Now that summer is “unofficially” here, it is time to finally break out those summer clothes! Is there anything better than dressing every day in the summer? I do find it is easy to get in a dressing rut though. Like, let me just throw on my denim shorts and white tee again for the third day in a row! I am totally guilty of that! As a result, I wanted to build upon the capsule wardrobe concept I started at the beginning of this year as we head into the summer season. I want to introduce some additional wardrobe summer essentials that can easily be mixed and matched. Pieces that still include a white tee and denim shorts but allow you to mix things up while keeping dressing for everyday effortless! This summer capsule wardrobe is meant to complement my main capsule wardrobe. So you will notice that my favorite white denim, basic tank, aviator sunglasses and those denim shorts will not be on this list but you can always revisit them here.
Summer Capsule Wardrobe
Summer Essential Items
White Button Down:
The sister companion to a chambray shirt. This is my new favorite item for summer! A white button down takes your summer looks far while keeping you effortlessly cool! I bought this Irish linen white shirt from J Crew and I have been wearing it non-stop. It looks great with shorts or denim or french knotted with a skirt or over a dress! It is also the perfect travel companion. Button down here
I already dedicated a whole post to beach pants here but I wanted to make sure they were included in this capsule wardrobe! Beach pants are a great alternative to wearing shorts or denim in the summer. Loose, comfortable with lots of breathing room, they are easily styled with a knit sweater or denim jacket and a pair of sandals for an everyday look. Pants here
Summer Knit Sweater
If there is one item I cannot seem to ever get enough of, it is a summer knit sweater. I have a serious addiction to buying them and never seem to be without one. Perfect to have on hand for cool mornings or evenings they can be thrown on over anything and everything! Sweater here
You cannot do summer with out a great pair of shorts. I love Madewell’s shorts. They are easy to pull on and so comfortable yet you always manage to feel put together in them! Shorts here
I also love these dressier high waisted shorts from them here that would look great styled with a pair of strappy sandals and a fitted tank.
We all know that nothing is more essential to a summer wardrobe then a white tee! My favorite white tee I bought before spring break is sold out everywhere so I have been on the hunt for a new one to add to my wardrobe (I go through white shirts like Kleenex!) and I fell in love with this one. I am partial to a v-neck as I like to layer delicate gold jewelry with them. This one has slight distressing on the neck and sleeves for just the right amount of edge. It is also the perfect length for tucking in or out! Tee here
A chic, breezy striped dress is perfect for all summer long! The belted shirt style makes for the ideal summer silhouette. Add a woven hat, pair of sandals and a straw bag and you have the quintessential summer look! Dress here
From the beach to the farmer’s market and everything in between I love using a canvas tote in the summer. A straw bag is great too but a canvas one is just a little more user friendly for everyday use! Market bag here
I also still use this eco-friendly mesh bag all the time. Great on its own or to drop in a larger tote!
A woven hat is the perfect summer accessory to make any outfit effortlessly chic and perhaps more importantly, protect your skin from the sun. This one never feels hot or uncomfortable! It is easy to add to a suitcase as well. It comes in the perfect neutral too! Hat here
A neutral sandal for summer takes you so far. I love the cognac color here. These ones go with everything and I cannot tell you how comfortable they are! They need no breaking in and mold to the feet perfectly. Sandals here
I also just got my hands on these ones from Everlane that again win in comfort. The quality at Everlane is always superb. They come in a few different color options as well!
Photos by Hannah Schweiss Photography
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