My 2018 Summer Capsule Wardrobe

My 2018 Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes have always intrigued me. Who doesn’t love the idea of having a closet with only clothes you love while always having something to wear?

I’ve been thinking about putting together a capsule wardrobe (and sticking to it!) for quite awhile now. I attempted one a few months ago but didn’t follow through as much as I wanted. Now I’m ready and excited to create my first complete capsule wardrobe! So I went through my closet and chose 22 items which I’ll wear for the next two months.

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

Before I begin, here’s a brief capsule wardrobe explanation. A capsule wardrobe is a set collection of a few items (usually between 20 and 50) that you wear continuously over a set period of time. Some people create year long capsule wardrobes while others create seasonal ones. The length you use is up to you as well as the style of clothing. The one I’m sharing today is a causal seasonal capsule I’ll be wearing for the next two months!

Why a Capsule Wardrobe?

When I first heard about capsule wardrobes, they instantly peaked my interest. I work full time and my style and clothing are already simple and versatile. When I get ready in the mornings, I like to get ready quickly and look effortlessly stylish. So, a capsule isn’t much of a change.

A bigger reason though is that I often feel dissatisfied with my wardrobe. A lot of my clothes lean preppy and don’t reflect my style anymore. I want to curate a closet that reflects my current style but also find ways to reflect my new style in what I already own. That’s why I’m using clothes I already have for this capsule wardrobe. I’m hoping the capsule will push me to be creative and repurpose what I have while helping me reflect on my personal style.

My Summer Color Palette

One of the first things to do when starting a capsule wardrobe is to assess what you already own. I went through my closet and pulled out the things I love and things I wear all the time. I put these all in a separate part of my closet as to not mix them up with the things I didn’t choose.

From here, I looked for a color pattern. It’s easy to start to see colors you wear and colors you don’t. The clothes I picked were mostly white, blue, and pink. I then created my color palette based on the four major colors I picked out.

The reason for choosing a color pattern is so that all your clothes can be paired seamlessly together. You want to be able to create as many outfit combinations as possible! I ended up with a color palette of denim blue, white, grey, and pink.

What I’ll Be Wearing


My 2018 Summer Capsule Wardrobe (Exploring Simple)

(From left to right click to shop)

White V-Neck

Sleeveless Button Down (similar)

Lace Top (similar)

Short Sleeve Button Down

Madewell V-Neck

Blue Top (similar)

Striped V-Neck

Gingham Top (similar)

Pink and White Stripes

Dresses and Pants

Pink Dress (similar)

Gingham Dress (similar)

Mid-Length White Dress (similar)

Ruffle Shorts (similar)

White Shorts

Denim Shorts

Gingham Shorts (similar)

Wide-leg Crop Pant



Loafers (similar)

White Flats (similar)


Sperry Boat Shoes

I’m really excited to finally be trying out a seasonal capsule wardrobe. I hope sharing my process helps those of you reading this who have thought about starting a capsule but haven’t tried it yet.

I’ll be wearing this one for the next two months and will be sharing the different outfit combinations as well as thoughts/learnings along the way.

xx Mary

Any capsule wardrobe questions you have for how I created mine feel free to leave in the comment section below!

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