Summer Capsule Wardrobe Tips

summer capsule wardrobe tips

Today I am sharing some summer capsule wardrobe tips.  Building a capsule wardrobe is easier than it seems, this is how I build mine.


Decide How Many Items

Join me today as I share some summer capsule wardrobe tips.  The first thing I like to do is decide how many items you want in your capsule wardrobe.  This will depend on your lifestyle and what you like to do.

I am currently a stay-at-home mom, so I don’t need a business wardrobe.  7 to 10 items is a good starting point because you will be able to go a whole week without having to do laundry.  If you can do less, go for it!

The key to a good capsule wardrobe is doing what works for you.  For me the 7 to 10 items include variety. 

Currently, I am choosing about 10 shirts, 5 pairs of shorts, and 10 dresses.  This way if I decide to wear a dress every day, I have enough for a full week.


Avoid Trends

Avoiding really trendy items will make your wardrobe last through the years.  Instead of the latest trend, I would suggest finding your style. 

Find items that flatter your figure and work well together.

This will save you money because you won’t have to dump all your “trendy” items next summer.  Also, take a look at what the really trendy clothes looked like a few years ago, are you still wearing that?

How many of us look really good in the mom jeans with a crop top?  Anyways go with your gut and don’t feel like you have to follow the trends.  Go with items you will get the most use out of.

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10 Shirts / Tank Tops

This summer I am choosing 10 shirts.  Seven of these shirts are tank tops because it is extremely hot where we live. 

Some capsule wardrobes have very few shirts, but I like variety so again go with your style and the number of items you will be happy choosing from.

One thing I have done in the past picks my capsule wardrobe and then adjust it if I need to.  If you decide you need more add a few things and if you don’t ever grab a certain item, then take it out.

When I am choosing shirts I like to find a color and style of shirt that can go with a lot of my bottoms. 

For a year I tried to make a peplum top work and I found it only went with one pair of jeans.  For a capsule wardrobe, this didn’t make any sense.

I found I never wore that shirt and it just took up closet space.  Eventually, it was donated.

Summer Dresses

Summer Capsule War

The nice thing about dresses is they not only keep you cool in the summer, but they are worn all on their own.  Since a dress doesn’t have to be mixed or matched I like to go a little wilder.  Most of my dresses are in a bold color or pattern.

I also find dresses are the quickest way to get dressed, nothing has to be matched or tried together.

Dresses are multipurpose, they can be dressed up or down.  It is easy to take a dress from a simple bathing suit cover-up to going out to dinner. 

I usually change my shoes and my hair and jewelry to give a dress a completely different look.

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Climate & Lifestyle

Always take into consideration where you are living or visiting and what you are doing.  Like I mentioned before being a stay-at-home mom, I don’t need a lot of fancy clothes.

If you have a job where you have to dress up you might want to consider having a separate job capsule.  Here is a good article about dressing with less. 

Some people even make their own job uniform.  When I worked I had about 4 pairs of nice slacks and about 5 nice dress shirts and I would wear a variation of the same thing every day.  This made life so easy!

Don’t forget the climate you are in.  I live in Southern California so it is really hot during the day, but it cools down at night.  Since it does cool down I like to keep a sweater in my wardrobe just in case I am out at night.


Mix and Match

Find items that can be mixed and matched.  It is harder for me to work with patterns so I usually pick solid-colored shirts.  Another great idea, if possible, is to have a color theme.

I try to make sure I have blue or black in my pattern shirts.  This way they can go with almost any color pants. 

If you are attracted to a certain color then I would definitely go with that attraction.  There is probably a reason you are drawn to certain colors or patterns.

Personally, I usually pick out dark blue or black shirts.  I think that is for a few reasons. 

I am a mom to two little boys and dark colors hide stains better, and darker colors are more slimming.  Not that I am trying to look slim, but when I see a photo of myself in a dark shirt it usually always looks better than a wild pattern.


Organize Your Summer Clothes

I like to organize my summer capsule wardrobe by clothing type.  I hang all of my dresses together and all of my shirts together. 

It is also a good idea to push items you might not wear as often (the sweater for the night) to the side.

By buying clothes you feel comfortable in you will save so much time and money because you will get a lot of use out of each item.  I always go with my natural instinct instead of what is the current trend.

If for some reason the current trend is my style, great!, but most of the time I go with something I know looks good and I feel natural and comfortable in.

You don’t need a lot of items in your closet to make a lot of different looks.  Leave me a comment and let me know some of your capsule wardrobe tips and tricks.


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2 thoughts on “Summer Capsule Wardrobe Tips”

  1. Kathy

    It looks like a very simple way to manage your wardrobe, I’ll try that.

    1. SHANNON

      It is really easy. I hope it works for you.

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