My Sustainable Summer Capsule Wardrobe

June 23, 2017

summer capsule wardrobe

It has gotten hot here in New Jersey, but I have confess, I wasn’t quite prepared, and just started busting out my summer clothes to put my summer capsule together. I had pulled some random summer clothes to wear right away, but without any thorough plan. However, planning is essential for a capsule wardrobe. My goal was to create a capsule without going shopping at all, but the reality is that lots of my summer clothes still don’t fit my after-the-baby-body. As for shoes, I need to update my entire collection for the reason I mentioned in my previous post. But hey, a capsule wardrobe doesn’t have to be torture, and if you need to shop, just do it in the most intentional, sustainable and responsible way. Before I got into the shopping portion of my summer capsule wardrobe creation, I decided to pull out all the summer clothes that I love and fit me at the moment. It showed me a clear picture what pieces I am really missing and what I need to shop for.

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How I built my summer capsule wardrobe

Basically, I took  the same steps I did when I first got inspired with the capsule wardrobe idea. I had a chance to go through my clothes again, look at them and listen to my feelings – do I love it? Or just like it. Does it spark joy? If I don’t love the piece, if it doesn’t spark joy, I get rid of it. Here I can’t not mention Marie Kondo’s book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. I created my first capsule before reading this book. One of the goals of a capsule wardrobe is to keep clothes you absolutely love and it is a fine line between “I like this piece” and “I LOVE it”, and Marie Kondo’s method (aka Konmari) just made purging the rest of my clothes so much easier.

This book is in no way related to the capsule wardrobe or fashion at all. Rather, it teaches how you can live with only things you LOVE! I really enjoyed the book, and want to re-read it, because there are many-many great tips on how to organize your entire life just once and forget about tidying for the rest of your life, or at least for a long period of time! 🙂 And it is especially helpful when you purge your closet and create your capsule wardrobe. That was pretty long tangent, wasn’t it? But I just wanted to share a great resource that I found so helpful!

10 Pieces = 9 Outfits

Let’s talk about my summer capsule, though! As I mentioned, there are not a lot of pieces left that I love and fit me at the same time, but I can still create decent number of outfits. And you will see some pieces have migrated from my spring capsule wardrobe into the summer one. Just for fun, I created 9 outfits using just 10 pieces of clothing, hand bags and shoes.

Without further ado:

summer wardrobe capsule - 10 pieces - 9 outfits

Shop the Look

Top Row Left to Right

Tee – old (similar with print, this one, or this one made responsibly)

Tee – old (similar made responsibly)

Knitted top – old

Top – old (similar made responsibly)

Second Row Left to Right

Ivory capris – old

Mauve pants – old

Distressed jeans  – old (similar made responsibly)

Top with print – old  (similar made responsibly)

Cardigan – old

Purses – old

SandalsSseko Designs made responsibly

Blush slidesEverlane made responsibly

 

Looking at what I already have, I need couple of day dresses, a top, a shirt, and a pair of heels.

 

My Recent Finds (All Made Responsibly)

People Tree Dress

People Tree Dress

Indigneous Dress

Bead and Reel Dress

Krochet Kids Top

Krochet Kids Top

Everlane Top

Everlane Shirt

Purple Impression Shirt

Patagonia Shirt

Everlane Sliders

Veerah Vegan Heels

Sseko Designs Sandals

Amazig Leathers Cross-Body

Purse $ Clutch Fold Over Clutch

Patagonia Swimwear