My Summer 2018 Capsule Wardrobe – see all the clothes and shoes in my closet with tops such as a tee, blouse, striped top, flutter sleeve top, shorts and skirts.
It’s Summer and I’ve created another capsule wardrobe! I switched out my closet from my Spring capsule wardrobe to my Summer capsule.
Since I work at home now, I like to wear clothes that are casual and comfortable, but that also look great for running errands, going out to eat, going to the movies, etc.
UPDATE: I recently added two pairs of jeans (from my Spring capsule wardrobe) to wear when I have to take my daughter to her doctor appointments: the AG The Legging Ankle Jeans and Curvy Skinny Crop Jeans in Light Indigo. The waiting rooms and exam rooms are freezing cold, too cold to wear shorts! I also removed my navy wrap top and added my Georgia Tee Midweight Linen in “flax” color by Elizabeth Suzann.
In deciding what clothes I wanted in my Summer capsule wardrobe, first I decided my base color, which is the first step in my post, How To Create a Capsule Wardrobe: A 5-Step Visual Guide and in my eBook, The Essential Capsule Closet: The Complete Capsule Wardrobe Guide. I decided to have navy as my base color. Then, I picked 4 accent colors: blue, coral, blush and sea green. I knew I wanted to include mostly shorts, as those are the bottoms I will be wearing the most during the summer. I love to wear skirts in the Summer, so I included 3 in this capsule. I chose not to include any layers since our summers are very hot and humid.
I can remember just a few years ago when I didn’t use a capsule wardrobe. My closet used to be a complete mess! I had too many clothes that didn’t coordinate, clothes that didn’t fit, clothes with colors that didn’t look good on me, you name it. I even had bad shopping habits! I would buy an outfit…a top and bottom that would go together, not really thinking how I could wear the pieces with other clothes in my closet. Plus, I loved to go clothes shopping. When I was bored or having a bad day, I would go shopping and always felt like I had to buy “something” to feel good. Shopping lead to a high credit card bill, which put me in debt.
I’m so glad I discovered a “capsule wardrobe”, because using a capsule wardrobe system helps me look great, I love what I wear and I always have dozens of outfits ready to wear.
I feel better about myself too, plus I shop with purpose for everything now, not only for clothes, but also for household goods, furniture, you name it! Having a capsule wardrobe literally changed my shopping habits for everything. I think twice before buying anything now, saving me hundreds of dollars every year! I’m so passionate about capsule wardrobes, that I publish Complete Wardrobe Plans each season, all in the Capsule Wardrobe eBook Store.
Now onto my capsule wardrobe! I have 26 items in my Summer 2018 capsule wardrobe. My capsule wardrobe is mostly a combination of the French Minimalist and the Essential capsule wardrobe eBooks, with a few items that I already had in my wardrobe. I used my Pottery Barn Teen Wardrobe Rack to help plan my Summer capsule wardrobe.
I created my capsule wardrobe using my capsule wardrobe process, which you can see here in this blog post, How To Create A Capsule Wardrobe: A 5-Step Visual Guide.
First, I took everything out of my closet, so that it was empty. I kept a few items from my Spring capsule wardrobe and hung them back in my closet. I put the rest of my clothes from my Spring capsule in my storage bins. I went through my storage bins for the clothes I thought about using in my capsule and put them in stacks for each type: solid tops, patterned tops and bottoms. I knew I may not include all of them in my capsule, but it gave me a starting point.
I went through the stacks of clothes, determined what I wanted to keep for my capsule, then hung those clothes in my closet, using wooden hangers like these. These velvet hangers also work well and these hangers are perfect for hanging skirts. Then, I put any clothes that I wouldn’t be using back in the bins and put them in my closet. I have storage bins for different types of clothes: seasonal tops, denim and shorts, cardigans and sweaters and skirts and dresses. It helps me organize my clothes so I know what clothes are in each bin. You can use these exact bins to store your off-season clothes too! If you need a clothes rack to hang your clothes on, here is my exact wardrobe rack. This black pipe clothes rack and this wooden clothes rack will work well for your capsule wardrobe too. This wooden wardrobe rack also comes in white. And, I love this industrial pipe and wooden wardrobe rack from West Elm!
Capsule Wardrobe Storage & Equipment:
I made a list of items that I needed to complete my Summer capsule wardrobe and shopped for them online. I shop mostly online, since it saves me time and I don’t get distracted if I shop in a store.
Here are the tops that are in my Summer 2018 capsule wardrobe:
Tops (left to right):
white pocket tee (exact) (old) / SHOP THESE WHITE TEES
coral tie-front tank (exact) (new) comes in 3 colors!
coral peplum tee (exact) (new) comes in 2 colors!
blush “Ciao” tee (exact) (new)
gray tee (exact) (old) comes in 12 colors!
white/navy striped tee (exact) (old) comes in 12 colors!
navy/white v-neck striped tee (similar) (old)
navy floral blouse (similar) (old) / SHOP THESE FLORAL TOPS
navy wrap front tank (exact) (new) comes in 3 colors! Removed
Georgia Tee Midweight Linen in “flax” color by Elizabeth Suzann (last year)
navy v-neck tee (exact) (old) only $8!
blue striped flutter sleeve top (similar) (old)
blue sleeveless top (similar) (old)
chambray flutter sleeve top (exact) (new)
navy striped embroidered floral top (exact) (new)
sea green/blue patterned tank (exact) (new)
Here are the shorts and skirts:
Layers and Bottoms (left to right):
blush denim shorts (exact) (new) Under $17!
coral shorts (similar) (old)
white twill shorts (similar) (old)
beige twill shorts (similar) (old)
medium wash denim shorts (exact) (old)
dark wash denim shorts (exact) (new) Under $20!
chambray shorts (exact) (old)
navy scalloped shorts (exact) (new) comes in 3 colors!
navy skirt (exact) (old) comes in 3 colors!
denim skirt (similar) (old) / love this one!
tencel tie-front skirt (exact) (new)
AG The Legging Ankle Jeans (recently added to my Summer capsule wardrobe)
Curvy Skinny Crop Jeans in Light Indigo (recently added to my Summer capsule wardrobe)
I didn’t include shoes in this capsule, but I’m showing a few pairs of shoes I’ll be wearing during the Summer.
Left to Right: