Summer Capsule Wardrobe

When it comes to your closet, having a capsule wardrobe is so useful when you want to save time deciding what to wear. A capsule wardrobe can give you an endless list of outfits that you can wear all summer long. If you’re looking to build your summer wardrobe, then I want to help by sharing my summer capsule collection in the hopes it inspires you for the summer months to come. If you enjoy this exclusive content, sign up for my newsletter for more outfit ideas straight to your inbox.

Summer Capsule Wardrobe

As we welcome the warm weather, I can’t help but think of my favorite summer wardrobe items. To me, the key to effortless summer style is all about incorporating capsule items that are timeless yet functional. Here is a breakdown by category of my favorite capsule wardrobe pieces for summer.

50 Summer Capsule Wardrobe Outfits Ideas

Summer Capsule Wardrobe 2024

If you are looking for more capsule wardrobe ideas, here are my previous ones.

Black Linen Crop | White Linen Crop | Black Tank | White Tee | Knit Tank | Button Down | S/S Knit | Linen Blazer | White Shift Dress | Knit Dress | Flowy Dress | White Midi Dress | White Jeans | Trousers | Pant Set Vest | Pant Set Trousers | Raffia Summer Hat | Straw Summer Hat | Baseball Cap | Denim Shorts | Black Trouser Shorts | Timeless Swimsuit | Matching Set Shorts | Matching Set Top | Tennis Dress | Active Set Top | Active Set Bottoms | Clutch | Crossbody | Tote | Pearlescent Sunglasses | Domino Sunglasses | Tan Belt | Black Sandal | White Sandal | White Heeled Sandals | Sneaker | Pool Slide

2023 Summer Capsule Wardrobe

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White Tank | Black Tank | Linen Blouse | Short Sleeve Sweater | Striped Button Down | White Blouse | Linen Blazer | Black One Piece Swimsuit | White Coverup | Shirt Dress | Black Midi Dress | Floral Maxi Dress | White Maxi Dress | Matching Set | Sporty Lightweight Sweater | Active Skirt | Denim Shorts | Linen Shorts | Belted Shorts | Mini Skirt | White Jeans | Linen Trousers | Summer Straw Fedora | Baseball Cap | Crossbody Bag | Tote Bag | Black Sandal | White Sandal | Tan Heeled Sandal | White Sneaker | Pool Rubber Slide | Black Sunglasses | Tortoise Shell Sunglasses

1. The most important part of creating a capsule wardrobe is building a base of high-quality basics to create an effortless summer style.

I focus on quality classic pieces that I will wear for years to come. For summer, focus on high-quality tank tops, linen pants, linen shirts, and anything else that says summer style.

2. Choose a color palette for your summer wardrobes.

I always stick to more neutral-colored outfits, but if you love color, add in more subdued blues or pinks that are still classic but match your personal style. A black tank is like an LBD…it never goes out of style.

3. Every wardrobe deserves some pops of color.

Just do not go overboard and choose those wisely, because most of these pieces will be more trendy and will go out of style more quickly. For pieces like this, I grab them at H&M, Mango, Zara as well as my favorite under $100 brands from Shopbop and Nordstrom.

4. Plan Your Outfits

Planning is everything in life and that includes your wardrobe. When you feel more organized everything falls into place.

I hope you enjoyed this summer capsule wardrobe. It’s a combination of a minimalist approach with some feminine and edgy details. If you’d like more outfit ideas with these pieces leave a comment below and I will expand on this blog post more and give you more exclusive content!

Let’s elevate our summer style with chic and timeless wardrobe pieces.

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2022 Summer Capsule Wardrobe

summer capsule wardrobe

Skims Bodysuit / Agolde Parker Jean Shorts / Valentino Studded Sandals / White Tee / Jean Jacket / Tan Beach Sweater / Love Shack Fancy Skirt / White Blazer / White Eyelet Blouse / Blue Denim Jeans / Tan Dress / Golden Goose Sneakers / Zimmerman Floral Dress (cut out version) / Bone Braided Sandals / Stuad White Dress / Nude Braided Sandals (another great option under $100) / Black Knit Dress / Gucci Rubber Slides / Amazon Black Sunglasses / Krewe Tan Sunglasses / YSL Clutch / Shein Black One piece or Beach Riot Belted Bikini / Saint Laurent tote / Lack of Color Hat / All Saints Slides / Hunza G White One Piece/

 

Swimwear

When it comes to swimwear, a belted one-piece is a must for me. I always do cream and black. This year I opted for a muted floral bikini for a pop and it was the perfect addition to my summer capsule wardrobe. For a coverup, I wear my jean shorts or skirts, or even layer one of my dresses. If you want a coverup, my favorite sarong from Amazon is for $18 and my favorite coverup is this one!

