Summer 2018 Capsule Wardrobe Updates

Now that we’re a full month deep into summer, I thought it was high time for a capsule wardrobe update.

For those of you who have been following along for the past couple of years, you know that I adopted capsule wardrobing as my go-to approach managing my once-overflowing closet. With each year and updated capsule, I’ve learned a few new lessons.

This year’s lesson: buy more summer-ready, work-appropriate pieces.

In one of my earlier posts about capsule wardrobing, I admitted that my capsule was a total fail in regard to having adequate office-appropriate pieces. I wrote:

“I built most of my spring/summer capsule wardrobe for weekend wear….Although I spend most of my time at the office, many items in my collection were barely work-appropriate.”

Full disclosure: Standard office attire at my job falls somewhere just south of business casual. Occasionally, however, I have meetings outside of the office, so I still have to keep things a bit buttoned up. To keep my capsule a tightly edited collection, I knew I’d have to pick up some versatile new pieces that worked for both work and play. 

I’m happy to report I think I’ve finally gotten a handle on finding ways to combine fun and functional in the new pieces I’ve incorporated into my summer capsules. While these four pieces don’t represent the full extent of my capsule wardrobe (wouldn’t that be something if it did?), I have a feeling these will be the pieces I’ll keep reaching for whether for work or the weekend.

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  • The pale blue textured sleeveless button-down (A) that works with both with a pair of chinos and a wedge or white shorts and sandals.
  • The royal blue patterned drawstring shirtdress (B) that I could dress up or dress down.
  • The white eyelet t-shirt (C) that works great with a pencil skirt or pair of natural-colored linen drawstring pants.
  • The sleeveless teal patterned blouse (D) that pairs beautifully with a pair of slacks or a navy blue skort.

And yes. I like wearing blue a lot.

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One Year of Capsule Wardrobing: Lessons Learned

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I started my very first capsule wardrobe last fall and I’ve truly enjoyed embracing the concept as a viable lifestyle for the long term. I’ve written before about the joy of having a lean mean closet, but I’m no expert yet. I’m continuing to streamline and refine the process of building a wardrobe that simply works. Continue reading →

On Making Up My Mind About Makeup

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It’s funny how your tastes change with time. When I was younger, I’d turn the radio off when the Eagles’ “Hotel California” came on; today, I turn the radio up. My relationship with makeup has evolved in the same way. As a teenager who wasn’t allowed to use cosmetics, I’d pore over the colorful pages of teen magazines, dreaming of the day when I could dabble in my own makeup fantasies. However, in my twenties and the better part of my thirties, I decided I really liked my face “as-is” and, today except for the occasional special event or job interview, I eschew wearing makeup as a part of my daily regimen. Continue reading →

Nailing It on Vacation

I’ve never been one to wear cosmetics in general, and nail polish, in particular, is an enhancement I generally tend to shy away from. The careful brushstrokes, the waiting for polish to dry, the short-lived flawless finish, the pungent remover. Repeated ad nauseum, this process isn’t exactly my idea of time well-spent. Save for color on my toes during sandal season, I’m usually happy to let the tips of my digits go bare. Continue reading →