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Summer Capsule Wardrobe Essentials For A Solid Season



Staring at a closet full of clothes but having no idea how to style them can leave you in a rut. But with a ready-made capsule wardrobe you can easily mix and match until the season is upon you. Quite over the top, but with a curated selection of interchangeable pieces you can maximize style with minimal effort. By paring it down to pieces that matter, you ensure that you pack light and let your clothes lift the heavy weight.

From chic sunglasses to the beautiful summer dress you bought last season, dust them off the closet, because now it’s time to prove them. To put together a formidable summer capsule wardrobe, you’ll need essentials like lightweight options and versatile pieces for multiple styling options and functionality. All this is possible with our 7-piece essential summer capsules that are both practical and comfortable.

Check out these 7 summer capsule wardrobe essentials for effortless slaying…

#1. The tight tank top

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Think of the tank top as the base layer of your summer uniform. Choose a high-quality cotton or linen tank top in neutral colors, such as white, black or navy blue. These go with everything from shorts and skirts to layering under a jacket. A slightly looser fit provides breathability, while a v-neck or crew neck flatters most body shapes. Want to add a touch of personality? Go for a tank top with a delicate stripe or a subtle pattern detail. Your best bet is to keep the design as simple as possible and spice things up with accessories.

#2. The always reliable shorts

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Denim shorts are a must-have for summer, but don’t limit yourself. Consider lightweight linen or cotton shorts in a neutral color for a breezy and effortless look. For a touch of elegance, try a skort in a floral print or solid color. This takes you from brunch to the beach with just a shoe swap.

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#3. The versatile white T-shirt

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The simple T-shirt transcends trends. Choose some in classic cuts such as crew neck and v-neck. Unlike the tanks, choose only white and cream colors for a simple base as this gives you room to maneuver shades. A crisp white T-shirt takes denim shorts to the next level, while a cream T-shirt becomes the basis for a dressy look with a skirt and sandals. Are you feeling adventurous? Play with a patterned T-shirt for a bit of fun.

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#4. Sandals/slippers for every step

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Summer is the season to show off your toes! A comfortable pair of flat sandals is therefore a must-have. Leather sandals provide a polished look, while gladiator options add a touch of edginess. Don’t forget a pair of slippers for the beach or pool. If you need a more versatile option, a neutral wedge sandal can take your night out outfit to the next level.

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#5. The denim jacket for chilly evenings

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Summer nights can be surprisingly cool. A denim jacket is your knight in shining armor, offering warmth and effortless style. Look for a garment that sits practically at the hip or waist. Plus, it should be easy to apply over anything in your capsule wardrobe. Wear it over a dress for a casual evening look, or combine it with jeans and a T-shirt for a relaxed atmosphere.

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#6. A hat to protect in style

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The sun is a summer constant, so protecting your head is necessary. A wide-brimmed straw hat is an essential in a summer capsule wardrobe because it combines style and functionality. It provides sun protection and instantly elevates any outfit, from a swimsuit to a casual dress.

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#7. A white bag every now and then

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A white canvas or straw tote bag is perfect for carrying essentials to the beach or while running errands, offering a lighthearted addition to your summer capsule wardrobe. For a more polished look, a crossbody bag keeps your belongings safe and adds a touch of sophistication. But on days when you want to pack light, you can do so with a mini quilt bag for structure and a put together delivery.

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Also choose:

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  • A cool swimsuit
  • A chic sundress
  • A flirty pleated skirt, oversized pants or sweatpants
  • A striped blouse
  • Trendy accessories such as elegant jewelry, baseball hats and scarves.

Bonus tip: The power of personalization

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Owning these summer capsule wardrobe essentials is a starting point. Don’t be afraid to personalize it! Do you like bright colors? Swap a neutral tank for a lively tank. Would you prefer a maxi dress over shorts? Go for it. The key is to choose pieces that you love and that flatter your figure. With these essentials in your closet you can create countless stylish outfits for a summer full of fun and confidence.

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