How to build a capsule summer wardrobe
The only 10 items you need to get you through the season in style.
(Adapted from Harpers Bazaar)
Building a summer capsule wardrobe is always a good idea. With summer being a relatively short season prone to a mix of weather, having a carefully curated closet with hardworking, adaptable pieces is a smart way to shop.
Summer is often associated with brights and patterns but it’s always wise to incorporate neutrals into your wardrobe alongside statement pieces. This will allow them to pair better with pieces you already own and provide you with endless outfit options. When selecting your garments, always search out classic, well-made designs.
To help you create your perfect capsule wardrobe, we’ve curated 10 essential items below that can be mixed and matched, dressed up and down, worn at home and abroad, in the office or on the beach. Snap up these pieces and you'll wear them for many summers to come.
1. A white shirt
2. Classic swimwear
3. Versatile sandals
4. A floaty summer dress
A great summer dress is a key building block of any summer wardrobe as you can just throw it on and immediately look put together while staying cool. Go for a style you can wear with a range of footwear from sandals to pumps and espadrilles.
5. Timeless sunglasses
6. Lightweight trousers
Summer in the city, whether you're on holiday or working, calls for a pair of lightweight trousers in linen or breathable cotton. This season, look for flattering mid-waist, wide-leg styles.
7. A basket bag
The straw bag should work well in the city as much as it does on holiday. Choose a bag with leather or canvas straps for added comfort, and a roomy style that you can squeeze your towel into when it comes to beach time.
8. A lightweight tee
A good quality white cotton tee will become one of the hardest working pieces in your summer wardrobe – perfect for throwing on with a pair of jeans, shorts, or a floaty skirt.
9. A cover-up
A great holiday cover-up doesn't have to be a kaftan; it could be a stylish sarong paired with a floaty shirt or tee – anything that protects you from the sun's rays.
10. Easy-to-wear heels
When it comes to heels, warm weather calls for relaxed, open-toed styles that you can throw on to instantly dress up any outfit from day to night.