Summer Shoes

As promised, here is an update on my capsule for this summer. My capsule includes 2 jackets, 2 dresses, 15 tops, 9 bottoms, and 9 pairs of shoes.

Here are the shoes. One mistake I made in my Spring capsule was a serious lack of color in my shoes. I think I’ve made up for that here.

1.  JBU Adventure I bought these during Carson’s comfort shoe sale.  The flyer had the word ‘comfort’ in all caps, which caught my attention immediately. These ones are comfortable. They’re also very airy, which is perfect for summer.

2. Life Stride This is another pair bought at that same sale this Spring. They cought my eye immediately for the color, and they’re very well cushioned and comfortable.

3. Aerosoles With a 2-inch heel, I wasn’t too sure about these ones. They’re padded very nicely, so they’re comfortable, and the heel is thick and sturdy, so I’m definitely okay with these ones. I’ve worn them once so far, for a whole day, and all is well. 

4. Naturalizer I’ve had these black and brown sandals for a long time. They’re not that comfortable, so I really don’t know how they made it into this capsule. They’re a bit redundant since I’ve got another pair of black sandals, so I think next summer they’ll be replaced with some white flats.

5. Crocs Ha! Yes, I actually have crocs in my capsule! I hadn’t planned to buy these, but they’re colorful and fun, and very comfortable. The many colors include red and purple, so they definitely fit in my capsule.

6. Studio Works These ones also came from Carson’s, and they’re great for dressing up or for casual looks.

7. J41 My black fuzzy shoes. I’ve worn them for a long time and really like them. I worried a little about including them in my capsule becasue of how often I wore them before; I thought I’d fall into a rut of wearing them all the time, but I with so many other good shoes to choose from, it doesn’t seem to be a problem. I haven’t worn them once yet.

8. Nike Yes, my white Nikes are making another appearance. They’re incredibly supportive, even after all of these years, and I’m not willing to give them up yet.

9. I bought these purple flip flops back when my son was playing hockey; they were solely for lounging around the pool area of the various hotels we stayed at during tournaments. I never thought I’d find another use for them. But I did.

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My posts these days are a bit sporadic. It is the nature of summer, I guess, with all schedules out the window. Here are my outfits the last couple of days, and I will get going on updating what is in my actual capsule soon.

Yesterday was full of busy preparation. There was no time for fuss, and I chose something simple and easy for the day. Last night we had a house full of teenagers, so my jeans, red tee, and purple button-down did the trick. The  purple flip-flops are very old, but were rarely worn.

 

Today I made a bit more of an effort. It warmed up a little, so short sleeves were a safe bet. I’ve been looking forward to wearing this fun top since I bought it. I’m going to buy a black shell to wear under it for more coverage, but for now, the tank works. I was mostly at home today anyway. 

 

Eyelet and the Laundry Question

Today’s outfit was comprised of the same red cropped pants I’ve worn once before, red sandals, a black, red, and white T-shirt, and a black eyelet button down for a bit of warmth. In the past, a day like today would have called for a shapeless long sleeved shirt and jeans. This outfit did not take any longer to throw together, probably less, actually, and I just felt so much better. I have to say, again, how happy I am that I’m doing this.

  
I really like this eyelet button down shirt. It does the job that I’d normally use a hoodie for, but it just looks so much better, and honestly, more grown up. I left it unbuttoned today, but it could create a different look to button it up and/or tuck it in. 

One question I’ve heard is whether having only thirty-seven items in my wardrobe means I run out of clean things to wear quickly. The answer is that I haven’t noticed a difference, because I’m still handling laundry the same as I always have. I have a family of six. I do one load of laundry every weekday. I’ve always liked that because I never feel overwhelmed with the big job of doing several loads of wash all in one day. I put a load in every morning as everybody is getting up: 3 minutes. I move it into the dryer somewhere mid morning, between school subjects: 1 minute. I fold it all after putting the little ones down for naptime after lunch: 10 minutes. Everyone puts their own laundry away after naptime. 

Easy.

So having a capsule wardrobe really fits into that routine. Occasionally on weekends I’ll find that I don’t have the exact item that I want, but there are plenty of options. 

Also, having my closet so organized and roomy encourages me to hang items back up if they aren’t dirty, rather than tossing them into the laundry regardless of whether they actually need to be washed. This means I probably end up doing less laundry than I did before. 

1st Dress Up Day

Happy 4th of July! I hope you all enjoyed your day. I didn’t have time to take a picture, so I don’t have an update for yesterday. But, onto today:

Today we had church, so it was the perfect opportunity to wear one of my skirts. I dressed it up with this top and some white heels. 

I love this top. It’s thick enough to cover, but it’s also cool to wear on hot days, as today was. When I bought it, though, I didn’t notice how low cut it was. Yikes. I wore this necklace to provide some cover, but I did still feel like it was a bit inappropriate. I’m going to see if I can have it altered, because I’m not going to give up on it.

 Here’s the necklace; I found it on clearance at DSW, when I bought the bracelet I wore a couple of days ago. 

Simply Red

Today’s outfit was pretty simple, again. The shirt I’m wearing is so completely see-through that the tank is a must-have. I like how it turned out, though, as if it was made that way. 

I wasn’t sure about buying white shorts, but I wanted to take some risks with this capsule, and get away from the tired jeans-only look I’d lived with for years before starting this Capsule Wardrobe experiment back in April. These are drawstring shorts, and very casual, so I thought they were a good stepping stone toward a more interesting, feminine, and adult wardrobe. 

I’m not thrilled with the shoes for this outfit. Yesterday I was barefoot most of the day, and as a result my feet were really sore today. My Nikes are my go-to shoes for bad foot days. So, there you have it!

