Preparing My Spring/Summer 2014 Capsule Wardrobe

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I know that it is only the end of January, but I see it as the perfect time to get ahead and start preparing my spring/summer capsule wardrobe.  Creating a functional capsule wardrobe takes a lot of thought and planning.  Last year I began styling capsule wardrobes for the spring/summer season and the fall/winter season that consisted of 15 core items plus a few tees.

I did a great deal of decluttering before the new year for The 33 Days Declutter Project.  I was extremely honest with myself going through my wardrobe taking notes on the pieces that I really loved and were in constant rotation with what I wanted to wear throughout the week.  Certain pieces weren’t “making the cut” so I made some updates to my fall/winter capsule wardrobe which I shared here.

When your wardrobe only consists of 15 core pieces, each clothing item endures a lot of constant wear and tear.  The good thing about this is that each season you will get to update your current wardrobe with a few new pieces.

Now looking through my spring/summer capsule wardrobe from last year, I picked out pieces still in great condition that were my go-to items of the season.  Seeing what is left after my major decluttering session allows me to decide what to do next.  Below is what I chose to keep for this next spring/summer season along with my process for styling next seasons capsule wardrobe.

Thrifted American Apparel sheer white shirt

Thrifted American Apparel sheer white shirt

Thrifted white lace trim camisole

Thrifted white lace trim camisole

Thrifted J. Crew cotton shirt

Thrifted J. Crew cotton shirt

black silk camisole

black silk camisole

Thrifted H&M tan blazer

Thrifted H&M tan blazer

Thrifted cLaeson tan poncho sweater

Thrifted cLaeson tan poncho sweater

Thrifted Chip & Pepper high-waisted jeans

Thrifted Chip & Pepper high-waisted jeans

Thrifted Banana Republic denim skirt

Thrifted Banana Republic denim skirt

What I love most about last year’s go-to items is that each piece is a neutral color which allows me to create a new color palette for the season.  Once I decide on the color palette, I will then search for clothing in those colors that also fit the look I’m going for.  By looking at what I am keeping for this coming season, I can clearly see what categories of clothing also need filling.

Another thing that I’ve learned with creating a capsule wardrobe is that it really forces you to tune into designing a signature style for yourself.  It is easier to see what you are naturally drawn to, and you can further tweak your style to fit what you absolutely love most.

For next season I’m looking to add a few dresses, a blazer, a top, and a pair of pants to my capsule wardrobe.  Because all of these pieces above are neutral solids, I am in desperate need for color and a few prints.  My 15 piece capsule wardrobe always includes a few extras which are usually about three tees/tanks.  The thrifted white lace trim camisole was one of my extras from last year, so I will also be looking to find one or two more basic tees.  Because I mainly shop consignment, I never have any limitations finding pieces for whatever season I’m shopping for.  Now its just deciding on a new color palette.

Anyone else loving the concept of the capsule wardrobe and planning ahead?

My Spring/Summer 2014 Capsule Wardrobe

(Images by Dawn Michelle)

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  1. Ann says

    New to your website and I love it!!

    What advice do you have for women in the pregnant/nursing stages because body changes so much and do not carry over from one year to the next?

  2. Dawn Michelle says

    Hi Ann,

    The first things that comes to mind is mixing structured pieces with soft flowy and forgiving pieces. You can base your wardrobe around knits and even chose a blazer as your structured piece. A blazer provides a tailored and polished look for any occasion. You can also find blazers that have a soft structure as well that will still give you a pulled together look.

    There are all types of knit pieces at all price ranges and quality. Look for the best quality that you can afford. It is easier to find knit dresses in any style for any occasion than finding chic knit pants but not impossible. Even looking for a casual knit jumpsuit would be a better everyday look than only settling for leggings when you desire to wear pants. A jumpsuit would also pairs well with a blazer just as a knit dress would. I hope this gives you some ideas. Best wishes and congratulation on your beautiful bundle of joy!

  3. Kirsten says

    Holy crap. How have I never heard of you before. Between the excellent henna/cassia/general hair info and this awesome post, you’re my hero. ;0)

  4. Dawn Michelle says

    Hi Kirsten,
    Thanks so much for your sweet words and I’m so glad you are enjoying the site! I’m really excited about sharing my spring/summer capsule wardrobe soon. I have a few more finishing touches. Have a beautiful day!

  5. Dawn Michelle says

    Hi Letitia Elizabeth,
    Thanks so much! I love having a capsule wardrobe too! <3

  6. Melissa says

    Hi Dawn Michelle,
    I am new to your site and find it really inspiring.
    You are chic with minimal impact to our beautiful planet — what a role model!
    Love the capsule wardrobe concept and your wardrobe choices.
    I have that same vintage navy Coach purse. Kismet.
    Thanks for getting me interested in DIY beauty products again. Not just anyone could have done that. I think it is your analytical, minimalistic and results-oriented research and your elegant descriptions and presentations that did it.
    Grateful to have discovered minimalistbeauty.com,
    Melissa

  7. Dawn Michelle says

    Hi Melissa,
    Welcome! Also thanks so much for the compliment and I’m glad that you are interested in DIY beauty again. It is a lot of fun and wonderful knowing exactly what you are putting on your body. I also hope to be sharing my spring/summer capsule wardrobe very soon so stay tuned for that.
    Have a beautiful weekend!

  8. Marie says

    I have read a lot about capsule dressing over the years, but have always found it too daunting to pursue seriously. You give me hope that I can figure it out. I so appreciate you laying our your philosophy and process for shifting seasons and years. You give me not only the structure but the process, which I desperately need. Thank you so much for sharing your insights and inspirations! I’m ready to get started!

  9. Dawn Michelle says

    Hi Marie,
    I’m excited for you! Designing a capsule wardrobe does take time, yet it is worth every bit of it. In the end you save yourself a lot of money and the frustration of what to wear every day. I just posted my spring/summer 2014 capsule wardrobe if you want to see it.
    Best wishes!