Even though capsule wardrobes got super trendy last year (almost a little too trendy, if I’m allowed to say that), I’m still fascinated by them.
Creating a strong style concept through a small, thoughtful collection of clothes? I don’t know why, but I love it.
I learned so much about my style and myself 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.
So, welcome to the Style Series! It’s like version 2.0 of my capsule posts.
It’s a little different than my original 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, including:
- my goals for my wardrobe
- where I found inspiration for my style concept
- the top 12 pieces that define my style
- uniforms — AKA outfit formulas — that I’ll be wearing and rewearing all summer long
Sound good? Let’s get into it.
Whether I write ’em down or not, I always have a few loose goals for my closet — things like organizing my drawers or introducing a new color into my wardrobe or having an old piece remade at the tailor.
This summer, I’ve got five goals I’m working on:
1 / Let loose and enjoy dressing for my favorite season
Summer dressing is hands-down my favorite — it’s where my style really hits it’s stride. I’m using this summer as a time to play with my style, throw off all the little “shoulds” that have encroached on my style lately, and experiment a little with some things I’ve been wanting to try (hello, overalls).
Summer, you guys. I’m ready for that outta school feeling.
2 / Rewear + restyle
While I want to have fun and explore styling some new things, I want to focus most of my energy on restyling my older clothes.
There are a few pieces that I haven’t worn much lately, and I’m getting to that point where it seems like they may not be my style anymore. But is that really true? Or are they just a little too familiar?
With a little bit of creativity and thoughtful styling, I know I can make these pieces feel like “me” again.
3 / Bring one or two more patterned pieces into my closet
I still love my basics, but I’ve been up for a little pattern play lately.
You know me — it’ll be subtle, but hey, a pattern is a pattern.
4 / Declutter my underwear drawer
Yep, I’ve had this jumble of unorganized bras and panties for too long now. Only a handful of them really fit, and the rest are just … hanging around. For what purpose, I’m not sure.
Any of you in this boat?
So, my goal is to declutter, see what I’m left with, and then supplement if needed. I’m aiming for a useful yet minimal underwear drawer, with maybe two or three solid bras and about ten pairs of undies. We’ll see what feels right.
5 / Unsubscribe
This one is more of a to-do than a goal, but I want to take a few minutes and unsubscribe from retailer mailing lists again.
I don’t know why I don’t take five seconds and click unsubscribe right when the email hits my inbox, but I almost never do. A few retailers have snuck into my inbox lately, and honestly, I just don’t want the temptation to shop — so it’s time. Bring on the quiet inbox!
Want to join me? How about if we plan to make it happen on June 9th, next Thursday? I’ll remind you.
INSPIRATION + PLANNING
Thanks to the capsule experiment, my closet has a strong foundation I love — kind of like California chill mixed with Parisian cool.
So, when planning my summer wardrobe, I started with that foundation and then honed in on some muses who could give me a little styling inspiration — Jane Birkin and Caroline de Maigret. Think flared denim and short shift dresses for Jane, and boyish button downs and striped tees for Caroline.
However, my style always scooches a little closer to boho in the summertime, and I decided to play that up with elements like a soft, broken-in embroidered dress, a woven straw hat, frayed denim, flat sandals, and undone hair.
Anyway, let’s talk lifestyle and climate — the two most non-sexy yet vitally important things that guide me in wardrobe planning.
I’ve got a few trips planned this summer, but the biggest chunks of my time are spent working from home and running around town, or doing family time and playing with my nieces and nephews in the backyard, so I’m all about those comfortable, easy-to-wear pieces.
The heat in Texas is no joke this time of year, but I also have to balance that with chilly AC units trying to freeze me out when I’m indoors — so I’ve still got some light jackets and jeans and low profile sneakers in my closet.
MY SUMMER STAPLES
I know you’re used to seeing me post my entire wardrobe, so I just want to let you know, this isn’t my whole wardrobe — other pieces will flow in and out, but these are the 12 pieces I think I’ll be reaching for the most in the coming months. They define my style this summer.
01 | Similar crop top | I’m sure you’re shocked to see crop tops listed as my top staple. :)
03 | Woven hat | I officially don’t feel conspicuous wearing a hat anymore. Instead, I’m like, Keep that sun off my face, hat!
04 | Silk cami | Turns out, even us casual gals need something fancy to wear for date night.
05 | High rise shorts | A classic in my book.
06 | Slouchy bag | My sis-in-law gave me this bag as a belated birthday present. Needless to say she wins Sister Of The Year. (Just FYI, she owns the store that I linked to.)
09 | Romper (on sale) | I’m already reaching for it again and again. This thing is so light and breezy that it’s perfect for an outdoor concert or a patio dinner. Also a plus — it’s black and doesn’t show sweat.
10 | Sunnies | I gave up on trendy sunglasses a long time ago — classic Wayfarers are my signature forever and ever.
12 | Button down | I’m excited about this one in particular because it’s so light and airy — ideal for hot days.
I’ll leave it to Alison Syrett and her recent article on uniforms to give you the lowdown:
“Something funny about fashion is that for an industry defined by what’s next and what’s new, many of its prominent figures dress the same way every day. Some of the most influential players in the game spend all day dictating trends and then promptly ignore their own advice.
My theory: They’ve achieved Personal Style Nirvana — that rare, unshakeable understanding of who you are and the outfit that expresses it. Unlike defaulting to, say, old jeans and a comfy sweater — neutral clothes — because you’re feeling lazy, it’s an inspired and carefully considered move.”
Don’t you love that?
It’s taken a lot of practice, but I feel like I’m finally getting to that point with my uniforms.
Here are the four uniforms — AKA outfit formulas — I’ve got on rotation for the summer.
Friend dates and patio dinners were made for this uniform. Somehow this combo is never too dressy nor too casual, especially if I’m wearing a black dress like this one. It’s what I wear when I’m not quite sure if I’m supposed to dress up or not.
The thing I love about this uniform? It hits that feminine tomboy vibe on the nose — especially when I take the time to fix my hair all wavy.
One piece and I’ve made an outfit, you say? Yes. Just yes. If I’m going to be indoors, I’d swap the hat for a denim jacket.
Sigh. A crop top and high waisted jeans, again? You’ve seen a version of this uniform about one hundred times on Unfancy, but there’s a reason for that — it’s my most trusted outfit formula. Always works.
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And that’s that! The first installment of the Style Series. My goals + inspiration + staples + uniforms for the summer.
At the end of the summer, I’ll be recapping how things actually went — most worn pieces, least worn pieces, clothes that surprised me, and most importantly, what I learned over the season.
I hope it’s fun + helpful for you to see how I approach my closet these days. I’ve been so excited to share it with you.
Your turn! Do you have any goals for your wardrobe this summer? Got any go-to uniforms in mind? I’d love to hear if you’re doing a structured capsule or if you’re taking a relaxed approach. If you’re looking for a little guidance either way, I made a free wardrobe planner that you can download or you might want to try the capsule builder — it generates a custom capsule for you.
Oh! And don’t forget about our unsubscribing date next Thursday. See you then.