One of my favorite things about the change in weather from fall to spring, and naturally spring to summer is how hungry I am to be outside. Each morning I take full advantage of our chaise sun chairs — this is where I generally wrap up my coffee, answer some emails or get lost in a book for the early part of the morning.
In the spirit of summer approaching (summer solstice is TOMORROW!), this season’s capsule wardrobe turned out different than the previous ones. To be honest, I didn’t recycle much other than a couple of pieces (and my shoes). Instead, I honored the fact that I haven’t really shopped for myself in quite some time. Months, actually, which is a real turning point for me. As I’ve mentioned before on the blog, I used to be very impulsive. I used “retail therapy” as a means of healing after losing my dad, which if any of you are wondering: it doesn’t really work. Sure, it feels good in the moment. But buyer’s remorse sets in, you don’t really love the pieces you bought, and when you go down this rabbit hole, you’re generally opting for “fast fashion” so you can have instant gratification.
That’s not the way that I wanted to keep living my life, so with some intense reprograming and doing some workshops to get to the bottom of WHY I thought this was how I could heal myself (void filling, anyone?), I’m happy to report I’ve completely shifted those ways. Honestly, I don’t even really think about shopping anymore until a new season arrises. Even then, it’s a different mindset. I carefully went through all of my summer clothing, realizing I hadn’t purchased anything new for a couple of years aside from a dress or two, and was still recycling about 80% of my clothes from 3-4 years back. Same maxi dresses (fast fashion, so they’re losing their color and they’re pretty stretched out), patterns that I don’t relate to anymore (I have a snake skin dress.. someone please tell me why), and colors that just don’t bring me joy when I go to grab it (purple being one of them).
So, I made the choice to take careful notice of what it was that I wanted to replace for my summer capsule wardrobe:
- add more marigold (my Soul’s color, which I came to recognize in a deep meditation practice that was offered in this amazing book)
- flowy tops that are a bit cropped, since I’m opting for more high waisted bottoms
- linen items (shorts, pants, dress) as I’m all about Earthy tones and fabrics
- a beach uniform that I can turn to each time (1-2 suits with 1 cover up, a hat, a bag and some sunnies)
While they’re not all in my possession just yet (some are lingering in my cart, some haven’t arrived yet, and some I’m seeking out through second-hand), I feel so good about each and every item that I chose — mainly because I put a lot of focus on shopping sustainable and within the states, and if not here in the US, at the very least, made with ethical standards:
- Levis // (US)
- Nordstrom Paige, Reformation, Superga // (US)
- Everlane (they also have the Choose What You Pay section, which is amazing // (Sustainable, US)
- Etsy // (US, handmade)
- Beautycounter (Ethically made)
- Damn Good Face Wash (US, ethically made)
- Harley Jae (ethically made)
I can’t tell you how excited I am to be honoring the path of slow living in all areas of my life — rather than just the pace. I was recently interviewed over on the Balancing Your Hustle podcast, and they asked me about the definitions of slow and mindful living. While I’ve focused so much of my time and energy on the pace portion, the making space for growth and self care, the lessening of commitments and over extending — all of these things are so important — slow living also plays a much bigger role that I’m so thankful to be stepping into: the role of lowering your carbon foot print, supporting small businesses, shopping local, supporting artisans, foregoing the companies who use trafficking for labour and don’t opt for ethical materials, etc. Now I’m going to own this: I’m not perfect, and neither are you. I will (and do!) have sweaters from Zara. I do have a pair or two of shoes from Target that I love. But the point is that I’m marrying mindful living with slow living and creating an intentional space for myself to grow into.
Recognizing (being mindful) of what you want to change, and taking the necessary steps to reprogram old patterns.
So lets dive into my summer capsule, shall we? We’re going to break it down by:
- summer protection / beauty
First, what is a capsule wardrobe exactly?
Put simply, a capsule wardrobe is a small collection of clothing items that you absolutely love, and wear throughout a season. Sometime they’re created based on a number, sometimes they’re based on the things that you love most. I used to stick to a specific number, but I’ve recently let up on that. They also don’t include lounge wear, workout wear, or jewelry items, though I’ve included my regular-wear, every day jewelry here in this post.
