Last Updated on July 18, 2021 by Shevy

What Is A Summer Capsule Wardrobe?

A summer capsule wardrobe is made up of cute casual outfits that you love to wear all summer long. It consists of essential summer outfits and accessories that does not go out of style such as basic tees, shorts sandals and sundresses.

Building a summer capsule wardrobe for summer is a lot easier than most people think.

Your main goal should be finding the clothing items that can be easily mixed and matched to make cute outfits, and most importantly, can be worn on repeat.

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For each season, you can have a capsule wardrobe which is like a subset of your actual closet.

The main purpose of having a summer capsule wardrobe is not having to stress over what to wear.

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What Are The Benefits Of Having A Capsule Wardrobe For Summer?

  • No time is wasted on picking and choosing outfits
  • It’s much easier to remember what clothing items you have and put them to use
  • You save money by only buying the essentials
  • They are statement and timeless pieces which means they can be used repeatedly
  • You can actually enjoy dressing in the clothes you love
  • No stressing over latest trends and trying to keep up

 How Do You Build A Summer Capsule Wardrobe?

To build a summer capsule wardrobe you are going to need a mixture of clothing and accessories that you like and would want to wear all summer long. So the first thing you would need to do is to make a list of what you need and the color scheme of choice for your capsule wardrobe. Once that is done, you will need to source the items online or in store from your preferred retailer.

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Where To Shop For Cute Casual Outfits For Summer:

  • Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Amazon
  • Boohoo
  • Forever 21
  • & Other Stories
  • Urban Outfitters

What You Need To Build A Summer Capsule Wardrobe – 2021 Outfit Ideas

To build your summer capsule wardrobe you will need the following essential clothing items:

  • Basic Tees
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Blouses
  • Graphic Tees
  • Dresses
  • Jumpsuits
  • Denim Jackets

Essential Accessories You Need To Build Your Summer Capsule Wardrobe

  • Straw bags
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Belts
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals
  • Birkenstocks
  • Espradilles
  • Mules

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Now that you’ve made a list of items that you need and have identified your favorite retailers, its time to get starting with putting together and creating your capsule wardrobe for summer. I’m going to itemize all the essentials but you can choose which ones to include. So let’s get started!

Summer Capsule Wardrobe Opt In 2021

Classic T-Shirt

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Having a couple of basic t-shirts incorporated into your wardrobe can come in handy on days when you don’t feel like getting dressed up. They don’t necessarily have to be in white.

Try adding some colours like pink, blue, taupe, gray, yellow, striped or even a fun graphic tee. Classic tees can be paired with jeans, skirts and shorts to make some of the best casual summer outfits.

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Satin Camisole

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Spice things up a cowl neck style satin camisole top with crisscross back straps. Pairs nicely with shorts, a mini skirt or long denim jeans depending on your mood.

This camisole can be worn on its own for a more casual look. Or under an oversized shirt or lightweight cardigan for an evening out.

Striped Tee

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No matter the season, your wardrobe won’t be fully complete without a nice striped t-shirt. This ruffle sleeve striped t-shirt makes a great summer wardrobe staple!

Boyfriend Jeans

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When it comes to jeans you may want to have one or two pairs in blue and black. This 90’s boyfriend jeans is indeed a summer capsule wardrobe staple!

My favorite brands for jeans are Levi’sGood American, AGOLDE, Madewell, Urban Outfitters and American Eagle.

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The amazing thing about denim pants is that they are a great investment as they can last you for many years.

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Boyfriend Denim Shorts

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What is summer without a pair of denim shorts? Even if you don’t like denim there are other choices like Bermuda shorts, linen shorts or even biker shorts.

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You would want to have at least 1 or 2 pairs of shorts in a material that you’re comfortable with.

That would also allow you to have more styling options and be able to interchange them to create some cute casual summer outfits.

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White Blouse

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You don’t only want to have a few basic tees but also incorporate some cute blouses. I love this white button-up tiered puff sleeve blouse that would go well with a pair of denim shorts.

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Puff Sleeve Top

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Having a few blouses that can be worn both during the day or for an evening out is imperial. Not only does this long puff sleeve floral top meets both criteria.