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Black One Piece Swimsuit / Black Cover-up (also comes in white) / Lack of Color Fedora / (visor option) Snakeskin Sandals / Woven Bag / Hunza G One Piece Swimsuit / Pearl Slides / Tan Python Freedom Moses Slides / Tan Dot Bikini

Shoes

Shoes can be my weakness for a capsule wardrobe. Everyone has a weakness, right? Again, like the dresses, I opt for a neutral assortment (any color) in these capsule wardrobe pieces for summer seasons.

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Rayban Sunglasses / YSL Clutch / Amazon Black Celine Dupes / Gucci Rubber Slides / Saint Laurent Tote / another tote / TAN braided Sandal / (another option under $100) / Golden Goose Sneakers / Studded Brown Sandals (also comes in black and cream) / Cream Braided Heel

Tops / Summer Layering

One of my go-to pieces is a classic white button-up shirt, which is both versatile and chic. In anticipation of summer 2024, I suggest investing in quality tops that can be dressed up or down for any occasion. When it comes to summer layering, less is definitely more. Opt for lightweight fabrics and breathable materials that will keep you cool and comfortable even on the hottest days. Remember to keep your color palette simple and clean – nothing speaks to timeless elegance quite like monochromatic pieces.

Tops and Outerwear

Bodysuits

I can’t get enough of the bodysuits for summer and the Skims bodysuit has the most amazing color palette for every skin type. The # of outfit ideas with this bodysuit is endless and can be mixed and matched in various ways. It would be beautiful with a silk skirt as well!

Eyelet Top

A feminine top is always in every capsule wardrobe I create and this square neck puff sleeve will take you into fall as well as for spring. It’s the perfect short sleeve feminine piece in your capsule wardrobe. If you want something more classic, opt for a short sleeve button-down shirt as it is timeless as well.

Lightweight Sweater

If you are like me and always cold while traveling or inside, a long-sleeve lightweight sweater is a must and the perfect piece for your summer capsule. Plus, it’s easily mixed and matched throughout the entire year!

Blazers

A blazer is another must-have piece throughout the entire year. If you check my Instagram, you can see that I often style it with biker shorts. For workwear, it’s the perfect long sleeve summer layer for your business meetings or styled with jeans for a casual Friday. My favorite Amazon Blazer is this one. It comes in black, white, and tan.

Denim Jacket

Perfect for travel or layering over your shoulder for your summer outfit on a chilly night. I always have to have long sleeves on the plane!

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Skims Bodysuit / White Tee / Similar Lightweight Sweater / White Blazer / Amazon Version / Denim Jacket / Farm Rio White Eyelet Blouse

Dresses

Dresses are my all-time favorite pieces in my summer capsule wardrobe. From a mini dress to a maxi dress, these are must-haves in your capsule wardrobe. The right dresses will work for dressier occasions as well as casual looks with white sneakers. Whichever color you choose, these are the types of dresses your need in your closet for summer:

summer dresses

Square Neck White Dress / Black Knit Dress / Floral Dress / White Floral Dress (love this option) (option under $100 / Tan Maxi Dress

Bottoms: Skirts / Shorts / Pants

I live in my jean shorts for summer. If I had to pick one investment piece, the AGOLDE jeans shorts would be it.

A great skirt is a must for summer. I love styling it with bodysuits and casual sandals or sneakers. I’ll also sometimes wear it over my black one-piece to cover my bum.

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Agolde Parker Jean Short / Levi’s 501 Black Denim Short / Love Shack Fancy White Skirt / Agolde Riley Blue Jean / AGolde White Jeans / White Linen Shorts / Paperbag Linen Shorts (option under $50)

Bags

My bag mood changes drastically in the summer. For my summer capsule wardrobe, I want there to be a bag. A summer tote and something I can have that’s summer-y for a date or girls’ night. The tote to carry all my beach or pool accessories as well as a little woven # for date night. But no matter what season I always have my YSL wallet so it makes transferring things over quickly.

Accessories

I typically keep my accessories simple during the summer seasons, especially when it comes to jewelry. Minimal is key. However, the one thing I can’t go without is my summer hat. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites including this one cap from Amazon. It’s woven and the perfect addition to your summer capsule.

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