Capsule Wardrobe / Style

Em’s Summer Capsule


After reviewing last season I have been ruminating on the reason we started the capsule experiment: to simplify.

It always helps me to visually see what I’m working with in my closet in order to make adjustments. For this capsule, I put away anything that wouldn’t carry over into summer.

Then I made a list of everything that was left.

I separated it into three categories: super casual, slightly less casual, and slightly fancy.

My life is:

80% super casual (watching my toddler and working from home)

15% slightly less casual (client meetings, photographing people)

5% slightly fancy (weddings, date night, girls night out)

summer capsule planning

So it makes sense that my closet should follow those ratios as well.

But I realized that my closet is about 50% casual and 35% slightly fancy, and 15% fancy stuff.

The amount of life opportunities to wear anything that’s not super casual for me is very small – which is why I don’t end up wearing about 35% of what’s in there!

I don’t know if this logic makes sense, but it seemed to help me when trying to plan this capsule. I decided to give myself some grace, and I’m not counting the number of items this season. It was too restrictive for this artist. I also bought a bunch of casual jersey tees from Free People, as well as low-rise bottoms.

My summer inspiration is a mix of modern + bohemian. I like the minimalism of plain white tees and linen pants, but I also need a little grunge this summer. I’m loving my new Bowie tunic and shredded jean shorts.

These are my summer outfit recipes I’m going to be working off of :

summer outfit recipes


Some new pieces I’ve added :

jean skirt / striped shirt / drop shoulder top (from Billy Reid in Charleston!) / wide leg black linen pants from The Podolls (sold out but these are similar) / floral print top (as seen here)

plus these :

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Here’s to summer. I’m all about it.



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