main-dressIt’s no secret that I love clothes and fashion. My boss jokes with me that she has never seen me in the same outfit twice. It’s of course not entirely true but I do love to mix and match my clothes, styling new looks. The problem is I’m a bit of a hoarder… I own a lot of clothes and I don’t like to part with them incase they are the perfect item to combine in an outfit one day.

There are pros and cons to this. The great thing about being a hoarder of clothes is you always have lots to choose from, you can spend hours deliberating over what to wear with what. The bad thing is you always have lots to choose and spend ages deliberating over what to wear with what.!! Especially if like me, you really don’t have the time for it! The other downside is you have no space to store your bulging collection of oufits.

This summer I’m really, really wanting to simplify my life. One aspect of this is a capsule wardrobe. I’m inspired by friends who have one wardrobe (I have 3!) and probably a much easier time choosing what they want to wear. They keep it current, no resurrection of dresses from 2 years ago – they are long gone!

I’ve been looking into the option of a summer capsule wardrobe. The question is can I get by with just 5 staple dresses? Browsing summer dresses with Lyst I think the answer is yes, obviously  I’ll need a dress for each possible occasion so here goes…

One for dress down days. A comfy, every day dress that is suitable for lots of activities like lunch out, shopping and taking the little ones to the park. This denim supply Ralph Lauren dress £80 ticks all the boxes and looks like a lovely comfy dress to chill out in. Perfect teamed with tan leather sandals.


One for business. I’m currently exploring lots of exciting blogging opportunities so need a smart outfit that makes an impression. I’m thinking stylish, creative, professional? I love all the dresses by the amazing Olivia Rubin for a making a creative, fun statement.


One for romantic nights out with my man. Well a girl can dream can’t she? With two little ones we don’t get out for date night very often but I need an option just in case. I absolutely love this blush coloured off-the-shoulder crochet lace dress by Free People £250, so pretty and romantic and appeals to my wild child soul.



One for holiday. Ok who am I kidding I definitely need more than 1 dress for holidays… and here in lies the dilemma. A capsule wardrobe is great in theory but when I’m packing for holiday I want lots of lovely dresses to choose from! This gorgeous multicolour Tulum smock dress by Free People £148 is perfect for beach lounging, feeling happy and chilled in the sun.


One for special occasions. It’s wedding season so I’ll need a lovely dress to wear for best. I love the elegance of this beautiful floral prom style dress by ASOS £95 it would make a perfect summer wedding outfit teamed with some cute bright heels and a bright little clutch bag.


What do you think of my choices? A really good variety of dresses right? The thing I love about dresses is they are a ready made outfit, you can just pop it on, choose some cute sandals or heels to go with, some jewellery to accessorise and you are done!

So tell me do you have a capsule wardrobe or are you like me, a bit of a collector of dresses?