My capsule wardrobe for spring/summer 2016

spring and summer capsule wardrobe - lots of neutrals | aheartymatter.com

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.

My rules

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.

Pre-capsule shopping

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.

Capsule wardrobes and a simplified closet. | aheartymatter.comInstead, 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.

capsule wardrobe shoe selection | aheartymatter.com

The core of my capsule remains the uniform that I wore over fall and winter: jeans and button-down shirts.

COS jeans - an integral part of my capsule. | aheartymatter.com

button-down shirts selection - capsule wardrobe. | aheartymatter.com

But spring and summer will also feature a little more diversity than the fall/winter capsule. I included more skirts and dresses.

skirt selection capsule wardrobe | aheartymatter.com

dresses of my summer capsule | aheartymatter.com

To round things up, I included a few T-shirts, layer pieces, and jackets.

t-shirts of my summer capsule | aheartymatter.com

layer pieces of my capsule | aheartymatter.com

 

jackets of my spring capsule | aheartymatter.com

 

 

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!

Kate

Kate is a capsule wardrobe and uniform dressing enthusiast who encourages busy women to embrace a smaller wardrobe and a more intentional lifestyle.
Kate continues to work on simplifying her life – freeing up time and energy on those things in life that are most important to her.

15 Comments

  1. This looks like a fabulous selection! I really like you Ferragamo pumps! I’d love to hear more about your button up tops, how they fit, where you get them. I feel so hit or miss on button ups, but when I get one I love, it’s pretty great!

    • Thank you Andrea! Almost all my button-down shirts are from uniqlo, they are the Oxford type. They have a boxy fit – which I love because I prefer looser tops.
      I also have a Ralph Lauren shirt that I love, but most RL shirts are too long for me. I’m the same with shirts, but more often miss than hit. 🙂
      Are there any brands you particularly like for button-downs?

  2. what a beautiful selection! I like your way of 6 month-capsule, it’s definitely easier than thinking again and choosing pieces every 3 month. you really inspired me and I’ve been considering this idea lately. however living in istanbul, a 6 month-capsule needs to be very well planned as the weather varies between 10 and 35 degrees. in germany I only visited berlin a couple of times, but as far as I know the weather is usually crisp even in summer – you’re lucky 🙂 and the steady temperatures definitely make things easier. any advice about 6 month-capsule planning for people who live in warmer climates?

    I’ve been following project 333 for over a year now. and here’s my spring capsule of 33-1 pieces (yes, this time I could only gather up 32 pieces!)
    http://japonkedi.blogspot.com.tr/2016/03/kapsul-gardrop-vi-mart-nisan-mays.html

    • Thank you Ege!
      Actually the temperatures are quite comparable here in Munich, although we do hit the 35°C only a couple of times during summer. I actually think that a 6 month capsule makes it easier to plan for changes in temperatures, because in early spring and late summer you need layer pieces anyway. You could allow for a similar swapping rule as I have for my capsule, so you could change the composition of your capsule depending on the weather.
      Let me know the solution you come up with!

  3. This post came at just the right time! This past weekend, I was planning on revisiting my first capsule wardrobe, which didn’t work out so well. (You can read about that here: http://slowsimplelife.com/2016/04/broken-capsule/ ) But I got a little discouraged and decided to wait until the weather here in northern California stops being so wacky. I think your idea of a 6-month wardrobe would work better to get me through spring and fall, and may help me plan out the few pieces I need to get to make my wardrobe serve me well.

    Any advice regarding work and play wardrobes for those of us working an office job?

    I’m going to comb through all of your posts on this because I need all the help I can get!

    • I really think that a 6-month wardrobe is a great way to take off the pressure of having to make assumptions about the weather.
      What kind of attire do you need to work in your job? If it’s business casual, you could probably use a quite a number of pieces for both work and play.
      Let me know how you proceed with your capsule!

  4. Hallo liebe Kate,

    vor ein paar Tagen habe ich deinen Blog gefunden und lese mich seitdem durch deine Beiträge. Ich mag deinen Stil sehr gern, er ist so herrlich unaufgeregt und authentisch. 🙂
    Ich bin seit 1,5 Jahren am Capsule Wardrobe Thema dran; genau wie du “wechsele” ich auch nur alle 6 Monate. In Deutschland reicht das von den Temperaturunterschieden finde ich und mal ehrlich: ich hab auch einfach keine Lust, alle 3 Monate meinen Kleiderschrank wieder auf den Kopf zu stellen. 😀 Dafür mache ich das mit der Capsule ja auch, um Entspannung in das Thema zu bekommen.
    Meine aktuelle Frühlings / Sommer Capsule sieht so aus: http://theorganizedcardigan.de/2016/05/capsule-wardrobe-spring-summer-2016-edition/
    Jetzt muss es nur noch kontinuierlich warm werden. Zur Zeit muss ich mich ab und zu noch an ein paar Herbstsachen bedienen. 😉
    Wie geht es dir mit deiner Klamottenwahl zzt?

    Liebe Grüße
    Sunray

    • Liebe Sunray,
      vielen Dank für Deine herzlichen Worte. Es freut mich sehr, wenn Dir meine Artikel gefallen!!
      Deine Capsule werde ich mir gleich mal anschauen.
      Das Wetter macht mir im Moment auch ein wenig einen Strich durch die Rechnung. Herbstkleidung trage ich zwar nicht, aber ich würde schon gerne mal meine Kleider oder Röcke tragen… 🙂
      Naja, dieses Wochenende solls ja aufwärts gehen…
      Liebe Grüße

  5. Hi! I’m new to your blog so direct me to a place to look on your site if I’m repeating questions: what brand jeans do you favor or do you just look at the style and try them on? How about brands of shoes that you return to because the styles and fit are so good?

    • Hi Sally, so great that you found my blog! I love the slim fit cropped jeans by COS – both jeans in the capsule are this kind of fit. In terms of shoes I’m primarily driven by style. So whenever I decide I want, say new slip-ons, then I’m looking for ones that I like in terms of the style and if the fit is rubbish, then that’s the dealbreaker. So far I’m very pleased with the fit of my shoes in my closet and would recommend all of them (especially the silver Saint Laurents have held up incredibly well). But I have found that shoe recommendations are very individual and a lot of the comfort depends on the shape of your feet.

  6. Hello! I’m starting a capsule wardrobe myself and would like to invest in some better quality clothes. Where do you buy yours? Do you recommend any brands in particular? Thank you!

    By the way, I love your blog and it has really helped me change my view on fashion and consumerism 🙂

    • Thanks a lot Sofia and I’m excited to hear that you are trying a capsule wardrobe yourself!
      I don’t really like to recommend brands as a whole, because in my experience the quality can be quite volatile across categories. I would suggest you take a look at my quality series where I share quite a few tips that I use myself.
      Keep me posted on your capsule wardrobe!

  7. Hi,
    It would be very helpful to see what you actually do (which piece you put together)… I am having a hard time visualizing how the wardrobe works…

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