My Summer Capsule Wardrobe

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This is not a fashion blog. I repeat: this is not a fashion blog. But I’ve been dying to tell you guys about this concept that has pretty much revolutionized the way I think about my clothes.

You know that feeling when you stare into your closet and get stressed out because no matter how many clothes you have, you can’t find anything to wear? For the longest time, that was my morning routine. Getting ready for work was a pain because my closet was all over the place and I had a love-hate relationship with clothes (mostly hate, to be honest.)

Enter the “capsule wardrobe.”

Essentially, you pare down your clothes and shoes into a curated collection of items that go with each other and that you love enough to wear for an entire season (because there’s no shopping for the next three months!)

The idea immediately hit home for me because I’d been longing to overhaul my wardrobe for a while. Plus, I’d just read Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” so I was on a minimalism streak — and still am!

I went through everything I owned and got rid of the items that just didn’t make sense for me anymore, or didn’t “bring me joy” as Kondo writes. Then I selectively added a few new pieces that complemented what I had left. After the initial clear out this spring, I ended up with about 40+ items that served as a starting point and helped me identify my style: classic, with a twist.

Now for summer, I’m wearing even less! I have about 25 items that I mix and match, and the rest is in storage for future seasons and special occasions.

So what’s in my wardrobe?

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Tops: White tee. White tank top. Grey tank top. Black lace blouse. Pink button-down (old). Red tee (sold out). Yellow tank. Long-sleeve blouse (old). Striped button-down (on sale!). Patterned blouse (old). Striped tee.

Dresses: Denim dress shirt/ tunic (sold out). Striped dress (sold out, similar here). Strappy dress (similar here and on sale!). Black dress (old, similar here).

Bottoms: Floral skirt (old). White skinny jeans. Distressed skinny jeans (sold out, similar here). Dark blue skinny jeans. Denim shorts (currently 50% off).

Shoes: Gladiator sandals (sold out, similar here). Espadrille wedges. Black slip-on sneakers. Blue sneakers.

What I love most about this concept is that it works for anyone regardless of your gender, age or lifestyle.

It’s not about forcing yourself to live with less. It’s about freeing up space in your home and life for the things you love. 

To be honest, I don’t even miss shopping that much  — although I still let myself buy accessories to jazz up all these outfits. It frees up so much mental space and actually saves me a lot of money that I would have been frittering away stopping into stores and buying random things. Now, it takes me seconds to get dressed because I love everything I own — and thanks to this cool app called Stylebook, I can pre-plan tons of outfit combinations that I just choose from when I need to get dressed. Easy, right?

I’m curious –  besides loungewear, how many clothing items do you own?

 

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4 Comments

  1. July 28, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    Came through the link you left on community pool! Your blog looks fabulous! And your posts are nicely formatted(love that mini slideshow you put in here!)

    • Jhaneel
      July 30, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Phantom Paper – thanks so much!

  2. July 25, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    [Found you at the Community Pool] WOW! I noticed your discriminating eye for fashion when I read your London post. It looks like you have a personal style all right, and that may also mean you include both form and function (with comfort) thrown in too. Bravo! I’ve probably been dressing myself a bit longer than you, but I do like to feel good in my clothing choices. Shoes included. I make sure my closet is one I can open and almost instantly see what fits for the day and the occasion. That means a charity store gets anything that does not. I prefer to buy “pieces,” not complete outfits that only go with the complete outfit. That way I can mix and match accordingly. In the summertime, I prefer sun dresses; which I’ve loved since childhood. But I have lots more if I choose to change up my look. [Bet you had fun looking in the stores while in Paris]. I have always liked to dress and look presentable, so my closet reflects this intention. Oh! I like that you share some variety on your blog. Keeps it fresh and interesting. Highest and Best!

    • Jhaneel
      July 30, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      Sparky Jen – thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog and leaving such a thoughtful comment. I like your approach to fashion and getting dressed. Buying only things that can mix and match with my existing wardrobe is something I learned from this challenge. And I love sundresses too!!
      Thanks so much for your kind note ????

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