Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Summer 2018 Capsule Wardrobe from

Summer is starting to slip away from me and I realized that I had never shared my summer capsule with you. I have to say, this summer I REALLY feel like I have everything I need for many summers ahead. Building a good capsule, with loads of longevity, takes a bit of time and practice. I have learned a lot over the years and today I wanted to share my summer 2018 capsule ideas with you.

I’m a bit wore out from our vacation so please pardon the fact that I refused to steam everything before posting it (even though I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my steamer).  I promise it will be perfectly perfect when I am actually wearing this stuff.

Stay tuned for some of these pieces in action and ways to style this simple and easy wardrobe for summer.

Let’s talk about this 2018 Summer Capsule Wardrobe!

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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.

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.

What Trends Did You Embrace For Spring?

I am 40 now so I have started to steer away from too many trends. I am loving the romper and jumpsuit trend so I did add a few of those pieces into my wardrobe. I went bolder with colors and patterns on my skirts while keeping my tops more neutral this season. I continue to love ruffles and embroidered items so they made their way into my summer capsule too.

Get some inspiration for creating and styling your capsule by following my Capsule Pinterest Board!

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.

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 are my modified Project 333 rules or you can go to Courtney’s website to read more about the official guidelines!

Summer 2018 Capsule Wardrobe

note- descriptions are exact matches and similar means I found a few pretty darn close to the original for you!

Summer 2018 Capsule Wardrobe from

row 1- 1) flutter top (similar/similar/similar), 2) white collared blouse, 3) embroidered top (similar)

row 2- 1) white silk top (similar/similar), 2) striped blazer (similar/similar) 3) white flutter top (similar/similar) 4) embroidered cold shoulder top (Ali on the Boulevard), similar

row 3)- 1) striped smocked top (similar/similar/similar/similar) 2) black-and-white stripes 3) linen blend tie tank (matching shorts pictured below)

row 4)- 1) floral dress (similar/similar/similar) 2) chambray jumpsuit (similar/similar) 3) black ruffled romper (similar/similar/similar/similar) 4) blue midi dress (similar/similar/similar/similar)


row 1- 1) cargo jacket (similar/similar) 2) black lace halter top (similar/similar/similar) 3) relaxed flutter shirt (similar/similar)

row 2- 1) South Bend tee (Ali on the Boulevard) 2) denim shorts (similar), linen blend shorts, floral shorts (similar/similar) 3) denim jacket (similar/similar/similar)

row 3- 1) chambray pull-on skirt (similar/similar), black-and-white skirt, green fluid pull-on skirt, blue fluid pull-on skirt, black midi skirt (similar/similar/similar) 2) basic black tee 3) black crops (similar), olive leaf pants, white jeans

SADLY, not pictured is my new favorite black swing dress!

Honorable Unmentionables

Sweatproof Bras– cute and comfy for summer

Thompson Tees (to save myself from embarrassing sweat stains)

Jockey Skimmies 

Summer ShoesSummer Shoes & Purse

I won’t lie, we sell more shoes and purses than clothing around here…which solidifies that you ARE MY PEOPLE.

summer straw tote (I love the drawstring enclosure on this)

black-and-white sandals (more narrow than my usual, but too cute to quit)

snakeskin wedges (similar– same brand, but I, honestly, bought mine here)

comfy suede booties (LIKE WALKING ON CLOUDS)

saltwater sandals

summer slides

footbed sandals

nude peep toe wedges (same, but again, I bought mine here!)

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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 a list of resources to help you make money while organizing this corner! Happy wardrobe planning!

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Published July 10, 2018 by:

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