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.
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?
(Images by Dawn Michelle)