Summer is inarguably one of the most exciting seasons — whether you’re spending it by going on picnics, or taking road trips. Of course, you want be dressed in the most comfortable yet stylish clothes. Fortunately, a simple yet effective way to put together your outfits is by starting a capsule wardrobe.
If you’re into minimalism or simply want to have a much simpler wardrobe, a summer capsule wardrobe can help you achieve just that. In our ‘How to Become a Minimalist – 5 Steps for Success’ post, we shared how reducing the size of your closet down to items that serve a purpose in your life can cut down on excess clutter.
If you’re not quite sure where to start, here are five tips to create your summer capsule wardrobe.
1. Craft Your Style Uniforms
Creating style uniforms for the summer will help capsulize your closet to the pieces you really need. These will be your go-to outfits that you can wear in an instant. For example, if you’re invited to a backyard barbecue, a great look would be a flowing midi dress with a pair of espadrilles, such as Soludos’ strappy beige ones. Meanwhile, a linen tank top with cropped jeans is a chic formula for more relaxed days.
2. Invest in Quality Pieces
Since you’ll be wearing each item frequently, be sure to look out for clothes that have been thoughtfully produced. Investing in high-quality clothing for your capsule wardrobe will prevent your pieces from losing their shape in the washing machine or even a dreaded wardrobe malfunction. On that note, opt for clothes made from natural fibers, such as organic cotton, linen, and silk, as they last longer and are better for the environment too.
3. Have a Cozy Sweater in Hand
Summer days might be warm, but summer nights can get rather chilly. To keep you comfortable no matter the weather, take your pick from one of Woman Within’s sweaters. Whether you opt for a loose cardigan or a lightweight knit pullover, keeping one reliable extra layer can do you a world of good for those cool evenings by the beach or in the city. Keep it light so you won’t be sweating in your clothes.
4. Stick to a Color Palette
Versatility is key, and having a color palette in place will make dressing up feel like a breeze. Neutral colors like white, camel, and gray are safe yet stylish bets, which is why Everlane’s gray V-neck is a great example for a summer capsule wardrobe essential. For a subtle pop of color, you can go for earth tones because they’re hues that can be easily paired with other pieces.
5. Get Creative with Accessories
If you’re concerned that a capsule wardrobe will look repetitive, there’s no need to fret, as accessories can transform your outfits. You can even try interchanging them with your style uniforms for a fresh look. However, stick to just a handful of summer accessories to keep things minimalistic. Your collection of staple accessories can look like this: a straw hat, a pair of sunglasses, a scarf, two earrings, two dainty necklaces, and a trusty tote bag.
All that being said, dressing up doesn’t have to be a chore! At the end of the day, however, remember to have fun and stick to what’s comfortable for you. After all, your outfit shouldn’t get in the way of your summer fun!