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Summer and Winter Capsule Wardrobes


Summer and Winter Capsule Wardrobes

I recently worked through Project 333 and created a capsule wardrobe.

As promised in my previous post about creating a capsule wardrobe, here are my seasonal lists.

When it came to creating my list… we live in Montana. We pretty much have 2 seasons: “Cold”, which is generally between 20° and 30° with about a week below zero and then we have the “It’s-so-hot-I-think-I’m-melting” season. But the weather doesn’t behave itself here, it does whatever it wants. For example, this last spring we had an 80° day followed by a 30°-and-3-inches-of-snow day.

So, I’ve broken my clothing down into 2 lists, but I’ll keep all of them in the closet, because it’s Montana- you never know what the weather is going to be like, that, and I have plenty of room for all my clothes, no need to box them up. So, yes, I have more than 33 items of clothes in my closet, but less than 33 for each season.

Cold (Winter) Season:

  1. Jeans
  2. Jeans
  3. Wool Coat
  4. Scarf
  5. Gloves
  6. Black Belt
  7. Purse
  8. Fleece Sweater
  9. Corduroy Dress Jacket
  10. Danskos
  11. Tennis Shoes
  12. Black Heels
  13. Purple Converse
  14. Black Pencil Skirt
  15. Black Long Sleeve Shirt
  16. Black Long Sleeve Shirt
  17. Purple Long Sleeve Shirt
  18. Brown Long Sleeve Shirt
  19. Blue Long Sleeve Shirt
  20. Blue Long Sleeve Shirt
  21. Maroon Long Sleeve Shirt
  22. Maroon Long Sleeve Shirt
  23. White Long Sleeve Shirt
  24. Light Orange Layering Tank
  25. Dark Orange Layering Tank
  26. Light Blue Layering Tank
  27. Dark Blue Layering Tank
  28. Black Layering Tank
  29. Purple Layering Tank
  30. Grey Layering Tank
  31. White Layering Tank


It’s-so-hot-I-think-I’m-melting (“Summer”) Season:

  1. Jeans
  2. Jeans
  3. Black Belt
  4. Purse
  5. Fleece Sweater
  6. Corduroy Dress Jacket
  7. Danskos
  8. Tennis Shoes
  9. Brown Heels
  10. Purple Converse
  11. Black Pencil Skirt
  12. Green A-line Skirt
  13. Green & Brown Paisley Peasant Skirt
  14. Shorts
  15. White Short Sleeve Shirt
  16. Panda Short Sleeve Shirt
  17. Pink Short Sleeve Shirt
  18. Purple Short Sleeve Shirt
  19. Blue Short Sleeve Shirt
  20. Grey Short Sleeve Shirt
  21. Black Short Sleeve Shirt
  22. White Fitted Button Up Shirt
  23. White and Blue Stripe Shirt
  24. Light Orange Layering Tank
  25. Dark Orange Layering Tank
  26. Light Blue Layering Tank
  27. Dark Blue Layering Tank
  28. Black Layering Tank
  29. Purple Layering Tank
  30. Grey Layering Tank
  31. White Layering Tank
  32. Swim Suit

If you’ve been thinking of doing a capsule wardrobe- I’d definitely recommend working your way through Courtney’s capsule wardrobe course. I was inspired and ended up getting rid of 13 items that didn’t need to be in my closet.

Do you have a capsule wardrobe?

About the author, Rachel

Hi there! I’m Rachel Jones, and I founded Nourishing Minimalism in 2012 at the beginning of my minimalist journey. If you're looking for encouragement in your journey, I go live in my FREE Facebook Groups every weekday- feel free to join me there: Nourishing Minimalism Facebook Group


  1. Carol on 05/21/2015 at 1:28 PM

    Hi Rachel,
    I have been enjoying your site. I started trying project 333 last spring when we were away for a month. I have been dabbling ever since. I really stuck to it from Jan to March. Every morning was so easy with just a limited selection of clothes. My challenge was that at the end of a couple seasons the clothes are worn out. So far I have just thrown away the worn out clothes and found more in my closet. I am not a shopper and replacing clothes every season seems a chore. The spring was a challenge as I have weather like yours freezing/hot. I just found my box of summer clothes and was excited to try again with fresh items. I was never bored in one season but when winter clothes dragged into spring I was tired of the same outfits.
    Thanks for all you do,

    • Rachel on 05/22/2015 at 11:39 AM

      I’ve been thinking about this too Carol. I feel like we are so concerned about “getting deals” that it’s very challenging to find clothes that actually last. I need to research more on brands, fabrics, etc. Because I think our clothes should last several seasons.

