INSIDE: How to put together a summer capsule wardrobe that will save you time, money, and space in your closet!
I recently asked on my Facebook page if anyone else wore thrift store clothes. I was overwhelmed by the response! I knew my readers liked thrifting but I didn’t realize how much they were into “thrift store fashion”.
I haven’t told y’all yet how I almost stopped buying thrift store clothes… I might have to share that soon. It was mainly because I felt like I was drowning in my own closet. I found myself buying clothes just because they were a good deal. My closet was stuffed with cheap clothes and I was overwhelmed.
Last fall I took a capsule wardrobe plan, sorted my closet, gave away about half my clothes, and am living much more simply now. Now it’s time to work on my summer capsule wardrobe at Savers® thrift store.
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Last weekend, Jo and I scheduled some time at one of our new favorite local thrift stores, Savers. Savers has a few different brands, so depending on where you’re located, you might also know them as Value Village or Unique Thrift. Whatever they’re called in your area, that’s where you’ll find bargains for your summer capsule wardrobe!
This was my first time to visit Savers Thrift Superstore and it really was a superstore. It was HUGE! I think I heard them announce that there were over 100,000 items on the sales floor that day! They also have a super Savers club that you can join and save even more.
Summer Capsule Wardrobe
We’re not going into the details of how to sort through your current wardrobe or closet to set up a capsule wardrobe. There are plenty of other articles out there that will help you do that.
Today I’m just going to give you a basic capsule wardrobe along with a printable list that you can take with you when you’re shopping at thrift stores.
One of our biggest thrift store clothing tips is to look for designers and high-quality name brands. Savers had LOTS of those. We found some popular brands and some more unique boutique brands that are harder to find.
Ann’s Summer Capsule Wardrobe
I built my summer capsule wardrobe around black, white, and blue. I ended up buying all the shirts in the photo above, except for the orange shirt. I just wasn’t feeling it.
- black tank top – already owned
- black/white striped knit shirt – already owned
- white t-shirt – $6.49
- blue patterned tank top – $6.49
- black/pink sleeveless shirt – $2.99
- black/white pattern top – $2.49
- blue/white sleeveless tunic – $5.99
I stuck with solid color bottoms so I can mix and match them with all the shirts above. No clashing patterns to try to figure out.
- cropped white jeans – already owned
- off-white capris – already owned
- denim capris – $6.99
- denim shorts – $4.99
- black capris – already owned
- black shorts – already owned (not shown)
Cardigans, Jackets, Cover-ups
We live in Northern California so we need a few light sweaters and jackets for our cooler nights. If you’ve ever seen my Instagram stories from ball games you’ve seen me bundled up in my winter coat, too! But I usually bring along one of my cardigans when I go to church or a movie. The air conditioning sometimes freezes me out!
- crocheted cream cardigan – $3.99
- long gray cardigan – already owned
- army green jacket – $11.99
- swimsuit cover up – $9.99
Y’all know I’d much rather be in jeans and t-shirts 365 days a year. But that’s not appropriate for some parties, weddings, and our anniversary dinner. So, I do have 3 dresses in my closet.
- sundress – $9.99
- sleeveless dress – already owned
- short sleeve dress – already owned
I’m very picky about my shoes! They’ve got to be cute and comfortable. Once I find a brand that fits my foot I stick with it.
- black sandals – already owned
- white sandals – already owned
- flip flops or water shoes – already owned
- hiking sandals/shoes – already owned
We bought several scarves on our thrifting trip to Savers. Most of the other accessories I was able to reuse from last summer. But they did have all these on their shelves.
- scarf – $4.99
- tote bag – already owned
- purse – already owned
- belt – already owned
- sunglasses – already owned
- 2 swimsuits – already owned
I spent $77.38 on this thrifting trip. But I’m not good enough at math to figure out how many outfit combinations this will make. I know it’s plenty to get me through the rest of the summer.
Here’s the first outfit I wore. I was going to church so I threw my new crocheted cardigan in my tote in case the air conditioning got too cold for me.
Jordann’s Summer Capsule Wardrobe
100% of Jordann’s summer capsule wardrobe is thrifted! Even the shoes!
- 8 t-shirts – She found 4 that day in various shades of gray & white: $4.49, $5.49, $2.49, $5.99.
- 2 tank tops
Jordy does more solid color shirts so she sometimes goes a little more bold on the bottom.
- khaki pants
- denim shorts
- khaki shorts
- harem pants (patterned) – $7.49
- vintage culottes (patterned)
5 Cardigans, Jackets
Jordy works in the city so she wears these just about every day in the summer.
- long gray cardigan – $9.99
- khaki jacket – already owned
- thin hoodie with lace sleeves
- button down
- chambray button shirt
- maxi dress
- mid-length dress
- vintage skirt
- vintage woven purse
- leather tote
- 2 scarves – $4.99 & $3.99
- 2 hats
- ankle boots
- red/orange slides – $4.99
Jordy spent $49.91 on our thrifting trip.
This is an outfit with the long gray cardigan and red-orange slides she bought on our thrifting trip to Savers.
This outfit includes one of the shirts and scarves that she found that day.
You’ll probably notice that Jordann has more on her list than I do. I didn’t include my painting or workout clothes. Since I work at home that’s what I’m wearing most of the time.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Savers. The opinions and text are all my own.
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‘Til the next project,