Friday, August 7, 2015

Reflections: Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Ok, I know that capsule wardrobes have had a lot of buzz lately, so I wanted to share with you my honest review of my recent foray into capsule wardrobing. I chose to pack "capsule" style for my Summer trip to Oregon, limiting myself to a core of foundational pieces & minimal accessories. See my shopping list here & learn more each outfit here.
Here&Now: Summer Capsule Wardrobe
Here&Now: Summer Capsule Wardrobe Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • I didn't have to stress about "what to wear", I had a clear idea of what I had planned for each of our scheduled activities
  • I fell like I started with a pretty manageable number of core pieces, but was pleasantly surprised with the number of outfits I was able to come up with. When you are limited in options, you get creative!
  • To me the outfits started to get redundant, but luckily, when you are out and about, no one else knows that you have worn the same shirt 3 days in a row - it's pretty liberating!

Cons:

  • I didn't really plan outfits for down time - memo to self: pack relaxation clothes next time!
  • They don't call me "messica Jessica" for no reason - I traveled in my chambray shirt & got a stain on it before I even landed in Oregon (classic) - luckily I was staying with my in-laws, so doing laundry was possible. If you are mess prone this might be something to consider if you plan on re-wearing your items over several days.
  • There can be a bit of burn out. The key is to try to not wear super similar outfits 2 days in a row. Space it out, plan ahead.


Outfits (I kept this list on my iPhone to reference what I had worn, & the outfits I had created when I originally packed my suitcase)
1. Black polka dot shorts + chambray top + MK red crossbody + cons
2. Black polka dot shorts + black racerback tank + black heels + jean jacket

3. White jeans + striped button down + converse + red MK bag 
4. White jeans + striped button down (knotted) + black wedges + leopard clutch + Panama hat
5. White jeans + gray tee + brown belt + brown sandals + brown tote + aviators
6. White jeans + chambray top + Red Cross body + cons

7. Blue and white dress + blue sweater + brown sandals + brown belt + brown tote
8. Blue and white dress + black wedges + Panama hat + MK crossbody

9. Orange dress + black wedges + coach wristlet + Panama hat
10. Orange dress + brown sandals + brown belt + jean jacket

11. Orange dress + white cons + brown tote 
12. Blue & white dress + chambray shirt (knotted) + converse + MK bag 

If you have any questions about my capsule wardrobe experience, shoot them to me in the comments!

Don't forget about the lash extension giveaway (ending soon) or the Hallmark card pack giveaway happening now!

Shop the full Summer Capsule Collection below:

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