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The Summer Capsule Wardrobe: An Update

HOLD THE PHONE – there’s colour…

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June marks the beginning of the summer capsule wardrobe in my calendar and after May threw us some absolute sunny blinders weather-wise, I was pretty chuffed to give myself the green light to dust off my summer clothing from under the bed, rid my wardrobe of the heavy coats and knits, and treat myself to some new purchases. My spring edit served me well, but it was time for a switch; I fancied adding in some lighter fabrics, a bit of colour (I KNOW!) and a more boho flavour for the upcoming months. The colder months are when I like to embrace tailoring a little more and will happily live in black for the whole thing, but the warmer months are when I like to channel my inner Nicole Riche L.A girl (yep I was a ‘Simple Life’ addict). So expect to see the odd tassel, plenty of silk and a bit of dress and boot action coming soon…

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MY FOUR SUMMER CAPSULE WARDROBE COMMANDMENTS

INJECT SOME COLOUR. If you follow my Instagram then this is something that you’re probably bored of already, but after years and years of dressing like Wednesday Addams I think I’m finally ready to let a little bit of colour creep into my wardrobe. Now you know me – of course it’s in a highly controlled way – but hey, it’s there. A tomato red is my colour of choice as when I reach for a bright lipstick, or a nail colour that isn’t nude, it’s practically the only pop of colour I’m ever brave enough to go for, so it seemed like the right choice. Now that’s not to say that I’ll never wander into the territory of other colours, but I think as a starting point it’s nice to choose one accent colour as it fits with the whole ‘everything goes with everything’ thing, which is what I love so much about the capsule wardrobe jig.

STAY COOL. I’m terrible at summer dressing. Whilst I love the idea of a warm breeze and some (SPF-protected) freckle-inducing rays on my face, the reality is that the minute my body comes into contact with heat it becomes a clammy, heart-pounding mess. Couple my overactive armpits with a hate for having my arms and legs out and I can often be found drowning in a pool of my own perspiration in the corner of the tube platform. It ain’t pretty. Well this summer I’m trying my best to embrace summer dressing. I’ve been saving pictures left, right and centre on Instagram of girls who look cool, but more importantly cool temperature-wise. Little floaty tea dresses – I’M READY FOR YA.

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TRY NEW BRANDS. I could quite happily dress head-to-toe in & Other Stories and be one happy bunny indeed. In fact I’ve made most of my summer capsule wardrobe purchases from there already, so I’ve sort of broken my own rule, but I am looking to source the rest of things that I want to pick up from new brands that I haven’t tried before. I’ve made a little list of what my current shopping list looks like below, but I’ve found some great jumpsuits at Madewell, camisoles from Alice & Olivia and dresses from Mango. Expect to see a surprisingly colour-filled haul soon.

GET LEGGY. As I mentioned earlier, I’m not the biggest fan of getting my limbs out – but this year? They’re coming out. I’ve spent way too many sweaty days with my legs stuck to my jeans and so I’m going to try and venture out without leg coverage more than I ever have before. I think suffering with psoriasis on my left leg that looks like I’ve been bitten to buggery by mosquitos is probably the main source of my neediness to cover-up, but the older I get, the less I care (and the more I sweat!), so it’s time to crack them out – pseudo-mozzy bites and all. I found myself a great Striped Linen Paper Bag Skirt from Topshop which combines many of my favourite design features and I’m actually excited to wear it. Who’d have thought it?

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So what’s my shopping list looking like so far? Well, I must admit that I’ve done a fair amount of shopping already, so there isn’t much left to grab. I’m really tempted by a Realisation Par Dress (honestly, have a click and you’ll be tempted too), but seeing as they are pretty pricey and I’m not usually the biggest wearer of dresses, I’ve ordered some from Mango instead to ease myself in. I reckon I could do with a pair of non-denim shorts too, but the ones that I’ve found and tried on make me look my Dad and that I should be wearing some kind of bum bag, so if anyone has any suggestions then I’m all ears. Here’s a few other bits that have been catching my eye…


MY SUMMER CAPSULE WARDROBE SHOPPING LIST


Photos by Lauren Shipley


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  • Loved this post and the video too!
    http://styledfortheoccasion.com

  • Maja Harder Thygesen

    Love the orange/red shoes! Perfect summer colour
    http://www.majaharder.com

  • Em

    Loving your picks so much, the Topshop skirt is amazing! Also, completely feel your pain with the Realisation Par dresses – I’ve been ogling them forever. 🙂
    xo,
    Em
    http://www.organicallyemily.com

  • Loved the video and the blog post 🙂 Red is definitely my colour of choice as well. I must say I love colour of all sorts so excited to keep up with whats happening on your Instagram 🙂

    x Helen http://www.lumieredhelen.com

  • Red is my favorite color both on lips and in my wardrobe, so excellent choice! For many years I have postponed getting my legs out until I had fake tanned them, which of course never happened. This year I am showing them pale.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • I’m so interested in capsule wardrobes, they look like a really cool idea!