    • Jessica on 06/13/2015 at 2:34 PM

      For me, it’s less about the quantity of items, and more about simplifying style. I like to have a few of one type of item, so I’m not doing laundry as often and items don’t wear out as quickly. For example, 4 pairs of jeans will last twice as long as 2 pair, and there are fewer half loads of laundry being run.

  2. Korey on 05/21/2015 at 3:18 PM

    I am glad to see this. I think sometimes when you live in a place with weather extremes it is a bit difficult. I recently decided I need a spring/summer wardrobe and then autum/winter. We are in Alaska and being from the South I have never had so much winter gear to wrangle! Lol. Even our time in Europe was very mild but the real problem lies in visiting family in the warmer months. We just end up buying “vacation” clothes. Anyway great list and great blog 🙂

  3. Erin on 05/21/2015 at 4:21 PM

    I think my wardrobe actually ended up being less that 33 items, but I went in for high tech fabrics like merino that are bacteria resistant, super warm in winter and cool in summer. We also get several seasons in a day where I live, so I needed the versatility anyway! (Still waiting for socks made out of spacesuit fabric that keeps your body exactly 37*C – body temperature – there are few day to day things I dislike more than sweaty feet!)

  4. Jill on 05/22/2015 at 12:59 PM

    I have been thinking about this for a while. Thanks for your insights into Courtney’s program. Like you, I don’t think of myself as having a lot of clothes, but I think the program would help me better coordinate the items that I do have.

  5. Cody Doll on 05/23/2015 at 9:55 AM

    That’s how it is in Florida. Only minus the snow and 30. It’s either 95+ on hot days with 50 the next. It’s crazy. Luckily I think we are hitting the “it-just-plain-hot” days. So what I did was keep my winter in a bin but still in my room while I was working through my new summer. Now as it’s warming, I can put away things.

  6. Jennifer on 06/11/2015 at 1:38 PM

    Yup, doing Project 333 myself. I’m struggling with the balance between my office dress code and casual wear. I don’t seem to have many items that serve both. And jewelry. Sheesh, I own a lot of jewelry.

    Narrowed the summer wardrobe to about 1/4 of my clothes, another 1/4 stored for winter, and the final 1/2 to donation (mostly “some day” clothes). There was so much more than I thought!

  7. Marie on 10/31/2015 at 8:09 PM

    You don’t wear any other pants except jeans ?
    Don’t you wear boots in the winter ?

    • Rachel on 11/02/2015 at 9:54 AM

      No, and no. 🙂

  8. Pam on 05/09/2016 at 1:08 PM

    I ordered the course. How does it come to me?

    • Rachel on 05/12/2016 at 11:46 AM

      Hi Pam, you should have been emailed information. If not, reply to any email you received from Courtney and let her know. You should also check your spam or junk mail folder, as sometimes the emails get sent there. Her contact info is at the bottom of this post:

  9. Mary Elizabeth Allen on 07/19/2017 at 5:51 PM

    I have 5 work skirts and 5 tops that go with all of them, plus 2 pairs of winter trousers, both of which go with all five tops. I have only black socks, so I don’t need to match. For colder weather I have a cardigan as well as a jacket, hat, scarf and 2 pairs of mittens. For weekends/dirty jobs I have an old skirt and 2 tee-shirts I got as promotions. Footwise, sneakers, winter boots, i pair sandals, one pair good shoes for work. Also knickers, 2 bras and a summer and winter nightdress and a pair of green fleece socks I wear in bed with it is cold, and a dressing-gown and a rain coat. Life is very easy this way.

  10. Melissa on 07/30/2017 at 5:33 PM

    I love the simplicity in minimalism and just getting rid of the extra stuff! Do you have a similar capsule wardrobe for children, specifically preschool children? I live in Canada, cold, cold winters and a very hot summer.

  11. Janet Loos on 09/12/2017 at 12:05 PM

    I would love to see a picture of what this might look like! I tend to be a visual learner and you’ve been so inspiring this far, but it would get me excited to see what this could look like.

    • Jess on 09/28/2017 at 7:31 AM

      Hi Janet! I’ve been living with a capsule wardrobe for years and have posted images of some of them on one hundred hangers wordpress blog. Hope it’s helpful.

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