Living with Less: A basic capsule wardrobe for Spring & Summer
Hi everyone! I recently posted a blog outlining the 5 steps I took to creating a basic capsule wardrobe as part of our Living With Less series. I thought it would be helpful to tell you *exactly* what is in my wardrobe so you can get an idea of how I make a few versatile pieces work hard for me throughout the season. It is especially important to me that I am physically comfortable in what I’m wearing, so hopefully my clothes will be inspiration for any parents wondering how to create a capsule wardrobe. I would recommend picking a colour palette; I’m really enjoying baby blues, pinks and creams at the moment so that is what I went for. There are also a few floral pieces because obvs, #Summer.
So here we go! These are the items I currently have in my Spring/Summer wardrobe:
- 1 ankle-length floral skirt
- 1 cropped white jumper with broderie anglaise detail
- 1 long light pink cardigan
- 1 pair of dusky pink harem trousers
- 1 pair of baby blue floral trousers
- 1 cold-shoulder blue top
- 1 cold-shoulder pink top
- 1 light pink flared sleeve shirt
- 2 long sleeved dusky pink t-shirts
- 1 short-sleeved light pink baggy t-shirt
- 1 off the shoulder white top
- 1 striped frill-shoulder long sleeved t-shirt
- 2 white vest tops to wear under shirts
- 1 pair of silver flat shoes
- 1 pair of rose gold trainers
I also have some cross-over items that can be worn all year round as part of my Spring/Summer capsule wardrobe or my Autumn/ Winter capsule wardrobe:
- 1 pair of high-waist blue jeans
- 1 pair of beige jeans
- 1 pair of cream joggers
- 1 classic beige trench coat
- 1 long distress-look light pink hoodie
There are 17 items in my Spring/ Summer capsule wardrobe and 5 crossover pieces, making a grand total of 22 items- this still seems like way too much to me!
I also have the following items that I loved at first sight but haven’t worn and may not at all; they are in all likelihood going to the charity shop in the next week or so:
- 1 pair of metallic pink culottes trousers (stop judging)
- 1 floral shirt
- 1 pair of white jeans
- 1 knee-length light pink metallic skirt
- 1 pair of rose gold block-heel sandals
I find it interesting that even with a small number of items there are still some that I hardly wear; I find that as I get used to a capsule wardrobe I become more specific about what I want from clothes, and this is overwhelmingly practicality and comfort. The metallic skirt is great but when I’m spending my days clambering around National Trust parkland it’s not really going to cut the mustard. I’m really excited about putting together a capsule wardrobe for backpacking; fewer clothes means fewer decisions and less time thinking about things that don’t matter!
Have you ever put together a basic capsule wardrobe for a round the world trip, or a travel capsule wardrobe for backpacking? What would be your capsule wardrobe essentials and what would you leave out?
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Travel journalists, home educating our lovely brood of 3 girls. Planning a year-long RTW trip late Summer 2017.