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How to build a seasonless capsule wardrobe for a warm climate.

Some of you guys live in countries or parts of the world, where you don’t really have 4 different seasons like we have in for example Scandinavia. That doesn’t mean you can’t have success with a capsule wardrobe though. You just need to think a bit alternatively when it comes to seasons since you don’t really have any – not as we do in Denmark anyway, where the temperatures go from freezing to hot during the year. Today I want to share a few tips to structuring your wardrobe if you live in (or are maybe moving to) a climate where it’s warm all through the year, but you still want to follow the regular frames for a capsule wardrobe. The cool things about a such is that you get lots of joy out of your wardrobe, an everything can easily be mixed and matched. You can get a quick overview of how my wardrobe is build right HERE and to refresh your memory of how and why you want to build a capsule wardrobe, you can read my guide right HERE.

Noge af jer som følger mig bor i lande eller områder i verden, hvor man ikke har 4 sæsoner i løbet af året som vi fx har i Skandinavien. Det betyder i min optik dog ikke, at man ikke kan have succes med en capsule wardrobe. Man skal blot tænke lidt anderledes i forhold til sæsonerne, eftersom man jo ikke rigtig har nogen – ihvertfald ikke med så store udsving som vi har i Danmark. Derfor vil jeg i dag dele et par tips til, at gribe garderobe opbygningen op hvis du bor i (eller måske skal flytte til) et varmere klima, men stadig godt kunne tænke dig at have rammerne for en capsule wardrobe. Det fantastiske ved sådan en er jo, at man får mere fornøjelse ud af sin garderobe og man sikrer sig at alting let kan sammensættes på kryds og tværs. Du kan evt. få et hurtigt overblik over hvordan min garderobe er bygget op lige HER og få opfrisket hvordan og hvorfor det nu lige er man bygger en capsule HER.

Get your basics sorted

Just like with the regular season-based capsule, I think it makes perfect sense to start out with your style canvas – your basic wardrobe. My basic wardrobe is 80% of my entire everyday wardrobe and then the last 20% are season based. So roughly it’s also only these 20% I change from season to season. I would work around the structure almost as I would with the 4-season capsule wardrobe, even if I lived somewhere hot (or cold). Instead of the many jeans, jumpers and woolcoats though I would find other items to substitute and fit better with the weather. So instead of lots of jeans I’d be focusing on items like skirts and shorts – a denim skirt for example, looks just as cool with a tee and a blazer as a normal pair of jeans do. Besides that I’d also go for materials like lightweight cotton and linen which are both super airy and breathable in hot climates. Above you’ll see an example of how I’d build my all-year basic wardrobe if I where living somewhere with a warm climate all through the year. Of course I have to mention I don’t have real experience with this, but this is how I’d work around it and I hope it makes sense – you can always adjust it to fit your own situation. The important thing is to think quality over quantity (as always), and that you go for timeless items that can be combined all together.

Ligesom med den almindelige sæson-baserede capsule, så synes jeg det giver god mening at starte med dit kanvas – altså din basis garderobe. Min basis garderobe udgør ca. 80% af min hverdagsgarderobe, og de resterende 20% er så sæson-baseret. Det er ligeledes kun disse 20% jeg reelt set piller ved fra sæson til sæson. Jeg ville faktisk gribe opbygningen helt an som jeg plejer, selv hvis jeg boede i et varmt (eller koldt for den sags skyld) klima. I stedet for mine mange bukser, jeans, trøjer og uldfrakker ville jeg i stedet fokusere på andre lignende elementer, som passer til det pågældende klima. Så i stedet for en helt masse jeans ville jeg i stedet fokusere på forskellige shorts og nederdele – fx en denim nederdel, der ser mindst ligeså cool ud med en t-shirt og blazer som et par jeans. Udover det ville jeg også gå efter kortærmede skjorter, toppe og kjoler og gerne i lette materialer som bomuld og hør, der køler og er dejligt luftigt om sommeren. Ovenfor ser i et eksempel på, hvordan jeg ville bygge min helårs garderobe op, hvis jeg boede i et varmere klima uden deciderede sæsoner. Det skal lige siges at jeg selvfølgelig ikke har en reel erfaring med at bo i et sådant klima, men jeg håber i fanger essensen af det – du kan altid tilpasse det, så det passer lidt bedre til din situation. Vigtigst af alt er (som sædvanligt), at du tænker kvalitet frem for kvantitet og ikke mindst går efter tidløse items du kan kombinere på kryds og tværs.

 

Moods instead of seasons

When you are operating within the season-based capsule like I do, you’ll change things up every 3 months so that everything fits your mood and the temperatures the coming season. But when you live somewhere where the temperatures don’t change that much, I would focus more on the mood for the coming season and build my capsule based upon that only (more or less). Above I’ve made 2 examples of different mood you could have through the year, and both these moods or style directions is something I’ve personally loved for years and that I will keep loving for years to come as well. Again it’s important to go for items that are somewhat timeless for you so you keep the amount of new purchases on a minimum. I’ve build one mood that is based upon a very scandi chic, light and netural universe with a touch of light blue. It’s highly inspired by THIS Pinterest board by the way. The other capsule is inspired by one of my favourite style icons: Anine Bing. I called it “boho/edgy chic” and again this is a style direction that speaks right to my heart, that I have been loving for years. The two capsules are great each on their own but could also be combined with each other somehow if you feel like doing that for a season. The overviews above are build via the Cladwell wardrobe app, which I’ve written a post about HERE.

