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Shop Your Closet This Summer

June 12, 2018
Shop Your Closet This Summer_ Tiny Ambitions

It’s (almost) officially summer! I’ve finally packed away my winter sweaters, swapped my boots for flats and have been enjoying some time in the sun.

In my past life as a shopaholic, the beginning of the summer season meant I got to spend many an afternoon shopping for the perfect floral dress, blister-inducing sandals, and a cute clutch to complete the outfit.

Those days are long behind me. Now, I love shopping my own closet. Even with the limited wardrobe that I have, there’s always a new way to combine pieces into something ‘new’. But, let’s be honest, I’m a very skilled (and shameless) outfit repeater.

So, since I’m halfway through my 365-day shopping ban, I thought I would share some summer pieces from my closet that I’ve been loving lately.

Disclaimer: you’ve seen some of these pieces before – in my workwear capsule wardrobe, and my carry-on wardrobe for my trip to St. Lucia and my week-long conference wardrobe. I wasn’t lying when I said I was a shameless outfit repeater.

Another disclaimer: this isn’t a strict workwear or leisure wardrobe. It’s a little bit of both.

To my summer wardrobe!

Shop Your Closet This Summer | Tiny Ambitions1) Blue Maxi Dress

I purchased this dress from MEC a couple of years ago now and it’s been my go-to leisure dress since then. It’s made of modal and organic cotton so it feels lovely on a hot summer day.

2) White T-Shirt

Ok. This is basic, I know. But I love this t-shirt (also from MEC). It’s made of organic cotton and a teeny bit of spandex, so it’s equally comfortable for work as it is for an 8 km hike through the Sleeping Giant.

3) Thai Pants

You’ve seen these pants before – I took them on vacation! If I could wear them to work, I would. I’ve worn them to the Farmer’s Market, out to dinner with family, grocery shopping and I’ve even done yoga in them. Pretty much anything that isn’t work. They’re from a Canadian company called Thai Pants Movement and if I wasn’t a minimalist, I’d probably own 20 pairs of them. They are the best. The end.

4) Navy and White Print Shift Dress

I’ve been reaching for this pre-loved Michael Kors dress since I packed away my wool pencil skirts. It’s one of my more recent Etsy finds from this store. It might be my favourite dress ever for one reason – it has pockets. Glorious, glorious pockets that come in super handy for my day job. Plus, it’s loose shift dress, which means I can wear it without feeling body conscious.

5) Brown Crochet Sweater

Yes, I am aware that I am a hippie. I can’t help it. Like my Thai Pants, I have yet to find a leisure outfit that this sweater doesn’t go with. The crochet makes it a perfect layer for summer days when it still gets a tad chilly in the evenings. Plus, this is the oldest piece on my summer wardrobe list – I’ve owned it for almost 8 years. That’s what I call a good return on investment.

6) Blue Pleated Dress Shorts

While I wouldn’t wear them to work, these rayon Lululemon shorts are perfect for hanging out on particularly hot days. They also happen to be the only pair of shorts I own that fit and are appropriate for public consumption (the rest are workout shorts).

7) Blush V-Neck T-Shirt

This t-shirt made an appearance in my workwear capsule wardrobe – and for good reason! I love the colour, and the material is a soft and stretchy cotton-spandex blend. It’s a great shirt for when I want to look a little more dressed up, but am too lazy to actually do that (which is often). The only problem is, I purchased it before Sears when out of business last year. So, if it ever gets damaged beyond repair, my hunt for the perfect t-shirt will have to start again!

8) Indigo 3/4 Length Jeans

These jeans are from Second Denim (aka Yoga Jeans). They are made in Montreal, and, as the name suggests, are stretchy enough to do yoga in them. Let’s just say, I’ve put that to the test myself. Unlike normal ‘jeggings’ (are those still a thing?), they have back pockets, a normal waistband with belt loops and a zip front. I love the 3/4 length when it’s hot out and pulling my on full-length skinny jeans seems like the worst idea in the world.

9) Blue V-Neck Dress

Another blue dress? I know, apparently, I have a thing for blues this year. This dress is from a Canadian company, Fig. Their products are made in Canada and this dress, in particular, was made from organic cotton. It’s been my other go-to work dress now that the temperature is rising. It’s a very classic colour in a classic silhouette. If I ever ruin it in the wash, I might cry.

10) Brown Casual Sandals

These knock-off Birks have last me a number of years and I hope I have at least a few more left in them! These, plus my Thai Pants and crochet sweater and I’m ready to relax!

11) Brown Dress Sandals

These also came on my trip to St. Lucia! You may remember that I scored from second-hand for $7 – quite the find in my opinion. I’ve been wearing them to work when my feet want a break from my full(er) coverage flats.

