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Summer 2020 capsule wardrobe

Casual summer 2020 capsule wardrobe

casual summer 2020 capsule wardrobe

Casual summer 2020 capsule wardrobe from top left: logo hat (gift from Chico’s in 2018, also love this hat online) / grey v-neck tee / black v-neck tee / turquoise and gold earrings / gold hoop earrings / black linen joggers / gold statement earrings / gold and blue double necklace / blue and gold cuff bracelet / chain link gold cuff bracelet / bold gold link bracelet / blue v-neck tee / denim cut off shorts / black snake buckle belt / black and white top /

Memorial Day weekend always marks the beginning of summer for me; even if there are still a couple weeks left to the school year, and summer doesn’t officially start until well into June.

We enjoyed temperatures over Memorial Day weekend which hovered well above ninety degrees; so I am going to venture off and say it’s time to bring out the summer 2020 capsule wardrobe, and wear it now!

Summer 2020 is a little bit different than past summer seasons. My camping trip, European vacation, and road trip vacation, have all been cancelled. While a few things have opened up in Santa Clara County, we remain more locked down than other areas of the country. This means I don’t need a lot of clothing this summer for a variety of activities. I have put together two basic capsule wardrobes for the 2020 summer season. They should provide all the outfits I will need this summer season.

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The casual summer 2020 capsule wardrobe featured above allows for several outfits with cut-off shorts or linen pants. The black and blue tees are actually meant for working out; but they are cut like regular tee’s, and fit like regular tee’s. This is important this year since outdoor dining will be the way we out this summer. What happens when we eat outside? Well. . .let’s just say the wicking fabric on the fitness tees will come in handy while dining al fresco on hot summer days. I think you catch my drift.

These shorts will look great with sneakers, espadrille slides, and flip flops. The linen joggers look fabulous with espadrille wedges, espadrille slides, and flip flops. You will see my favorite footwear for the summer in my shoe capsule wardrobe tomorrow 😉

Dressy summer 2020 capsule wardrobe

summer capsule wardrobe 2020 dressy

Dressy summer 2020 capsule wardrobe from left: red floral skirt (on major sale!) / black puff sleeve top / gold statement earrings / red baguette bag / black square toe slingback pumps / black v-neck tee / chain link gold cuff bracelet / bold gold chain link bracelet / large gold hoop earrings / black flip flops / large soft clutch / black slide espadrilles /

OK, you might recognize this skirt from my spring capsule wardrobe. Good eyes! Since there will be fewer activities this summer, I decided to re-work this skirt for the summer season. It is easy to transition it from spring to summer by ditching the cardigan sweater or long sleeve sweater, and pairing it with a tee or short sleeve top. It can be worn dressy with the puff sleeve top and slingback heels, or casual with a v-neck tee and flip flops. This is a really versatile skirt; I recommend having one floral or patterned skirt in your summer capsule!

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Aside from casual activities, this summer will consist of swimming, hiking, and tennis! Stay tuned for my upcoming shoe, handbag, and outdoor fitness capsule wardrobes!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy


Spring 2020 capsule wardrobe

Spring menswear blazer capsule wardrobe

spring 2020 capsule wardrobe menswear blazer

Spring menswear blazer capsule wardrobe from left: pastel menswear blazer (under $50) / turquoise 3/4 sleeve tee / light wash cropped skinny jeans / black 3/4 sleeve tee / golden hoop earrings / blue and silver earrings / white and silver earrings / black belt / blue and white scarf / medium wash classic cut jeans /

Spring is almost here! This means it is time to put together a spring capsule wardrobe. The weather here in the Bay Area is already switching from winter to spring, therefore, I have already transitioned my closet from cold weather clothing, to warm weather outfits. My spring 2020 capsule wardrobe touches on three trends. I have also included a ultra-casual capsule wardrobe which is easy to wear for running errands, and daily activities; while staying on trend. You know I love to stay on trend!

One of the big trends this spring 2020 season is the menswear blazer. This was a huge trend in the mid-1990s, and it is back. While menswear blazers have been popular during the past two fall seasons, the spring 2020 version is very specific when it comes to color. Spring 2020 menswear blazers need to be pastel. Look for your favorite pastel color and have fun with it! This is a trend where you can save money by looking for an inexpensive blazer, and then invest in items you can wear year-round such as jeans, or a belt. This pastel pink blazer is very affordable, and also comfortable. It is fun to pair with neutrals, or if you really want to amp up the trend, pair it with other pastels or shades of blue. Love it!

