15 must-haves for a summer capsule wardrobe

Who wants to spend precious summer days hiding out in a bedroom trying to figure out what to wear? Shorten the time it takes to plan an outfit and get out the door. Do yourself a favor and invest in a summer capsule wardrobe and make your life easier.

Here are the top 15 must-have items you should have in your summer capsule wardrobe.

Summer dresses   

Casual summer dress

Dressy summer dress

Maxi dress: A maxi dress can be dressed up or kept casual, which makes it the perfect piece to include in your summer capsule wardrobe.

Casual summer dress: Every gal needs a go-to sundress, like this one from Loft Ann Taylor. Dress it up with some statement jewelry and heels or wear it casually with flat sandals and a denim jacket.

Dressy summer dress: Yes, you can dress up and still be comfortable. Grab yourself a stretchy knit dress like this mauve, off-the-shoulder one from Lularoe. Pair it with a great pair of heels and a printed clutch for the perfect special occasion outfit for summer.

Jean jacket



Denim jacket: We will sing the praises of a denim jacket forever and ever because it can be paired with nearly everything during every season. Try out a classic, straightforward denim jacket like this one from Hollister, or look for one with more of a Western vibe for a modern twist.

Sweatshirt: A hoodie or sweatshirt is necessary for those chilly bonfire nights or camping. We love the casual summer stripes on this one from American Eagle Outfitters.


Athletic tank

Caftan or kimono: Easy, breezy, trendy and chic. Get yourself a pretty kimono, and you will be surprised just how often you wear it!

Athletic tank: A sporty tank will be essential for summer hikes, park adventures or weekend errands. We like this Under Armour version because it would pair so nicely with athletic shorts or leggings in any color!

Tanks: Stock up on your tanks this summer! Whether they are dressy or casual, make sure you have a little bit each.

Dressy tank


Printed shorts

Printed shorts: A fun way to add a little pizzazz into your summer capsule wardrobe is with a pair of printed shorts. We like this Apt. 9 pair because you can match them with nearly any color top.

Denim shorts: A favorite pair of denim shorts or cutoffs are a must-have for summer!

Denim shorts

White jeans: A flattering pair of white jeans, like this new-with-tags, plus-size pair from Lane Bryant, should be a staple in your closet.

White jeans

Jean skirts: Jean skirts are hot this summer, making them a versatile piece to include in your capsule wardrobe. Look for one with buttons or a raw hem.


Jean skirt

Romper: Rompers are EVERYWHERE, so if you don’t have one, now is the time to jump on that train.

Overalls: You’ve probably noticed that overalls are back and super-trendy right now. Try out a skirted version or one in a fun color.


Swimming suit: Yes, a swimming suit is a summer must-have. There are so many options available you are bound to find something you’re comfortable in. This one-piece from Magic Suit is super-flattering in all the right places.

Swimming suit

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