What’s missing?

If I had the option, I’d love to add a solid, pre-loved pair of denim shorts to my summer wardrobe. I haven’t owned a pair that fit properly for a number of years now and I feel they would really round out my other summer pieces. They’d be the casual opposite of my dressy navy blue shorts – a capsule wardrobe is all about balance! But, I know I can live without them for the foreseeable future. I have more than enough in my closet to keep my summer wardrobe interesting!

What will you be reaching for all summer long? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Gunel June 27, 2018 at 11:50 am

    I’ve only just finished decluttering my wardrobe as well. This is a great piece. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Britt June 27, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks, Gunel! Congrats on decluttering your wardrobe – it’s just an amazing feeling isn’t it?!

  • kim hainsworth June 21, 2018 at 1:48 am

    what are your suggestions for a males wardrobe. New to all this but I am so enjoying reading all the different contributors ideas. I have just finished doing the marie kondo through my wardrobe.

    • Britt June 21, 2018 at 7:07 am

      Hi Kim! I think the same process can apply for male wardrobes. Its just about finding the pieces in your closet that you love wearing and them!

  • Ruby June 20, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Love your easy re-peat wardrobe. If you’re looking for a second pair of really comfy shorts with lots of pockets, look for Columbia brand. I always find them at my local thrift stores. Casual and comfy!

    • Britt June 20, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Thanks, Ruby! I’ll keep my eyes out for them. I’ve always heard good things about Columbia.

  • marda keith June 16, 2018 at 9:13 am

    I thought that I didn’t need anything added to my rather small wardrobe but have since bought a nice striped cotton blouse. One simple reason: I was advised to wear something that buttoned in front to the surgical center for a minor procedure on an eyelid. Since I would be wearing it all this summer and probably many more, I carefully chose something that would go with multiple skirts and pants that I already own. I consider it a “fill-in” item now.

    • Britt June 16, 2018 at 9:58 am

      Thanks for sharing, Marda. Our wardrobes should be flexible and adaptable to our lives, there’s no use sticking to an arbitrary number of items if it doesn’t actually fit our lives. Good luck with your surgery!

  • Erin | Reaching for FI June 15, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    I LOVE switching over my wardrobe because it’s like I just went shopping and got all these new clothes, except that they’re already mine!

    I bought (nope, they’re not pre-loved, oops) a pair of jeans shorts last summer and they almost immediately became my go-tos because I love them so much, which I sincerely wasn’t expecting haha. But they’re so versatile so definitely support you adding them into your wardrobe if you can find a pair you love.

    I LOVE the color of your second dress, but the first dress wins out because dresses with pockets are automatically the best!

    • Britt June 15, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      It’s such a good feeling, isn’t it?! It’s like a whole new wardrobe you forgot you had.

      I’m seriously considering cutting some old jeans into shorts. Time to roll up my DIY sleeves!

      I’m fairly certain it’s written in the fashion Bible that pockets automatically win. Like, that’s just a fact haha

  • Tread Lightly, Retire Early June 13, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    This is something I stumbled upon on accident because I just wanted more room in my closet. Now opening up my tote of clothes I’d packed away for the season makes it feel like I’ve gotten a whole new wardrobe (or at least, 15 months into a clothing shopping ban, it feels like it).

    • Britt June 13, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      That’s awesome! I love that ‘new clothes from the back of the closet’. It’s like going shopping but not actually having to do any of the work.

  • theluxestrategist June 12, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Hear, hear–fellow outfit repeater in the house! I’m much more of a fall/winter gal, so I find myself lacking clothes in the summer. Like, I don’t even need any sandals since I never think it gets hot enough to need them.

    Denim shorts are a summer must for me! You can get a cheap pair from a thrift store and maybe cut a pair yourself?

    • Britt June 12, 2018 at 7:10 pm

      Haha thanks, Luxe! I don’t think I would survive if I couldn’t wear the same outfits all the time. I love them, that’s why I keep re-wearing them!

      I’m considering cutting an old pair of black Levi’s into shorts. I haven’t committed yet because it seems like something I could easily mess up haha

      • Linda Sand June 13, 2018 at 12:43 am

        My tip for you: cut them longer than you think you’ll want them. Hemming takes more fabric in jeans than I thought it would. If not hemmed, they will unravel faster than you think they will. Also pay attention to the length of the pockets when deciding how long you want the shorts to be. (I had to cut and sew the bottoms of pockets then nothing would stay in them.)

        • Britt June 13, 2018 at 6:50 am

          Thank you so much for your tips, Linda!! I might have to try it out!

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