It’s wrap up time! Time to chat about the progress I made with my summer wardrobe goals, the pieces I wore the most, and the lessons I learned.
Just in case you missed the first Style Series post, here’s a quick recap:
I learned so much about my style from my capsule experiment, and I’ve been wanting to explore the concept in a less structured way — something practical that honors the heart of it while being free to flow as life changes.
Since I don’t keep a structured capsule anymore, the Style Series is essentially version 2.0 of my capsule posts. There are no rules, no full list of every single thing in my wardrobe. Instead it’s all about my style concept for each season — my closet goals, my inspiration, my favorite pieces for the season, and my uniforms.
Let’s see how things went these last few months!
GOAL 1 / Bring a little pattern into my wardrobe / I found my sweet spot when it comes to patterns this summer. I’m not a bold pattern girl, but I sure do love simple, small patterns — tiny diamond patterns, stripes paired with a classic bandana print, embroidery on the hem of a dress. Looking at that collage above, I see so much fun pattern, even though it’s on a small scale. It reminds me that I don’t have to go extremes to incorporate new elements (like pattern or color) into my wardrobes.
GOAL 2 / Let loose and enjoy dressing for the season / At the beginning of summer, I got a little tripped up by the idea of “saving” clothes — AKA not wearing them out of fear the I would get them dirty, wear them out, etc.. But about midway through, something clicked and I totally let loose and just started enjoying everything I had in my closet. It was way more fun than saving things for a special occasion.
GOAL 3 / Rewear and restyle / This was a personal success, although you probably couldn’t tell from the total of just 12 outfits I posted this summer. More on this in just a minute, in the Lessons Learned section below.
GOAL 4 / Declutter my undies drawer / Smashing success! I ended up writing a whole blog post about creating and organizing a useful panty drawer.
GOAL 5 / Unsubscribe from retailer mailing lists / Another success! Unroll.me is a godsend.
MOST WORN PIECES
This was such a successful summer when it came to my wardrobe. Almost everything in my closet was a “most worn” piece, but these five really stood out:
From left to right, top to bottom:
STRIPE BUTTON DOWN / Made of the lightest weight fabric, this shirt kept me cool even in the triple digit days. Thank you, breezy shirt.
OVERALLS / similar / I added my overalls pretty late in the season, but they feel like a part of me now. :) Nothing says “Don’t take it too seriously” quite like an adult in overalls. My favorite thing about them? They don’t squeeze around the waist / tummy area like pants can.
SILK TEE DRESS (old) / similar and similar for under $55 / I’ve never been much of a day dress kind of girl, but 2016 marked the year that changed dramatically. This silk tee dress in particular kept me cool in the heat, while making me look put together — even when I didn’t feel like it.
CUTOFF SHORTS (old) / similar / I don’t think these even made a blog appearance, but I wore them all the time when I was just around the house.
ROMPER (old) / similar / Although this romper only made one appearance on the blog this summer, it was perfect for just about every outdoor hangout, road trip, and even some fancier occasions. It’s not really one of those pieces that can be styled a million different ways — it still looks generally the same no matter how you style it. But even though it’s not versatile in that sense, it’s still versatile in that it’s appropriate for a whole lot of occasions. A good reminder that there’s more than one way for a piece to be versatile.
CLOGS / similar for less / It took me a while to start wearing these regularly. I got into the whole idea of “saving them” like I mentioned above. But once I let go and just started wearing them, I couldn’t stop.
Lesson #1 / Looking for white? Make sure to get a sturdy fabric and forgiving shade of white.
Whites are tricky, because I love wearing them.
But I sure do wear them out quickly.
As in, my white silk camisole that I love so much looks like it’s going to be ready for retirement soon due to sweat stains after just one summer. As a person who tries to make her clothes last a long time, this really bums me out.
So, in the future, my goal is to stay away from delicate fabrics, like silk, in white. For my lifestyle, it’s just too hard to keep.
(Black silk, on the other hand, is my jam — my black silk tee dress made the most worn list up there and it’s going stronger than ever.)
I also need to pay special attention to the shade of white. Even just a little texture or heathering makes a big difference when it comes to a long-lasting white. For example, my cream Everlane texture tank is in great shape, even after a spring + summer of heavy wear.
Lesson #2 / More outfit posts
This is more of a blog lesson than a wardrobe lesson. But I’m excited to share it with you!
Pre-hiatus, I was posting 20 outfits a month, and you got to see the same piece styled in new ways over and over again. Now, I’m posting less than 8 outfits a month, and you barely get to see any pieces repeated.
Less outfit posts mean you don’t get to see the full styling potential of each piece. The general mix + match + repeat vibe has been kind of lost lately, huh?
That vibe was one of my favorite things about Unfancy. It’s time to bring it back. So, starting mid-September, you’ll see more outfit posts a week.
These outfit posts will be short — not a lot of text, but instead, focused on giving you a simple outfit idea for the day, and showing different ways to style the same piece again and again. And don’t worry, I’ll still share plenty of in-depth feature posts too like packing posts, the undie drawer post, and the online shopping guide.
How does that sound?
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So that’s a wrap on summer!
There won’t be a post on Monday, since it’s Labor Day, but next Thursday will be a lot of fun — it’s the Fall Style Series! In the meantime, let me know if you have any specific questions when it comes to fall wardrobe planning or fall dressing. I’ll try to address ’em in next Thursday’s post.
Your turn! Did we have any “Most Worn Pieces” in common? What you think about seeing more outfit posts around here? Did you experience success with your own wardrobe goals this summer?