It feels like this post has been so long in the making! I’ve been seeing spring capsule wardrobe announcements all March long and I’ve been dying to work on my own. I’ve started brainstorming mid-March, but things didn’t get more serious until Easter weekend when I had a decent window of time to piece everything together (and shoot the results for you guys). I’m really excited to reveal my spring/summer capsule wardrobe 2016. I’m absolutely happy how it turned out, even though I did not find all the right pieces that I imagined.
As for my fall/winter capsule I came up with my own rules. While Project333 or similar concepts are a great starting point, I am confident with my own set of rules to account for my personal lifestyle.
Time span. As is already evident from the title, I’m sticking with my 6-month capsule idea, this time April to September. I found it really convenient to not have to make predictions about the weather – my capsule will work whether or not spring is going to be particularly warm. Also it’s really liberating to not have to worry about your wardrobe for 6 months. Yes, I absolutely love coming up with my capsules, but it’s a time commitment, too.
Swapping. As I mentioned already in my fall/winter capsule wardrobe recap, I really liked that I didn’t have to find everything before the capsule started, but instead allowed myself to make a set amount of changes to the capsule. I have a few ideas still in my head of what I would like to include in my capsule, but I didn’t find what I was looking for, so I’m just gonna wait and see. Maybe I will not even miss the items I thought I needed in my capsule, or maybe I will find exactly what I was looking for. Either way, I’m fine with not having my capsule set in stone.
Item count. Again, I’m fine with my capsule not being set in stone. I started piecing my capsule together with the same goal as last year, to stay below 40 items, but hoped that I would end up somewhere like in fall/winter, below 35. And I achieved just that. My spring/summer 2016 contains 30 pieces. Keep in mind that I don’t include accessories (scarves, bags, and jewellery) – my reasoning didn’t change since my winter capsule, I just hardly accessorize.
In preparation for this capsule I purchased a total of 4 items: 1 pair of shoes, 1 dress, 1 skirt, and 1 shirt. When I started brainstorming, I identified a few gaps in my closet that I wanted to fill for the spring/summer capsule. Armed with my wishlist, I started browsing stores, but with my specific ideas regarding the fit and style, it was actually quite hard to find items that fit the bill.
I’m really proud that I didn’t cave and didn’t purchased something that I felt was just ok. The 4 items I bought are all things that I am confident I will wear a lot over the next few months. There are still a few more pieces on my wishlist, but for now I’m going to wait and see. Since I have the option to swap and introduce 5 items, I’m at ease with the fact that my capsule might miss a piece or two.
Instead, as I shared already on instagram, I am really embracing some old favorites in my capsule that have been well worn, but that are still in great condition because they are quality pieces that were made to last.
Now let’s move onto the fun part: the clothes!
My spring/summer capsule wardrobe
First up, the shoes. I’m staying true to my flats. There is just no way that I wear heels on my average 10-hour day. The style is quite casual, apart from the ballerina pumps, but is nicely balanced by the quality of the shoes. Except for the white Converse, the shoes are old favorites that have been with me for a while. In fact, the Ferragamos are a really old favorite, as you can see from the way the inside looks.
The core of my capsule remains the uniform that I wore over fall and winter: jeans and button-down shirts.
But spring and summer will also feature a little more diversity than the fall/winter capsule. I included more skirts and dresses.
To round things up, I included a few T-shirts, layer pieces, and jackets.
I’m really excited to get this capsule wardrobe going. Follow me on instagram if want to see more of my outfits.
If you are doing a capsule wardrobe, share your thougths on your capsule and also include a link to your capsule in the comments – I love to see what other people choose to include in their capsules!