It’s also one of those tops that can be worn during the summer and spring months as well.

Graphic T-Shirt

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Graphic tees are one of my favourite summer outfits because I can wear them on repeat all summer long and during the year too.

They are funky, very easy to style and matches well with jeans, trousers, skirts, leggings and shorts. This pink Def Leppard tie dye t-shirt is super cool.

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Cute Summer Dresses

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When it comes to cute summer dresses there is no limit in terms of how much to include in your capsule wardrobe. But you’ll want to have a variety of choices in terms of prints, lengths and colours.

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Midi Dress

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This is a satiny-smooth midi slip dress that skims your figure. It has svelte straps that cross at the open back and a leg-baring slit at the front. You can add any midi dress to your summer capsule wardrobe and it doesn’t have to be in satin/silk.

Trousers 

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In addition to having a few pair of jeans, you’ll want to also add 1 or 2 pairs of loose fitting trousers. It will come in handy for those days when you are not feeling to wear close fitting jeans.

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I love this pair of high-waisted crop flare pants with tassel trim at the hem.

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Denim Jacket

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Two pairs of denim jackets are sufficient to last the entire summer months. One blue, one black, one cropped and the other in a regular length.

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Bikini Top & Bottom

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Can’t have summer without some swimsuits and coverups for pool and beach days. After being locked inside for a year, most of us would be able to spend some much needed time outdoors this summer.

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ACCESSORIES YOU MAY INCLUDE IN YOUR CAPSULE WARDROBE FOR SUMMER

 

Summer Tote Bag

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You only need to have one or two summer bags that can be used interchangeably with all outfits in your summer capsule wardrobe.

Preferably one for everyday use like this … and another to use at the beach or pool, like the Marc Jacobs The Tote Bag.

I also found this really cute Woven Vegan Leather Baguette shoulder bag and this Mini Vegan Leather bag that can be used with the top handle or as a crossbody.

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Woven Hat or Fedora Hat

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I am not a big fan of wearing hats but they come in very handy during the summer months when outdoors. They are essential for protecting your head from the sun on beach and pool days.

Since bucket hats are in this summer I was able to find a few should you be interested in that style. First there is this Burberry bucket hat, then this one from Madewell and finally this Vans bucket hat.

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Sunglasses

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Quay Australia is one of my favourite sunglasses brands and they are perfect to wear on any given sunny day. They make some of the most affordable, luxury-look sunglasses you can find on the internet.

They are chic, feel and look expensive and they really do take your cute summer outfits to another level. Whenever I wear my Quay Australia sunglasses, I get a lot of stares, compliments and questions about them.

If you want the designer look without spending too much money, I highly recommend getting them (cheaper alternative here).

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Belt

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Your summer capsule wardrobe won’t be complete without at least one statement or designer belt. Similar to the sunglasses, one or two belts is all you need to complete your cute outfits for summer.

I personally love the the signature GG Gucci belt as its perfect for all occasions but it doesn’t have to be designer.

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Casual Summer Sandals

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Birkenstock, Sam Edelman and Steve Madden always win my heart when it comes to buying summer sandals, heels and flip flops.

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Jewelry

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Last but not least we need jewelry to complete our summer capsule wardrobe. No outfit is fully put together unless there is some jewelry involved such as a necklace, bracelet, a pair of earrings and a watch.

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Capsule Wardrobe For Summer – Checklist

Summer Capsule Wardrobe Items Listed In The Above Graphic From Left To Right

TOPS

BOTTOMS

JACKETS

GRAPHIC TEES

SHORTS

DRESSES

SWIMSUIT

BAGS

SHOES

BELTS

SUNGLASSES

HATS

JEWELRY

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Wrapping Up Summer Capsule Wardrobe 2021

Remember, in making your summer capsule wardrobe, it doesn’t have to be a black and white summer capsule wardrobe. You can mix and match with fun colours and prints. Additionally, you can turn it into your spring to summer capsule wardrobe.

Good luck creating your own capsule summer wardrobe and be sure to tag me in it. If you have not yet downloaded the FREE summer capsule wardrobe 2021 e-book you can do so HERE.

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