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You can also pair your spring blazer with a scarf for cooler days, or make a more relaxed look. To dress up this look, add large hoop earrings and heeled boots or pumps. It’s a fun capsule!

Spring kimono capsule wardrobe

spring 2020 capsule wardrobe kimono

Spring kimono capsule wardrobe from left: reversible long kimono / turquoise 3/4 sleeve tee / black cardigan sweater / black 3/4 sleeve tee / blue and silver earrings / golden hoop earrings / multi-color bracelet (hot spring trend!) / white and silver earrings / red and gold earrings / light wash cropped skinny jeans / black belt / red boat neck 3/4 sleeve tee with buttons / medium wash classic cut jeans /

I love anything which enhances an outfit. Nothing is easier for elevating a basic tee and jeans than a kimono. I love investing in one nice kimono I can wear throughout a season and beyond. This kimono is a little bit more expensive than what I would normally buy, but it is reversible! This means I have two kimono’s in one! Love that!

As you read this spring capsule wardrobe post, you’ll notice the same jeans and tee’s repeated throughout. This is a great way to save money. By repeating the sames jeans and tee’s, you can create entirely new looks with one “hero” piece such as the blazer pictured above, or this reversible kimono. When everything mixes and matches, your wardrobe is cohesive and paired down. This saves closet space, as well as money. After all, aren’t we all saving for the next IT handbag? It’s not just me, right?

This kimono is great because not only is it reversible, it can be dressed up or down. It can cover a swimsuit, shorts or a pair of jeans. This time of year, I will wear it mostly over jeans. It can be worn with flat sandals for an effortless and casual look. It can also be paired with heels or spring boots for a more formal look. If it’s worn over black jeans and a black tee, it can be paired with pumps for an evening look. This reversible kimono is super versatile! Love!

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While both sides of the kimono are floral, the black and white floral pattern is seasonless. This means I can wear this kimono throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons. It isn’t really thick enough for our Bay Area winter weather, but if you live somewhere warm, like Florida, it would work in the winter too! This is a versatile and seasonless capsule!

Casual spring capsule wardrobe

casual spring capsule wardrobe

Casual spring capsule wardrobe from top left: blue puff sleeve top (Pantone color of the year!) / turquoise 3/4 sleeve tee / black v-neck cardigan sweater / black puff sleeve top with ruffle collar (also seen here) / black 3/4 sleeve tee / golden hoop earrings / blue and silver earrings / white and silver earrings / red and gold earrings / light wash cropped skinny jeans / black belt / red long puff sleeve sweatshirt / red boat neck 3/4 sleeve tee with buttons / medium wash classic cut jeans /

OK, we don’t all leave the house dressed like a fashion plate every day of the year. This is why we all need a casual capsule wardrobe for the spring 2020 season. As you can see, the same jeans and tee’s are in this capsule wardrobe. I added a cardigan sweater, which is very on-trend for spring, as well as three tops which offer trendy puff sleeves for a more structured casual look; when a tee is just too simple.

The long sleeve puff sweatshirt has a formal look to it, yet the fabric and comfort is that of a sweatshirt. It looks on trend and offers warmth when the fog is in, or it’s a cool spring day. The short sleeve tops and tee’s are great for general, everyday spring wear. The cardigan is great for wearing over your shoulders in case the fog rolls in, or temperatures drop in the evening. The IT way to wear your cardigan this season is draped or tied over the shoulders. Think 1950s style, sans poodle skirt 😉

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Basic jeans and tee can be enhanced with the cardigan, and fun, trendy jewelry. Multi-colored jewelry, especially bracelets, are very hot this spring season. This bracelet can be worn with any color palette and it will instantly elevate event the most basic jeans and tee look. Love that!

Dressy spring capsule wardrobe

dressy spring capsule wardrobe

Dressy spring capsule wardrobe from left: red floral print skirt / black puff sleeve top with ruffle collar / golden hoop earrings / silver and white earrings / red long puff sleeve sweatshirt / black v-neck cardigan sweater /

I always need a skirt in my seasonal capsule wardrobe. This red floral skirt hits mid-calf and offers a spring vibe. It can be paired with a red top, black top, or white top. I have chosen red and black as my two tops to alternate with this skirt. Since the cardigan is having a moment, it is part of this dressy spring capsule wardrobe too. Again, it should be worn over the shoulders.

