Simple Style: some thoughts on capsule wardrobes and my summer uniform

summeruniheader1It’s been a while since I posted about my capsule wardrobe on the blog, so I thought I’d give a bit of a fashion update/reality check. First, since I’ve been using the capsule wardrobe for almost two years, I have a few conclusions to share:

  • It’s a great place to start, but allow for some flexibility

I’m very thankful for the guidance of the capsule wardrobe “rules.” The system definitely helped me whittle down my clothes and get rid of everything I didn’t really like to wear. But now that I have the basics down I find that I don’t really need to worry about redefining my capsule wardrobe every season. Where I live we have a pretty long hot season, a decent winter, and a pretty short fall and spring. I find that I really need more of a warm and cold wardrobe rather than four distinct seasons, with layering/transitional pieces available year round.

  • The no shopping rule is a good one

One of the biggest benefits to the capsule system that I follow is that you are allowed to shop for your next season’s wardrobe two weeks before it starts, and then not again until you are ready to plan the following season. This guideline really helped me break my “clearance rack” habit – you know, where you browse the sales section and end up with a bunch of random pieces you don’t actually love but bought anyway because they were such a good deal. Now I’m very intentional when I shop. I have a list made up ahead of time that I try to stick to, and I feel so much better paying full price for an item knowing that I will love it and wear it all the time, rather than once or twice before replacing it with another impulse buy. Healthy for my budget too. πŸ˜‰

  • Stick to a simple color pallet that you can mix and match

Anyone else ever buy the same shirt in multiple colors because you really liked it and couldn’t decide on just one? I used to do this all the time. But now, since I really want to be able to mix and match all my clothes, I choose a couple neutrals (usually gray and cream) and two colors, warm and cool tones (usually blue and some variation of pink). This helps me decide on just the one blush tee rather than picking up the orange and green one too.

  • A uniform can be a great, easy option too

Let’s face it, as a stay at home mom with a very casual lifestyle I find little need to create adorable, interesting outfits every day. For a girls’ night or date night sure, it’s fun to put more effort into looking stylish and pulled together, but for my everyday life I tend to gravitate toward more of a uniform approach. This is especially true in the summer, when my days consists of lots of park dates and trips to the library and grocery store (we go through fruit like it’s going out of style).

This brings me (finally) to the point of this post, sharing my summer uniform with you. On any given day you will find me wearing the following:summeruniheader

  • a pair of jean or twill Bermuda shorts (short shorts are a thing of the past I’m afraid)
  • a simple white camisole under a “dressy” tee (I especially like something with a pretty lace detail or interesting neckline)
  • My flipflops or leather sandals

Tada! Are you impressed? Probably not, but at least it’s a step up from sports shorts and a logo tee shirt, which is what I used to live in all summer long. πŸ˜‰

I also have a small confession to make, a cautionary tale warning how easy it is to fall back into old ways. Last weekend I took Charlotte to Old Navy to take advantage of the Fourth of July sales and do a bit of back to school shopping (there’s a post by itself). Just as we were getting ready to leave the heavens opened in a huge downpour. We decided to wait it out, so I wandered into the womens’ section and picked out a few dresses and tops to try on just to pass the time. Twenty minutes later I walked out with four new shirts, two exactly the same but in different colors. Old habits are hard to break. πŸ˜‰

Do you tend to reach for the same basic outfit every day, or do you prefer to mix it up? I’d love to hear your thoughts on a summer capsule wardrobe too!


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