the last couple of weeks and months have been really crazy for all of us. The world seems to be turned upside down and even though there have been quite a lot of negative changes, I feel like important topics have been finally brought to the forefront. The lockdown has shown many that they can live with much less and many have been overthinking their consumerism. After all, the weakest of the weak and the majority of them women are paying for our excessive consumerism and the resulting destruction of the environment. The absolutely essential discussion about daily racism has made me aware how important it is to support only companies monetarily that treat people and the environment with respect. Even though I buy most of my clothing 2nd hand now, I still buy some basics from the usual high street chains. And I don’t even want to think about the origins of my fabrics. 🙈 I certainly want to work on myself in these areas and will try to consume as sustainable as possible.
One way to keep my consumption of clothing under control has been a capsule wardrobe. I have tested this concept already last winter and the confinement to fewer garments has really helped me to be content with less and to appreciate my existing wardrobe. Due to my move in May I had my clothing spread over 2 apartments for several months. This lead to the feeling that I had nothing to wear and increased my overall dissatisfaction. This discontent usually makes me purchase more and more clothing and accessories as if I could buy happiness. Usually this results in the opposite as the new purchases clutter my wardrobe, which makes me feel like I have nothing to wear and so the vicious circle continues. Luckily, I have been more reasonable this time and I limited my wardrobe to a new capsule right after the move. Since the beginning of June I have been living with my summer capsule and it is so nice and easy again to get dressed in the morning. But now more about the pieces that make up my summer capsule wardrobe:
My total wardrobe consists of 40 pieces and this time I have inclueded shoes and bags as I would like to limit myself in these areas as well. Sportswear, loungewear and occassional wear are not part of my capsule wardrobe. The existing pieces will be gradually complemented by new me-made pieces. I will share my sewing plans with you on Instagram.
Colour Palette & Prints:
My colour palette is very neutral just like for my capsule wardrobe last winter. My wardrobe mainly consists of black and white paired with some denim blue and khaki. Only grey has been replaced by navy this time. The patterns are also very timeless and range from stripes to checks and floral prints.
My tops are a mixture of sleeveless tops, tops with short and long sleeves that can be rolled up to fit any kind of weather this summer.
- Top white – bought 2nd Hand at an American thriftstore
- T-shirts white – I own 2 white T-shirts, one with roundneck and one with V-neck, both from Uniqlo
- T-shirt navy – Uniqlo
- Top black – TK Maxx
- T-shirts black – I own 2 black T-shirts, one with roundneck and one with V-neck, both from Uniqlo
- Linen blouse white – Uniqlo
- Eyelet blouse – me-made, pattern 3B Burda Easy FS2016
- Gingham blouse– me-made, pattern 3B Burda Easy FS2016, blogged here
- T-shirt black-white striped – Uniqlo
- T-shirt navy-white striped – me-made, pattern no. 106 Burdastyle February 2011
In order to be prepared for hot summer days as well as cooler weather, my bottoms range from long to cropped pants and shorts. Of course, a small selection of my beloved skirts can’t be missing in my summer capsule wardrobe.
- Jeans white – Uniqlo
- Classic jeans with straight leg – Vintage Levi’s, bought 2nd hand at Humana
- Skinny jeans black – All Saints, bought 2nd hand at Humana
- Denim culottes –me-made, pattern no. 6 Fashionstyle (resp. Knipmode) March 2016
- Shorts cream – me-made, pattern no. 14 Fashionstyle (resp. Knipmode) September 2015
- Denim shorts – Levi’s, 2nd hand from a friend
- Linen romper black – me-made, pattern no. 23 Knipmode 05/2014, blogged here
- Denim skirt dark blue – me-made, pattern no. 1B Burda Easy SS 2016, blogged here
- Denim skirt black – me-made, pattern no. 1B Burda Easy SS 2016
- Gingham pleated skirt – me-made, pattern no. 102 Burdastyle March 2015, blogged here
- Check skirt – Vintage Betty Barclay, bought 2nd hand at Humana
Jackets & Dresses:
I have included some light jackets for cooler summer nights. For the dresses I have selected my absolute favourite pieces. Even though I have a hard time coming up with new ways to style dresses, I will try my best to get creative. The navy knot dress is actually my most worn dress. It just never made it on the blog as it is constantly in the wash.
- Denim jacket cream – me-made, Burdastyle pattern #7018, blogged here
- Army jacket – Zadig & Voltaire, bought 2nd hand at Vite en Vogue
- Denim jacket blue – Zara
- Wrap dress light blue/white striped – me-made, Burdastyle #122 10/2011, blogged here
- Denim dress with ruffle – me-made, pattern Falaise from Sewionista Patterns, blogged here
- Wrap dress with floral print – me-made, Burdastyle #122 10/2011, blogged here
- Knot dress navy – me-made, pattern Amelie from pattydoo
In terms of shoes, I have chosen mainly summery sandals and espadrilles. Nevertheless, a pair of white sneakers has to be included to any of my seasonal wardrobes.
- Slides white – TK Maxx
- Sneakers white – Gift from my last job, sustainable alternative
- Espadrilles cream – Castaner
- Sandals nude – Steve Madden
- Sandals cognac – Sam Edelman
- Espadrilles black – Soludos, bought 2nd hand at Kleiderkreisel
My choice of bags consists of larger bags for everyday use and smaller bags for miscellaneous occassions. Straw bags are my go-to accessory for summer and so they can’t be missing in my summer capsule wardrobe.
- Straw bag with leather handles – French market, similar bag
- Straw bag with black interior – & Other Stories, similar bag
- Small circle bag navy – PB 0110, bought 2nd hand at Soeur Berlin
- Bucket bag cognac – PB 0110, bought 2nd hand at Soeur Berlin
- Pashli bag black– 3.1 Phillip Lim, bought 2nd hand at Vite en Vogue
- Quill bucket bag black – 3.1 Phillip Lim, bought 2nd hand at Soeur Berlin
I will show you most of my daily outfits again on my Instagram account. What is your take on a capsule wardrobe? Have you tried it yourself?
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