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.
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.
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.
(Images by Dawn Michelle)