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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The Ashland Pullover via Brooklyn Tweed

 

Even though August tends to be the hottest month of the year, in the back of my mind these dog days of summer always mean September–and subsequently fall–is right around the corner. I immediately begin dreaming about cinnamon-spiced everything, changing colors, and cooler days. And, if I’m honest, I’m really fantasizing about sweater weather and getting a new woolen garment on my knitting needles. Continue reading “Knitting Can Be Expensive…and Sometimes, That’s Okay”

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 “One Year of Capsule Wardrobing: Lessons Learned”