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My Summer 2015 Capsule Wardrobe

Ok, I admit it. I’ve been teasing you with bits and pieces of information about my Summer 2015 capsule wardrobe. Although most years I probably won’t start my summer capsule quite this early, I decided to this year because I just couldn’t wait until June to get my first ever capsule wardrobe started!

After going through and completely cleaning out my closet to get down to my 38 items for this first capsule, I was astonished at the lack of clothing hanging in my closet.

I’ll be sure to tell you more about the process of getting my first capsule underway in a later post. Cleaning out my closet was no easy feat!

But today, I wanted to give you a glimpse at more of my style and the items that are appearing in my capsule wardrobe.

capsule collage

 

As I mentioned, this is NOT my entire capsule wardrobe. But it is a good sampling of my items. Most of these are similar to what I have in my capsule, but not the exact same as much of what’s in my capsule is too old to still be for sale online.

Here is a complete list at what’s in my Summer 2015 Capsule Wardrobe:

  1. 1 pair of jeans
  2. 1 pair of denim capris
  3. 1 pair of white capris
  4. 1 pair of black capris
  5. 1 pair of light gray capris
  6. 1 pair of kahki capris
  7. 1 chevron maxi skirt
  8. 1 aztec midi skirt
  9. 1 kahki skirt
  10. 1 muted purple pencil skirt
  11. 1 black midi skirt
  12. 1 white denim jacket
  13. 1 coral linen jacket
  14. 1 black animal print embossed blazer
  15. 1 denim jacket
  16. 1 light, muted purple animal print textured jacket
  17. 1 navy burnout tee
  18. 1 teal burnout tee
  19. 1 printed purple burnout tee
  20. 1 cream printed burnout tee
  21. 1 blue crochet back tee
  22. 1 sleeveless mint button up blouse
  23. 1 wildly printed chiffon blouse
  24. 1 yellow 3/4 sleeve blouse
  25. 1 teal 3/4 sleeve blouse
  26. 1 purple and teal paisley print 3/4 sleeve blouse
  27. 1 navy and red floral 3/4 sleeve blouse
  28. 1 animal print and floral blouse
  29. 1 purple and black polka dot short-sleeve blouse
  30. 1 purple and teal paisley short-sleeve blouse
  31. 1 black crochet tank
  32. 1 cream crochet v-neck tank
  33. 1 teal tank
  34. 1 teal paisley tank
  35. 1 animal print and floral tank
  36. pink crochet back short-sleeve shrug
  37. teal crochet back short-sleeve shrug
  38. 1 screen print tee (weekend wear only)

I did go over my 37 self-imposed limit for this capsule. I forgot about one of my shirts as it was in the wash when I was choosing my capsule items and then when it came out of the wash I couldn’t bear to pack it away for the season, so I decided 38 items would be ok this time. After all, I am doing this capsule for 4 months instead of 3 months. That helps make it ok, right?!

Anyhow, this capsule wardrobe experiment isn’t about being unhappy or neglecting my desire to wear my favorite clothes to stick to exactly 37 items. Instead it’s about learning to narrow it down to what I do actually love and want to wear.

To help myself for future capsules, I’ve been keeping a log of how many times I wear each item. I hope that by the end of this capsule I’ll be able to see what I’ve learned and which items are versatile and maybe which ones are not so versatile too. This should help me make better shopping decisions in the future.

What do you think of my Summer 2015 capsule wardrobe? I definitely couldn’t have an all-neutral capsule like some people have. I love color and pattern way too much for that.

About the author

Kayla

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

11 comments
ARBM - May 13, 2015

Looks good! I am still hoping to find the time to clean out my closet and get a capsule wardrobe sorted out for summer. I love looking at other people’s capsules for ideas on what distribution of tops/bottoms/warm/cool/etc would work well. Thanks for sharing and good luck. It’ll be interesting to see how much each item gets used.

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    Kayla - May 14, 2015

    Thanks! I can’t wait to see how much I use each item too. 🙂

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Robin @ The Thrifty Peach - May 28, 2015

I’m working on doing the same thing in my closet, though I don’t have a set number. It’s not an easy task!

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    Kayla - May 29, 2015

    No, it is not an easy task at all! I would encourage you to set a number or at least have an idea in mind so you aren’t tempted to just keep everything. 🙂

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Jillian @ Baby Doodah! - May 28, 2015

I love this idea!

I quit my day job 3 months ago, to pursue my own business. For the most part, I wear a lot of yoga pants and t-shirts/tanks. However, I have been seriously struggling to get rid of all my nice dress clothes in my closet.

I grew up pretty poor, where we didn’t have a lot of clothes. As I got older and I was able to afford more things, I splurged (a little too much), so I’ve built-up quite the wardrobe. One that I loved, and made me [superficially] happy. But, it’s been 3 months, and there are things in my closet that I haven’t touched, and likely won’t.

Sure, I need to keep a few nice things for potential client meetings, or dinners out with the husband, but overall, I don’t need what I have. I am just struggling to part with it (and with the shoes).

This post is helpful. It reminds me that by getting rid of some things that I am not using, I will be simplifying my life.

Great post!!

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    Kayla - May 29, 2015

    I think I’ll struggle with the same thing after I quit my job. Most of my wardrobe is office clothes, which I probably won’t wear after I quit my job.

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