creating my first one last year. They take all of the fuss out of trying to decide what to wear most days, plus I really like the added challenge of creating different looks with only a set amount of clothing and accessories. I put together a new capsule wardrobe for summer and the planning that went into it was vastly different from my fall/winter capsule, so I thought I would share a few tips for creating a summer capsule wardrobe of your very own.
CHOOSE FABRICS WISELY
In the summertime, the heat and humidity can be pretty extreme, so you want to choose fabrics very carefully. Stick with clothes made with cotton, linen, and thinner materials like jersey and club knit. You want your clothes to be light and breathable so you can stay as comfortable in the summer heat as possible. Also, think about the fit of the clothes you buy. Things that are loose and more “flowy” are going to keep you cooler than tight-fitting clothing.
STICK WITH A COLOR SCHEME
Sticking with a color scheme for your capsule wardrobe will make it a lot easier to create outfits that look flattering, and will also give you more options for wardrobe combinations. For my summer capsule, I tried to stick with mostly neutrals like black, gray, and white, and then added in some pops of color with peach, denim, and cornflower blue. Everything I picked can be mixed and matched easily, so putting together outfits will take a lot less time without sacrificing style.
INCLUDE A FEW LAYERING PIECES
Summers in Missouri can be a bit tricky because some days will be hotter than you know what, and other days will be cool and breezy. Because of this, I made sure to include clothing that works well by itself but can also be layered for cooler days. If you’re stuck for ideas, my favorite pieces to layer would be tank tops or camisoles with thin oversized tees on top. You can also get a button-up chambray shirt that you can throw on over a tank or tee on days that might be cooler. Play around with a few different looks until you find what you like best for your style.
PICK ACCESSORIES THAT GO WITH EVERYTHING
Something I learned from my last capsule wardrobe is the necessity for accessories that can go with anything. When choosing purses, shoes, and jewelry, try to stick with things that are neutral in color and style. This way, it will be easier for you to accessorize and add finishing touches to your outfits without having to skip certain pieces like necklaces or sunglasses. I like tan tote bags, small black cross body purses, neutral flats, simple jewelry, and big statement sunglasses.
Have you created a capsule wardrobe before? What are your tips?