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.



  • 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.


For the Record: April 8, 2016


Ummm, spring is here? Wait–when did that happen? The time I spent away from posting has been well worth it–I’m in the final quarter of the certificate program I’m participating in, I finished a major work project and am already up to here in another, and–most importantly–I’ve been engaged in the very important work of decluttering my life. Every day, I’m getting closer to that goal. See what else is on my mind, for the record:
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Beating the Winter Blues: Classic Lace Cardigan

Spring is so close, I can almost taste it. There are only thirty-eight days left until the vernal equinox on March 20 (hallelujah!) and I’m already obsessing about dreaming of warmer, longer days and shedding the dark, heavy winter layers I’ve been buried beneath for the last few months. To get me through these final weeks of my first Pacific Northwest winter, I began working on a knitting project that fixes my focus squarely on spring. Continue reading →