This summer I decided to toss everything that I did not absolutely love from my closet to create an effortlessly styled and presentable wardrobe. I even ended up letting go of a few more items that I didn’t even originally plan to for more versatile pieces. I’m realizing now more than ever that it is possible to have a complete wardrobe for a season that includes 10-15 items and enjoy it. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t count t-shirts, evening attire, coats, or accessories as part of my capsule wardrobe, yet I don’t go overboard in those departments either.
Putting together a complete spring/summer capsule wardrobe took more effort and planning than I thought, yet well worth all of it.
One of the pieces that I swapped out of my capsule wardrobe was a pair of thrifted navy silk shorts seen here for a denim skirt shown below. The skirt can be worn more places and fits much better than the shorts. Sometimes when you shop consignment, clothing that you think fits perfectly just may not work as well as you think when you bring it home. I had purchased those shorts before really narrowing things down to what I’m now calling my spring/summer capsule wardrobe. I also finally found the light colored blazer that I was looking for.
I always strive to be a chic minimalist, yet I honestly never thought I could happily narrow my wardrobe down this much when I first started my minimalist lifestyle.
I can hardly believe that I even have another bag of clothing to donate, but I do. I know that I am not going to miss anything that I never felt amazing in or was ill fitting regardless of how little or how much I spent on it. A few of the pieces that I chose for spring/summer may also be included in my fall/winter capsule wardrobe, but we will see when I actually put that capsule wardrobe together.
This capsule wardrobe consists of 7 tops, 4 bottoms, 5 dresses, and a blazer. Take a look below!
1. American Apparel purple cropped tee
2. Thrifted American Apparel white sheer shirt
3. Thrifted Banana Republic denim skirt
4. Thrifted cLaeson hooded poncho sweater
5. Thrifted Eskandar grey silk/wool pants
6. Tangerine tunic top–my own design (Yes I sew!)
7. Thrifted H&M tan blazer
1. Thrifted J.Crew cotton shirt tee
2. black maxi dress
3. Thrifted chambray tunic dress
4. Thrifted Veronica M. cream & brown print dress
5. Thrifted/Upcycled black leather shorts
1. Thrifted white lace trim camisole
2. tan & mint maxi dress
3. Thrifted Joie fuchsia silk dress
4. Thrifted Chip & Pepper high waisted jeans
5. black silk camisole
What I love most about the capsule wardrobe is it truly is stress-free getting dressed in the morning. With the right pieces you have more than enough options. Depending upon how you choose to style and accessorize your look, you can create something very artistic or classic.
If you’re curious how to easily create your own capsule wardrobe, then you definitely want to read this article. If you are decluttering your closet for the first time then start here instead. Also for tips on thrifting (the most eco-friendly way to shop) read this!
Peace & Sunshine!
(Images by Dawn Michelle except 1st by D Sharon Pruitt)