11 October, 2014

A Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe

[images via Pinterest]
Something has changed in me over this last year. Maybe it's just the recent lack of bedroom storage, but I suddenly cannot stand stuff. So, in the spirit of Spring cleaning, last week I unpacked my Summer clothes and began a much needed cull.

Creating a capsule wardrobe for Winter was helpful on so many levels. I'm the complete opposite of a morning person, so anything that makes getting out of pajamas a little easier is a very good thing. The Summer version has been a bit more difficult, but I'm pretty pleased with where I'm at. As usual, all images and their sources can be found on my Pinterest board.

My Summer style can be broken down into two basic recipes:
1. Loose top + comfortable pants + flats.
2. Loose top + high waist skirt + flats.

From these two recipes I can create at least four silhouettes, just by swapping out the jeans for shorts, or the mini for a maxi skirt.

If you're interested in this exercise, you can read more about proportions and silhouettes here and here :)

The result is a capsule wardrobe of 20 items, excluding accessories like belts, etc. I used Polyvore to create a basic outline of the items - mostly based on clothes I already own, and items I'm planning to make. Neither of my capsule wardrobes contain dresses - but not because I don't wear them! I want to give myself room for experimentation, especially when it comes to sewing. There are so many shapes and lengths that I feel comfortable wearing in different situations, so it would be silly to limit myself strictly to two or three styles! Heather of Closet Case Files wrote a great post a while back on a similar topic - dressing for multiple identities/situations - definitely worth a read!


I'm super excited to get started on some warm weather sewing projects. A floaty button-down is currently in progress, and my stash has grown significantly larger (and prettier!) after a massive fabric sale last week... So much for having less stuff!

Hope everyone has been having a lovely Spring/Fall! Have you been making any sewing or wardrobe plans for the new season? I'd love to hear about them!


New Model Lamé said...

Love the items in your capsule wardrobe. My spring/summer wardrobe really needs an update, it's inspiring to see someone else boil a wardrobe down into a few key pieces.

Nilla said...

I always admire anyone who puts time and effort into planning their wardrobe. Sometimes I make plans for my wardrobe or sewing, but I never stick to them :D Good luck with your wardrobe planning, can't wait to see what you make :)

Zoe May said...

thanks Nilla! I'm not super confident that I'll be able to stick to a real plan :P
But already just having an idea of colours and styles has stopped me from impulse buying crazy fabric a few times!

Zoe May said...

Thanks Jo! It's a pretty great way to procrastinate from actually cleaning, haha

Sarah - Fabric Tragic said...

Great plans. I love planning almost as much as the sewing! Just another form of daydreaming I guess!