It’s up to you how often you want to change your “moods”. You can do it every 3 months like in a regular 4-season-based capsule or maybe just every 6 months. No matter what I feel like you still get that capsule wardrobe feeling, and there’s still plenty of opportunities to shop your own wardrobe through the year even though you don’t really have seasons with a big difference in temperature. If you want to get additional thoughts and more style inspo you should check out my video below. Be aware that because the above shown item are from a library I don’t know where they are from, but I’ve found alternative options, and as always done my best to find the sustainable ones. In the video you’ll also find a full overview of how my basic wardrobe might look if I where living in a warm climate.

Når man kører efter en sæson-baseret capsule som jeg, så ændrer man sæson-delen af sin garderobe hver 3 måned, så det hele tiden passer til ikke kun dit humør men også vejret og temperaturerne i den kommende sæson. Men når man bor i et klima hvor temperaturerne ikke skifter som sådan, så kan man i stedet nøjes med, at opbygge denne del af garderoben efter humør/en bestemt stil. Ovenfor har jeg lavet 2 eksempler på sommer stilarter jeg selv elsker, og iøvrigt har været vild med i mange år. Igen er det vigtigt at gå efter items som er tidløse for dig, sådan at du kan holde antallet af nye køb på et minimum. Jeg har opbygget en capsule der er inspireret af et let og skandinavisk univers i fine, neutrale farver krydret med lidt lyseblå. Den er iøvrigt inspireret rigtig meget af DENNE opslagstavle på pinterest. Den anden capsule er inspireret af ét af mine favorit stil ikoner: Anine Bing. Jeg kalder den “boho/edgy chic” og igen er dette en stilart der taler lige til mit hjerte, som jeg har været vil med i mange år. De to capsules er skønne hver for sig men man kan også sagtens mikse elementer fra de to en sæson, hvis man nu får lyst til dét. Oversigterne ovenfor er iøvrigt lavet via Cladwell’s garderobe opbygningsapp, som jeg har skrevet mere om lige HER. Vær opmærksom på at fordi de enkelte styles er valgt fra et bibliotek, så har jeg været nødt til at finde lignende i oversigten ovenfor – har selvfølgelig gjort mit bedste for, at finde bæredygtige alternativer.

Det er også op til dig selv, hvor ofte du vil ændre dine “moods”. Om du gør det hver 3. måned som i en almindelig sæson-baseret capsule eller måske bare hvert halve år er op til dig selv. Ihvertfald synes jeg man bevarer en god portion af capsule wardrobe konceptet og der er rig mulighed for, at shoppe sin egen garderobe på denne måde! Se evt. min video nedenfor hvis du kunne tænke dig lidt mere forklaring og endnu mere stilinspiration. I videoen er der iøvrigt også en samlet oversigt over hvordan min basis garderobe kunne se ud, hvis jeg boede i et varmt klima.

 

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  • Natatafalie
    5. October 2018

    One thing to add about single-climate capsules is that items tend to wear out faster, due to a few reasons:
    – items are washed more frequently because of heat / sweat / tropical rain / dust / whatever
    – light-weave natural fabrics may be less durable or prone to sunlight fading
    – difficult to maintain pale colours without stains (sweat, dust, etc) as more forgiving dark colours can be too hot to wear regularly

    Please don’t think I’m being too negative – I love the idea of capsules in any climate, but a one-season capsule is not easy!

    • signeh24
      > Natatafalie
      5. October 2018

      Hi! I see your point but I think you misunderstood the concept – it’s not seasonless like that. You just build the capsules based upon moods, so eventually you still switch things up and keep your clothes in rotation (and therefore give certain pieces a break through the year) just like with a normal capsule. :-* But thanks for your inputs, you certainly pointed out some good important things! xx

  • annie
    5. October 2018

    i completely with Natatafalie. it takes a LOT of effort to maintain a wardrobe in countries with humid and tropical weather.

    dust and sweats are the biggest enemies.

    but i love signe’s idea on how she would work things up. i love the espadrilles and straw bags and the floral maxi skirts.

    most people living in humid climates only wear shorts and shirts the whole year. its nice to add more in the mix.

    thanks for this lovely post.

    • signeh24
      > annie
      5. October 2018

      Thanks Annie! I understand that I don’t have the experience at all, so it’s nice to get some more inputs from you! xx

  • Sandra
    10. October 2018

    I’m one of those people that live in a place where we don’t have the “normal” 4 seasons (how I miss that hahah). So, thanks for this post and suggestions!

  • ktex
    29. November 2018

    I duplicate exact items so I can wear something I love throughout the year in a mostly warm climate – it keeps me from having to shop again if I buy for example a linen tee and duplicate it, then when one wears out quickly, I have a backup. It also helps with laundry bottlenecks – if one is dirty, I have the other duplicate. This works esp. well for basics or favorites of mine.

  • Jojo
    13. May 2019

    I live in Florida. Yes it is very humid very hot. I also buy duplicates of shirts that I like Because you can wear something one time and have it ruined by sweat. I like the idea of having four different “mini “capsules for the year , even though the weather stays the same.

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