It’s officially summer where I live and considering the long months of cold/wet weather……IT FEELS WONDERFUL.
If you aren’t familiar with the capsule wardrobe concept you can check out this post which would explain things a bit. She also has some great capsule wardrobe examples by season like me! Essentially I like keeping my wardrobe simple each season by wearing a select number of items in various outfits. This makes life easier for me in many different ways! It takes me a few minutes each morning to pick out my clothing for the day. It keeps my wardrobe organized as opposed to overflowing with unused items, laundry somewhat less and this all helps me feel less stressed overall.
If I have any style, it’s evolved into wearing things that are comfortable, fairly modest and simple since I’ve become a mom. I have to be able to chase two very busy toddler boys (my own) around all day. I don’t like feeling constricted in my clothing so I don’t wear overly fitted items unless it’s leggings or biker shorts. I like to feel cool in the hot summer months so any heavy or complicated materials wouldn’t be things I reach for. I predominately purchase secondhand clothing because it’s ethical, affordable, better for our environment and I don’t feel terrible when my clothing gets totally destroyed from working in my garden or other messes that happen.
As we’ve entered the summer season it’s been different trying to shop for new or new to me items. Stores have been closed until recently due to C19 and my favourite thrift store is still closed so I’ve been finding some great pieces on Poshmark. I’m not super keen on the shipping but being able to buy secondhand online is something I’m grateful to do. I tried Thredup but sadly their shipping to Canada is super pricey.
In being transparent, I obviously own more clothing than what I present here and these pieces are just examples of what I rotate through during the week. But I do gravitate toward the same tops and bottoms each week with the outfits I put together. Because we experience 4 distinct seasons here, I rotate my clothing by season. Keeping things in capsule format has really helped with staying organized when I switch to a new season.
Last summer I found these elastic waist shorts second hand, Old Navy brand. Their website has them on sale every summer and they are my #1 staple for a comfortable, casual summer short. I like to wear them at my natural waist and pair them with a crop top or tuck a shirt in. I have a few parts of my body I’d rather hide but I’m learning to embrace the cellulite, loose skin and jiggles. I’m especially self conscious about my arms so I’ve challenged myself to wear more tanks and strappy tops this summer. I’m trying to be nice to my body, she’s done a lot for me!
Here are some more outfit ideas that I put together (and usually wear) based on the tops/bottoms I rotate through each week.
I’m currently using the Urstyle App on my computer/iphone to put together these different outfit ideas. It takes some time to navigate but once you figure out how to use it, it can be really useful to give you new inspiration with the pieces of clothing you already have. The way that I use it is to select pieces as close to what I own and assemble outfits from those pieces. Since I use a capsule system it makes it a lot easier to know what I own/typically wear on a weekly basis. Every season when I pull out clothing, I will do a basic inventory of what I have, what fits and what I don’t want/need anymore. I always end up with a huge garbage bag to donate and a fresh perspective on what I have to work with.
Here are some more fun outfit ideas I put together!
I find Urstyle fun to work with though time consuming because the possibilities are endless! It’s a great tool to have and I especially love that it’s available as a smartphone app. I don’t make any money endorsing Urstyle, I just enjoy using it!
I can appreciate how my approach to clothing and style has changed over the years. I used to torture myself with uncomfortable pieces or I just didn’t know how to dress my body. Life is way too short to wear clothing you hate. Adapting to a capsule wardrobe can really help minimize the time and effort you put into what you wear while still making it enjoyable! What are some of your go to summer staples?