10 Summer Capsule Wardrobe Core Items

Each season has it’s trends and must have fashion items but there are pieces that I know I will wear every summer, so I make sure I have them in my summer capsule wardrobe and replace them as they get old, or with new colours.

Here are the items I rely on every summer…

Capri pants

summer capsule wardrobe essentials

Top sold out – similar // Shoes // Necklace //

A new find for me this year are these capri pants from Winser. They have a satiny finish which makes them a little smarter, a little bit of stretch and they wash well. They also have a flat front and side zip which is perfect if you have a less than flat tummy.


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White jeans

summer capsule wardrobe essentials

Top old // Jeans old – similar // Sandals old – similar // Bag //

White jeans can be dressed up for the evening or down for the day time and go with just about everything. This season I am wearing this crop pair from last summer and a new boyfriend style (see last week’s white jeans blog).


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Silk trousers

All items from previous seasons

I love silk trousers in the summertime for both day and evening. When it’s really hot they make a lightweight layer so they are perfect for holidays but you can wear them for summer weddings too. These are by Weekend Maxmara from last summer and I have another pair from the summer before. There is a version from this season in the options below.

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Light trousers

summer capsule wardrobe essentials

Top old – similar // Trousers – culotte version // Necklace // Bag // Shoes //

A pair of light trousers (white, ivory or cream) make a dressy day or evening outfit. Palazzo styles look gorgeous for the evening teamed with a silk top. These are from Eileen Fisher in a jersey crepe straight leg style and I know I will wear them again and again with a variety of tops.


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Jersey dress

summer capsule wardrobe essentials

Dress and shoes old // Bag //

Jersey dresses are a summer must have. They are so easy to wear when it’s hot with a pair of sandals or with a cardigan or denim jacket on cooler days. They also travel well so they make an ideal holiday piece.


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Lightweight knit

summer capsule wardrobe essentials

Jumpsuit // Cardigan // Bag // Sandals //

summer capsule wardrobe essentials

Jumper // scarf // capri pants // bag // shoes //

Linen knits are a wardrobe staple for the summer as they add a light layer – great for going from the heat to an air conditioned building. Look for cotton and featherweight cashmere (like mine above) too.


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Sleeveless top

summer capsule wardrobe essentials

Necklace sold out – similar // Top old // Capri pants – similar // Shoes //

summer capsule wardrobe essentials

Top // Capri pants // Sandals // Sunglasses – similar //

My summer “uniform” consists of slim leg trousers or capris and sleeveless longline tops. I then add the aforementioned knit for cooler days. Each season I will add some new colours and styles.


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summer capsule wardrobe essentials

I like my sunglasses in classic black or tortoiseshell and tend to stick to just one or two pairs so I am happy to pay for something special like these from Gucci. But there is such a huge selection at all price points so if you prefer a colour choose something you feel good in.

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Wedge sandals

summer capsule wardrobe essentials

Sandals // Tote bag //

I rarely wear heels any more but a summer wedge sandal is a must have when I want height and comfort. A classic tan or neutral with go with everything in your wardrobe.

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Colourful Tote bag

summer capsule wardrobe essentials

Bag // Shoes – similar //

Summer is the time to add some brighter pops of colour to my wardrobe so a handbag is one of the options I choose, especially if the rest of my outfit is neutrals.

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These are my staple items, I don’t really wear skirts much so you might want to swap out one of the pairs of trousers for a summer skirt if that works better for you. Other items you might add are a sundress or a maxi dress – I do have these but they tend to be more holiday items for me rather than being part of my core summer wardrobe that I wear everyday. Are there any other summer staples you rely on every year?