Monday, July 03, 2017

Build a Capsule Wardrobe in 12 Months, 12 Outfits - July 2017

This is a month for shoring up some basic tee shirts and getting a last pair of shorts (and sandals!) before the stores are full of cashmere sweaters. (shortly after July 4th, typically...) I toss in a necklace that's not madly expensive - this is the time of year to indulge in something that's not a big investment, and that might even qualify as a trend or fad. If you're ever going to follow fashion, a summer accessory is a good choice!

Five of the six wardrobes got a nice clean white tee shirt, to wear weekly until it falls to pieces from a combination of sweat and sunscreen... in madly hot weather, sometimes there's nothing nicer than plain, simple, classic white.

(FYI, the new Hermes scarves are on their website. Go. Be tempted, or admire true artistry applied to the design and manufacture of accessories...) Two of our scarves from these six are still available, and for those of you who are trying to find the others, I'm looking every day, checking all of my sources for you!

Scarf – Hèrmes Carré en Boucles; pendant - Komang Wijayana; tee shirts – L.L.Bean; shorts – L.L.Bean; sandals – Callisto

The addition of a couple of simple tee shirts doesn't add a lot of mad pizzazz to this wardrobe, but it makes possible lots of outfits that weren't available before. It's important to stock up on basics, so that on days when you don't want to do any deep fashion thinking, you're covered! (both literally and figuratively...)

a capsule wardrobe in brown, black, grey and white

There is blue in this scarf, even though I haven't paid much attention to it yet! This seemed a good opportunity to bring in something denim-ish... These pieces bring a more cool feeling to the overall wardrobe, which is an accurate reflection of the balance of colors in the scarf itself.

grey, white and denim additions to a capsule wardrobe

Scarf – Hermes Flanerie à Versailles; necklace – Gorjana; tee shirts – L.L.Bean; shorts – L.L.Bean; sandals - Børn

A pair of neutral tee shirts are a welcome addition to this wardrobe!

a capsule wardrobe in beige, denim blue, pink and grey

You might make a good case that this red quartz and pearl necklace is sort of dressy for shorts, but I thought that it was so pretty I wasn't going to pass over it!

For this scarf, I was ABSOLUTELY NOT going to put bright blue shorts here - although it would be appropriate for the July 4th weekend...

STILL AVAILABLE Scarf – Hèrmes Au Bout du Monde; necklace – Somluck Komolmith; tee shirts – L.L.Bean; shorts – L.L.Bean; sandals – L.L.Bean

This wardrobe is taking shape nicely...

a capsule wardrobe in navy, grey, blue, red and white

For this next wardrobe, I've been so focused on the green and orange that I really needed to bring some of the blue to the fore. While I don't think there's any white in this scarf, I finally decided that a simple white tee shirt might still be both harmonious and useful!

blue and white choices for a capsule wardrobe

Scarf – Hèrmes Collections Impériales; necklace – Kendra Scott; tee shirts – L.L.Bean; shorts – L.L.Bean; sandals – Ecco

For me, the overall balance of this wardrobe benefits from the additional blue, and touch of white. It's so easy to become enthused about a few colors in a wardrobe and lose sight of a sense of variety and choices...

a capsule wardrobe in olive, blue, orange and white

This just feels so simple and fresh for hot weather:

grey and white additions to a capsule wardrobe

STILL AVAILABLE! Scarf– Hèrmes Chemins de Corail; necklace – Gorjana; tee shirts – L.L.Bean; shorts – J.Crew; sandals – OluKai

Having enough grey and white in this wardrobe creates a nice base for the accent colors...

capsule wardrobe in grey and white with accents of blue and orchid pink

Every now and then I find a tee shirt in an AMAZING color...

red and beige additions to a capsule wardrobe

Scarf – Hèrmes Chemins de Corail; necklace – Kendra Scott; tees – Lands’ End; shorts – L.L.Bean; sandals – OluKai

I just find it really satisfying to see a row of tee shirts in each of these wardrobe - it feels like choices and options to me!

a capsule wardrobe in shades of brown with red and orange accents

Every month I ponder which of these wardrobes is my favorite... This month the black and white HAS to win; I suspect that those gingham shorts are going to find their way to my house within the next few weeks...


For more in the 2017 "Build a Capsule Wardrobe - 12 months, 12 outfits" series, check out the following articles:

Looking for more ideas? Follow along as we build a new capsule wardrobe in 2018.

Build a Capsule Wardrobe in 12 Months, 12 Outfits - July 2017
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  1. I just love this series! The first and the last wardrobes are still my favorites, with the latter edging out the former just a bit, but if you start adding more of the caramel/copper color to the first one I may just change my mind. The first scarf is the one I like best. Have a great 4th of July, Janice!

  2. The black and white additions would certainly get weekly wear at my house. And the locket necklace is so clever!

  3. Every month I fall in love with the black/white/caramel wardrobe all over again. :)

  4. I'm still sticking with my top 3 favs overall which is the grey, the navy and the olive but my favorite additions for the month were the black and white. Like you I am loving those gingham shorts :)

  5. Am still moving from Black/white to gray/something, so love those two the most, but a question... As a lady of a certain age, i've quit wearing shorts - of any length - so how about more capris? As a short person, I find capris, pedal pushers, and other cropped pants really work better for me and are cooler than the full length pants - especially in the hot months.

  6. That diamond shaped pendant in the olive wardrobe is perfect for the scarf inspiration, what a great find.

    1. I look at things for hours to find items that really feel like they're just the right fit - I'm so glad you spotted that one!