• Preparing My Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe

    Posted on January 28, 2014 by in Style

    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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14 Responses so far.

  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. AJ says:

    Love all these pieces! :)

    AJ | TheAJMinute

  3. Dawn Michelle says:

    Thanks AJ! Hope all is well with you!

  4. 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!

  5. Tracy says:

    Thank you for sharing the process. Sometimes its hard to even know where to begin.

  6. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Tracy, Glad this was helpful. I hope you are enjoying your week so far!

  7. 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)

  8. 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!

  9. I love your items and I have felt so much more at ease with a capsule wardrobe. Good work!

  10. Dawn Michelle says:

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

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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!