update: capsule wardrobe no. 1 {summer edition}.

{to see all of my posts about my capsule wardrobe project, click here!}

when we last chatted about my summer capsule wardrobe project, i revealed what items i am wearing throughout the season. today, i wanted to give you an update as to how it’s going {since i’m about one month into the project!}. as a quick reminder, this means that i’ll select and wear only 37 pieces {including tops, jackets, bottoms, dresses, and shoes} all summer long {from May 15-August 10} and i won’t shop until it’s time to prep my fall capsule at the end of summer.

but first – an update on what’s still in my first-ever capsule wardrobe, one month later.

and, a quick caveat: i know that i said above that i wouldn’t shop for items until i begin to prep my fall capsule, but i did have a few items that lingered past the start date of my summer capsule, so i gave myself permission to acquire those items in the first few weeks of my capsule, as you’ll see below.

TOPS

  • Polka-dot chambray snap-up top {from Maurices}
  • Blue + pink printed t-shirt {from Target}
  • Blue + white printed t-shirt {from NY&CO}
  • Solid pink t-shirt {from Target}
  • Solid heather blue tank top {from Gap}
  • Solid black tank top {from Gap}
  • Taupe flowy top {from Bohme}
  • PURCHASED: Solid purple peplum tank top {from Gap} {this top replaced the green + blue bird-print top, which was made of silky fabric + thus was not quite breathable in the summer heat!}
  • NEW: Solid blue tank tunic with stud detail {from NY&CO}

DRESSES

  • Denim + lace shirtdress
  • Navy ruffled v-neck printed dress with zipper detail
  • Black “graffiti’ printed dress
  • Patriotic stars shirtdress
  • Striped cotton t-shirt dress in shades of blue {from Target}
  • PURCHASED: Gray cotton tank dress with waist-tie detail {from NY&CO}
  • NEW: Party dress TBD {i have a few bridal + baby showers to attend this summer, so i’m allowing myself to select a party dress from storage to wear to each of these events; this item replaced the solid pink button-down shirt, which was previously listed above}

JACKETS + CARDIGANS

  • Denim jacket {from Gap Outlet}
  • Teal cardigan {from The Limited}
  • PURCHASED: White denim vest {from Vanity}

BOTTOMS

  • Solid black maxi skirt {from Target}
  • Denim skirt in pencil cut {from Target}
  • Yellow floral printed skirt
  • Blue printed skirt {from Gap Outlet}
  • Light-wash denim boyfriend jeans {from Gap}
  • Dark-wash denim boyfriend jeans {from Gap}
  • Olive green boyfriend khakis {from Gap}
  • PURCHASED: Denim shorts {from Gap}
  • Solid orange shorts {from Gap Outlet}
  • Solid pink shorts {from Gap Outlet}
  • Navy eyelet dressy shorts {from The Limited}
  • Solid black leggings {from Target}
  • PURCHASED: Printed black soft shorts with eyelet detail {from Vanity} {this item replaced the cream cardigan, which i found that i wasn’t reaching for at all this summer}

SHOES

  • Flip-flops {blue}
  • Flip-flops {green}
  • PURCHASED: Black + grey TOMS
  • Nude canvas wedges with zipper detail {from Target}
  • NEW: Black rounded-toe flats {from Target} {these replaced the grey pointed-toe flats {from Express} on my list, as they are more casual for summer}

so, as you can see, i’m still at 37 items, and i’ve done some clothing switcheroos and purchases based on what items i still needed to hit the magic number of 37, what i’ve noticed about myself and what i’ve liked wearing in the past four weeks of this experience.

a few more learning moments to share:

  • nursing-friendly clothes have priority right now. since i’m still nursing Q, this means that i can frequently be found wearing a tank top or a t-shirt, versus a blouse or a dress. i’m sure that in future seasons, when i’m not so focused on nursing, or perhaps when i’m pumping breast milk more frequently {like i will be when i return to my teaching job in August}, my day-to-day wardrobe will have a bit more variety.
  • i’m not tempted to dig items out of storage. what’s surprised me the most is this: even though my out-of-season clothes are being stored on the floor of my closet in a large tote, i haven’t been tempted at all to dig into the tote for other items to wear. in fact, apart from my realization that i will need a party dress to wear to a few events this summer {see above} and subsequently pulling a few dress options to mull over, i haven’t opened the tote at all!
  • tank dresses = so easy. like i mentioned above, i’m definitely in a specific season of my life as a nursing mama, so i often find myself reaching for the same items in my closet over and over again. but, i have been surprised by one item in my closet that’s become a go-to for me: the gray cotton tank dress. it’s so easy to just throw on a dress and sandals in the summertime, and the scoop neck of this specific dress is generous enough to allow for relatively easy nursing. it’s become one of my favorite pieces!
  • i get a different feeling when i open my closet {and it’s a good feeling!}. before i took on this experiment, i used to fold my jeans, shorts + tank tops and hang only my dresses, blouses + t-shirts. but, after cleaning out my closet for this project, i decided to hang all of my clothing items for this capsule, including items that previously would have been hidden in a drawer. this has been such a welcome change for me, because i can instantly see my options {and hello, i can actually SEE my clothes – before, my closet was so crowded with out-of-season, ill-fitting, i-don’t-really-like-this clothing, but now my closet is wide open with ample space!}.

so, that’s how the capsule project has been going this past month. i’m already excited to develop my fall capsule, although i have a feeling that i may need to increase my number of items from 37 to 45 or so come fall, as i’ll be heading back to work…but you know that i’ll keep you posted!

About Sara

Sara works in higher education, but she's most proud of her role as a Mama to two precocious boys, Lionel Conner, age 4, and Quincy August, age 2. In honor of turning 30 in 2016, she pierced her nose to "keep her young." She loves watching guilty-pleasure television, writing about motherhood, decorating her first home, sipping red wine with her husband Jordan, and chasing after her sons.
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