Summer Capsule Wardrobe

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This season I changed my game a bit. Spring is all about transition pieces: you might start with heavy sweaters but eventually you need to dwindle down to some spring sandals. Summer is all about the heat the entire time, so not only couple I be extra picky with my clothes based on style and fit alone but I could also 1) go through at the very beginning of the season what I knew I wouldn’t wear to get sweaty 2) buy some pieces straight away for gaping holes in my closet, and 3) really purge on the amount overall that I had. I still plan to go leaner, but that will be based on use, fit, and durability over time.

As an added bonus, since I was there I went through my formal dresses as well that are usually always stored away. I purged 10 dresses! Shamefully I admit that I still probably have 10 more, but they the remainder fit inside my hanging cloth duster along with my fall/winter jackets and coats.

My Color Palette:

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Metallic Accent: none

Neutral Accents: White/ Navy Blue/ Tan/ Denim

My summer capsule wardrobe:

(65) Total Items at beginning of Season-  (including Shoes, Accessories, Beach Cover-Ups, and Sport Specific Water Wear)

(36) Main Closet: 

1 Sweatshirt (Mom’s vintage Red Paris Sorbonne University)

1 Pullover Sweater (pink, loose, Central Park West)

1 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan (Red Gap)

4 3/4 sleeve collared Blouse (J.Crew Pink + Blue Hawaii Sunset/ Michael Kors White/ Old Navy Coral with tiny white Polka dots/ Red Chaps linen with gold buttons)

1 Short Sleeve Collared Blouse (vintage petite Liz Claiborne with travel/luggage print)

4 3/4 Sleeve Non-Collared Blouses (White and blue striped/ Lilly Pulitzer Blue with yellow emboirdery/ Banana Republic White and Blue Floral/ Trina Turk Yellow + Green Floral and Seashell Print)

2 Short Sleeve Blouses (K by Kinnucans pink and blue floral print with flutter sleeves and open back/ Mollusk faded blue and cream linen boat neck)

5 Sleeveless Blouses (The Limited Yellow Green with with Turquoise embellishments/ Banana Republic Turquoise with clear beaded geometric pattern/  Loft coral pink with teal bird pattern/ Cloth & Stone night wash denim/ Red Liz Claiborne button front silk)

1 Spaghetti Strap Tank (Banana Republic white with leaf print)

1 Short Sleeve Knit (Fresh Bleu White Tee)

1 Sleeveless Knit Tank (American Eagle Watermelon)

2 Cotton Chino Capris (Banana Republic Coral/ Old Navy Yellow and White Floral Print)

1 Jean Capri (Abercrombie and Fitch DIYed)

1 Tea-Length Cotton Skirt (Vintage Reed Hunter White high-waisted button up A-Line)

1 Mini Denim Skirt (Vintage Sam & Max, two-toned high-waisted denim mini)

2 Denim Shorts (Just Black White Cuffed, Just Black Light Wash Cuffed)

5 Summer Dresses (Zara Basic Denim Halter Dress/ Old Navy Green + Pink Floral Spaghetti Strap/ Gap Linen Black and Tan Floral Cap Sleeve/Loft Navy and White Striped/ Therea/ Navy and Green floral Bell Sleeve

1 Business Casual Dress (Calvin Klein Bright Yellow Sleevless)

1 Fun Cocktail Dress (Jessica Simpson Coral One-Shoulder piped dress with camel-waist belt)

(29) Accessories: 

1 Pair of Beach Flip Flops (Brown Classic Rainbows)

1 Raincoat (orange and grey Adidas)

1 Oversized Beach Bag (Floral bright pink Very Bradley)

2 Beach Cover-Ups (White tunic with navy floral embroidery/ oversized men’s linen peach oxford)

2 Hats  (bright yellow ball cap with KAO embroidery/ paper straw hat with brim)

2 Columbia Shirts (Purple Short Sleeve/ Medium Blue Long Sleeve)

2 scarves (red, white, light blue and navy Kate Spade/ fuchsia White House Black Market Stole/Kappa Alpha Theta Lilly Pulitzer Fashion scarf)

2 handkerchiefs (red and blue vintage with Polish florals/Blue and pin with Polish florals)

5 bags (red, white and blue oversized Michael Kors tote/ vintage Talbots straw weave bag with colorful tassels/ light brown Besso handbag/ medium brown vintage Coach/yellowy-brown vintage Dooney and Bourke)

5 Sunglasses (Brown Oversized Kate Spades with gold Polka Dots/ Black Round Ray-Bans/ Brown Tortoise Ray-Bans/ 1 vintage Ray-Ban with prescription sunglass lenses/ 1 cheap pair to wear on a boat)

6 Shoes (white Converse/ tan Ann Taylor sandals/ Arizona Birkenstocks/ OTBT Wedges/ taupe Tahari kitten heels/ Moda yellowy-brown scrappy pumps)

Items not in the count: 


Work-Out Wear


Swimsuits (I have had the same 4 for over 6 years)


Psst! I generate my color palettes at Adobe Color, but the best place to create a palette from a picture is Canva.





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