My {Realistic} Summer Capsule Wardrobe

We have all read the article, seen the closet views, and been by the movement. Call it minimalism; call it Project 333; call it a “capsule wardrobe.” Call it amazing or call it bogus. Call it “I’m all over this!” or “Heck no, I can’t even imagine!”

I’m on board.

Sort of.

I’ve been on a serious purging kick. I’ve donated pre-kid, work clothing that had its tiny space in my closet to maternity clothes and shirts that get tried on before a night out and thrown on the floor {on occasion after occasion} and clothes that I hold onto just in case. I’ve recently tossed a vase or knick-knack into the donate pile just because. Apparently, it was too much clutter for that day! I’m all about this simplicity movement. Are you with me?

But today, before you dive into the purging, the Varage sale selling, and the purchasing of new pieces…think about summer in Houston and consider these few things.

Ten Questions For Building a Houston Summer Capsule Wardrobe

  1. Will this outfit withstand sticky popsicle fingers, watermelon juice, sunscreen, and mosquito repellant? {Hopefully all in one day if you play your cards right!}
  2. Can I surprise my kids and bust out a random slip-n-slide run in this top?
  3. How will my back/armpit/leg/{insert-body-part-here} look in this outfit? Gross, I know – but real life, friends. 100 degrees is no joke!
  4. Will I have to change before taking the kids outside to play water guns, or will I have to be the “don’t you dare spray me” mom in this outfit?
  5. Would the accessories needed for this outfit be okay in a baby pool?
  6. Where will we spend our days? In other words, how will this move with me at the park, swim lesson locker room, summer camp drop off and pickup, errands after the gym, riding bikes, or at the Hop Around Houston summer play date series?
  7. Do I have to heat up my house to iron it?
  8. How low will I have to put my A/C so I don’t sweat profusely in this outfit at the daily indoor dance party that kills time before dinner?
  9. Can I squeeze in some exercise at the park or during a coveted simultaneous nap without changing clothes and creating more laundry? {Seriously, if you are dressed the part, it’s much easier to take 10-15 minutes to do a quick workout. Check out Bump to Buff for one of my favorite local fit mommas and her quick, at-home exercise videos.}
  10. Do I really have to look like I have it all together while wrangling children in temps this high?

You see, I’m here today with my summer capsule choices. They don’t involve lace shorts, scarves, tunics, or much in white. I’m here today in defense of the exercise garb as clothes. I snagged a few new tanks and need to pick up some more shorts instead of yoga pants. I’ll be good to go! And go we will. And I will sweat, and all will be okay. I’m dressed for it.

Summer Capsule Wardrobe

My current faves?  This We {Heart} Houston tee from LaleeBLUE and anything and everything from Auggie Apparel.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve recently been after our favorite Houston Moms Blog fashionista contributors for help with some fun pieces for when gym clothes just won’t work. I want to feel good and put together. It’s just not happening on a daily basis in the summer though! Lucky for you {and me}, Kristy has shared some great fashion tips for those rare occasions when we need to get dolled up too!

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Jenn is an English teacher turned stay at home mom to boys Wyatt {2010}, John {2013}, and Abram {2014}. South Louisiana born and raised, North Louisiana educated, and Texas “polished,” she has found Houston to be home with her husband for the past ten years. After infertility struggles, in 2010 she traded in A Tale of Two Cities for Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and has since been busy discovering ways to learn while playing, maintaining a semi-scheduled family life, and integrating both Texas and Louisiana culture into her family. Besides making memories with her boys full time, she enjoys reading, running, crafting, cooking, and football. Y’all stop by When In Doubt, Add More Salt to read more about family adventures with the boys and Jenn’s thoughts on hot summers and Pinterest pin attempts, and her love/hate relationship with March Madness brackets.


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