The most important thing to remember about capsule wardrobes is that there aren’t any set rules — you can make them up as you go along! All that matters is that it fits to your lifestyle and that it’s something attainable and realistic. Iv’e even heard of people doing one for causal day wear, and one for work, for those of you who need to go into the office during the week. Don’t forget that you can mix and match your pieces as well.
HOW TO CREATE A CAPSULE WARDROBE
In my opinion, it’s easiest to first come up with a color palette and favorite fabrics, and choose from a handful of shops that you’d like to support. Take note of what you’re really gravitating towards.
Once you’ve got a clear cut idea, go through your closet and remove everything (yep, everything! Trust me, this works best) Remove anything that isn’t appropriate for the season (ie. for summer, you can go ahead and store those ankle booties), or anything that you don’t love.
Revisit your color and fabric palette, and start pulling things that you really love within that theme that are appropriate for the current season. Categorize them into tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes and accessories.
Try on the items that you’ve put aside to ensure they fit you (please don’t put yourself through the misery of hanging on to things that you think will look good later. Take it from me, it’s super detrimental to your self confidence to do this). If they fit and you feel GOOD, awesome! Keep it in the pile – if not, let it go.
If you realize that you’re missing staples that you might need or are looking for similar pieces to items that are falling apart, do the research to ensure you’re buying high quality items so that you don’t nave to purchase them year after year. Make your shopping list and work out your budget to replace or purchase any new items.
MY 2018 SUMMER CAPSULE WARDROBE
• Disclosure: Should you see something you like below, you can purchase it through this website directly and support The Calm Collective at the same time. Thank you for helping to keep this blog up and running! x
This is by far my largest category since I wear dresses about 90% of the time in the summer (we also have about 5 weddings this year, so a few of these will double as outfits for those, too)
*will wear for a wedding
Warm Paisley Cutout Midi from Madewell *
Wrap Dress in Yellow from Everlane *
Bottoms & Sets
Note: I currently own mainly Gap jeans as you’ve seen in past capsules, but am in the midst of trading these out for ethically / US made denim.
Highwaisted Levi’s from Levi’s (pictured) // also eyeballing these Julia Crop High Waist Jeans from Reformation
Paige ‘Verdugo’ Skinny Jeans in White from Nordstrom
Jimmy Short from Aritzia
Cropped Joggers (similar) from Nordstrom
Seersucker Romper (similar) from Mint
Cardin Top & Pants Set from Harly Jae (pictured)
Mustard Jumpsuit from Urban Outfitters (pictured)
Tops & Jackets
White Off Shoulder V-neck Tee from Urban Outfitters (pictured)
Butterfly Top from Madewell
Navy Silk Cami (similar) from Abercrombie & Fitch
Olive Green Duster Jacket (similar) from Lulu’s
Denim Jacket from Madewell
Suede Espadrilles Slip-Ons from TOMS (pictured)
Heeled Sandals (similar) from Madewell
Tan Back-Strap Sandals from Avarca // also really loving these from Nordstrom
Accessories / Jewelry
Oliva Burton Leather Strap Watch from Nordstrom // this one is on my wishlist
Faux Leather Crossbody Bag from Nordstrom // similar by Madewell
Disc Charm Mini Hoops from Madewell (similar)
Straw Tote Bag from Nordstrom
Summer Skin & Protection
Physicians Formula Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 / recently traded this in for Beautycounter Dew Skin SPF 20
Beautycounter Peppermint Lip Conditioner (pictured)
There you have it — my summer capsule wardrobe that has me feeling ALL the feels. It feels true, authentic, and refreshing to have created a wardrobe that is filled to the brim with quality pieces, that have been selected with purpose, and that I gave a LOT of thought to (this post was supposed to go live almost 2.5 weeks ago!) Let this serve as a reminder to you all that you in no way shape or form need to rush the process of transforming your closet into a more sustainable collection. As I mentioned, I won’t ever be 100% there, and that’s totally okay with me.
Link disclaimer: Each item here is posted at my own discretion and comes from an honest place of genuine like. If you see something here that you, too, would want hanging in your closet, you can purchase through the links provided in this blog post to support The Calm Collective at the same time.
As always, I’m so grateful to all of you for showing up here week after week, and for giving me the privilege to show up here for you. Because of your support, this blog is possible. x