Baby girls clothes, they just about put me over the edge they are so cute! Dressing a girl is fun, and while she has her preferences which can be quite strong, we have managed to only have a few small fights over clothes. She’s 2 people. 2 years old and arguing with me about what she wants to wear. Ok, counseling issues aside, here is what you can find my baby girl running around California in this summer.
Summer time is here! We are getting ready to head from Istanbul to the great old USA, so you may notice I went crazy with the red, white and blue this summer in our capsules. Nothing like declaring your love for your country than a Summer Capsule Wardrobe planned around the flags colors. Ha!
Hopefully I can post some on our travels and time in California. For now, this is what Eli is wearing this summer!
Here is Eli’s Summer Capsule Wardrobe::
9 shirts: 1. american pocket t 2. striped neon tank 3. red pocket henley 4. red, white & blue striped henley 5. grey & white striped pocket t 6.grey basic t shirt 7. Palm Springs 8.blue pocket 9. Giants tank
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.
9 shirts: 8. white pocket blouse 9. grey flowy back 10. striped zip back 11. navy thick stripe 12. blue button up 13. peasant blouse 14 linen teal stripes 15. blue linen color block 16. button back yellow flowy sweater
Evan is our oldest. Kind, sensitive, and always reading. He is 7 and in first grade.
He wears a uniform to school, and those darn shirts are included in his capsule. Also, they are white. Whoever decided to give elementary school kids white uniform shirts should also have been required to supply bleach to the mothers of that school on their dime. White is a no no in my rule book for dressing kids. If they are wearing white, there is a 98% chance it was gifted to them, or required for a social function.
About a month in and maybe you are wondering, Is capsuling more work?
While I was shopping for our clothes for Spring, taking pictures and figuring out what my family would be wearing and not wearing, I really wondered if capsuling was more work than just wearing what we used to was.
I figured it would be helpful to take a step back and reflect on why I even took on this project. Starting this all felt like a lot of work, just for clothes. It seemed maybe silly at time, but in the beginning any transition is more work. Starting a new diet- planning meals, putting a kid in a new school -paperwork, moving to a new home or city -logistics! stress!
Really any change requires a decent amount of work, it is the long term result that should be the measure of it’s worth.
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.
Less clothes all over, less impulse purchasing, more planning and thought out clothes purchases. Also, freedom from feeling like I never had anything to wear, but tons of clothes floating around in suitcases, drawers, hampers etc.
Just at a months end, I have noticed:
-I personally don’t ever feel like I don’t have anything to wear.
-We have less laundry to do.
-I feel more organized and in control of the clothes situation (and our capsuling journey has just started).
-The kids are happy and I am learning what their personal style preferences are, (ex: Nora seems to almost hate most dresses).
-I feel more organized, and am!
-I am happier knowing I have a system to work in for storage, purchasing and planning.
Thanks for listening, I’ll reflect again at month two!
This is Elias, also known as Eli. He is my 5 year old, and he is my most stylish kid. Seriously, he always has a strong opinion on what he wears, and a compliment on others clothing.
He loves picking things out, and pointing things out and noting that people looked nice. He really does have an eye for detail. He is the first to notice when I am wearing a new item or have earrings on. He has been so fun to do this project with.
For now, he likes to wear “stripes with stripes and stripes” or “grey with grey and grey”. He will sometimes come out in a red jacket, red shorts and a red hat and be so proud that he planned the perfect outfit for himself. Red is his favorite color. He actually specifically requested red shoes this Spring.