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That’s it! Four “hero pieces,” two pairs of jeans, a few tee’s and tops along with four pairs of earrings and a bracelet. Voila! My spring 2020 capsule wardrobe is here, and it can all be mixed and matched.

You can save money this season by using jeans, in lighter washes, from last year. Look for cropped, classic, and skinny cuts. You can also pull out tee’s from your closet which reflect the spring 2020 color palette. Think oceanic hues, shades of red, orange, yellow and pink. Look for vivid colors, as well as pastels. When it comes to jewelry, you may already own classic pieces you can pull forward for spring. To update your wardrobe, look for a pastel menswear blazer, a kimono, a cardigan sweater, and a floral skirt. Instant spring!

Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for my spring handbag capsule, and my spring shoe capsule, later this week!

XOXO

Cathy


Winter 2020 capsule wardrobe

Casual Winter Capsule Wardrobe

casual winter capsule wardrobe 2020

Winter capsule wardrobe 2020 from left: medium blue scarf / light blue scarf / grey cardigan sweater / blue long sleeve tee / charcoal long sleeve tee / black long sleeve tee / gold hoop earrings / silver statement earrings / blue and silver earrings / black leggings (under $25) / skinny jeans / black belt / bootcut jeans /

Winter is underway! Now that the holiday season has passed, it is time to put together my winter capsule wardrobe. Thank you for all the great feedback after I posted my holiday capsule wardrobe in early November. I’m so glad you enjoy this series! Since the holiday season shares roughly the same weather pattern as the winter season, my capsule wardrobe for winter is not very different from the holidays. The big difference is, instead of a focus on holiday green/red, this capsule wardrobe focuses on the color of 2020, which is Classic Blue! Yay!!

As you can tell, my casual, everyday capsule wardrobe for winter is almost identical to the one I showed you for the holiday season. The big difference is that I swapped the earrings, and changed the key color. The red tee and earrings have been replaced with their blue counter-parts; and the green scarf has been replaced with two blue ones. I have owned this light blue scarf, and this medium blue scarf for a few years now, so it was easy to add them into the rotation for the winter season. You probably don’t need two scarves for the season, unless you live somewhere really cold. I would recommend picking your favorite blue hue, and investing in one scarf.

As far as denim trends are concerned, we are still seeing cropped denim, skinny jeans, and boot-cut jeans in the new year. So, I am sticking with boot-cut and skinny since they are the most flattering styles on me. I also have a pair of leggings in my winter capsule wardrobe since they are comfortable; and ideal for ultra casual days.

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When it comes to earrings, I put my sparkles away until a special occasion comes up, and for the next holiday season. I pulled out a pair of large, classic hoops for fun; and my blue earrings, and silver earrings for day-to-day wear. Stay tuned for another post about my winter shoe capsule!

Dressier winter capsule wardrobe 2020

dressy winter capsule wardrobe 2020

Dressier winter capsule wardrobe 2020 from left: full length coat with belt / long sleeve blue tee / ivory knit turtleneck / black knit turtleneck / large gold hoop earrings / silver statement earrings / blue and silver earrings / medium blue scarf / skinny jeans / black belt / black and white pleated skirt /

Not every day is casual during the winter months, therefore, we all need a dressier winter capsule wardrobe for the office, dinner dates, and other occasions. Sometimes you can dress up jeans with high heel booties, and other times we need to ditch the jeans (gasp!) and put on a skirt paired with knee boots-for ultimate warmth on cold days.

This coat is an instant outfit enhancer! It can make any pair of denim look structured, and it adds a dressy vibe when thrown over almost anything. The belt helps give it shape too. Love it!

These knit tops are also great for dressing up a casual look. They have a more put-together look than a long sleeve tee, and can instantly elevate any look. I’m looking forward to dressing up this season using this capsule wardrobe!

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Winter around here does not last too long, so this should carry me thought January and February. How long does winter last where you live?

Stay tuned for my winter handbag capsule wardrobe-coming up soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy