My first experience with a capsule wardrobe has been really interesting. I am so enjoying having fewer items but more versatility in my wardrobe and I find getting dressed to be a pleasure again. I can finally open one side of my closet only and see everything that's on offer. My final summer capsule wardrobe barely resembles what I initially chose and that's fine with me. I anticipated that this first go would be a learning experience and involve a lot of changes.
Years ago when I worked as a sign language interpreter within the public school board, my wardrobe was almost entirely black. Black, as well as other dark colours, are ideal as your hands are instantly and clearly visible. After I left the field and returned to being a medical secretary, I weeded out almost all the black from my wardrobe; rather like shedding a skin of my former professional self. It was only after turning 40 that I really began to miss having the ease and simplicity of black in my wardrobe. This coincided with my new found appreciation of grey - a lovely but slightly softer neutral than black.
As I've said previously, I have been enamoured of but intimidated by the effortless style curated by French women, Parisians in particular. After reading Parisian Chic, as well as a lot of minimalist blogs, I found my confidence and began ruthlessly editing my initial capsule wardrobe. I also cemented my personal colour palette, which made the editing much easier.
I've happily added a few black pieces back into my wardrobe but they are by no means the leading player. Pink, navy, and white are the front runners with grey and black as my secondary colours. They all play nicely together as well as with the tiny pops of turquoise which I've included for interest. I have also embraced a new love for jersey pieces; the comfort, ease, and versatility are unmatched. Gillian has been particularly helpful in this area, acting as both a coach and enabler, which was exactly what I needed. Her generous spirit is so lovely, isn't it? Her encouragement gave me the boost I needed to become more confident in making knit garments.
I have honed my personal 'uniform' of tees, skirts, tunics, and trousers, as well as embracing my fuller figure by adding back more fitted pieces, like my new grey jersey pencil skirt. I am using this formula, with a few seasonal tweaks, to guide me in making smart choices for this and future capsule wardrobes. I like to have at least one or two novelty items available to wear - see the new Tardis tunic above? Watch out for a knit Marvel Comics superheros pencil skirt come fall..
I write a lot of lists. I like lists.
I didn't photograph every item in this season's capsule simply because several were in the laundry but I do want to hold myself accountable here and ensure that I do follow the practices I've set out for myself. I have eliminated excess hangers from my wardrobe (I have a maximum of 40 now) so I am not tempted to shop or sew pieces I don't really need. I have thrown myself fully into planning my fall capsule wardrobe and am making up some new pieces with delectable jerseys, pontes, and French terrys from Denver Fabrics.
So, until the weather cools and the leaves start to change, I will be wearing the following items. If I have blogged about them previously, I've linked to the post.
My Summer Capsule Wardrobe
- Grey tank (Renfrew hack)
- White tank (Sorbetto)
- Pin dot tee (Club Monaco, thrifted)
- Stripe tee (Old Navy)
- Grey tee (Denver Hayes, thrifted)
- Navy cropped tee (Laurel hack)
- White cowl neck jersey tee
- Grey linen/jersey tee
- Sequin cowl tee (McCall's 6563)
- White dotted Swiss top (Salme Kimono Tee with altered neckline)
- White linen tunic (Colette Patterns Laurel)
- Tardis tunic (Colette Patterns Laurel)
- Grey dot chambray tunic (Colette Patterns Laurel)
- White dotted Swiss dirndl skirt (self-drafted)
- Black stripe maxi skirt (Simplicity 7341)
- Black tulip wrap skirt (Joe Fresh, thrifted)
- Raspberry voile maxi skirt (Simplicity 7341)
- Grey jersey pencil skirt (McCall's 5590)
- Black jersey pencil skirt (McCall's 5590)
- Tuxedo dress (Simplicity 3673)
- Navy linen shift dress (Colette Patterns Laurel + BHL Anna hack)
- Grey jersey cowl neck dress
- Navy stripe maxi dress (4 pattern hack)
- Turquoise stripe maxi dress (4 pattern hack)
- Navy linen trousers (Vogue 2128)
- Pink linen trousers (Vogue 2128)
- Lightweight denim skinny jeans (thrifted)
- Seamly black convertible pantsuit
- White leggings
- Black leggings
- Pink Miette cardigan
- Grey Miette cardigan
- White cropped cardigan
- Grey chambray newsboy cap
- Black ballet flats
- Onyx Birkenstock Gizeh
- Mirror rose gold Birkenstock Mayari