    Have a lovely hump day!
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.co.uk

  • Ruth Bloomfield

    Love your approach to dressing and fashion (& everything else really 🤔😂) AND get those legs out! You are only young once 😊 xx

    P.S – which Realisation Par dress are you lusting after? I finally purchased one after almost 2 years of wanting it and my only regret is not buying it sooner!

  • I am not big on color either but I love how you added in a few pops of color here. Thanks for these ideas.

  • Oh my gosh I love the pops of red! Those are definitely the colors that I tend to introduce to my wardrobe more myself.

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

  • We can definitely tell you’ve added some colour to your wardrobe, and it’s nice to have these little colourful touches in the warmer months! I’ve been obsessed with red clothes recently even though it’s a colour I never wear, I need some red clothes in my life haha 🙂

    Julia x
    Last Post: A Day in Warwick, UK | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.com/2017/06/old-town.html

  • Nadia Sabrina

    Lovin’ that you’ve injected red to your wardrobe! It really does amp up your look without having to put a lot of effort into it. Also, I adore those lovely red mules! So chic.

    Love from Indonesia,
    nnsabrina.blogspot.com

  • Loving the pops of red!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

  • I bought that Topshop striped skirt in your shopping list and it came today and it fits really nicely! I have really long legs and it is still a good length on me! Ellyn x l Life Of A Beauty Nerd

  • Loving the pops of color!!
    Kisses,
    Sarah
    EverydayStarlet

  • Philippa

    Loving the colour!
    I’m trying to put together a work capsule at the moment and always enjoy reading your style posts!
    Philippa x

  • I like the addition of pops of color and it’s cool that you are adding dressing and skirts. I’m so used to seeing you wear pants.

  • Rachel Akey

    Maxi skirts and dresses! I have hideous legs but long long hot cotton or linen options keep me covered and cool. I may venture a bit of ankle on show with some midi length culottes this year!

    • Just Ask Keke

      Maxi skirts and dresses are my favorites!!

  • Julia Deutschen

    I love the color scheme of your capsule wardrobe. My closet has been grey, white, black and blush pink for ages, so I am currently also really tempted by lots of red pieces. I really need to go shopping some time soon to add some more pops of color to my wardrobe.

    xx Julia

    http://www.talesofjules.com/

  • Love the pops of red! x

    Millie | http://www.bymillie.co.uk

  • Silk shorts, lightweight denim, or chino shorts from Grana are excellent alternatives to full on denim shorts. You’ll fall in love with their quality and price point too.

  • ella ryder

    Definitely loving the red! i need to add some to mine. The more breezy fabrics the better I say!

    Ella xx

    http://www.ellaryder.com

  • Elizabeth B

    Love it! At risk of sounding like a sales pitch (it kind of is because it changed my life), have you looked into the MiraDry treatment? I have no idea if you can get it on your side of the pond, but I got it before my wedding last year because I was mortified of sweating through my beautiful dress. It was magic, and coming from one of the most needle-phobic people EVER, it was sooooo worth it. The ability to branch out of the black wardrobe last summer was life changing and I can’t wait to do it again this summer.

  • I am loving red !!! I need those mules.

    Zeynab x
    The Beauty Load

  • We are totally loving the pops of color! Especially the red! Since we live in New York the majority of our wardrobe is black. It’s so hard to get in the mindset to add color. You have totally inspired us! It’s time to add some color!
    -Ash & Shelbs xx
    http://www.astoldbyashandshelbs.com

  • I’m always a big fan of your capsule wardrobes, but this one has to be the best! Look at all that red! You go Anna! I must have all these in my closet ASAP! x http://www.justsavxnnah.com

  • elisha mae

    Bloody beautiful Anna! Loving a bit of blood orange at the moment and your picks look lovely.

    Elisha-Maé | http://www.elisha-mae.co.uk

  • Shanice

    I love that you add some colour to your wardrobe, it suits you so well 🙂
    http://texturecharmscolour.de/

  • Jenny

    I love your all items! Especially red point items!
    I always watch your videos whenever come out from South Korea 🙂
    Your videos are very helpful for me to make a regular plan in my life!
    Thank you so much! xx

    https://www.oneirojewelry.com

  • Vee

    Loving the red! For shorts I recently got the hush marseille short in another colour, have worn last year’s version so much on holiday and the breezy loose but still structured fit of it is perfect!

  • Lindsay Davison

    The red is amazing! Totally suits you!

    http://www.lindsaydavison.co.uk