summer capsule wardrobe

When working on my own summer capsule wardrobe, timeless neutrals take center stage for the basics. Crisp whites, soft beiges, and classic blacks form the foundation of classic, effortless style. I do love to incorporate some color into my own closet for the summer months. It’s always fun to bring in a few statement pieces, which are usually summer dresses for me, although I love a classic white dress, too. Among the essential staples are lightweight linen trousers in neutral tones, summer sandals, and lots of summer knits. I brought over some spring pieces from my spring capsule wardrobe since many spring pieces transition well to the summer season. Here’s the perfect summer capsule wardrobe for those of you who want classic and contemporary (but not too trendy) pieces. 


Summer Capsule Wardrobe: Fashion Essentials for 2024


My summer wardrobe wasn’t feeling very fresh. I was postpartum last year, pregnant the summer before, and spent the two summers before that isolating. This is my first normal summer in a while, and it was time for some fresh new pieces. I went through all my clothes and figured out what seasonal pieces were missing. So I did a little shopping as I put my summer capsule together, and feel so good going into summer now that I have these summer staples. 

I would say that I have a pretty classic style, and wear mostly neutral colors, and some fun, patterned dresses. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on each piece. I bought a few investment pieces but also bought a dress I love under $50! The warmer months are all about dresses and sandals for me. You can see more favorite summer pieces in my shop


Building a summer capsule wardrobe

A capsule wardrobe is a good idea, no matter the season. It’s also a great reason to go through your closet, and figure out what you do and don’t wear. I wasn’t really able to do this last summer since I was newly postpartum and didn’t know what would fit this year. But I was ready this year. The first thing I did was try everything on, and see what I like and what still fits. I put everything in piles to donate and sell, and figured out what was missing from my closet. A new season is also a great time to grab some fresh white tank tops. I recommend investing in some high-quality pieces, but look at stores that are a bit more budget-friendly, too. 


Assess Your Lifestyle

Consider your daily activities and the occasions you typically dress for during the summer. Whether it’s work, leisure, or special events, your wardrobe should cater to your needs. Go through your closet and sell or donate the things you

Invest in Quality Basics

Start with foundational pieces such as a white button-down shirt, a great pair of shorts, a lightweight blouse, and some dresses that are easy to wear in warm weather. My denim shorts are in investment, but I’ve owned them for years, and they’ve gotten a ton of wear. I’ve found that the classic pieces, like denim shorts, are the ones I wear year-after-year. Choose high-quality fabrics like cotton, linen, and silk for breathability and comfort on a hot day. Opt for a cohesive color scheme that complements your skin tone and personal style. 

Add Statement Pieces

Incorporate a few great pieces like a bold printed maxi dress, a colorful kimono, or a statement necklace to add personality to your wardrobe and elevate simple outfits.

Don’t Forget Accessories

A complete outfit will bring in some accessories. Invest in a few key pieces like sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, a straw tote bag, and comfortable sandals. 

Mix and Match

Focus on pieces that can be easily mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. For example, a white T-shirt can be worn a few different ways. Pair it with denim shorts for a casual look or dressed up with a skirt and statement jewelry for something a bit more polished.

Consider Fabric and Comfort

Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics that will keep you cool and comfortable in the summer heat. Avoid heavy materials like wool and opt for natural fibers like cotton, linen, and silk instead.


Summer Capsule Wardrobe: Fashion Essentials for 2024


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