My 34 Item Capsule Wardrobe {Summer ed}

Oh. Thank you Leonardo.

And that’s exactly what we are doing here. Paring items down to those “most essential” to achieve true simplicity, wardrobe freedom, and ultimately, sophistication.

Okay, fellow Capsuleers (or those that are just curious to observe this social experiment), here we go…

Just a few short days stand between me and my 35 item Capsule Wardrobe to be worn through the month of July.

So, here is the breakdown of my items once again:

  • Tops – 8
  • Bottoms – 5
  • Shoes – 6 pairs
  • Dresses – 6
  • Skirts – 1
  • Outerwear – 8

Category 1: Outerwear (8)

I actually started my planning by selecting my outerwear. For some reason, it was the simplest category to begin with and the piece I wanted to build my capsule wardrobe around.

I work in an office 5 days per week and it is a professional work environment, no casual days here! So, I started with those most essential items, which for me, are blazers, jackets, & separates and then began to add in the tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes that mix and match well.

Make sense?!?

So, I allowed myself 8 outerwear pieces- 4 blazers, 2 cardigans, 1 vest, & 1 White Denim jacket.


{forgive the amateur photography… I discovered that photographing still-life clothing wasn’t all that easy! But, I have pictured a few sets of items of clothing I have in my capsule. I will be sharing outfit ideas throughout the month.}

Category 2: Bottoms (5)

2 pairs of black dress slacks for work, 2 pair denim jeans (1 skinny jean, 1 boyfriend jean), 1 pair Army green rolled Chinos

Category 3: Tops (8)


Now the fun begins!

Keys to choosing best, most essential tops:

  1. Think about layering pieces that pair well with blazers, jackets, and other outerwear
  2. Play with color & texture to “bump up” the more neutral pants and outerwear selection
  3. Choose varying sleeve lengths
  4. Transitional pieces that can be worn dressed down or up

5 tank tops, 2 T-shirts, 1 silk dress blouse, and 1 denim button down

And as you can see, I stuck to a “cooler” color palette with various shades of blue, gray, purple, and pops of color here and there. I also limited pattern as much as possible and went with more traditional solids so that it was more versatile. If it was a pattern, I limited myself to only stripes and floral so it was an easy pattern to mix n match.

Category 4: Shoes (6)

No brainer.

3 heels/pumps for work in classic neutrals, 1 casual flat sandal, 1 pair of sneakers, & 1 wedge sandal

Category 5: Dresses & Skirts (6+1=7)


3 Shift dresses for work, 2 cotton “sun” dresses, 1 Maxi dress, & 1 breezy Maxi skirt


Can’t tell you how good ¬†and how freeing this feels already. Really and truly.


So, the experiment begins in just 2 short days, and I am hoping:

a) This saves time & stress in the morning when deciding what to wear.

b) Limits unnecessary spending.

c) Helps me in determining what items to keep and what items to donate.

d) Pushes me to be creative by doing more with less.

e) Falling more in love with the clothes I already have, and discovering new ways to enjoy them.

Has this inspired you at all?

Practicing minimalism…



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