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What Is A Capsule Wardrobe And Should You Try It This Summer?

Downsizing can be such a freeing experience.  It can make life much simpler and keep decision making easier.  One area to consider downsizing is your Summer wardrobe.  The trendy words that describe downsizing a seasons wardrobe are called “Capsule Wardrobe.”  This is actually not a new term.  The term capsule wardrobe was made famous by British fashion icon Susie Faux way back in the 1970s.  It involves keeping a small collection of your favorite and most versatile clothing front and center in your closet.

How To Create A Capsule Wardrobe

Creating a capsule wardrobe is an easy process.  Start by going through your closet and picking out your favorite pieces of clothing.  Focus on articles of clothing that are both practical and versatile.  Once, you’ve picked out what to include, make sure to have space in your closet right up front for the Summer Capsule Wardrobe.  Nothing else but the capsule clothing should be in that section.  I’ve made this process easier by creating some questions to ask yourself when deciding what to put in your Summer Capsule Wardrobe.

Does It Fit Me Well?

Even if something fitted you well last year, it doesn’t mean it will fit well this year.  You may have lost or gained some weight.  Or maybe you got toned up in all the right places.  It’s important to try on everything that you are considering putting in your Summer capsule wardrobe.  Look in front of a full-length mirror and evaluate if this piece of clothing fits you like a glove. The point of a Summer capsule wardrobe is to only put the best pieces of clothing in there that you own. A good fit should be at the top of the priority list.

Is It Practical?

It is important to pick clothing that is going to fit your daily lifestyle.  Otherwise, you won’t wear it very often.  Think about what your day to day life will be like this Summer and pick clothes to go along with your lifestyle.  Don’t try to make your lifestyle fit in around your clothes.  If you do, you either won’t wear an article of clothing very often, or you will be uncomfortable in it.

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Will It Go With Other Clothing?

Clothing that you put in a Summer Wardrobe Capsule should go well with other clothing.  Avoid clothing that doesn’t match several other articles of clothing that you’ve picked out for your Summer Capsule Wardrobe.

Is It Comfortable?

Lazy Summer days should be spent in comfort.  Days can be hot and humid enough without adding uncomfortable clothing to the menu.  Make sure to pick out your most comfortable clothing when selecting your items for a Summer capsule wardrobe.

Do You Like It A Lot?

A Summer Wardrobe Capsule should only contain articles of clothing that you like a whole lot.  So forget those pants that don’t flatter your figure and those tops with the tiny stain on the side. Make sure that you love everything that you put in your Summer Capsule Wardrobe.  The point of selecting your favorite clothing that you put in there is that you will want to wear it.

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What To Include In A Summer Capsule Wardrobe?

Make sure to include shorts, tops, shoes, jeans, and Summer pants along with something to wear on cool weather evenings.  Also, include some of your favorite accessories such as hats, sunglasses, and jewelry.


A Summer Capsule Wardrobe is made up of the best of the best of your favorite pieces of Summer clothing.  Make sure that you pick out outfits that are comfortable, versatile, fit like a glove, and fun.  Also, make sure that everything that you pick out matches with other clothing.  Have fun with this!  While yes, it does take a little extra time picking out a capsule, it will save you time later when you go to pick out what you are going to wear each day. Good luck and share any encouragement you have down below!

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