It’s fall in Istanbul, and I’m refreshing not only my blog, but our wardrobes. So far, it’s been a warm fall, but it is supposed to get colder next week… so I am looking forward to bundling up in sweaters and napping with my baby girl in the afternoons!
We had an amazing summer in California with family and friends and are back to the grind, working, schooling, city-life-ing it up. Here are some wardrobe reflections on summer, and a few pictures since my blog game was down while we were running all over California squeezing in every last minute with loved ones.
Reflections on our Summer Wardrobes, if I could do it again (and notes for next year):
-Too many clothes for the kids. 37 pieces was way too much, especially in California when we were either swimming or lounging. At this point, especially for the boys, 37 pieces was a little excessive. In trying to not be too legalistic, considering I named my ever loving blog after the pieces in our wardrobe, I will be lowering the number of items in each of their wardrobes this fall. #rule-breaker
-Kim:: Too many shorts. Not enough tank tops, bathing suits or accessories. I realized while back in the good ol US of A, that I preferred to wear dresses over shorts, and bought way too many for my summer wardrobe. Oh well. Next time, I know better. Also, didn’t have enough tanks, or proper accessories. Learning, learning.
-Derek:: No complaints. No worries. One bathing suit did him just fine. #men
Cheers. One last iced coffee (maybe), before the cool weather hits!
Can I also say, for one second that I am so excited for fall?
I think everyone thinks this likely, buuut I am from Southern California, and it is still 90 degrees there. They will likely see fall for one or two weeks in November or December, and are all probably acting shocked (like this doesn’t happen every year), that it is still hot now.
I can’t wait to bring on the scarves, turtlenecks, boots, and PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES. #basic.
So, you have piles and bags of black trash bags full of clothes, bags, shoes and worn out, or too small kid items.
You’ve gone through all The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up… and bagged up what doesn’t give you life.
What do you do with them now? Here are some ideas I have had… along with ideas I am going to try!
- Donate them to be re-sold, and make a few bucks toward the growing stock by using Thred Up. (I have purchased from here before, but just sent in my first bags to be sold, I’ll let you know how it goes!)
- If you have time and energy to re-sell them on e-bay, do it!
- If you had invested in quality clothes you can also try doing an Instagram sale. (Tips on having an Instagram sale).
- Hand them down to someone your size, or with kids younger than yours.
- Send them to your local goodwill, or thrift store. Someone will love them, and buy them for cheap!
Any other fun or creative ideas out there?
Well, it’s getting warmer in Istanbul, and it’s also getting closer and closer to summer.
This summer, our family will be in a few different places: Southern California, Central California and Istanbul. While both places are going to be hot. I am figuring out how to make a capsule wardrobe for myself especially that will cover both climates and cultures.
Both Istanbul and Southern California have warm summers. California is hot and dry. Istanbul is hot as well, but much more mild… where it makes up for the heat in lower temperatures, it sure makes you hate humidity. It is so humid and gross in Istanbul during the summer, I just could barely handle it last year.
As far as culture goes, the guys and Nora can all wear whatever they want. I don’t know about you, but while I am overseas, I generally like to dress so I don’t stick out too much. That being said, while in Istanbul I generally cover up a bit more than I would while I am home in Southern California. While we are in California I can’t wait to let the sunshine hit my shoulders and legs!! But while in Istanbul, I will likely find a couple pairs of cool summer pants. Which means I have to have the proper blend of summer pants and shorts to be comfortable in both places.
So as I plan my 37 pieces, I am taking into account these things… humidity, culture and comfort. Always comfort.
Here are some things to take into account in your summer planning if you are going to be using a Capsule Wardrobe:
-Climate. California gets upwards of 110 while Istanbul never hits over 90, and is on the water. This means I need to buy accordingly. Also evenings are chilly.
-Culture. Where are you traveling? Overseas? Europe? Asia? It’s always good to take into account what locals are wearing, if you’re crossing cultures.
-Location specific/Vacation specific items: I will likely leave these out of my capsule. Examples would be: a beach hat, camp clothes, or other random things you may want for your summer adventures.
-Clothes for the journey. Are you flying in a plane? Going to be in an RV all summer? I am including things I know I can feel comfortable in on our multiple plane rides this summer.
What about you!!?
Where are you going this summer?
Are you going to try to capsule your vacation wardrobe?
And is anyone else excited for how easy this makes packing??
Oh man, this was my first Capsule Wardrobe, and it was so hard to make! Developing a fashionable, practical wardrobe for 3 months felt like such a hard task for some reason. I had such a hard time making the decisions for what to buy and what to include. Then trying to figure out if they items I chose would even work well together, and spending money on myself! :/ I felt super stressed and non committal at times during the process, but now that I have been wearing these items for a couple months, and have a bit of a routine with clothes storage and laundry, I am absolutely in the Capsule Groove! If I were an emoji it would definitely be the dancing red lady.
Some of my challenges in making this occurred when I realized, I didn’t even really know what I liked to wear, or what fit me well. Do I even wear dresses that often? It seemed silly to not include them with how beautiful spring can be. How many sweaters do I need? It can be pretty cold here in Spring, it snowed last March…What do I do about that?!
Well, I think I covered my weather bases, and threw together a decent capsule for my first one.
I’ll share more on my reflections posts, but for now, let’s get to my clothes this Spring.
Here is my Spring Capsule Wardrobe::
About a month in and maybe you are wondering, Is capsuling more work?
So far, in this transition, I have been happy with the result. We are so early in the transition, just one month into our first capsule. We have a lot to learn, and tweaking to do… but I will say so far- so good. We like it! I like it! The kids do too. So while this has been an investment in time, effort and money, it has definitely been worth it in the end. I think after we have this system down it will be good for my family in many ways.