Summer Capsule Wardrobe – ABBY ALLEY

Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Summer Capsule Wardrobe


As the summer season kicks off, I wanted to start June with a capsule wardrobe - less as a challenge and more to get organized for what I want my summer wardrobe to look like, how I want to feel, and potentially what holes I have in my closet. I'm hoping this creates a sense of freedom for getting dressed this month as I'll have a very clear picture of what my options are and how to be creative within the capsule I create. 

In short, I've chosen 30 pieces of clothing to wear for 28 days of June (I'm leaving for Mallorca on the 29th, and yes I'll share what I'm packing as we get closer!).

I also added 8 pieces that I will pull from for any occasions that may feel like I want something a little different. Some of these pieces are for dressier occasions, some for chillier weather, but some are for when I feel like adding some spice to my everyday.

To get organized, I moved each of these pieces to the front of my closet racks and drawers so they will be top of mind and easy to grab.

Above is my mood board. I couldn't find photos for everything I chose, but I will share outfit photos and details as the month kicks off. For now, here are the links to everything in case you're on the hunt for something!

Putting together a capsule is always a fun challenge in creativity as I think through why I select the pieces I select and why certain pieces feel good every single time I put them on...and others just don't. It's a good exercise in learning what works for you!

As a side note, my philosophy around shopping/clothing is to purchase in line with my values of supporting small, ethical fashion brands without compromising on style. The starred pieces are ones I have purchased in 2023, everything else is I'll link what I can or something similar. I'm looking at this list and the leopard print tee is literally from 2007. Quality lasts! 

I'm seeing some themes - of course the neutral color palette. But neutral doesn't have to be boring! I love the textures and design details of all of these pieces. If you're going to do something like this, my biggest piece of advice is to think about what role the pieces will play. For example, most of my tanks/tops will serve as utility players - going with nearly every bottom on my list. Whereas, the cropped tank, for example, is more of a situational piece, only getting in the game when I'm wearing certain waisted shorts or pants. You want to make sure you have a good mix of both!

Black V-Neck Tank
*Black Tube Top
*Green/White Gingham Backless Top (also available on Matches)
Cream Knit Tank
*Beige Scoop Tank (similar style, different brand)
White High Neck Tank (similar style, same brand)
Black Sleeveless Shirt (similar style, same brand)
Cropped Tank 
White Button Down (try this one for a more classic fit)
Rose/Peach Button Down (mine is old Pas De Calais, this one is a similar color and beautiful)
*Short Sleeved Print Button Down (bought mine in Tanzania. This one is gorgeous and would play a similar role.)
White Tee
Gray Leopard Print Tee (from 2007...this is what I'd buy today for a subtle print)
Cream Cardigan (another similar option)
Cream Sweater (mine is old Lauren Manoogian, this one is similar. I have it in other colors and I would recommend sizing down.)

Ivory Silk Trousers
White Pants (mine are about a decade old, but these, these or these are what I'd get today)
Olive Barrel Pants (mine are old Tibi, these are similar)
*Tab Front Light Wash Cropped Denim
Light Wash Boyfriend Jeans
Medium Wash Relaxed Fit Jeans (found the same ones for a better price here)
Black Cropped Denim
Cotton Shorts 
*Safari Green Shorts
Black Maxi Skirt (also available here)
White Skirt
Bike Shorts (these are my favorite)

Black Slip Dress (this one is also gorgeous and more similar to the length I have)
Black Cropped Jumpsuit
*Beige Maxi Dress
Black Maxi Shirt Dress (I couldn't find it in black, but this is it in navy)

Occasional Pieces:
Green Silk Top (same color and brand, but different material)
White Lace Top
White Fuller Midi Skirt
White Shirt Dress
Cream Knit Maxi
Waffle Sweater/Sweatshirt
Beige Cashmere Sweater
Black Cropped Cotton Sweater

Shoes I am Loving
Black Flip Flops
New Balance Sneakers
Neon Sandals (looks like the color I got is sold out, but they are on sale in silver here)
White Birkenstocks

My favorite $15 sunnies


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