Digging Into Summer

As Spring—both the season and my capsule wardrobe—wraps up I’ve started dipping into my summer capsule.

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For some reason, switching my capsule wardrobe to a new season is taking a lot of time.

I’ll lose an hour at night online shopping for this perfect cap-sleeve, midi-dress that I made up in my head to check all the boxes from work appropriate to something I can wear to a wedding. It’s kind of exhausting. And in some moments feels like I’m not doing this right.

Maybe 3 months off of emotional shopping makes strategic shopping feel like a chore.

Or maybe I just don’t need it. I have dresses in my closet that are fine but just not perfect. A capsule wardrobe has me chasing perfection when I want to be chasing contentment.

I’m glad I’m realizing this now so I can re-ground myself in my purpose and focus on the areas of life that matter more than clothes.

Ps. I have bought a few things for my next capsule. It’s mostly work clothes because this process made me realize I want to dress nicer for work. But I’m just trying to not go overboard and rehaul everything.

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Photos by kittycotten.com.

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe | Outfit 07

My mom, sister, and I went to Wicked last week and the show was amazing. The story ties into The Wizard of Oz with unexpected twists and turns that were just so interesting. I highly recommend seeing Wicked if it plays near you.

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May is the last month of my spring capsule wardrobe and it’s been great, but I’m craving change. I have a small list started of what I’m hoping to find for my summer capsule and I’ve started looking online for the pieces. This capsule wardrobe process has made me very picky and strategic with my shopping. I can already tell it’s a better use of my money to not settle on a piece that almost fits the bill.

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Europe Travel Journal | Austria

Salzburg, Austria

Austria was the second stop on our 10-day Europe adventure. This city was charming and elegant with pastel buildings and horse drawn buggies. I mean this is where Mozart grew up! We spent the day peeking in ornate churches, drinking Stiegl raddlers, and touring a castle on the hillside.

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Halstatt, Austria

Of all the towns we visited in Europe, Halstatt was my favorite. It was a fairytale on a lake surrounded by mountains. One of my favorite moments of the day was biking around the lake. I kept getting lost in the familiarity of biking and then awestruck whenever it hit me that we were on the other side of the Earth biking around a lake in Austria.

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Off to Italy next!

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Europe Travel Journal | Germany

Munich, Germany

Last month my boyfriend, Brock, and I went on a 10-day Europe adventure. We stepped off the plane in Munich, Germany and our adventure started almost immediately as we tried to buy bus tickets into the city. We must have looked confused (or American) because this random old lady approached us and in broken English offered us her extra bus tickets at a discounted price. Sketchy? Yes, but she was just a cute old Grandma.  We probably got scammed but she just kept saying “come, come” and waving us toward her and the bus. So there we were on a bus to Munich attempting small talk with a cute German Grandma. We never found out if that was a legitimate bus ticket she gave us.

The rest of our day was spent exploring Munich! With just one day reserved for the city, we hopped on a bus tour to pack in the sights. And of course, ended the day with dinner and mugs of beer.

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Next stop, Austria!

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Capsule Staples | My Favorite Hat

One thing I’ve learned throughout this capsule wardrobe process is that a good hat can make a big difference in an outfit.

See for yourself:

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It just pulls the outfit together don’t you think? I always thought you had to buy a new statement necklace or purse to freshen up an outfit. Nope. A hat is where it’s at.

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The hat I’m wearing is Nine West brand from DSW. I can’t find the exact one online (I bought it last fall), but if you’re in the market for a new hat check out Gigi Pip. Their hats are adorable.

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe | Reshuffle

I’m doing a capsule wardrobe reshuffle. Yes, I made this up, but hear me out.

When I put together my spring capsule I was after versatility so I chose mostly basics that I felt comfortable in. It turns out a closet full of comfortable basics doesn’t translate to confidence in your style or wardrobe. So with one month left, I’m opting for a reshuffle.

