Want to create a summer capsule wardrobe? Here’s how you can with stuff you already own. With minimalism all the rage right now, it makes sense to create a capsule wardrobe for each season. Doing so will enable you to purchase fewer, more well-made pieces, getting away from the supposed trend of “fast fashion.” If you live in a more temperate climate, you can purchase versatile pieces that will work year-round. For now, though, we’re going to focus on the summer.
More is not always better, especially when it comes to a summer wardrobe
Pick a Base Color for Bottoms
This is especially important if you’ve never done a capsule wardrobe before. By sticking with a solid color for your bottoms you can mix and match patterns and solids with your tops. A couple of pairs of denim shorts and a couple of pairs of jeans should be enough to get you started.
Scarves, hats, statement necklaces, and statement earrings can all lend a lot of weight to a capsule wardrobe, giving you endless options for mixing and matching. Look on Etsy for unique jewelry pieces that will help you stand out.
Choose a Versatile Bag
A bag can make or break an outfit, especially in the summer when you have to tote your stuff and your kids’ stuff. Pick something that will go with everything in your wardrobe so you don’t have to worry about constantly switching bags every time you’re going somewhere new. But don’t forget to get a smaller, fun clutch purse for date night or girls’ night out.
Keep the Shoes Simple
In the summer, a good pair of sandals and a good pair of sneakers that go with everything should get you through. It defeats the purpose of a capsule wardrobe if you’ve got just 10-15 items of clothing, but need six pairs of shoes to create enough combinations.
Don’t Be Afraid to Repeat Yourself
Switch up your accessories, which are small and easy to store, to create different outfits. For example, denim shorts and a plain white t-shirt can be worn one day with a turquoise statement necklace for lunch with a girlfriend and then again later in the week with a baseball cap accessory for a playdate at the park.
Think Outside the Box
Use what you already have and see how many combinations you can come up with. Pull everything out of your closet and sort items by type. From there, you can figure out what tops and bottoms look best together and what accessories you might need. Put together a week’s worth of outfits and go from there.
Do you subscribe to the idea of a capsule wardrobe? If so, what are your go-to pieces?
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