Summer is just around the corner and with the warmer, sunnier weather, that means a whole new wardrobe filled with summery pieces! If you love to invest in key pieces that will take you through summer, then you will love the idea of investing in a capsule wardrobe.
A capsule wardrobe is essentially narrowing down your purchases and ensuring that the items you buy will work with each other in a multitude of different ways. This will not only save you lots of money as you will spend less on clothes and enjoy a more minimalistic lifestyle, you will also be able to save lots of time as there is no need to sift through hundreds of pieces of clothing trying to decide what it is that you want to wear.
However, it can be quite challenging creating a summer capsule wardrobe in the United Kingdom, as our weather can be rather unpredictable, even in the summer months! How you create your summer capsule wardrobe will also be down to what is on your calendar and what items you will need for your work as it can be difficult making the call on what is summery but still work appropriate. When you are creating your summer capsule wardrobe, you should still follow the same basic principles that you use throughout the year. For example, you should not be forcing yourself to buy into the latest trends that just do not work for you!
Here, we are taking you through the step by step process that you should follow when you are trying to create your perfect summer capsule wardrobe.
Take A Look at Your Summer Calendar
If you are anything like us, then we are sure you have previously bought lots of clothes for summer that really were not all that appropriate and have been a waste of your hard-earned cash. While we are dreaming of summer arriving in the spring months, we tend to think that it will be filled with mojitos and barbecues, however, for most of us this really is not the case at all. Although, we really do wish it was! For this reason it is important that you are more practical when purchasing clothes for your summer capsule wardrobe such as buying appropriate work clothes rather than multiple pairs of shorts. If you aren’t sure what to wear for work, you can find some inspiration on what to wear at Marie Claire.
Include Some Colour and Fun Clothing Items
When thinking about capsule wardrobes, many people instantly think of them as being very boring with lots of neutrals and every day wear, however, that is not the case! With a capsule wardrobe, you can still add in pops of colours and gorgeous pieces that will take you through the summer season. When looking at your summer calendar, plan for any events taking place where party dresses are needed and invest in a few that you love.
While you may want to invest in a few very glam party dresses, you may also want to look at buying a few party dresses that can be dressed up and dressed down with different accessories, so you can maximise your wear of them. If you feel like you’ve exhausted all of the usual online dress stores, then one smaller boutique worth looking into is iKrush where you can purchase a variety of different party dresses in a whole array of styles and colours to suit every taste!
Categorise Your Clothing
If you are going to be spending your summer months doing lots of different activities, then you should write them all down so that you can categorise your clothing for different events. Some suggestions here could be work, travel, parties and weekends. You should then look to allocate pieces according to what you will be spending time doing most. Have a think about each of these scenarios and how you would like to dress for them.
Start with Your Basics
So, first things first, we would suggest that when creating your summer capsule wardrobe that you start out with the basics first. Try and purchase first the pieces that you wear most often. Awhile these may not be the most exciting pieces of summer clothing in your wardrobe, they are practical and a great go to option. We would recommend investing in neutrals and solid colours that will work with a range of different accessories. You should also try to invest in pieces that can be both dresses up or dressed down, so that they work for a whole range of different scenarios. These are the summer clothing items that will become the core of your wardrobe.
Lay Out Potential Combinations
As we mentioned before, having a capsule wardrobe is all about styling one piece in a multitude of different ways, creating a new look each and every time. The key here is to have a good mixture of both basics and statement pieces that you can style together. So, if there is a blouse that you love but it can only be worn one way, we would suggest making a different, smarter purchase!