The warmer weather is upon us and that means it is time to switch out my capsule wardrobe. Instead of trying to do a spring wardrobe and then a summer wardrobe, I am combining my capsule to save time and brain space for later. The number of items has shifted, but only to make room for the two seasons. Long sleeve clothing and light sweaters will fall off and a summer dress or two will replace them, getting me back to my typical wardrobe of 28-33 pieces.
I decided to start a SEPARATE Instagram account for my capsule since it feels like two separate audiences. This account is only about fashion & the capsule. You can follow me here (@momadvicecapsule) or if you just want the general usual odds & ends, you can follow me here (@momadvice). I hope that makes sense!
Let’s talk about this 2016 spring and summer capsule wardrobe.
First, What is a Fashion Capsule & Why Should You Do One?
A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing which is designed using only interchangeable items, in order to maximize the number of outfits which can be created. The aim is to have an outfit suitable for any occasion without owning excessive items of clothing. This is usually achieved by buying what are considered to be “key” or “staple” items in coordinating colors.
(this is my ENTIRE WARDROBE!!! Look at all that closet space in our little closet!)
The reason I think capsule wardrobes are worth exploring is that you realize when you have LESS in your closet you can do MORE with what you have. My closet used to be bursting at the seams with clothes and, what I like to call, one-trick-pony apparel. I felt put together after tearing up my room and trying to build outfits in the process, but it took me so long to get ready in the mornings and I never felt like I had a truly seamless style. Narrowing my wardrobe down to 33 items as outlined in Project 333 was just what I needed to make mornings less stressful and finding a real rhythm to getting dressed for the day. It’s been a beautiful shift in my life and I don’t think I could ever go back to the old ways of bursting closets and pointless purchases.
I tend to be a pretty colorful person so you will find color mixed in with basics in my wardrobe. Monochromatic isn’t my thing, but can be yours if you are trying to simplify your wardrobe. Many people begin their capsule experience very monochromatic and then find they are comfortable branching out into color after figuring out how to make everything work together.
What Trends Did You Embrace for Spring?
This year I am mixing in floral, polka dots, colored jeans, and lace into my wardrobe. I am aiming for a few feminine touches to mix into my wardrobe basics. I stayed mostly in the pink, coral, & mint colors, but I still threw in a red skirt to switch things up with the navy and basics. I like a lot of color and textures in my wardrobe.
Again, almost everything was purchased gently used using credit from cleaning out my closets from season to season so it made this capsule affordable for a very frugal girl.
Get some inspiration for how I’m using pieces on my capsule wardrobe board.
What Makes My Capsule Wardrobe Unique?
I am committed to purchasing the majority of my wardrobe gently used. You will find that the majority of the items have been purchased this year using my thredUP credit (I get $10 and you get $10 to spend my referral) or I have owned for years. Thanks to pointing out this resource, I was able to get the majority of my gently used wardrobe for free. Be sure to visit my tips this year for purchasing your fashion capsule wardrobe second hand.
It was a prompting really through this film (watched on Netflix) that has solidified my commitment to buying used and investing wisely.
Watch it and tell me if it doesn’t make you want to do better with fashion purchases!
My biggest investment is always tailoring my items to fit me. I am a petite girl and pants need hemmed, waistlines nipped, and shoulders shifted. Although this can get a little pricey at times, it is 100% why I love the clothes I wear! I feel really confident in them because of these alterations.
Why My Capsule Shouldn’t Be YOUR Capsule
I show you my capsule mainly as some sort of accountability, but not necessarily for you to copy it. My style is probably not your style and that is okay. Your capsule can look nothing like my capsule. Your body shape could be different from mine and none of these cuts of clothing or ideas will work for you. When creating your capsule, create it around what you feel most confident in.
I suggest peeking in your closet and selecting what makes you feel beautiful and start your planning around those pieces.
That’s been the best place to start for me.
Do Accessories Count in the Capsule?
One question I get asked is if I count accessories and shoes as my items. I do not, but feel free to do that if you like. For me a scarf, belt, or great jewelry really do add to the enjoyment and experience of my wardrobe. I am, however, more selective about the accessories I am choosing and really making sure that they are worth the space in my drawers and the money that is spent.
What Are the Rules for a Capsule Wardrobe?
Here is my modified Project 333 rules or you can go to Courtney’s website to read more about the official guidelines!
Below is my spring & summer capsule wardrobe. Any with an asterisk by their name is a new item in my closet.
* 1. basic white t-shirt (target)
* 2. black & white striped t-shirt (target)
* 3. hi-lo dolman black t-shirt (ann taylor loft)
* 4. hi-lo dolman ivory t-shirt (ann taylor loft)
5. coral t-shirt (target)
6. vintage gray t-shirt (old navy)
* 7. j. crew lace tank (j. crew from thredup)
8. black & white striped shirt (t.j. maxx)
* 9. coral & navy print shirt (gap from thredup)
* 10. floral & striped t-shirt (matilda jane)
* 11. denim shirt (madewell from thredup)
* 12. no-iron white collared shirt (brooks brothers from thredup)
13. chambray shirt (j. crew from thredup)
14. light denim shirt (gap, similar)
15. no-iron pinstripe blue & white striped shirt (white house black market from thredup)
15. white blazer (nordstroms from thredup)
16. black blazer (gap)
17. jean jacket (boutique)
18. black & white polka dot silk top (j. crew from thredup)
* 19. navy & white polka dot silk top (j. crew from thredup)
20. green vest (boutique)
21. black & white maxi dress (ann taylor loft)
* 22. floral sundress (old navy from thredup)
* 23. paige mint jeans (nordstroms from thredup, same pair here)
* 24. rose jeans (nordstroms from thredup)
25. floral pants (old navy)
26. jeans (boutique)
* 27. white jeans (nordstroms from thredup)
* 28. black crops (ann taylor loft, same pair here)
* 29. black lace dress with nude underlay (bcbg from thredup)
* 30. navy & white sweater (j. crew from thredup)
31. denim midi skirt (eshakti)
32. black sweater (stitch fix)
33. black midi skirt (ann taylor loft)
34. black lace shorts (the limited)
35. red skirt (anthropologie)
36. Floral Romper (matilda jane)
Browse My Capsules & Wardrobe Planning Advice
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Coupons That Might Help If You Are Making a Capsule Too
Get $10 for your first thredUP purchase (this is my favorite online consignment resource)
Stitch Fix can be a fun resource for shopping for smart basic wardrobe pieces if a stylist might benefit you!
Don’t forget to clean out your closet! Here is what I am getting rid of this time. Off to thredup it goes for credit for the next capsule- so proud!! Here is a list of resources to help you make money while organizing this corner! Happy wardrobe planning!
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