Welcome inside my closet … again! I’m so excited to share my summer capsule wardrobe with you. Before I jump in, here’s a refresher course on capsule wardrobes, just in case you need to brush up.
Disclaimer: Honesty is the way I roll, so I chat numbers and dollars in this post. I trust you’ll honor my honesty. Just so we’re clear, everything written here is based on my personal experiences + opinions. Not everything I say here will work for you, but I have faith that you’ll take the information presented and apply some of it to your own wardrobe in a new and creative way.
My style for the summer is minimal + neutral + a little more urban. Even though I was really happy with my spring wardrobe, I was surprised at how it paled in comparison to my summer wardrobe.
Because my summer wardrobe is more styled + more cohesive + more mix and matchable. This surprise clues me in to the fact that I’m getting the hang of my style quicker than I thought. And that this whole capsule wardrobe thing really does get easier with practice. So people, don’t fret if your first try isn’t amazing — you’re figuring it out faster than you might think.
I ended up with a total of 34 pieces in my summer wardrobe including tops, jackets, bottoms, dresses, and shoes. I didn’t quite make it to 37 pieces for two reasons: (1) summer is crazy hot in Texas so I don’t really need layers + (2) fall comes after summer and I’m seriously lacking fall clothes — AKA I’m going to be dropping a lot of cash on my fall wardrobe. So, essentially, I decided to buy less / spend less on my summer capsule to save for fall.
I bought 16 new pieces for summer. Most of them were either from American Eagle or Madewell. I shopped strategically, using gift cards I’d been saving from my birthday + hitting up sales + keeping an eye out for discount codes. The remaining 18 pieces were either rolled over from my spring wardrobe or pulled from storage.
I budgeted $500 for my summer capsule and I’m really proud to say I stuck to it. Since that’s all I’m spending on clothes for the next three months, it comes out to about $165 per month. I’m really happy with that because I can tell you from experience: when I would shop to jolt myself out of a bad mood, I was spending a whole lot more than $165 each month. But it was harder to notice because it was only $40 here, $60 there, and so on. It was scary just how fast my justifiable little purchases added up over time. Now, I don’t have to worry about that.
TOPS / 15 pieces / splurge level: medium
This section includes 12 tops, 2 vests, and 1 jacket. Here’s where they came from: 1 was pulled from storage, 5 rolled over from my spring capsule, and 9 were new purchases.
Vests have become one of my favorite ways to add interest to an outfit when the temps are soaring. It adds an interesting layer, but it’s still hot weather friendly.
This whole wardrobe is so monochromatic — I feel the need to mention that a capsule wardrobe doesn’t have to be neutral — neutrals are just my style.
BOTTOMS / 12 pieces / splurge level: medium
This section includes 4 dresses, 4 shorts, 3 pants, and 1 skirt. Here’s where they came from: 5 were pulled from storage, 3 rolled over from my spring capsule, and 4 were purchased new.
SHOES / 7 pieces / splurge level: medium
This section includes 3 heels, 3 sandals, 1 pair of flats. Here’s where they came from: 1 was pulled from storage, 3 rolled over from my spring capsule, and 3 were purchased new.
Let’s talk Birkenstocks! Mine aren’t real Birkenstocks — I decided to go with this Topshop version and save some cash. They were $65 — happy face! The pair of real Birkenstocks I originally wanted were going to be almost $200 after shipping — yes, I was looking at a special order, and yes I know they usually don’t cost quite that much. I went back and forth on this decision for a bit, but I’m really happy with my purchase decision + saving money. Lots of people swear by the comfort of their real Birkenstocks, but these are super comfy too, so I’m happy.
d’orsay flats (from spring capsule)
So what do you think?! Is it what you were expecting, or is it way different? See any pieces you want to grab for your own capsule wardrobe? Any newbies starting their first capsule wardrobe this summer? Sound off in the comments section, and as always, thank you so much for reading.