The Summer might seem far away yet but treating yourself to a bit of retail therapy now will help you get your wardrobe sorted for Summer. Not being someone who needs any particular reason to treat herself I’ve done my fair share of bargain hunting for this summer.
I’m trying to have a more minimal wardrobe and so I’ve been careful to make sure anything I buy isn’t what I’d call a ‘one off’. By that I mean I’ve chosen pieces that work within a capsule wardrobe and easily convert from one season to the next. For example, I’m a big fan of understated day dresses that can be teamed with sandals in the good weather and easily layered with statement tights and chunky cardigans when Autumn creeps in.
Another thing I’ve been bearing in mind is the quality of my purchases, there’s really no point in buying something cheap that looses it’s vibrancy in the wash or becomes misshapen quickly. If you always buy cheap clothes you’ll find yourself replacing them time and time again. I’ve been looking at Simply Be for some nice summer wear that will not only look great this summer but be able to take me into next year too!
This year I am focusing on two looks for day and night depending on whether it’s a cooler summer or if we are heading down to the beach!
Of course you don’t need to spend too much -you can update your wardrobe with a new swimming costume and a throw over jersey bandeau dress. These are perfect to pop into a bag for post work evenings out too!
What I love about this selection is that there’s so much mileage. You can mix and match the shoes, that bag looks great with almost any outfit and all the pieces will transition into Autumn and Winter with ease. The khaki jeans can even be smartened up with a chic blouse for work or teamed with a more casual graphic tee for weekend playdates. I think the belted dress not only works across the seasons but could easily be glammed up for dinner and drink or worn day to day.
As far as i’m concerned, if i’m going to invest my money in quality pieces they need to work for the right to be in my wardrobe. That means they need to be able to be styled for many different occasions and I think this little selection does just that.
If you’re inspired to start your own capsule wardrobe journey here’s 5 quick tips to help you get started.
- Make a list of what you need
Think about your typical week. Do you spend a lot of time in the office or do you work from home? Do you have kids or spend a lot of time outdoors? Build you ‘must have’ list around your schedule.
- Evaluate your current wardrobe
Chances are you already have most, if not all, of what you’ll need for your capsule wardrobe. What do you own that makes you feel great? Which pieces do you wear time and again because they’re so flexible? Do you need to update your converse trainers?
- Think about colour palettes
When choosing your capsule wardrobe you want a cohesive base to work from. You can add lots of fun and bright colours with accessories but I find if the basic pieces are neutral life is much simpler. Think greys, blacks, nudes and of course make sure you’re picking colours you love and that compliment you.
- Be ruthless with your wardrobe
Armed with you ‘need’ list and colour palette go through your wardrobe with a fine tooth comb. If something doesn’t make you look or feel good then there’s no place for it. Make 3 piles; keep, think and donate. This way you can streamline your wardrobe and use the bits you do love to form the basis of your ‘new’ capsule wardrobe.
- Add to and embellish your collection
If there’s something on your ‘need’ list that you don’t currently have, try to do without and see if it’s a true need. If you decide a shopping trip is in order be really careful not to get sidetracked and fall into old habits. Keep your goal in mind. If this all sounds a bit boring an clinical here’s the fun part – accessories! It’s time to add embellishments and statement accessories that will bring personality and fun to your wardrobe. Of course you don’t want to end up with a lot of bags and necklaces that don’t complement your wardrobe as a whole – so bear that in mind but have fun choosing something special to liven up the everyday.