   
The bracelet was a fun find at DSW. Fun Fact: while I was at that shoe store, I bought no shoes, just a necklace and this bracelet.  It was on clearance, I like it, and it went well with my capsule, since the main color is red

  

Jackets for a Cool Summer

Since it’s been so chilly the last few days I figured I’d start with the jackets. My 37 piece capsule includes two jackets. 
I didn’t think I’d have much of a need for jackets over the summer, so I just kept the same two from my Spring Capsule. This summer, if I need them, I have a raincoat from Carson’s and a denim jacket from Maurices.  

Before I sign off, here’s my outfit for today.

  

It’s often useful to remind myself of why I’ve made certain decisions; it helps me to keep going. Just in case you’re wondering why I’ve chosen to revamp my whole wardrobe and replace it with seasonal capsules, my first post explains my feelings on it and how I came to my decision.

Cool and Casual

So I thought yesterday went very well for the first day of my capsule, until this afternoon while doing laundry. I found a big NYDJ sticker in the dryer. Yes, folks, I walked around all day yesterday wearing my new shorts with the sticker still on them. How did I miss that? And the bigger question: did anybody notice? Are they all still talking about it? lol Probably not.

It was pretty chilly today, which made me so glad that I included this cardigan in my capsule. 

  
And, as with the Spring capsule outfits, it took me less than a minute to go into my closet and grab these. It’s so much more simple and easy without so much stuff cluttering up my closet, and so nice to feel like everything I have works for me. 

Summer: Day One

Since I had lots of running around to do today, and a picnic thrown in, I wanted something simple and easy for today. I chose a red patterned Tshirt, jean shorts, and some fun multicolored shoes that I hadn’t been planning on. I was looking for something else and couldn’t find it, and these caught my eye. I think I like these better than what I was originally looking for. 

   

I’m happy with it. It’s simple but the shoes keep it from being too boring. I’ll update more on what’s in my capsule over the next week or so.

A New Start

Summertime!

 I spent this evening getting my Spring Capsule packed away, and my Summer Capsule all ready to go. Here’s a sneak peek at what will clothe me through July, August, and September:

After I went through my closet, my planning phase began. This time I was a little more confident in what I was doing, but I found it a little more difficult, too. I looked over my Spring posts, paying special attention to the lessons learned, and decided what to change and what to keep the same. 

For Spring I had three colors and one neutral. I found that there were too many items that didn’t go with other clothes, which defeats the purpose of having a capsule in the first place.  This time I switched it: I went with three neutrals, one main color, and one accent color. I hope this time it’s going to be a bit more cohesive. 

I stuck with including just 37 pieces this time, and while I didn’t truly follow the rule of three, I kept it in mind as a guide. 

Here’s what I came up with:

3 neutrals: black, white, and denim (I know, denim’s not a color, but you get the idea)

Main color: red

Accent color: purple

I chose those based on the summer clothes I already had, and used it as a guide while I shopped. My goal was to end up with thirty-seven pieces:

2 jackets

2 dresses

9 pairs of shoes

15 tops

9 bottoms

I like having a plan when I shop. This is why I love this approach so much.

The shopping was a bit more fun, because I shopped mostly online. Macy’s has a good returns policy, so I didn’t worry too much about ordering “hard to fit” items. It turned out well. I supplimented at Maurices, Carsons, Walmart, and TJ Maxx. There were times when I had a specific item in mind but just couldn’t find it online or at any store, so I adjusted my wants, and I’m pretty happy with what I’ve ended up with. 

Tomorrow will be day one of my new capsule! I’m eager to get started. 

Summer Planning

 Summer is almost here! 

That means lots of things for me, but the one I’m writing about today is planning my new wardrobe capsule. I’ve learned alot since first getting started with my Spring capsule, so this time I feel a bit more confident. I also feel more enthusiastic about it, since I’ve experienced what a great difference it’s made in my morning routine.

When I finished purging my closet for my Spring capsule, I ended up with three large totes full of clothing that I wasn’t ready to get rid of.  Some of the items were not in season for Spring, and others were pieces that I just couldn’t fit into the Spring capsule. 

  I started with these. I emptied all three onto my bed and went through them piece by piece, putting them into one of three piles: 

1. Goodbye!

Several more items are on their way to Goodwill. There are a few I really liked, but I was a bit more ruthless this time. If they don’t fit and make me feel good about wearing them, out they go! 

2. Maybe Later

I now have only two totes of clothing in this category, instead of three. These are items that are out of season, or that I hope to fit into a capsule someday, but not this time. These totes are going back into my closet until it’s time to work on my Fall capsule.  

3. Summer!

These are the clothes around which I’m going to build my Summer capsule. 

There are fourteen pieces here, and counting a few things I’m bringing over from my Spring capsule, I have eighteen items to get me started. That’s not even halfway to 37. This means LOTS of shopping.

I had predicted that, though. There was a reason I always felt like I had nothing to wear, especially in the summers. 

I’m doing something a little differently this time. Online shopping. It’s difficult to find clothes, jeans, especially, that fit  me correctly, so I usually avoid buying clothes online. However, I’ve discovered that Macy’s has an excellent return policy, and free shipping, so it’s completely risk free for me to order a bunch of things and just try them on at home. I also really like their True Fit sizing. In theory, it’s a great way to know which size to order of various brands. I’ll find out soon if it’s actually accurate.

I’ve already gotten started with my shopping at Macys.com. In about a week, I’ll be receiving my orders, trying things on, and getting a better idea of what I’m going to need to get on my upcoming shopping trip.

Until then, goodbye!