Is it okay to admit that I fell off the fashion capsule wagon for a bit? After our trip to Italy this summer, I lacked the motivation and time to get my wardrobe planning back on track. I can honestly say that I have felt a little out of sorts without the structure. If I thought that this was just a silly routine to get myself to stop shopping, it was evident after an explosion from my closet every morning and the urge to spend again (when I had plenty) that helped me realize how much I benefit from it. Today I am revealing my summer fashion capsule and putting myself back on the wagon.
Since this month is all about beauty in our m challenge, I thought this was the perfect time to reveal my summer wardrobe. I really do consider my capsule wardrobe a big part of my beauty routine. I have found that simplifying my wardrobe helps me feel beautiful and put together for my week. I can’t recommend this enough and in just a couple of short months, I will have implemented this in my life for an entire year! Who would have thunk it?
Let’s dig into this month’s capsule!
This project was inspired by Project 333 & the Unfancy fashion capsule challenge, but I am making a few of my own rules for my own personal challenge.
33 Piece Wardrobe- The wardrobe can have 33 pieces in it. This wardrobe does not include pajamas, workout gear, undergarments, or camisoles (something that is a necessity for me). The capsule is made from items I already own, some purchased to be workhorses in my wardrobe (since I fail in this department greatly), and purchased second hand at thredUP or Twice. All of the items I am not wearing and still love are being tucked in storage for the next fashion capsule. I have created a Fashion Capsule Pinterest Board to help inspire me with the pieces I am using.
Choose 3 More for Rotating- You may choose three additional items and put them aside in your closet. You may rotate these items in during the next three months, but three other items have to be rotated out. Consider donating those items.
No Shoe Shopping- I am not including my shoes for this challenge, but I am challenging myself to not buy any more shoes and use what I already have.
One Steal Per Month- Things and events come up and I am allowing myself one steal per month from items that I already own. I may find I don’t need this, but I think it might help with the shopping bug.
No Shopping For Clothing- I will wear the clothes I have selected and not shop for three months and only shop two weeks prior to the next capsule for items for the next season if needed. This is going to require a lot of discipline for me and I am planning to unsubscribe to shopping newsletters and avoid the shops as much as possible.
Below is my wardrobe for the month. I am at 32 pieces this month! Since the weather has been wonky in Indiana, I will save one piece for another jacket (what the hay, Indiana?!). The items with an asterisk are new to this capsule (purchased for our Italy trip!)
* White Anthro Summer Dress (gently used, purchased from thredUP)
* Matilada Jane Out & About Romper (purchase from Amanda Petit, Matilda Jane Independent Trunk Keeper)
Old Navy Vintage V-Neck T-Shirt in Dark Gray- (Old Navy)
Ann Taylor Loft Pink Print Bow Collared Shirt (gently used, purchased on Twice)
Floral & Lace Top (Golden Tote)
* J. Crew Denim Dress (gently used, purchased from thredUP)
Anthropologie Scarlet Swing Skirt
* Neverending Romance Top (Flourish Boutique)
* J. Crew Gray Knit Sleeveless Top (gently used, purchased from thredUP)
J. Crew Polka-Dotted Silk Sleeveless Top (gently used, purchased from thredUP)
Kelly Green & Royal Blue Sleeveless Dress (Flourish Boutique)
Palm Tree Skirt (Anthropologie)- (gently used, purchased from Twice)
White Eyelet Lace Top (Mossimo)- Target
* Free People Peasant Top (gently used, purchased from thredUP)
* Black & White Striped Short Sleeve Shirt (The Limited)
Black & White Long Sleeve Top (gently used, purchased from thredUP)
Denim Shirt (GAP)
Black Crocheted Cardigan (Flourish Boutique)
* Black & White Maxi Dress (Ann Taylor Loft)
*Black Swing Skirt (Ann Taylor Loft)
White Linen Blazer, Nordstrom (gently used, purchased from thredUP)
J. Crew Navy & White Striped Blazer- (gently used, purchased from Twice)
Not Afraid of the Dark Denim Jacket (Flourish Boutique)
Peach Shorts (TJ Maxx)
Floral Shorts (TJ Maxx)
* Yellow Shorts (The Limited)
* Green Bow Skirt (Ann Taylor Loft)
Black Lace Tuxedo Shorts (The Limited)
Denim Shorts (TJ Maxx)
Seven Skinny Jeans (Flourish Boutique)
Black Pants (Ann Taylor Loft)
Old Navy Vintage Gray T-Shirt (Old Navy)
Banana Republic Red Halter A-Line Dress – (gently used, purchased from Twice)
Coupons That Might Help If You Are Making a Capsule Too
Current Coupons for Old Navy (I am a big fan of their jeans and basic t-shirts)
Current Coupons for Target (their wardrobe is on the smart minimalist side this season- yay!)
Current Coupons for Gap (blazers, chambray shirts, collared shirts, jeans- oh my!)
Get $10 for your first Twice purchase (this is one of my favorite online consignment resource)
Get $10 from thredUP (a new obsession for me AND my kids)
Golden Tote– a fun resource for budget-friendly shopping for your capsule
Use web code WEB25 for 25% off your purchase at Flourish Boutique (this is our site sponsor and where I get the majority of my clothing). You can also catch a sale daily on the Flourish Boutique Facebook Page)
Stitch Fix can be a fun resource for shopping for smart basic wardrobe pieces if a stylist might benefit you!
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