The Must-Have Summer Capsule Wardrobe Essentials

(AD | Aff) In previous Summers, I used to buy a heap-load of Summer dresses and floral tops to wear over the warmer months. Often, they would be worn a couple of times and then tossed aside before the following Summer. Nowadays, I'm all for a Summer capsule wardrobe and barely have any floral-print pieces. 

A woman holding Summer capsule wardrobe essentials.


My aim with a Summer wardrobe is to be minimalistic and have items that can keep me cool throughout the heat. I want to wear items that make me feel good and not leave me in a puddle of sweat. Obviously, everyone reaches for shorts, dresses and swimwear during the warmer weather. But these pieces I will mention can be worn when the heat is bearable. Some pieces you will wear on your holidays, some you will wear if you're sitting in the beer garden sipping vodka and cranberry juice (like I will be).

Here are the pieces I'll have to hand in my Summer capsule wardrobe:

1) Shorts

Starting with the obvious here I know. Whether denim, linen or tailored, shorts are the ultimate item of clothing to reach for in the Summer. Shorts can be styled in many ways, whether dressed up or down. If you're styling shorts, wear them with a loose-fitting white shirt, a neutral tee/tank or a waistcoat. If you're feeling daring, add a swimsuit. I've seen some wear swimsuits and shorts for everyday wear and they look so chic and stylish!

2) Slides

I'd be lost without my slides during the Summer. I stick to three colours for slides - black, white and tan. And my Chloe Woody sandals. Sandals look good with nearly any outfit you wear during Summer. 

3) A sundress

Everyone needs to have a sundress that makes them feel great. I love to have a Summer dress or two that I can quickly throw on when I'm in a rush or cannot decide what to wear! Summer dresses can be worn with slides or white trainers. Speaking of trainers...

A white dress, tan belt, straw bag and sunglasses.

4) White trainers

Plain white trainers are an absolute must for Spring and Summer. They can be paired with a simple vest and shorts or a sundress. I wear white trainers often during the warmer months, especially if I'm going for a walk on the beach etc!

5) Linen blazer

A linen blazer is something I need to get myself for this Summer. This is a great staple to have over the Summer. I would pair it with a tee/vest, denim shorts and slides or trainers. It's also great to throw over when there's a chilly Summer breeze. As I live in the UK, that will likely happen.

6) Straw bag

Whether it's a day at the beach or a stroll around town, a straw bag is the perfect accessory for Summer. Recently, I bought a Mango straw bag from Vinted and I know it'll be THE bag of the Summer for me.

7) Tan belt

There are so many tan belts on the market at the moment, they're a great accessory to add to shorts or linen trousers.

A woman holding Summer wardrobe essentials.

8) Sunglasses

Sunnies are always needed in Summer! Ok, I know British weather is temperamental, but you're always going to need sunglasses! There are so many different styles and frames to choose from, have a good look around!

9) Neutral tees/vests

Black, white, beige or striped tees come in handy for Summer for me. Easy to throw with a pair of shorts, skirt, jeans or linen trousers. The simplest of tees can really elevate a look to make it chic.

10) White jeans

I love wearing white jeans in the Summer, even if it does pose the risk of stainage. I like to wear my straight-leg jeans as they're so flattering and chic. But a wide-leg pair wouldn't go amiss either! If you don't fancy wearing white jeans, a pair of blue jeans is also a must for any Summer wardrobe.

These are my must-have Summer capsule wardrobe essentials

If you have most of these in your wardrobe, your Summer capsule wardrobe is sorted. These items are minimalistic and can be styled with multiple outfits. There will be days when you will only want to wear your swimsuit or even starfish on the bed in the nude on hot days, but please have these pieces to hand when the heat is bearable!

Here are some wardrobe essentials if you need a helping hand:


Do you have any of these Summer essentials in your wardrobe?


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28 comments
  1. I don't have a summer wardrobe, and I really need to sort that out as it's way to hot to wear most of the things I have. I love the idea of making seasonal capsule wardrobes, so this was really useful to read!

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    1. Creating a capsule wardrobe definitely allows you have less in your wardrobe but still have that versatility Molly!

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  2. I think a sundress is a perfect wardrobe staple.

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    1. It really is, it's good to throw on quick when you're in a rush to get ready!

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  3. A linen blazer is great to throw over for those cool Summer evenings!

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  4. All these are must haves in your wardrobe...thanks for sharing dear :-)
    Rampdiary

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    1. They definitely all belong in a Summer wardrobe!

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  5. I agree with everything on your list bar two - linen always looks like a dishrag on me within 30 minutes, and white jeans are an absolute no-no due to stains! x

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    1. That's fair enough Lisa, I know what you mean about white jeans - it's always risky to wear white because of the risk of stains! x

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  6. I've recently bought a straw bag too! I've been seeing them all over and was like I need to have one! I think you've nailed this post. X

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    1. Straw bags are the perfect Summer bag and I'm happy to hear you've bought one for yourself Claire!
      Thank you so much! x

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  7. These are all essentials for me in my summer wardrobe too! Thanks for sharing some of your favorites! :)

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    1. I'm happy to hear that these items are all essentials in your Summer wardrobe too Melissa!

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  8. I am all for a capsule wardrobe! That white dress is an absolute dream
    Rosie

    https://www.loverosiee.co.uk

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    1. It's so pretty Rosie, I can't wait to wear it throughout the Summer!

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  9. These are great pieces to have in a summer wardrobe! I love wearing sundresses during the summer, and I don't have a pair of white jeans, but I should consider getting one!

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    1. Sundresses are amazing pieces to have in your wardrobe in the Summer! You need to get yourself a pair of white jeans Karalee!

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  10. I love a good pair of linen shorts for summer, I'm living in my beige and black pairs lately, they both go with everything! x

    Gemma Louise

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    1. Linen shorts are my absolute fave in the Summer too Gemma! Like you said, they do pretty much go with everything! x

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  11. Definitely need to add a linen blazer to my wardrobe x

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    1. Linen blazers are perfect to throw over in the Summer Chloe! x

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  12. Absolutely love this shift to a minimalistic summer capsule wardrobe, Lucy! Your essentials list is so chic and practical xx

    Lenne | lennezulkiflly.com

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    1. Thank you Lenne, I'm glad you think these essentials are chic and practical! xx

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  13. I'm a sucker for anything linen! Uniqlo (not sure if the UK has the chain stores) has great linen options that require little care compared to other linen wear. I'm dying to get a straw bag at one point as well but haven't found the one yet!

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    1. Linen is a gorgeous material to wear during the Summer months! I've heard of Uniqlo, I'm not 100% sure there are chain stores in the UK. I hope you find a dtraw bag soon!

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  14. Oh I do not have a straw bag but they are really cute. I may have to buy one :)

    https://makeupisdelish.com/

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    1. Straw bags are really nice and a great accessory to have for the Summer!

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  15. I love sundresses and linen in the summer. I used to have a linen gilet that I'd wear a lot during summer. Madison
    FASHION TALES

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