Summer Capsule Wardrobe

This week I have been busy creating a summer capsule wardrobe that can be adapted to suit you, but more news on that later. (Update it is now available – click here to find out more!)

In the meantime I have also been working on client’s summer wardrobes and thought it would be useful to share some of them with you and the thinking behind how they go together. Here are some examples from my client’s wardrobes, I’ve included a few outfits from each one rather than their whole capsule.

First up a full wardrobe (just showing a few of the outfits here) for a client who has Warm colouring and works in a fairly relaxed environment. Her capsule wardrobe adapts for work and weekends and has a few pieces that she can dress up for smarter occasions. As I showed recently chinos are a great basic for your wardrobe so I chose a pair in a warmer biscuit shade (rather than a cooler stone) and added accents of greens and coral. Use accent colours close to the face in tops and accessories as I have done here to give yourself a healthy glow. I’ve kept most of the topper pieces – jackets and cardigans – in neutrals so that they will go over any of the client’s tops (khaki can be considered a neutral for warm colouring).

summer capsule wardrobe example

For versatility I also included a skirt that can be worn casually with wedges or flats and one of the T-shirts, or dressed up for evening or smarter day events with dressier tops and heels. The shoes and bags for this capsule are in neutrals, again to get the most wear out of them. I’ve chosen tan wedges which work really well with these warm colours but would equally add some warmth to a navy outfit – Warms can wear navy but look better in neutrals like camel, rust, biscuit or khaki. The high heeled sandals and beaded bag were also deliberately chosen to be versatile with any of the colours in the capsule.

summer capsule wardrobe example

Next a client on the monthly wardrobe builder. She has Bright colouring and has several events coming up that she wanted outfits for. When you look for pieces to add to your capsule wardrobe for special occasions, choose items that can be worn in different ways as this will give you the best cost per wear. For example a dress that can be worn with a jacket and heels and then more casually with sandals and a cardigan. Using that principle here, I chose a beautiful embroidered two piece that could be worn together or split up and worn with other items. I also included a cream trouser suit which is a great summer evening look, but equally useful split up. The jacket will smarten up other trousers, dresses and skirts and a white or cream trouser is a great evening wardrobe staple.

Summer capsule wardrobe example

Navy and white is a classic spring combination and works really well on Bright colouring. The client already had the navy heels from a previous month’s wardrobe selections so this time I added wedges and espadrilles as well as two of this summer’s must haves; a denim skirt and white jeans. We can all add white jeans to our summer wardrobe because they aren’t worn close to the face, alternatively look for a pair in a soft white or cream.

Summer capsule wardrobe example

The next client has Soft colouring with a cool skin tone. For her monthly wardrobe selections I gave her some new casual wear pieces. As she is a busy mum with a small child they need to be both practical and versatile, so pieces that layer for changing weather and wash easily are essential. For her colouring soft blues work well, as do pinks and berry colours so I combined them for a more unusual colour palette. As a change from everyday jeans I chose a pair in a light blue then found pieces in toning colours, as a blended look of tone on tone colours is what Soft colouring needs. The great thing about jeans like these is you can wear them with different heel heights either to the floor with flat shoes or to look cropped with a heel or wedge.

A jersey dress is another year round wardrobe staple. This one is easy to wear for casual days but wouldn’t be out of place in the office with a navy blazer and court shoes.

Summer capsule wardrobe example

Another client with a cool skin tone who looks fabulous in blues wanted smart casual pieces for the summer months. Last month her selections included the bright blue crinkle skirt and cardigan so this month I added a printed skirt that picks up on the bright blue and includes duck egg. I then added tops in bright blue, duck egg and a combination of both and a knit. The crinkle skirt is great for an apple shape because it’s waistband is in soft jersey making it really comfortable to wear – it comes in coral, aqua and navy too.

Summer capsule wardrobe example

Now a US client with Light colouring, who needs smart but not formal workwear. She lives in a hot climate so needs light layers but because most buildings have cold air conditioning light weight knits and jackets are needed too. For those of you in the US some of our great retailers now have US sites too. In this case Reiss whose tailoring and colours have been fabulous this season.

summer capsule wardrobe example

I hope that little behind the scenes look into some of my client’s wardrobes has given you some inspiration for your own.

Each season there are a few real winners that see their way into several client’s wardrobes. For example the cream jacket in the bright client’s wardrobe. White Stuff is great for coloured T-shirts and cardigans and Boden is always good with colour so if you want a top or trousers in a specific colour try there. For coloured shoes and sandals my first stop is Zalando and especially the brand Hogl – one of my favourites, the khaki sandals in the first wardrobe have made their way into mine and several client’s wardrobes (and are gone in most sizes) as well as these coral ones.

Now, back to that summer capsule I mentioned right at the beginning…

I’ve been creating a summer capsule that incorporates the key trends of the season but makes them wearable for all of us. I’m just putting the finishing touches to the new website and then you will be able to buy the summer capsule wardrobe (It’s available now – go here to find out more). The dedicated site includes all of the items in the capsule styled into outfits. You will immediately get the first 7 outfit ideas then for the next 3 weeks you will get another 7 outfit ideas giving you a total of 28 different outfits. You can buy the pieces in the capsule with direct links, choose from suggested alternative items or take the downloadable shopping list with you to choose your own options. If you have wanted to create your own capsule wardrobe but didn’t know where to start this is the answer!


  1. Debbie Scott
    May 20, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Hi Maria, I love the versatile tan skirt – where can I buy one of these please?

    • Maria
      May 20, 2016 / 2:36 pm

      Hi Debbie, thank you for your comment. The skirt is lovely isn’t it? It’s from Jigsaw and also comes in Khaki and black. They have a good range of sizes in that colour and the black but it is also available at John Lewis. Have a lovely weekend. Maria

  2. Georgina
    May 20, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    Hello maria, i love the blue/pink outfits for soft and cool colouring. Where could i find the jersey dress.? Georgina

  3. Pat
    May 20, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    I love the warm wardrobe ensembles and tips for better use of accessories.

    Thanks for your wonderful suggestions and I look forward to your capsule creations.

    A faithful fan,

  4. Maria
    May 21, 2016 / 9:24 am

    Hi Pat, thank you, I am glad you found the post helpful. Have a lovely weekend.