Initially when I began assembling my spring/summer 2014 capsule wardrobe, I didn’t allow myself enough time to create exactly what I wanted. I definitely rushed myself to share this wardrobe on Minimalist Beauty. Now two updates later, I felt inspired to completely republish this capsule wardrobe instead of having three separate versions to piece together. This newly completed capsule wardrobe better represents my personal style with pieces that seamlessly mix and match with ease.
(Thrifted BCBG Max Azria stone shirt, Thrifted H&M black jumpsuit, Vintage Nine West black heeled sandals, sterling silver bracelet)
When I was really thinking about my personal style, it is definitely more minimalist, modern, with a tiny touch of bohemian. I enjoy effortless pieces that look great as is, and prefer minimal accessories. I also realized that for this season sticking to neutrals, the color blue, and one red dress wasn’t a bad idea. In general this wardrobe color palette reminds me of beach tones.
My original intention was to include the eight pieces that I shared in this article on preparing my spring/summer capsule wardrobe, but instead I ended up only keeping a few of those items for this season.
Each piece in my capsule wardrobe is a consignment find except a few not listed as “thrifted” below. Shopping consignment stores alleviates the stress I feel for purchasing new ethically made and sweatshop-free clothing. Plus it has a much lower carbon foot print, therefore is better for the planet, while also being much easier on my wallet. Thrifting also allows me to comfortably make changes in my wardrobe when I desire as I am not spending a lot of money on my wardrobe although I always and only purchase quality pieces. I then donate whatever pieces that don’t work out.
Crossroads and Wasteland are my two favorite consignment shops in Los Angeles because they always have current trends and wonderfully selected styles to choose from.
Both Crossroads and Wasteland are a joy to shop in, and never take the diligence and patience that shopping at traditional thrift stores do. I try to steer clear of items that are too trendy, yet couldn’t leave this black jumpsuit at Wasteland behind. It fits so beautifully, and I love that it is a very modern version of denim overalls. The items in this capsule wardrobe were actually purchased from Crossroads, Wasteland, The Salvation Army, Goodwill, or another random local thrift store. Read my tips and tricks for shopping consignment shops.
As I mentioned earlier this is version three of this capsule wardrobe. I ended up making a lot of changes, yet I am so pleased that I did. If you are new to creating a capsule wardrobe, or just want to start decluttering your closet in general, then read Chic Minimalism For Your Wardrobe. This is where I began when my closet with flooded with 300+ items of disposable clothing and only a few good pieces.
Because I choose to shop consignment stores, it is a completely different process creating a capsule wardrobe from these finds than if I were to shop online or in normal stores.
Finding pieces that I love may sometimes take longer. I had thought that this wardrobe would consist of more dresses, yet I did not find another that I loved. If I do find one more that I adore, I may just add it to my wardrobe later on this summer when the weather gets much warmer in Los Angeles, and swap out a pair of pants.
My spring/summer 2014 capsule wardrobe consists of 15 core pieces including two dresses, five tops, seven bottoms, and a jumpsuit, as well as six cotton/jersey tees of all shapes, and two jackets as my extras. This capsule wardrobe contains a total of 23 clothing items.
1. Thrifted Deener hooded denim dress
2. Thrifted BCBG Max Azria stone shirt
3. Thrifted American Apparel sheer white button up
4. Thrifted Madewell denim shirt
5. black silk camisole
6. Thrifted Dolce & Gabbana red dress
7. Thrifted cream sleeveless top
8. Thrifted Preen tan tee
1. Thrifted Gap charcoal trench coat
2. Thrifted H&M black jumpsuit/overalls
3. Thrifted Banana Republic white linen pants
4. Thrifted Jolt black cropped skinny jeans
5. Thrifted London Jean tan chino pant
1. Thrifted Bar III taupe unstructured blazer
2. Thrifted J.Crew bootcut jeans
3. Thrifted white lace trim camisole
4. Thrifted Aqua Maritime striped tee
5. Thrifted American Apparel men’s deep v-neck tee (sleeves removed)
6. Thrifted/Upcycled Chip & Pepper denim cut-offs
7. Thrifted high waisted navy cropped pants
8. American Apparel cropped navy tee
It does take a lot of thought and planning to create a small seasonal wardrobe, but each time you design a new wardrobe you will learn more about your personal style, and make even better choices. I love the simplicity of these pieces in this season’s wardrobe, yet I specifically looked for unique silhouettes for diversity. Definitely check out my 15 item capsule wardrobe checklist for a clear description of the pieces that I look for. You will see a lot of variation with what is in this capsule wardrobe above, so just know that this checklist is just the bare bones, and it will definitely vary from season to season. Read about the 7 steps to refining your capsule wardrobe to help you more with this process if you are interested.
To look effortless takes planning, but afterwards styling couldn’t be more fun!
You can see more looks from my spring/summer 2014 capsule wardrobe here in my lookbook! I will be sharing more styling options from this wardrobe throughout this season.
Peace & Sunshine <3
(Images by Dawn Michelle)