The summer capsule wardrobe is here! With this capsule, my main goal was to provide options that let you feel feminine and put together while beating the summer heat. I also focus on more laid back and affordable items, since most of us will be spending more time at home this year. Don’t worry, it still includes options for travel, date night, and weekend activities.
There are a few things that aren’t on this summer fashion list because they’re included in other capsules. If you’re looking for something specific, you’ll probably find it in a capsule previous post (i.e. the denim jacket in my spring capsule).
Here’s what you’ll find below. Click to jump to the section!
Capsule Wardrobe Summer 2020 Pieces
Tops and Basic Tees
1 / Sleeveless Tank (Sold out, similar here) — This cotton v-neck tank comes in more than 10 colors and is under under $20. If you’re looking for a day-to-nigh tank, try this black tank top.
4 / White Blouse (sold out, similar under $50 here)— This crisp, white blouse falls in the realm of basics that are light, french, and feminine without overdoing it.
7 / Mini Dress (sold out, available in white)— In the heat of summer, unleashing as much skin as possible while remaining modest feels so good. This mini comes in six colors. Want something longer? Try this utility shirt dress.
9 / Blue Midi Dress (sold out, similar here) — A blue dress is nice for summer holidays like July Fourth and Labor Day. This beauty has pockets! It’s also under $100.
Shorts and Bottoms
13 / Chino Shorts ($48, also in navy) — I try to keep a pair of shorts I can dress up within reach throughout summer. This Everlane pair also comes in black and is a little dressier than linen shorts.
14 / Linen Pants ($49) — Linen is a special fabric because it keeps you cool when you’re hot and warm when you’re cold. I couldn’t pass this pair up for the price and color selection. Also love this khaki tie-waist pair.
17 / Black Sandals — I like to keep a black pair around just in case my outfit calls for a truly black shoe, like a white tee with black shorts.
Summer Bags & Accessories
19 / Clutch — This clutch is large enough for your phone, wallet, and makeup and can be worn as a crossbody.
5 Summer Outfit Ideas Featuring the Capsule
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Summer Wardrobe Checklist
I recommend pinning or saving the checklist below to keep track of what you already have and where you can fill in the gaps to create easy summer outfits.
Summer Capsule FAQ
What is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule collection includes essentials that can be worn interchangeably for work, travel, or fun. A classic summer capsule closet provides a template of clothes you can mix and match for various occasions. To download my summer capsule checklist, click here.
What should I wear for summer 2020?
The fashion trends for summer 2020 include many things I’m already drawn to like puff sleeves, pleats, pistachio tones, utility styles, and more. When creating this summer weather capsule wardrobe, I tried to combine the timeless with the trendy to ensure you can wear these pieces come next summer, too.
How do I build a summer capsule wardrobe?
The truth is that putting together a summer capsule wardrobe requires planning. This summer especially, I recommend considering where you’ll be going, what you’ll be doing most often, and what your favorite pieces are for long, hot days. Once you’ve reviewed, make a list of essentials.
Maybe you’re not headed to the beach or anywhere with chilly evenings, so outerwear and swimsuits aren’t key. In my opinion, short sleeve tops, dresses, bottoms, shoes, and accessories should always make the list for a classic summer capsule wardrobe. That being said, tailor it to your needs, especially this year when our summer season is a little unusual.
No matter what, summer is bound to bring some joy—whether by simply opening up the windows as we work from home, going on long walks with close friends, or (safely) scoping out the best ice cream shop in town. I hope these summer capsule pieces take you from home to errands, brunch, takeout dinners on the patio, and more!
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