Summer Wardrobe Inspiration

Like most Capetonians, I’m feeling ready for summer (although more rain is very welcome)! I wasn’t too keen about it until recently, when the weather gave us a little preview of balmy evenings and 30 degreee days. With the warmer weather I had to swap in my summer clothing, but it just hasn’t been as exciting to get dressed in the morning as it usually is. Most of my clothing is office ready and whilst they aren’t very formal, the fabrics just don’t scream summer.

I also feel like I have fallen victim to making too many purchases based on sensibility (affordable items that meet my needs, but aren’t necessarily things I’d include in my dream wardrobe).


So I thought I’d run you through the process I’m implementing to get me out of my wardrobe funk. I first took to my Pinterest board to try and see what captures my eye and would make me feel more summer-ready.

I saved all of the above images and a clear narrative quickly emerged:

  • Black and white with touches of denim and woven accessories
  • Eyelet, lace and broiderie anglaise
  • Fitted dresses that hit below the knee with some form of detail – off shoulder, wrap or long with statement sleeves
  • Accessories – A lighter bag (possibly woven), boater hats and natural leather strap shoes

Since my wardrobe is functioning, I don’t want to add to much to it and I also won’t be getting rid of anything that I still wear. Therefore the next thing I did was try to see how many of the looks in the images above I could recreate with my existing wardrobe. This has helped me discover a few gaps (like my shoes department), but also realise that I can easily recreate some of these with existing pieces in my wardrobe.

I’ve made a list of what I can add and have chosen the following:

  • A broderie anglaise top/dress in either black or white
  • Slouchy v-neck tee in black, white and/or stripes
  • A fitted dress that leans more casual and has some kind of feature (wrap, off shoulder or puffy sleeves)
  • Basic strap leather shoes in gold, nude or natural leather (flats & low wedge)
  • A lighter or woven bag and a boater hat

The list might seem a little extensive, especially considering the fact that I never wake up with literally nothing to wear, but it just serves a guideline. I most likely won’t purchase everything on my list as I don’t need to, but adding two or three things from the list will certainly help me get out of my wardrobe funk and having the list will keep me focused and prevent any off-list purchases.

Below are a few items I’m considering. Some are unfortunately out of budget for me, but they might be worth the splurge for you!

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