Get it? Wrapping up for fall? (Insert canned sitcom laughter.)
Reality hit me yesterday when school buses were zooming by our window and I wasn’t at school. This is the first time in eight years that the first day of school has had zero effect on my schedule, and it’s weird. Happy, but weird nonetheless. I wished many of my old students + teacher friends good luck, then spent the day writing, blogging, and shopping the Lilly After Party Sale. #livingthedream. Though the transition has been filled with lots of happy/sad/not knowing what’s next, the way the hours flew by when I was home and writing showed me without a doubt that I made the right choice. I do wish I’d been able to give my old students a hug, though.
Speaking of transitions, it’s gone from sweltering hot to fall in about 72 hours here in Charlotte. August is usually 95+ degrees, but the past few days have barely pushed eighty. We’ve had the windows open and the A/C off, and it’s been glorious. Fresh fall air is my jam, y’all.
Drumroll please…this is the last outfit of my summer capsule wardrobe! What an amazing shift this has been. I’ve learned so much about my style, my spending habits, and how accessories make or break an outfit. I’m pumped to debut my fall capsule with you next week, but in the mean time I’m sharing my five main takeaways from this summer capsule.
01 | 37 items feels like 100 when it’s done right. A question I get asked a lot in my SkillPop! class is “Do you feel like you’re wearing the same thing over and over?”. Even though I actually am, my answer is always “no”. Since I loved + felt great in these clothes, I actually wanted to wear them. As long as I’d done laundry (oops) I always felt like I had something to wear, and it was never boring. Plus, there were items in the capsule I didn’t wear once, which means I actually had less than 37 items in rotation. I never felt limited.
02| Tight is not right-for me. Some of those items I didn’t wear? My skintight maxis. I’ve learned that I won’t wear a dress that requires Spanx, unless it’s for a cocktail or black-tie event. In the summer, I want my maxis to be effortless, and Spanx = effort. My two tight dresses were donated, and I’ll be making a mental note for next summer.
03| Accessories are worth it. I think one of the reasons I didn’t get bored with my capsule was the accessories. My Lilly scarf, tassel earrings, and other accessories made it easy to switch things up. I loved that scarf and earrings so much I would literally create outfits around them. It was fun! I’m keeping that in mind as I shop for fall accessories as well.
04| Keep things focused. Y’all, my Portland Chic/Charlotte Preppy had a hard time coexisting in one capsule. I love both of those sides of my style, but they’re very different. Next summer I think I’ll do a Lilly mini-capsule (with the Lilly Pulitzer I already own) and then a separate capsule with softer colors. Black and olive were a bit harsh for summer.
05| Get some cute loungewear. The funniest thing I learned from this capsule? I don’t actually go that many places, hence why some of these clothes didn’t get worn. Weekends were generally spent running errands in my yoga clothes, and then I’d just pop on some clean leggings and a tee to go hang at a friend’s house. Not glam. For fall, I’ll be investing in some nice loungewear for a mini-capsule that’s more suited to my being a homebody.
03| DISTRESSED JEANS
I’ve been working hard (and selling my old clothes!) to get my fall capsule ready to debut next week. I can’t wait to share with you! If you can’t wait that long, snag a seat in my Building a Fall Capsule Wardrobe class Thursday and I’ll give you a little preview.
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