The Perfect Capsule Wardrobe for Summer

Summer Capsule Wardrobe

The more you get to know your style and what you feel comfortable in, the easier it is to identify those pieces that not only you reach out to over and over, but ground your whole closet. I’ve been loving diving into each season with a capsule wardrobe in mind. It really makes life less complicated and it also helps you make wiser decisions when it comes to purchasing new items, especially if the are trendy. This Summer Capsule Wardrobe perfectly exemplifies my style and my approach to Summer dressing, so if you dress on the modern/classic/minimalist side, I have a feeling you’ll enjoy it.

Morning routines, weekend dressing, vacation packing….nothing will make all these easier than having a great foundation of classic pieces that can effortlessly mix and match with one another. Above are 20 staple pieces that not only go well with one another but are versatile enough to provide you a number of different outfits without having to introduce new clothes into your Summer wardrobe. Think of it as the perfect Summer capsule to carry you over the warm months, providing endless outfit options and making dressing a whole lot easier. If I had to narrow down my whole closet to just 20 pieces for Summer, these would definitely be it.

Summer Wardrobe Capsule

TANK TOP | Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tank:

I like to think of the tank top as the Summer version of the classic white tee, you know, the one that you can’t live without because you can pair it with anything in your wardrobe.

DENIM SHORTS | J.Crew High-rise denim short in Brixton wash:

Just like your favourite pair of jeans, a classic pair of denim shorts is definitely a must piece for the warm months of Summer. You can easily dress them down for beach days or low-key weekends but also dress them up with a pair of wedges and a blazer.

WHITE SUMMER DRESS | J.Crew Eyelet maxi dress in cotton voile:

Just like the LBD, every woman needs an easy breezy white dress for Summer. This one from J.Crew looks absolutely stunning, and I also love this one from Aritzia (currently on sale), this one from Madewell and this budget option from Old Navy looks pretty great.

STRAPPY SANDALS | Steven Matas Ankle Strap Sandals:

There’s nothing like a good pair of flat sandals that you can wear with skirts, dresses, pants, jeans, and that you can comfortably walk in all day without any issues. Just like the strappy style, I also love this simple one (they run small just so you know, so I would recommend sizing up one whole size!) which in my opinion is a great style to own in many different heel heights.

STATEMENT EARRINGS | Madewell Linked Shapes Statement Earrings:

For those of us who like to keep things on the minimal side, adding a statement accessory is a great way to incorporate some flair into our outfits. These earrings are also a great and fun way to add a pop of colour.

WOVEN TOTE | Hat Attack Large Soft Wicker Weave Tote:

Chic, stylish and practical, a roomy woven tote is the perfect Summer accessory to carry around all your essentials (and not just to the beach!) and more.

THE CLASSIC BLACK BIKINI | J.Crew French Cross-Back Bikini Top and High Waisted Bikini Bottom:

Whether you’re partial to bikinis or one-pieces, one must have a classic and reliable black suit.

MIDI SKIRT | Madewell Tie Palisade Button-Front Midi Skirt in Chambray:

From casual to going out, a classic and versatile midi skirt in a lightweight fabric is an excellent option to have on hand. Dress it down with sneakers, wear it as a cover-up at the beach, or dress it up for date night with a beautiful top.

Fashion Summer Staples

STRIPED SHIRT | Madewell Central Shirt in Dalton Stripe:

What I love about short-sleeve shirts during the Summer is that they double-up as a chic cover-up for the pool or beach. Madewell’s central and courier shirts are my absolute fave and highly recommend them!

WHITE DENIM | Madewell 10″ High-Rise Skinny Jeans in Pure White: Step-Hem Edition:

While shopping for a good pair of white jeans that provide great fit AND coverage is not a simple task, you can’t deny that white denim is a fresh alternative for Summer dressing. If you feel a bit intimidated about a white pair of skinny jeans, try a wider or slouchier style instead (like these, these or these) as I find them more forgiving but equally chic!

EYELET TOP | Wilfred Monet Blouse:

Those of you who have been following me for a long time know that I absolutely love white eyelet tops for Summer, in fact, I live for them! Here’s a great round-up of some of my faves in case you need some new additions!

ESPADRILLES | Loeffler Randall Daisy Espadrille Platform Sandals:

There’s no doubt that espadrilles and Summer go hand in hand and whether you prefer the classic version, a sneaker, wedge, mule or sandal (these are super cute and just $22), trust me, this is one style of shoe you’ll be wearing on repeat!

BLAZER | Babaton Samuel Linen Blazer:

Blazers are the perfect polished piece that can finish and elevate any look and for the warmer months a linen version is a great option to consider.

WEDGES | Tory Burch Frieda 100mm Espadrilles:

One easy way to take your look from day to night is a change up of accessories and shoes, and wedges are the perfect Summer appropriate option to dress up any look, plus a neutral colour guarantees that they will pair with anything! Here’s a great pair I recently found.

SNEAKERS | J.Crew Saturday sneakers with leopard calf hair detail:

I absolutely love the sneaker trend happening right now as there are tons of amazing options in the market. Sneakers are great for those days you know you’ll be walking lots, plus, they provide a “cool” and “chic” vibe to any look. I got this pair some weeks ago and while I love them and have been wearing them non-stop lately, I have to admit that they were awful at the beginning. They took me probably 2-3 weeks to break in so just be aware of that. I rounded up some great finds here, but I’ve heard great things about these.

DENIM JACKET | Madewell The Oversized Jean Jacket in Wortham Wash:

I have mentioned many times that a good denim jacket is a classic wardrobe staple everyone needs and just recently shared some great options and what to look for when shopping for one (read the post here). I like its versatility and how is the perfect piece to take with you on planes, road-trips, throw on top a Summer dress, you name it.

CROSS-BODY BAG | Cuyana Saddle Bag:

A functional cross-body bag that can provide a hands-free experience during the Summer is definitely one essential accessory.

PANAMA HAT | Gap Panama Hat:

A modern and elegant boost to any look, not to mention the obvious much needed sun coverage that it provides.

WIDE-LEG PANTS | J.Crew Wide-leg crop pant in 365 crepe:

What I love the most about wide leg pants and jeans is that they are incredibly comfortable during the warm months when you definitely don’t want clothes sticking onto you, you know? You can easily wear these to the office or a special event and dress them down with a tank top and sneakers.

SUNGLASSES | Ray-Ban Metal Bridge Round Aviators:

Whether you invest in one good pair of sunnies to wear all year long or collect a few cheaper options to pair with your look and mood, it goes without saying that sunglasses are one of the season’s best accessories.