but I’m a bit more relaxed about the numbers now.  I’m not going to worry about having 35, instead of 33 items (although those 14 tops …..)
  • Mixing and matching is what gives a capsule longevity and prevents boredom, so pick your neutrals with care. For years, I wouldn’t wear black in the summer, reserving it for the colder months.  But so many of my tops look great against a canvas of a black trousers or jeans.
  • Be realistic about how you’ll be spending your time. Dress for your real life – work, walking the dog, running errands, sitting outside – not a fantasy lifestyle.
  • If an item doesn’t work, swap it for one that does – it’s an experiment, not rules set in stone.

 

If anyone is interested in seeing pictures of the actual pieces, let me know in the comments below and I’ll include them in my next post.  In the meantime, enjoy your week 🙂

  8 comments for “What’s in my summer capsule wardrobe

  1. Jon S
    June 19, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Inspirational.

    Do you have ideas for a male wardrobe?

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  2. June 19, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Hi Jon S, welcome aboard! Many thanks for reading and for your comment. Regarding ideas …. well, that’s the beauty of the capsule wardrobe. The principles are universal and can be applied to men and women, workers, stay-at-home workers, all ages and tastes – everyone! Although something tells me you may already be a smart dresser!! Have a great day 🙂

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  3. June 19, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Love your summer capsule! I need to do an inventory as well I went shopping this weekend for some shorts because I found out I went up a size recently 😣 And then found some tops on sale. So I made some switches in my wardrobe. I’m with you on the 33 being just a guideline. Your tops is my shoes. Hehe

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    • June 19, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Your tops *are my shoes

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    • June 19, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks so much, Christal, for your kind comments. Switches are great, aren’t they? They keep the capsule fresh and practical. I laughed regarding your shoes being my tops. I guess everyone has their weak point!!! Lxxx

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  4. June 23, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    I always go for pictures. 😉 My new goal that I’m slowly working towards is having about 90% solid colors and cotton-like fabric, so I can just mix and match everything that way. Slowly phasing out most patterns, texture, satin/silk, etc. as they wear out.

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  5. June 24, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Hi there, that’s a good strategy! The ability to mix and match is definitely the cornerstone of the capsule. And, as you say, longevity of clothes is so important as well, Lxx

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