WardrobeUpdate

Can you believe its nearly the end of June? The months just seem to be flying by right now. I feel like I’ve only just started my spring capsule wardrobe and it’s already time to start thinking about my summer capsule wardrobe. Traditionally your summer capsule wardrobe should begin on the 1st of July and last until the end of September. However, I don’t think that method works well for those of us living in the UK (Scotland in particular). I spoke about having slower more fluid transitions in my spring capsule inspiration post and I still think this is the best way to transition if the weather can be a bit temperamental (which it certainly is here in Scotland)

Reflecting on Spring

This was my third capsule wardrobe, and I think I’ve finally go the knack of it. This time, I had a much more relaxed approach and adopted the fluid capsule wardrobe, which meant I could wear out of season clothes if needed. This definitely took some of the pressure off when planning my wardrobe, knowing that I was able to grab a jumper on a cold day. I also decided to exclude shoes and coats. As I’ve mentioned numerous times (and will continue to) I live in Scotland where the weather can be so temperamental. On a day it could be glorious sunshine and freezing cold the next (we still had snow in May), which makes picking only a few shoes and coats hard. One day I could be wearing sandals and the next digging my winter boots back out. However, I did bring my spring/summer shoes through and moved a couple of the boots into storage (knew I wouldn’t be wearing knee high boots) and I haven’t gone back to get different shoes. As for coats nothing has really changed, I keep them all downstairs on coat hooks and just grab the most appropriate one in the morning.
I also included a few more pieces in my capsule, with a total of 48. This was so I would have plenty of options throughout the season, including a few summery items for those warmer days and lots of layering pieces. This larger capsule wardrobe has worked really well. I’ve never felt frustrated with having limited choice and always had something to wear. It has felt like having a normal wardrobe again, which must mean I’m getting used to having a smaller selection. There haven’t been any days where I’ve stood in front of my wardrobe wishing I had something new or felt there was a gap to fill. Therefore I would say the slightly larger spring capsule wardrobe has been a big success (go me).

 

Thinking About Summer

So if I managed to create the perfect spring capsule wardrobe how am I moving forward to summer. Well, I don’t plan to change anything. This will essentially mean that I’ll have a 6-month capsule wardrobe, which I think works better for the climate I live in. Scottish summers are very similar to our springs with a couple of warm days and plenty of cooler (probably wet) days so my wardrobe needs to be flexible.But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to bring in any new additions. I purchased a lot for my spring wardrobe (see my spring purchases) and these have fitted into my wardrobe really well (and received plenty of wear). As a result I want to buy less for summer and will take my time to ensure I get the right pieces for me. Whereas normally I would be making new purchases right now before the start of the new capsule wardrobe, this time I’m going to wait and take my time to research my options. I’m also putting a limit on the number of pieces I can buy (this is mainly to stop myself going overboard). I don’t want to buy more than 5 new pieces to add to my wardrobe, I would also like these pieces to be able to transition into autumn in a couple of months. There are a couple of pieces I know I would like to purchase one being a bomber jacket (yes you read that right I want a bomber jacket) and the other being a pair of espadrilles (totally inspired by the Chanel ones which I can’t afford). For the other 3 pieces I’m going to allow myself a little freedom to pick things up throughout the summer. I won’t be going out shopping or anything but if I see something that I want, I will allow myself to make a purchase.

As usual, before I make a purchase I’ve been doing a little bit of research online and found some great options.

The Bomber Jackets

 

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The Espadrilles

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