Having had some success with building a Winter capsule using only items I owned to help weed out the pieces not earning their space, I took the same approach for summer. I put everything I owned that I thought I might be able to wear during the season into my closet and packed away the rest. As the weeks went by and I spent my time enjoying every ounce of fun I could with kiddo before school started, I slowly removed the things that never made the rotation, exposing a capsule guide for myself for next year.
17 pieces!! I find it hilarious that I once scoffed at Project 333. The outfit combos with just these items worked for the beach, forest school and camping, library trips, wine tasting with the girls, concerts and date nights, weekends away, casual meet ups with friends and chill days at home working on projects, doing chores, gardening or just lounging around with a movie or good book. Most outfits were simply a top and bottom plus a few pieces of my everyday jewelry, but the dress did give me some extra layering options.
For the sake of keeping an accurate record for myself, most of these items were worn once, a few two or three times, but were either thrift finds that didn’t work out (I’m looking at you beautiful caftan made of gross sweaty polyester) or things it was always too hot for. The good news is, with a couple exceptions, these are keepers for other seasons. I just know to leave them out of my summer closet next year.
Some notes to self:
- Although lots of my tops and bottoms match, the fits don’t always mesh well. Something to remember when adding new tops.
- Think about the color of new pieces beyond summer. ANY top can go with denim shorts, but if it goes with my dresses, different colored bottoms and fall/winter layers it will get more mileage throughout the year.
- ^ That being said, a handful of “summer only” pieces is necessary. My style isn’t beachy, but I live at the beach and spend time in the sand and water all summer. My wardrobe must work with this reality.
- As of summer 2018, I wear shorts when it’s hot! My one pair was thrifted in desperation after the heat hit. Next year I’d be wise to add two more pairs.
- ALL of my summer bottoms were neutral and I did tire of that after 2 months. Those shorts for next year…one color and one print would be good.
- Embracing a little “athleisure” went a long way since that’s my actual lifestyle during the summer with a kid. Bamboo joggers with a knotted tee topped with jewelry was a go too look that easily took me through days filled with varied activities without feeling like I was in gym clothes or pajamas.
My biggest takeaway is my lifestyle during the summer is so different than the rest of the year, I truly need a small 10-12 piece summer capsule that blends with around 10 other pieces I own to get me through the two hottest months. Now that school has started and some days are cooling off, I’ve begun to transition my closet to Fall. I’m pretty excited because with what I learned in winter and summer, I think it will be my first successful attempt at putting one together in advance using inspiration from my own style journal here on the blog rather than looking to Pinterest. I’m also hoping to finally reign in the thrifting this season because I’ve added a lot of clothes to my closet this year…a post for another day.
I’ve set a personal goal for myself to post here once a week, which I’ve maybe said before, but I’ve officially got a preschooler which means 6 glorious uninterrupted hours a week. Be back soon!!