Casual capsule wardrobe for summer palette - une femme d'un certain âge

A simple, casual weekend capsule in a summer palette

A casual weekend capsule wardrobe for the summer palette in white, lavender and pink.

I love the concept of a capsule wardrobe, even (or especially) for a casual lifestyle. It’s a great tool to help simplify outfit planning, or packing for travel. The beauty of a capsule is that it’s cohesive: all of the pieces work together and can be worn in multiple combinations.

A casual capsule wardrobe for a summer palette

Above, I’ve created a casual weekend capsule in a (cool, soft) summer palette. (Yes, I’ll be doing more of these in different seasonal palettes in coming weeks and months.)

sunglasses | tee | scarf | shirt | bracelet | pants | bag | cardigan | sneakers | sandals

When your lifestyle and wardrobe are casual, it can be easy to fall into a rut of wearing the same thing or combination of pieces day after day. I’m finding that creating small weekly capsules helps me to feel more put-together, and to wear more of what’s in my closet. (I’ll be sharing some of my weekly capsules soon.)

Creating wardrobe capsules is relatively easy when you’re sticking with neutrals. But incorporating more color can be challenging. One of the best benefits of my color analysis is that it has helped me to add more color to my wardrobe while keeping it cohesive. When I stick to my color palette, everything coordinates, and it’s easier to create capsules or re-mix pieces for outfit variety.

But rebuilding a wardrobe, either for color or lifestyle changes takes time. Not every color or style will be available in every retail season. I’ve learned to shop opportunistically. When something shows up in a color AND style that works for me, I nab it, even if it’s out of season and I won’t be able to wear it right away.

Do you utilize wardrobe capsules for outfit planning or packing?

More summer palette picks

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11 Comments

  1. Candice
    May 7, 2022 / 5:02 am

    This is such a pretty capsule, makes me wish I was a summer. I would love to see capsules for the different style personalities too!

  2. Sally
    May 7, 2022 / 6:53 am

    You explained the capsule concept really well for me. Thank you! I’ve definitely gotten into a rut but mostly because I haven’t gone many places (travel, out to a nice restaurant etc) for 2 years. Definitely giving this a try! Still working on building my vibrant autumn dramatic gamine (!) wardrobe!

  3. Lila
    May 7, 2022 / 7:32 am

    I’m really looking forward to seeing your capsule wardrobe for each season. It will be extremely helpful! I’m an autumn and I’ve starting doing as you suggested by shopping opportunistically as well. Sometimes it is difficult to find the right shade/color. Thank you for helping me on my color journey!

  4. Lori Warnke
    May 7, 2022 / 8:33 am

    I love your travel style and am working on my Fall travel capsule for a trip to France. I see white sneakers are still being worn in Paris and in Rome. Do you think this will continue into the Fall?

  5. Penny Loetterle
    May 7, 2022 / 9:14 am

    Thank you for a great post. I really like the idea of building a weekly or semi-weekly capsule. Less stress/more variety.

    I’m going to Paris next week and I remember you mentioned a shop that specialized in bras for full busted women. Can you send me the name of the shop? I’d really appreciate it. I didn’t see you mention it on your most recent trip.

    Thank you.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      May 7, 2022 / 9:21 am

      It’s Clair de Lune, in the 18th arrondissement. Enjoy!

    • Susan
      May 8, 2022 / 3:48 am

      I made the trip to this out-of-the-way shop last week and even though they were very helpful, I came away empty-handed and didn’t feel their stock levels made it worth the effort of getting there.. It is very small and the bras are mostly stored in drawers, so impossible to move around and the public can’t see much anyway. I was pleased to satisfied my curiosity, but won’t return.

  6. Mary
    May 7, 2022 / 6:08 pm

    Thank you for this lovely post and the summer soft capsule collection. Several of the items are very tempting. Your posts are always a little lift to my day, even when I am quite late to the party. I have to go look at my pink scarves to see whether I can justify another one. The price is really nice!
    Very happy Mother’s Day to you tomorrow, Susan.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      May 7, 2022 / 7:05 pm

      Thank you, and Happy Mother’s Day to you.

  7. Joan
    May 7, 2022 / 10:17 pm

    Yay! Thank you for this capsule for those of us who have summer coloring, Please keep them coming!!!

  8. Leslie
    May 11, 2022 / 8:22 am

    Love this kind of post, and I’m a summer. I liked many of the items (only nit — would love to see more budget friendly picks!)

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