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 🙂