Summer Hits

I can't believe that decorative gourd season is upon us. I'm putting the finishing touches on my fall capsule (still waiting on one pair of shoes), but as of today, I have officially switched out my tanks for sweaters. I mentioned in a previous post that I truly felt like I got the hang of things this summer, and I stand by that. Even yesterday, at the final hour, I looked at my summer wardrobe and spent a minute playing around with different outfit combinations and styles. I have yet to tire of my summer 40, but seeing as this is my fourth capsule cycle (one season shy of a year!), I'm pressing forward. 

To kick things off, here's a brief recap of what got the most wear throughout the past three months: 

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I wore my dark gray Ryan Tank from Everlane at least once per week, and those street shoes got a lot of mileage. If you follow me on instagram, this list shouldn't surprise you. At least one of these items was present for just about all of my #ootd posts. Despite feeling more confident than ever with my summer 40, I didn't take as many outfit pictures this time around. As much as I enjoy showcasing how different outfits come together, I'm even more excited by positive impact brands, and discussing the role that we as consumers may have in the slow fashion movement. In any case, outfit pics will still happen, just maybe at the summer capsule pace rather than the spring capsule. 

And now, onto the misses: 

The trench. THE TRENCH. I want to love this trench. I want to love it so badly. But alas, it's slightly more structured and starchy than I would like it to be. I rarely reached for it this season, and it won't be making it into the fall wardrobe. The flared trousers are wonderful, but I have had them since high school and they're starting to show their age. Similarly, the white pants got a small stain and I spent a good portion of the season trying different ways to get it out. Lastly, the thrifted midi skirt ended up being a bit too unstructured for my taste.  

All in all, I LOVED summer's 40. Honestly, the bar has been set very high, and my fall wardrobe has some big shoes to fill. I think that if I eventually decide to shift back toward an "all season wardrobe," aka, just a regular person's closet, my summer '15 capsule will provide the foundation. 

And with that, so long September. Hello pumpkin spiced things and halloween mai tais and all the plaid. 

xo,

Harben  

 

Summer Capsule Reveal

Summer is here, folks, and boy does it feel good. After 6 months of capsuling, I finally feel like I'm getting the hang of this thing (as evidenced by the fact that I actually used photoshop to put the grand reveal together this time around). As mentioned here, I took a slightly different approach to building my summer wardrobe than I have in seasons past. For one, I omitted most bold colors and prints, opting instead for a neutral palette and sleeker lines. I also added quite a few new pieces to the rack (15 to be exact), and while that number is HUGE and way more than I intended it to be, I'm okay with it. Of the 40 pieces I'll be wearing this season, 7 are new (2 purchased on super-clearance), 6 were thrifted for summer, 17 were rolled over from spring, 7 were pulled from storage, and 1 was hand knit by my grandmother (and is thus the coolest thing hanging in my closet). In the week that I've been wearing my summer clothes, I already feel more polished and put together than I have with my other two capsules. Will my satisfaction stay this way throughout all three months? Who knows - less variation in pattern and color could equal a faster decent into boredom, or this new found sleekness could sustain me all the way through fall. Regardless, these days I am very excited to get dressed in the morning. 

The Breakdown  

Scroll down to check out the breakdown of tops, dresses, outerwear, bottoms and shoes below. In light of my push toward ethical, sustainable brands, I've linked to USA-made + ethical companies when possible (re: pricey). Consider them splurge items, or inspiration for your thrifting endeavors, whichever suits you! 

 (*New & **Thrifted for Summer)

Green Canvas Jacket (similar) :: Jean Jacket (similar) :: Cream Knit Sweater*** (similar but not knit by Rosemary) :: Gray Cardigan (sold out - similar)* :: Black Blazer (similar) :: Leather Jacket (similar) :: Trench Coat (similar) :: Camel Coat (similar) :: White Blazer (sold out - similar

Gray Silk Dress* :: Gray Tank* :: Black Pocket Tee* :: Blush Silk Tank (similar) :: White Blouse (similar) :: Black Blouse (similar) :: Windowpane Blouse (kind of similar and very cute) :: Boyfriend Shift** (similar) :: White Tee (similar)::  Blue Stripe Shirt** (similar) :: Green Silk Blouse (similar) ::  Chambray (similar) :: Blue Button-Up (similar and definitely cuter)

Black Flared Trousers (similar) :: Jean Flares (similar) ::  Midi Skirt** (similar) :: Suede Skirt**(similar) :: Mom Jeans** ::  Ripped Knee Jeans :: Blue Skinnies :: Black Skinnies :: White Skinnies (similar

Chelsea Boots** ::  Heeled Ankle Booties* :: Black Swedish Hasbeens :: Brown Booties (similar), Everlane Street Shoes* ::  Birks ::  D'Orsays (similar) :: Tan Swedish Hasbeens :: Sandals* (similar)

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my summer 40. Let me know if you're doing a capsule this summer- I'm loving following along with everyone's posts!  Let's keep in touch! 

Xo, 

Harben