It's baaaaaack! My capsule wardrobe, that is. And man, it feels SO good. After a solid year of non-capsule living thanks to pregnancy + postpartum, I'm more grateful than ever for this small, thoughtfully-curated wardrobe full of pieces I love and feel great in. I have to admit, I slipped right back into my pre-capsule ways when I was pregnant and immediately postpartum, just buying things impulsively and willy-nilly. And I suppose on one hand, there's not really much getting around that. It seemed like things fit me for two days then not again when I was pregnant, and navigating the postpartum body changes are no walk in the park either (plus you have to factor in easy nursing access, if you're breastfeeding.) All that to say, I've been living in a not-totally-my-style wardrobe for the last year, and I'm pretty pumped to be back in capsule-land.
However, I went about things a little differently this time. First of all, being a mama means I paid more attention to how easily cleaned my pieces are, since they're going to get milk/drool/who-knows-what on them. I have a couple of dry-clean only things, but there's a dry cleaner within walking distance of our house, so that's not a big deal. I looked for things that could be washed easily, and would wear well for multiple wears in a row. Also, I'm still nursing Xave, so I wanted things that were relatively nursing friendly. That being said, I definitely prefer to nurse under a full coverage nursing cover and just pull my shirt up entirely, rather than fuss with buttons or wear a cami underneath everything. Every mama finds her nursing style, and that's definitely mine. So pretty much any top is automatically nursing-friendly for me. None of my dresses are very compatible for nursing, but I figured my nursing days are dwindling anyway plus I can always wear them on baby-free date nights! I also tended toward pieces that could be maternity friendly, at least for most of pregnancy. No, I'm not pregnant, but Matt and I hope to have more babies, and one pregnancy taught me that I don't really want to have two entirely separate wardrobes. So when buying new items, I'm paying attention to whether or not they could accommodate a growing belly. And finally, my wardrobe is definitely trending towards all-season and less seasonal capsules. In fact, I don't have anything in storage anymore! No under-bed boxes or clothes in the attic. Although Indiana has four distinct seasons, I want a wardrobe that seamlessly transitions across all of them. This means REALLY thinking through everything to ensure that basically every piece can mix-and-match, and paying attention to how well items layer. Leggings and tights underneath dresses, sweaters and jackets over tshirts, etc. I'm really happy with how it's shaping up!
So! Here it is. This is technically my spring/summer capsule, but it's really my all-weather capsule! I'm still looking for a few pieces (noted in italics), but I'm not sure when those will get added so I decided to just go ahead and post where I'm at thus far. I've linked items where possible. Everything that isn't linked is old and/or I have no idea where I got it. Also, I'm not including shoes in this capsule. My shoe game needs serious work and I have no idea what I even want or need, so I just decided to not worry about it and figure it out as I go.
Enjoy, and leave any questions in the comments!
SPRING / SUMMER CAPSULE = 40 ITEMS
TOPS + JACKETS:
white vneck tee • grey swing tee • black crew tee • sweatshirt tee • silk tank • embroidered tank • grey tank • striped long sleeve • striped 3/4 sleeve • green swing cardigan • knit cardigan • utility vest • zip-up sweatshirt • oversize sweater • tan vneck tee • chambray print top • jersey tee (need to purchase) • crew sweatshirt (need to purchase) • denim jacket (pictured is my old one that no longer fits - need to replace) • navy blazer (I technically have no NEED for this but it's my favorite thrifted find EVER so I just have to hold onto it!) • grey 3/4 sleeve tee • utility jacket