Casual Summer Capsule Wardrobe
Looking for a capsule wardrobe this Summer? You are in the right place! The 2022 Summer Capsule Wardrobe is now live. If you have been following the blog or my Instagram, you may be familiar with capsule wardrobes and my seasonal capsule e-book. Each season, I create a complete guide for both causal and business casual style. Casual style is perfect if you are a SAHM, or if you are working from home. Business casual is more for working ladies who need a business casual wardrobe.
Not sure if a capsule is right for you? Don’t worry, this post will cover everything you need to know about a capsule wardrobe! The concept of a capsule wardrobe is simple – it is a select number of clothing pieces that can be combined to create several cohesive outfits. The Summer capsule wardrobe I have curated consists of 28 pieces that create over 100 outfits!
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Benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe:
Before implementing a capsule wardrobe, getting dressed was frustrating and frankly, difficult! I had a closet full of unworn clothes and felt like I had nothing to wear. As a busy mom, I was tired of wasting time staring at my closet.
Now that I have a capsule wardrobe, I get dressed quickly, without the frustration. This is because the pieces in my closet are coordinating and can be matched easily together. Below are a few other benefits of a capsule:
-Purchase Less: by simplifying your wardrobe and only buying what you need, you’ll save money on items that are only worn a few times and reduce impulse purchasing.
-Reduce Stress: with fewer items in your closet, it’s easier to get dressed & keep your closet organized.
-Shop sustainably: by thinking intentionally about fashion purchases and prioritizing quality over quantity, you’re helping to promote a more sustainable lifestyle and reduce wasteful impact of unworn clothing.
-Feel Good: when you have a clean & polished look that is inherent with a capsule wardrobe, you can be confident and love what you wear.
How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe
First, start with the basics. The foundation of a great capsule that can be refreshed each season are wardrobe staples. Staple pieces are timeless items that can be worn throughout several seasons. This post goes over everything you need to know about a staple wardrobe. For each capsule, I start by selecting staples that can be worn during the current season. After that, other seasonal items are added to complete the capsule.
If you want an in-depth capsule wardrobe guide, be sure to grab a copy of the 2022 Summer Capsule Wardrobe E-Book.
CAPSULE E-BOOKS INCLUDE:
Guide to creating a capsule wardrobe
28 recommended pieces
Jewelry & accessory suggestions
100 outfit ideas from the capsule collection
Shoppable links & shopping checklist
Sample travel guide (packing list & outfits)
Capsule Wardrobe Pieces
A seasonal capsule typically has 20-30 pieces. The Summer season requires less layers, so this season has the highest item count for the added tops that cannot be worn together. My 2022 Summer Capsule Wardrobe below has 28 pieces. In total there are 9 tops, 3 layers, 2 dresses, 5 shorts, a skirt, a pair of white jeans, and 7 shoes. As with any capsule, you can make it your own! If you don’t wear dresses, swap them out for more shorts or skirts!
The exact items are linked in the Summer capsule e-book to make shopping easy! I will link a few of my favorite pieces in the remainder of this post.
In the guide, I link to two separate retailers in an effort to accommodate multiple price points and to provide a second option if your size is unavailable at one retailer. PLEASE NOTE, the e-book is regular size. If you need tall, petite, or plus sizes I cannot guarantee the exact links in the guide will be available in your size. However, the e-book can be used as a guide to shop similar pieces at your favorite retailers!
This black tank top is one of my favorite pieces of the entire collection. This is the perfect summer capsule wardrobe tank top because it can be worn by itself or layered with a chambray or linen shirt. The versatility makes it great for casual wear or dressing up! Not only is it versatile, but it is also comfortable and super flattering.
If you want a tee shirt that is a step above your standard tee, try this gray off the shoulder tee! The draping is so pretty, and I love the longer length. This one is comfortable for lounging around the house with biker shorts, or it can be dressed up with the white jeans and nude sandals!
These vintage style denim shorts are essential for this summer. Not only is the style very much on trend this year but these can be worn so many different ways. The high waist and 4″ inseam will offer maximum coverage without being too long. Perfect for trips to the zoo, running errands, play dates, and more! My favorite mom short retails at about $60, but they are worth it. These are my most worn shorts in the summer and therefore, the cost per wear is super low. Well worth the initial investment.
A classic pair of white jeans is also a must for the summer. These are a wardrobe staple, so I don’t feel the need to elaborate on why you should have a pair. You probably already do! My favorite white jean has a high rise and is not see through. As always, I recommend nude underwear with any white bottoms.
Another favorite is this white linen shirt. Linen is a must for any summer wardrobe because it is lightweight and breathable. I love having a light sleeve for cooler mornings and evenings. This is also great for dressing up if headed to church or brunch!
You guys!! Have you seen these athletic dresses with built in shorts!? Every mom’s dream dress. This dress has a built in romper underneath with a padded chest and pockets in the shorts! Getting dressed will not be any easier than when wearing this dress. In the summer capsule e-book, I style this with each of the layers and with a few of the tops! The oversized graphic tee is perfect for layering over dresses because it can be tied in the front to define your waist. Get this dress!
Lately, I have been more intentional when shopping and opting for sustainability whenever possible. Most sustainable brands utilize materials that are higher quality and will withstand the test of time and activities your kids get you into! I’ve found that spending a little bit more for sustainable everyday items, like shoes, means I won’t have to shop as often for replacements. These leopard shoes from Able are the perfect example. They do run small so size up at least one size. I usually wear a 10 and ordered an 11. They fit great after loosening up the laces a bit. LOVE THEM. Odds are good, these will be included in my Fall capsule wardrobe as well!
SUMMER CAPSULE WARDROBE OUTFIT SAMPLES
For access to 100 styled outfits for Summer, be sure to check out the 2022 Summer Capsule Wardrobe E-Book!!
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