Summer capsule – key pieces

Thanks to those of you who said pictures of some of my summer capsule may be helpful.   I have enclosed some of the key pieces that I find myself reaching for again and again.

Why these pieces:

  • Neutral colours
  • Lightweight materials
  • Classic shapes
  • Easy to style

However, I feel this capsule, as a whole, has not quite gelled for me.  I think I have too many pieces or maybe some are not versatile enough or I am not being creative enough!   Rather than angsting too much over this, I am treating it as an experiment and an opportunity to learn.

There was a time when a filled wardrobe would have led me to believe that I always had the ‘right clothes’ even though I used to stand in front of it, in despair at not finding something to wear.  Now, a half-filled wardrobe seems too full.  I believe I may have veered too much towards loving some pretty summer pieces, because they are a novelty in our climate, and not enough towards choosing versatile pieces, which earn their place.

I looked in my wardrobe today and thought ‘can I really call myself a minimalist?!’.  The answer is yes because all the ups and downs are simply another step towards a less cluttered, more meaningful life.  This is the beauty of minimalism.  It is a means to an end, not an end in itself.

When I feel overwhelmed, I often turn to other blogs which inspire and re-vitalize me.   Be More with Less and A Small Wardrobe never fail me!

A review of this capsule when summer is over should prove an interesting learning experience!

Is it just me?  Does anyone else feel they get setbacks when they thought they had cracked something?  I’d really love to hear from you.  In the meantime, have a great week 🙂

  13 comments for “Summer capsule – key pieces

  1. June 25, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Firstly, I love your blog, it’s always so easy to navigate and is aesthetic to the eye. Secondly, it’s important to not view your development abd creation of your wardrobe as a set-back, most likely it’s just you experimenting with what works best and when you find it you will know. Do what is right and comfortable for you. Here in Australia it can be difficult to uphold all minimalist concepts because of the weather. In Summer you can’t keep wearing the same top, trust me, I know, lol. So a good cycle of clothing suited to you, your lifestyle and geography might be an idea to consider.

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    • June 25, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Dear Onyx-Natasha, thank you so very much for your incredibly kind comments and words of wisdom! I think you’re right about not viewing this as a setback but as more of an experiment. It just feels a little frustrating! The point about geography and climate is well-made. It’s all learning, isn’t it? Thanks a million, Lxx

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  2. June 26, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I’m reading your post after sorting through my wardrobe for the final part of a house move. I have so many clothes as I only seem to throw things when they they are worn out. Not a great strategy for effective space and time management. However, I put a skirt on this weekend. The elastic had gone and it fell down continually! Not a good look. It is now a rag for my partner’s car maintenance. I am trying to continue with my ‘letting go’. Keep writing I’m enjoying your posts and slowly adjusting my wardrobe.

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    • June 26, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Hi there, thanks a million for your kind words. I’m delighted you have been encouraged to have a look through your wardrobe, especially during this time of change – a house move is never easy. Probably a good idea to let the skirt go!! Even better to re-purpose it as a cleaning rag! Lorraine xxx

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  3. June 26, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    1) I love your pieces! 2) I feel like I have setbacks everyday. 3) I have to come to the realization that this is a journey, and the journey is what is to be enjoyed, not only the destination. I don’t think we will ever stop “working” on our wardrobes (and other areas of our homes or lives). I don’t know about you, but one outfit I love one day, fits too tight the next, or I am feel like is out of style or blah. I think that is part of being a woman (if you know what I mean). But a lot of our decisions are made on emotions. I am trying to take emotions out of some of my decisions and go on experiences. It is good that you are ever growing in your quest. That shows that you will always be getting better. You are an inspiration to me!
    love, christal

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    • June 26, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Christal, thank you so much for your lovely and uplifting comments 🙂 You’re so right about the journey aspect and I need to start viewing this as a journey and not a problem to be solved! Thanks so much for reading and the wise words, Lorraine xxx

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  4. June 26, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Inspiring as always! I particularly love the paragraph about minimalism being a means to an end, not an end in itself. I agree! I have had so many ups and downs on this decluttering journey, but it’s all a necessary and educational part of the process.
    P.S. Great shoes! 😉

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    • June 26, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Hi there, you’re so right about minimalism being a process, that not only has ups and downs but that these ups and downs are integral to it. Glad you like the shoes!!! They are actually the same, just in different colours, but so comfortable that I live in them in the summer. This will be their third summer and I feel they always look presentable. Gotta love a wedged sandal! Thanks for reading, Lxx

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  5. June 28, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Hello Minimal-LOL, I nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award at https://valuesimplicity.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/simply-beautiful-morning/ Blessings-Onyx.Natasha

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  6. June 28, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Hi again, yes it’s me, I sent out the wrong address ( slaps forehead) here is the correct address for the nomination!
    https://valuesimplicity.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/my-answers-to-mystery-blogger-questions-my-award-nominees/

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    • June 28, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Hi Onyx-Natasha, how exciting!!! I’ve never done one of these before. Thank you so much – I’ll give some thought to the questions and then respond. Thank you for thinking of me, Lxx

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      • June 28, 2017 at 7:42 am

        You are very welcome! I enjoy reading your blog and know through your blog you are assisting others to discover the beauty of minimalism – Blessings🌸

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