Capsule Wardrobe Essentials – 5 Summer Dresses

Dresses are so easy to wear, they make dressing quick in the morning. If you are creating a capsule wardrobe I recommend that you always include a couple of dresses (unless you really hate wearing them) from casual to smart. Whether we do all need a LBD is debatable – I think most of us can find a better colour choice – but here are 5 that I think make a great addition to a summer wardrobe.

The casual day dress – when it’s hot and you are running around a simple cotton jersey dress is a no brainer. Wear it with flip flops on holiday over your swimwear and with wedges and a tote for running around at home. Add this season’s denim jacket if you need an extra layer.

The maxi dress – they always say summer evenings to me, barbecuing with friends or dinner on holiday. But they make a great day dress too and can be accessorised like the casual day dress, or add silver flats for evenings.

capsule wardrobe essentials - summer dresses

Denim jacket // Dress // Bag // Wedges // Maxi dress // Clutch // Flat sandals //

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The summer work dress – it can be tricky dressing for work in the heat of the summer when you still need to look smart. Choose a dress that is made from natural fibres or blends like this linen one. If you hate the creasing of linen look for one that is blended with silk or jersey. Navy and white is such a classic combination that always looks smart and cleverly this print comes in two versions for those who need waisted dresses and a shift for those that don’t. Add a lightweight jacket or knit if needed.

capsule wardrobe essentials - summer dresses

Shift dress // Bag // Shoes // Wrap dress // Cardigan //

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The evening dress – a smart dress in a great colour for you that can be worn with or without a shrug or cover up. A simple shape like this one can be worn with jewellery and heels for the evening but would take you to a smart day event with a jacket too.

The occasion dress – if your budget is tight you could combine this and the last dress. If you pick a print with several colours you can ring the changes for different events. I’ve picked out the orange and neutral stone to accessorise but you could add blush pink, yellow, white or charcoal grey with it. If you choose neutral accessories like mine they will work with other prints too.

capsule wardrobe essentials - summer dresses

Dress // Earrings // Necklace // Bag // Shoes // Hat // Jacket // Dress // Clutch // Shoes //

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If you don’t work you obviously won’t need as many dresses but it’s always useful to have a couple that can be dressed up and down for different occasions. If you are creating a capsule wardrobe from scratch start with one in one of you neutral colours and one in a print that includes one or two accent colours. Then you can add neutral accessories that will go with both.

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