Say hello to the new additions:

And adios to what’s leaving:

Also, why did I add two dresses that (a) I don’t like wearing and (b) aren’t even spring colors?! What was I thinking? I don’t feel comfortable in either of them — one is too short with sleeves which should never be a combo because if you raise your arm the whole thing moves up. And the other dress is too plain and formal. So, rather than forcing it, I’ve accepted that if I don’t feel totally comfortable, confident, or myself in something then I’m tossing it aside.

I’m so glad I started this project because I wouldn’t have learned these things without forcing myself to take a closer look at my closet through a capsule wardrobe. It’s only been two months and I already feel like I understand my style better and see the gaps I need to fill for my next capsule.

Out with the old, in with the favorites. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe | Outfit 06

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The other day my sister, boyfriend, and I stopped at a local taproom for kombucha. I’ve come to really enjoy kombucha. It’s sweet tea that’s been fermented, so it’s filled with probiotics good for gut health. It doesn’t taste sweet, actually quite bitter, but it’s usually flavored with fruit so it’s really good.

Alright let’s talk about my capsule wardrobe. None of my outfits in this capsule really scream Spring, but Minnesota doesn’t scream Spring until the end of April. We have time! Weening myself off shopping is harder than I expected. I’m realizing how often I go buy small pieces just for the fun of it. Unfortunately the thrill doesn’t last forever and those clothes are often the first to be sent to the back of the closet.

If you relate to this mindless shopping habit read this article. It’s long but worth the read! Hopefully it will help you steer clear of Target’s sale rack as much as it’s helping me.

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe | Outfit 05

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I often read fashion magazines as a kid. I would snatch last month’s Allure from my sister’s bedroom and take it to my closet where I had a make-shift reading nook. It consisted of an embroidered pillow and a tap-it light I convinced my mom to order me off an infomercial.

Whenever I got a magazine I read every single word — advertisements and all — starting with page 1. I studied it. I can’t remember what I was looking for but my preteen self was mesmerized. I contemplated if I was girly, sporty, edgy, or classic. I really thought you had to define your style using those finite options. I guess I didn’t understand that magazines were merely suggestions meant for you to flip and browse.

This got me thinking, what would I call my style now if I put it in a box? I’m really not sure. Defining my personal style is part of the reason why I started a capsule wardrobe. I think having a grasp on your own style helps you detach from trends and wash away the itch to shop. I hope by the end of it I can describe my style, at least in some ways, as intentional.

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35-Piece Spring Capsule Wardrobe

There it is — my Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe! It’s filled with basics and a lot of layering pieces, because you never know what to expect from March-May in Minnesota. I have 2 tank tops, 6 short sleeves, 5 long sleeves, 2 sweaters, 4 cardigans/top layers, 2 dresses, 2 skirts, 5 pairs of pants, 2 flats, 1 pair of heels, 2 sneakers, and 2 booties. Whew!

It’s so helpful to see my clothes together like this. I can already guess which pieces I’m going to wear the most and which I’m going to wear the least (ahem… dresses.) I’m most excited about all the layer combinations I can make. I think that white cardigan (which I didn’t know I would even like at the time of purchase) is going to be my most versatile piece.

My main colors for this capsule are white, blue, and charcoal/black. Blush and cognac are my accent colors. Some shirts seem a little dark for Spring, but that’s why I threw in white jeans.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my spring capsule wardrobe! I’ll be posting about my capsule on Tuesdays and Thursdays sharing outfits as well as what I’m learning through the process.

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Capsule Staples | Vegan Leather Purse

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I wasn’t sure what vegan leather would be like, but this bag does not feel like cheap peel-at-the-edges pleather. Plus — my favorite part — it’s reversible!

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Urban Outfitters Vegan Purse

My vegan diet is gradually affecting all of my lifestyle choices; which brings me to this purse. I’m doing my best to no longer buy leather. I still have some in my closet from working at Fossil in college, but I’m gradually replacing it with vegan alternatives like this one!

I bought this purse at Urban Outfitters in Chicago a few weeks ago. It’s simple, functional, and affordable. I’m not counting accessories in my capsule wardrobe, but if I was this purse would be great, because everyone likes a 2-for-1.

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