Finally hotter days. We can put our warmest jackets aside and wear our summer capsule wardrobe. In this article, I am going to show you my summer capsule wardrobe list. Plus give you a free capsule planner and summer outfits ideas for every situation so you never run out of style.
Less is much more. I want you to have the most stylish summer capsule wardrobe. And you can be sure nothing will be missing. In this season wardrobe, I include breezy summer dresses, linen shorts and jumpsuits, colorful tops and bottoms and a good pair of essentials that I have all year round to give a good base to my accent pieces.
I chose 33 clothing pieces not including this time shoes and accessories for my summer capsule wardrobe and built effortless, minimalist and breezy outfits.
I build the outfits based on my lifestyle: casual weekdays, working from home and cafes, meeting with friends, going out, date nights and events. I didn’t count accessories and shoes because I have a multiple lifestyle needs and decided to invest more on styling. I also prepared a few outfits that are more classy for my working bees reading this wanting to kill it in the office.
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Without further ado, let’s see this summer capsule wardrobe list so you can update your summer reads as quickly as possible in your favorite bikini.
Summer capsule wardrobe color palette
I always follow the same color structure to create my looks. It’s important to choose a cohesive color palette before you decide which clothes you’ll include because that way you can have interchangeable and countless outfits. I chose two neutral light colors that go with anything, three main colors for my key pieces (like jeans and basic tops) and four accent colors for my accent pieces (to bring some fun to my basic outfits). Learn here how to build a cohesive color palette for your wardrobe.
I’m reusing the same base colors from my spring capsule wardrobe and added some softer hues for my accent pieces. I love seasonal color analysis and always try to include colors that look their best on me. I took a picture of my all year round wardrobe to extract the colors and added new summer pieces in hues that go well with the rest of my closet.
33 clothing pieces summer capsule wardrobe
Now, after a cohesive color palette has been chosen, here’s the actual clothing pieces for the summer.
Down below I will list my Summer Capsule Wardrobe items with links in case you’d like to purchase something ethical and sustainable for your summer wardrobe. I buy a lot of second-hand clothing therefore I couldn’t link all clothing pieces, but I made sure to find identical alternatives from ethical and sustainable brands like Everlane, Organic Basics and Reformation which have the same ethical standards as me and ship worldwide.
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Summer capsule wardrobe list
- White t-shirt: 1 & 2
- Black T-shirt
- Blue button-up
- Rib tank top
- Graphic tee: 1 & 2
- Green top
- Statement white top
- Striped top
- Pink and red tops (old reformation collection, see here new tops)
- Black top
- Yellow blouse
- Black “cold shoulder” top
- Wide leg chino
- 2 pairs of black pants (fresh + denim)
- Pair of blue denim
- White jeans
- Black linen shorts: 1 & 2
- Beige shorts: 1 & 2
- Skirt is very vintage couldn’t find similar (see here alternatives)
- Orange skirt
Extra list of shoes and accessories for summer
- Birkenstock ( They are a german company and I live in Berlin, so was the most ethical thing to me buy local and high quality)
- Tan sandals
- Veja sneakers
- High top sneakers (I got my converse second-hand, that’s an ethical alternative, I don’t like how they look in real life unfortunately)
- Black sandals
- Ankle boots
- Day glove ballerinas
- Block heel sandals
- Colored bag
- Woven bag (Inspired by Emily Lightly Summer Travel Capsule)
- Fanny pack
- Pinatex clutch
- Swimsuit (the one on the image is old Mara Hoffman collection, I linked their updated collection)
- Cap (mine is old)
- Flip flops
This is my Summer Capsule Wardrobe List with 33 clothing pieces not including accessories and shoes. I like to keep three free spots for other items I want to reutilize from my year-round wardrobe essentials in case the weather asks for different clothes (yes, global warming is real).
Now, here are some outfits ideias I created for my Summer Capsule Wardrobe. I created outfits around different situations that come in your agendas. My style inspiration is effortless and chic and also casual and minimal. You can use ShopLook or Cladwell app to make your own outfits tailored to your lifestyle.
Summer outfit ideas
#1 Outfit ideia: Casual and comfy
#2 Outfit ideia: Special occasion look
#3 Outfit idea: Sophisticated look
#4 Outfit idea: Chic and effortless
#5 Outfit idea: Date night or dinner out look
#6 Outfit ideia: Beach day look
#7 Outfit idea: Casual and minimal
#8 Outfit idea: Modern and classy look
In this summer capsule wardrobe, I included a minimal, effortless and sophisticaded theme for my looks due to my lifestyle. You can use this list as a starting point and give your own personal touch. Write down what your most frequent daily activities are (formal, business, work from home, etc) and find pieces that fit your taste.
Learn here how to build a capsule wardrobe from scratch and read this article to choose the right essentials for your wardrobe that you’ll need year round to serve as foundation to your seasonal looks.
Share with me in the comments, what pieces you’ll choose for your summer wardrobe capsule? And what was your favorite summer outfit ideia?