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Capsule wardrobe items should be versatile and classic: After all, the goal is to make getting dressed a breeze and, in this case, to also stay cool from a temperature and style standpoint. The kind of reliable clothing and accessories you won’t mind wearing over and over or paired together, but aren’t totally boring either. Cult buy investments like Prada’s iconic bucket hat or Loewe’s signature basket bags, for example, are perfectly acceptable candidates for an even more stylish capsule wardrobe. Your quintessential summer wardrobe starts with the ten essentials, below.

Seamless Sundresses

For some, the summer capsule wardrobe begins and ends with an easy day dress. It’s hard to refuse a garment that doesn’t cling to the body during hot days, appears very put together, and what’s more, requires only one item of clothing for a complete outfit. You’ll come to find that these sundresses work hard in your wardrobe, wearing just as well for casual outings as they do for more formal occasions.

Ulla Johnson Phoebe cut-out cotton-poplin midi dress

Matteau shirred organic cotton and silk-blend maxi dress

Asceno Ibiza linen maxi dress

Hill House Home Ellie nap dress

Esse Studios cut-out cotton-poplin maxi dress

Breezy Button-Ups

Due to their relaxed silhouettes, versatility, and effortless appeal, classic button-up shirts have rightfully earned their spot as a summer capsule wardrobe staple. Take your pick from classic white poplin to subtle stripes to a pop of color to wear on repeat.

Nili Lotan Kristen cotton-poplin shirt

Zara oversized striped poplin shirt

Matteau relaxed button-front shirt

Denimist oversized cotton-poplin shirt

Everlane linen relaxed shirt

Staple Swimsuits 

Swimsuit trends come and go, but nothing beats good old-fashioned swimwear silhouettes, from unfussy one-pieces in flattering colors to simple triangle bikinis free of bells and whistles. These are the kind of swimsuits you can wear season after season. 

Jade Swim Via bikini top and Bound bikini bottoms

Eres Les Essentiels Larcin swimsuit

Matteau string recycled-fibre bikini top and bikini briefs

Solid & Striped Anne-Marie one-piece swimsuit

Anemos Tortoise bandeau bikini top and Eighties bikini bottom

Sir. Louis one-shoulder one-piece

Not-So-Short Shorts

Can shorts be chic? These modern minimalist linen or cotton styles from Everlane and Joseph, hit the knee or fall just above, making a convincing case for the garment. Let a tailored, long short be your wardrobe hack for the office, too, as an alternative to dresses on warm and humid days. 

Everlane linen Way-High drape short

Goldsign Scout pleated denim shorts

Clea Tyler pleated shorts

Joseph Handley pleated silk-blend shorts

Totême belted cotton-twill shorts

Cos pleated tailored shorts

Summer Sandals

Every season has its signature shoe type; summer’s, of course, is the sandal. With more options on the market than days you can wear them in the season, the most reliable footwear option for a summer capsule wardrobe is one you’ll happily wear with every item in it. Look for one that’s versatile, comfortable, neutral, or, better yet, all of the above.  

The Row Ginza leather and suede platform flip flops

Saint Laurent Nu Pieds woven leather sandals

Birkenstock Milano buckled leather sandals

White Denim Jeans

You know that old myth that you can’t wear white after Labor Day? While we may not agree with that sartorial guideline, we do support a great pair of white jeans during the summer months. You can’t go wrong with any silhouette or shade this season, from wide-leg to slim fit in washes from chalk to ivory. 

Wandler Poppy high-rise straight leg jeans

Goldsign Edgar pleated organic jeans

Madewell Perfect Vintage straight jeans

Tibi Murray high-rise wide-leg jeans

Tory Burch mid-rise cropped jeans

Bags for the Beach and Beyond

Spontaneous summer days call for a bag that can keep up with any kind of plan. Something you can carry from work to drinks or from planes to the poolside, say, a straw basket tote or carryall. Woven raffia or straw bags are a covetable and convenient accessory that’s quintessentially summer.    

Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza leather-trimmed raffia bucket bag

Altuzarra Watermill straw-woven basket bag

Dragon Diffusion Triple Jump small woven-leather basket bag

Poolside Bags small Essaouira tote

Bottega Veneta raffia shoulder bag

Hot Weather Tops 

Be it airy blouses or vests, a rotation of sleeveless tops to mix and match with the rest of your summer separates is crucial to keeping your warm-weather capsule wardrobe feeling cool. Take your pick between Tove to Attersee. 

Tove Leila cut-out organic cotton-poplin top

Loulou Studio striped vest top

Ulla Johnson Elora puff-sleeve poplin top

Proenza Schouler drapey suiting ruched top

Vince ribbed tencel lyocell-blend tank

Lightweight Pants

For those seeking a quiet luxury or a minimalist summer aesthetic, a pair of soft trousers (think: Succession’s Naomi Pierce) in lightweight colors and fabrics will do just the trick. Wear to the office with a collared shirt, with a ribbed tank on the weekends, or to the beach with a swimsuit without breaking a sweat.

Mother Pouty Prep Heel linen-blend wide-leg pants

Aexae pleated linen straight-leg pants

Faithfull the Brand El Toro pleated linen wide-leg pants

Jacquemus Areia cropped jute-blend pants

Dries Van Noten Pamplona pleated cotton-linen trousers

Fortela Janet pleated cotton-twill straight-leg pants

Shady Sun Hats

While a raffia topper can certainly elevate any vacation or beachy look, the extra sun protection one provides is yet another good reason to have one in reach this summer. Consider wearing one just as often for neighborhood walks or park picnics as you would by the pool or on the sand. Look to the runways for inspiration: white dresses and crop tops were paired with colorful bucket hats at Jacquemus, while Adam Lippes paired lampshade toppers with breezy skirt sets and resort-ready separates. 

Jacquemus Le Bob Gadjo canvas bucket hat

Simple Tanks

As basic as it comes, a tank top is at the top of the summer capsule wardrobe list. Seemingly simple, the humble closet staple can elevate your summer look so long as you have the right kind. (See these outfit ideas for proof). We suggest one in stretchy ribbing and enhanced necklines. Summer dressing made easy! 

WSLY Rivington ribbed tank

Éterne thin-strap fitted tank

LNA ribbed double-layer sleeveless tank

James Perse Daily ribbed stretch-cotton tank

Stylish Sunglasses 

A good pair of sunglasses is the finishing touch to any daytime look, making it a rather small but impactful piece among the season’s capsule wardrobe and can be worn with any of the items mentioned above. Shop sought-after styles from Loewe to Bottega Veneta.

Loewe Eyewear tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses

Garrett Leight Broadway sunglasses

Jacques Marie Mage x Lou Doillon All These Nights actetate sunglasses

Bottega Veneta classic oval sunglasses

Givenchy Eyewear Gvspeed oversized square-frame sunglasses

Ray-Ban Classic Wayfarer polarized sunglasses

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