Okay, maybe not everyone that’s a pretty general blanket assumption, one that I totally cannot live up too. But most of you should own and I’m sure many of you might already, own a version of these. If you already do, in that case I’m just here to give you a little pat on your back and remind you, that you are doing it all right.
This post most definitely would have been more helpful a month or two ago, you know when you were out shopping for your summer gear — but the idea just came to me, which means I will be way more on the ball for future seasons.
I really love the concept of a “capsule collection” and honestly that’s basically how I’ve shopped and dressed for pretty much my whole life (I like that is has a cool name now). The idea of starter outfits for each season is sorta the same concept, 4 outfits that can be your basic seasonal uniforms and will also be the base of your seasonal closet. They are mix and match-able and can easily be added to with new or already existing items in your closet — to create a full wardrobe/capsule collection if that’s what you please. But you don’t have to go out and start with so many items, 4 starter outfits to give your closet a head start.
01 | basic tank and pleated midi skirt – the tank that you want to buy in every single color (usually there is one style every year), one that will go with every other outfit (starter and otherwise) in your closet. And a skirt that is versatile enough to be dressed up or down, and can easily be paired with almost every top in your closet (and every other starter outfit top).
[JCrew Scoop Tank + JCrew Pleated Midi]
(I also really love this chiffon maxi)
02 | cropped top and high-rise jeans – a cropped top isn’t really a crop top when paired with a high waist bottom. It’s sorta like the old joke “if a tree fell in the woods and no one was around to hear it, would it still make a sound?” (is a crop top still a crop top when your pants are so high they cover your crop?). It’s also a nice pairing with a midi skirt hiked way up, it’s just a nice non bulky top option when paired with the right bottoms. And a good pair of high-rise jeans are never gonna do you wrong, they might be a bit hot to wear most days but on the few cool days you will be glad you have them.
[Zara Crop Tank + The Castings High Rise Skinnies]
(I also really love another must have tank paired with a slim boyfriend jean, if you really hate 02 that is pictured – or just want a 05 starter outfit)
03 | tank summer dress – a dress that can be dressed down or up and easily layered to look totally different (or to cover up, whatever you prefer). I love a really basic dress like this, and no matter if I buy something I feel is a little more special thinking it will be my summer dress — the basic always ends up winning, because of versatility.
[Zara Scoop Tank Dress]
(there is also this dress, same basic concept but much less fitted and much more flowy)
04 | basic tee + denim shorts – well a basic tee that isn’t really super basic, but the same concept as the tank. Go for the tee you’d want to buy in every single color and then maybe actually do just that. Then you can add in other styles, since this tee will go with every starter outfit and probably most outfits in your closet. And the shorts, well in my opinion you always need a go-to pair of denim shorts which will probably be worn way more than they are washed all summer long.
[Babaton Tee + Citizens Jean Shorts]
(I also really love this aline tee, because it would look so cute over the basic dress and with pretty much everything)
sandals and/or sneakers – if you have one really good, perfect for every-single-day-wear or each footwear style then you are pretty much set for summer. Of course you will probably need a couple more styles for different occasions, but generally you can live off two. And these two, will go with every single starter outfit — so choose wisely go for versatile.
[Corkbed Roman Sandals and/or Adidas Originals]
And then, mix and match all the items in the four starter outfits to make probably 10 different outfits in total – or at least that’s what I counted when I mixed and matched them in my head. And since I’m so late, you can use these Starter Outfits as a summer sale shopping list — since most of the items are on sale.
What do you think? Starter outfits/capsule collections, yay or nay? Do you like 1 of the 4 most of all?