I really took some chances on creating My S/S 2015 Capsule Wardrobe this year so I’m extremely excited to share it with you. For starters I actually designed four of the pieces myself with organic cotton fabric while using fiber reactive dye to give each design life. I also completely veered far away from a monochromatic theme of neutrals with only a pop of color.
(Persimmon Organic Cotton Dress… my S/S 2015 design, Niccolo Vacari tan/gold sandals & turquoise/sterling silver earrings… my own design)
This season I have more color in my wardrobe than I have had in a well over a year. I found that having a monochromatic wardrobe didn’t allow me any color therapy to pick up my mood when I wasn’t having the best day. Wearing black, grey, ivory, and navy just wasn’t cutting it!
When I am creating a capsule wardrobe I choose 15 core pieces and include jackets, tees, shoes, bags, and accessories as my supporting pieces. This season I really desired an effortlessly-put-together look. I didn’t want to be assembling outfits, so I opted to fill this season’s wardrobe with dresses and jumpsuits.
I figured if most of my wardrobe was filled with dresses and jumpsuits, I would actually have more complete outfits than I would if my 15 core items were mostly separates.
Although I have more color in the closet this season, I have by no means forgotten about my neutrals. These neutral pieces bring balance to the other vibrant colors. I was recently asked how I choose color for my wardrobe. To be honest this season was a bit of a free fall. I look best in autumn colors, so I used the color palette to the left as my guide. This is the same color palette that I used for My Fall/Winter 2013 Capsule Wardrobe. I feel that as long as every color is in the same color family, most likely it will compliment each other in some way or another. Plus autumn shades in particular make me feel amazing! I do have one piece that does not fit this palette, a light blue chambray jumpsuit. I kind of consider chambray similar to denim. It just works regardless.
As always my capsule wardrobe is created from consignment store finds as that is the most ecofriendly way to shop and the best on my wallet. Almost 95% of this season’s capsule wardrobe is from the consignment shop Crossroads. I also found a piece or two from Goodwill and The Salvation Army. Most of this season’s wardrobe is “new” as I desperately needed an wardrobe overhaul. Nine of the items you have already seen, and the rest was purchased over the past few months outside of the four pieces I designed.
By shopping consignment and thrift stores, as well as designing my own pieces, I definitely save a lot of money. How else can you find J Brand skinny jeans in ivory 50% off for $4? I did purchase one new item which is a pair of black moccasins. I must have ordered three pairs of shoes online and returned them all due to having crazy hard to fit narrow feet. I’m hoping that these truly work out.
My Spring/Summer 2015 Capsule Wardrobe consists of four dresses, three jumpsuits, four tops, four bottoms, as well as a sleeveless tee, three jackets, four pairs of shoes, three bags, three scarves, and a hat as my supporting pieces, so a complete total of 30 items.
When you have only what you absolutely love, your closet actually feels quite abundant with plenty of incredible options. Most women only wear 20% of their wardrobe anyway. I only own my 20%. I donate everything else. Check out the benefits of a small wardrobe here. You will also notice that I am including my shoes, bags, and accessories in the same article this year. That way you are able to see more of a complete picture of how my capsule wardrobe looks.
Let’s take a look at My Spring/Summer 2015 Capsule Wardrobe below listed from left to right…
1. Thrifted orange/teal/tan scarf
2. Organic Cotton Kimono… my own S/S 2015 design
3. Thrifted BlankNYC indigo chambray jumpsuit
4. Persimmon Organic Cotton Dress… my own S/S 2015 design
5. Vintage Coach navy handbag
6. Niccolo Vacari tan/gold sandals
1. Vintage straw hat… my Nana’s
2. Thrifted Nation LTD/Intermix green jumpsuit
3. Thrifted Vince gray sweater
4. Hush Puppies black ballet flats
1. Thrifted Gap charcoal trench coat
2. Accessory St Aztec print scarf
3. Thrifted Theory mustard yellow sweater
4. Vintage Nine West black strappy heels
5. Thrifted Silence+Noise black maxi dress
6. Cranberry Organic Cotton Wrap Skirt… my own S/S 2015 design
1. Thrifted Cailey 22 white cotton shirt
2. Thrifted Velvet Heart light blue chambray jumpsuit
3. Thrifted teal pashmina
4. Vintage Coach black cross body bag
5. Thrifted 3 Dots black maxi skirt
1. Thrifted Wilde Heart blue print sweater
2. Thrifted Emma & Sam black sleeveless tee
3. Minnetonka black moccasins
4. Thrifted Level 99 denim skirt
1. gifted brown leather messenger bag
2. Thrifted BCBG Max Azria salmon pink top
3. Teal Organic Cotton Maxi Dress… my own S/S 2015 design (updated to navy)
4. Thrifted Soft Joie chambray dress
5. Thrifted J Brand ivory skinny jeans
6. spring green/turquoise scarf
I have a really good feeling that with this capsule wardrobe I will be much more inspired to create Lookbooks to share, so stay tuned for that. I am so excited to have color all throughout my small wardrobe this season. You can definitely check out my other capsule wardrobes here and read more articles to inspire creating your own capsule wardrobe here. It is so rewarding and pleasurable to open your closet door when you have exactly what you love at first glance in front of you.
Declutter your closet down to only what you absolutely adore and enjoy always looking put together and chic!
Have you created your spring/summer capsule wardrobe?
(Images by Dawn Michelle except the color palette from whattowearhowtodress.com)