At this point, you’ve seen dozens of perfectly crafted capsule wardrobes on Pinterest, right?
Has it done you any good?
I’m going to fill in the gap for you between the “perfect capsule” and the capsule you *actually* own and use! And it only takes 3 simple steps:
If it sounds totally doable, it’s because it is! You don’t need to buy a bunch more clothes. You just need to curate your favorite easy-to-dress outfits. Ready?
In the summer, I wear 3 basic outfits:
For my first template, Sundresses & Sandals, I have a ton of options. Here are 3 for simplicity’s sake: a minidress from Ma.Ma.Osa, a linen midi dress, and a satin maxi dress (the latter two are from H&M).
For Tank Tops & Bottoms, I have: a bodysuit tank and skort (that looks like a ruffled skirt), a halter tank with linen trousers (recently bought from Abercrombie & Fitch) and a stretchy tank with cream jeans.
For Jumpsuits & Rompers, I have a lace embroidered romper, a linen jumpsuit from Anthropologie, and a groovy wide-leg jumpsuit I picked up in Sedona.
I’ve resisted creating capsule wardrobes for years — even through the hype — because I thought they were sooo boring. Two things that changed my mind was realizing that I already wear the same outfits over-and-over-again anyway — LOL! — and creating a capsule allows for intentionality in styling and shopping. Now I know what I want to buy this season and what would just be a duplicate in my closet.
The styling trick with capsules is to vary your outfits with different accessories: sunglasses, handbags, belts, hats, jewelry, shoes, jackets, etc.
Here’s a sampling of styling my personal fave 3 outfit templates with my beloved accessoreis:
And voila! You can apply this template to create your own capsule wardrobe.
Just create 3 outfit templates you like to wear most through the summer. Then create 3 outfits for each type. Lastly, style it with a mix of your accessories.
Let me know how your curation process goes!
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