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Summer 2016 Capsule Wardrobe

Karin Rambo of shares her summer 2016 capsule wardrobe

It’s my fifth capsule wardrobe you guys! FIFTH.

Where has time gone??

You’ll probably notice that this capsule is quite a bit different than last summer’s capsule. If you read my post last Mondayyou’ll know why.

But while I did end up selling quite a bit of last summer’s clothing, a lot of it has been re-purposed into my other capsules.

Here’s the thing, I’m going to be completely candid with you for a second: If I knew then what I know now about ethical fashion I probably wouldn’t have gotten rid of as much as I did.

But as the very wise Stephen Colbert says, “It’s our choice, whether to hate something in our lives or to love every moment of them, even the parts that bring us pain.”

Yeah? So good. I’m holding on to that for more than just my capsule wardrobes.

So after a year of capsuling I’m at a place where I am confident that I will be living with my current wardrobe for a very long time… and that makes me pretty darn happy.

Some specifics about this summer capsule:

I knew going into this capsule that I wanted a lot less to deal with and I wanted it to be pretty casual.

This summer is going to bring with it a lot of hard work and changes as we’ll be moving in August (if all goes according to plan). Because of that I wanted to have fewer, more practical clothing choices.

In other words, I wanted this capsule to work for me and not against me.

This capsule is also a mix of really old and some newer choices… which is kind of my vibe in general. So I have some vintage pieces mixed in with some great, new ethical options.

Okay that’s it! I’ve got all the details listed below for you guys in case you’re interested. What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Karin Rambo of shares her summer 2016 capsule wardrobe

White Tank: Old Gap. Ethical Option

Graphic Tee: Old Zara. Ethical Option

White Tunic: c/o IMBY

Crop Tee: Thrifted. USA Made Option

Karin Rambo of shares her summer 2016 capsule wardrobe

Gray Tee: Old Thrifted. Ethical Option

Gray Tank: Old J. Crew. Ethical Option

Jacket: Old Gap. Sort of Similar USA Made Option

Chambray: Old J. Crew. Ethical Option

Karin Rambo of shares her summer 2016 capsule wardrobe

Boyfriend Denim: Old American Eagle. USA Made Option

Cropped Denim: Old Madewell. USA Made Option 

Overall Shorts: Old Gap circa my early college days (they’ve been getting shorter and shorter!). Similar USA Made Option

Denim Shorts 1: Thrifted. USA Made Option

Denim Shorts 2: Thrifted. Ethical Option

Midi Dress: Thrifted. Ethical Option (in a different color)

Karin Rambo of shares her summer 2016 capsule wardrobe

Vintage Tee: Old. As in it’s my Dad’s old college tee. Similar Ethical Option

Striped Tank: Old Madewell. Ethical Option (in different color)

Boxy Blouse: c/o Only Child

Peplum Blouse: Old Madewell. Similar Ethical Option

Karin Rambo of shares her summer 2016 capsule wardrobe

Charcoal Tank: Everlane

Colorful Tank: Thrifted. Ethical Option (in a different color)

Midi Skirt: Thrifted. Similar Ethical Option

Black Tee: Old Banana Republic. Ethical Option

Karin Rambo of shares her summer 2016 capsule wardrobe

Black Dress: Everlane

Vest: Old Urban Outfitters Thrifted. Different Style, but USA Made Option

Culottes: c/o Only Child

Black Denim: Old J.Crew. Ethical Option

Karin Rambo of shares her summer 2016 capsule wardrobe

Vintage Heels: Thrifted. Ethical Option

Heels: Old Thrifted. Ethical Option

Sandals: Old Franco Sarto. Ethical Option

White Converse: Old. Ethical Option

Black Converse: Old Thrifted. Ethical Option

Flats: Old Chinese Laundry. Ethical Option

Slides: Old Thrifted. Ethical Option

Until next time,


*Disclaimer: My clothing is mostly thrifted/many seasons old. In light of that, I tried to find clothing to link to that was as similar as possible. For some items I simply couldn’t find an ethical fashion item that was a close enough match, so I matched something that I thought had a similar vibe.

