The color matching is free at Sephora and you shouldn't feel obligated to buy anything. (The clerks there do not get commission, so it really doesn't matter.) The hold a little scanner thing (made by Pantone - similar to waht Home Depot would use to match paint colors) to your skin in a few spots to get a reading. It takes just a couple minutes. Then you get a code that tells you your skin color/tone/undertone/whatever.
Now this sounds cool. I will remember this for next summer when I buy some foundation for my sister's wedding.
I thought I'd give a little update on what's in my summer capsule and how it's been working out for me over the past 3? or so weeks that I've been wearing it. Oh and I made about $176 selling some stuff on Poshmark. Sweet! I'm still waiting to find out what I made on ThredUp.
Tops (13): white v-neck, gray v-neck, light blue v-neck, light blue crochet sleeve tee, peach lace sleeve top, light pink tuxedo tank, light denim sleeveless button up*, dark pink scoop tank, flowy light gray tank*, white racerback, white tank*, black tank*, blue tank
Bottoms (7): white denim cuttoffs, tan shorts, dark gray shorts, denim roll-up shorts, black maxi skirt, cropped denim jeans, skinny jeans
Dresses (3): navy cotton dress, coral tank dress, coral lace dress
Jackets (1): light gray crop swing jacket
Shoes (4): 2 pairs of flip flops, black sandals, light gray sneakers*
* indicate items that I bought new
I'm loving wearing things that I like, that fit me well, and that have flattering colors. It makes getting dressed easier because I have a small amount of choices, but still enough variety in tops that I can mix it up (and let's be honest, a large enough number to make it if I don't get laundry done after 1 week). I am also happy with having bought only 5 new items, which will transition into my fall capsule. I'm enjoying how some of my pieces can be put together to give me a more put together, dressed up casual outfit. My husband and a few friends have complimented me on them. I like that when I look in my closet I don't see a bunch of pants, long sleeves and sweaters which I cannot wear right now. I never realized how distracting those were before.
I have learned a few things that aren't working and are missing too. My black tank feels too hot in the sun and I don't want to wear it until the other shirts have been worn. I wish I had a pair of brown leather sandals because sometimes flip flops feel too casual and my black sandals look too dressy. I have yet to wear my skinny jeans all summer (before I started this capsule project even, yet I still added them in), but they may come in handy in late September as my summer capsule comes to and end. When I get cold, sometimes my gray jacket isn't enough with it's cropped sleeves and body. I'm tempted to dig out a fleece sweatshirt from storage, but I know those will be too hot and make me sweaty (which is why they got put away in the first place). I'm thinking next spring maybe I'll get a denim jacket, which I can use spring and summer when I get chilly. Finally, I have only worn my white shorts once. I'm finding sometimes I don't want to deal with the shortness or risking getting them dirty.
It's interesting to me what I've learned so far. I've been taking notes so that I know what to change next summer. The only downside is that I'm still tempted to shop online. I'm on a clothing shopping freeze until it's time to start my fall capsule (which I'll aim to fill my closet with clothes I own that are in the storage boxes first), but I find myself wanting to look anyway.