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  • Reply Kate

    Love it! It looks really practical, indeed. The denim and shirts will come in handy for the move. 🙂

    June 6, 2016 at 3:33 am
  • Reply maja

    I like Colbert quote! I wrote it down. Clothes look great and good luck with the move…

    June 6, 2016 at 8:56 am
  • Reply Erin | A Welder's Wife

    I love this! Thank you for the links to ethical options! I am working on rebuilding my wardrobe currently, so those will definitely come in handy! I love the color palette you have chosen for summer. It looks a lot different than your previous wardrobes, but still you.

    June 6, 2016 at 9:07 am
  • Reply Rebecca N

    Looks like a great summer wardrobe! Can’t wait to see how you put it together. Do you like the Ryan tank from Everlane? Is it see through? I have been thinking about getting one, but I don’t want to buy it if I have to layer it cover a cami. I bought the linen tank from Everlane and have to do just that which makes it kind of warm in the summer. How exciting on your house sale and move! Would love to hear about what you’ll be doing next. Buying a new home? Moving to a different city? I don’t envy your move though….when we moved in 2013 I said I would never do it again! Ha! Have a lovely week! 🙂

    June 6, 2016 at 10:21 am
  • Reply Chrissy

    Love all of it! The colors seem like they cooperate really well – a perfect wardrobe for the next few months!

    June 6, 2016 at 11:54 am
  • Reply shann eva

    Looks like a lot of comfortable and cute options for the summer. I love that midi tank dress. That’s exciting to hear that you are moving! Are you staying in state or moving somewhere different? Looking forward to hearing more about it.

    June 6, 2016 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Robin

    Yesss! Striped tank with overall shorts and black converse! That’s what I want in my closet right about now! Love that you kept it casual.

    June 6, 2016 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Greete

    Oh I would love to wear overall shorts but in my opinion they don’t look good on me. Also you chose some awesome stuff, they look very cool. Especially the leather jacket 😉😊
    Xx, Greete

    June 6, 2016 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply Shannon

    Love that Colbert quote. This is what I imagine the perfect capsule wardrobe to be, super versatile with endless options! Good luck with your move!

    Clothes & Quotes

    June 6, 2016 at 3:59 pm
  • Reply Chelsea

    I’m actually only missing a couple things from your suggested capsule wardrobe for summer! Can you tell I buy a lot of basics? Haha

    June 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Lisa // Oh, She Blogs!

    This is great! I really wish I had the patience to put together a capsule wardrobe because I love the concept and I love all of these pieces in yours. I just need to take the time!

    June 6, 2016 at 6:32 pm
  • Reply Ruthie Ridley

    Oooo I love this capsule thing!!! Very resourceful!

    June 6, 2016 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Cassandra

    I love this capsule, Karin! I’m working on my summer travel capsule now and I’m focusing on comfort too (and having less to deal with!) Looking forward to seeing how you style all these fabulous pieces!

    June 6, 2016 at 7:41 pm
  • Reply Denay DeGuzman

    I love the beauty and simplicity of your summer capsule wardrobe. Over the years I’ve learned that less really is more.

    June 6, 2016 at 10:58 pm
  • Reply Andrea H

    Your pics look excellent – I love your taste Karen! I am jealous of your cons! I have gray but love the black and white. I cannot wait to see how your style your pieces!!

    June 6, 2016 at 11:10 pm
  • Reply Cara

    Such a versatile time capsule with so many great pieces! I can’t believe this is your 5th one- how awesome!

    June 7, 2016 at 8:30 am
  • Reply Adaleta Avdic

    I heard about this capsule wardrobe idea from Vivianna (of ViviannaDoesMakeup) and I’ve seen so many people engaging with it which is amazing! I don’t know that I could buy clothes so often. I wear the same clothes each season and just change a few things, but I loooove the idea! xx Adaleta Avdic

    June 7, 2016 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply alexandra @ my urban family

    I love all of these pieces but that jacket is my favorite! Off to see if they have it in my size 🙂

    June 8, 2016 at 8:33 am
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