The Perfect Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Ten Essential Pieces to Mix and Match for Endless Summer Looks

With summer now in full swing, relying on a capsule wardrobe is the best solution to navigate your sunny appointments without ever finding yourself short of outfit options. Suitable both in and out of the city, the ideal summer capsule wardrobe groups a list of essential pieces to mix and match for any occasion. The result? Less stress, less decision-making, and fewer items to pack for upcoming holidays. But with no compromise on style, we promise.

If this sounds like you, read on. Our list of capsule wardrobe essentials is the perfect starting point to get wherever you want this summer.

Shirt Dress

Classy yet trendy, the shirt dress is one of the most versatile items of our clothing capsule. Casual and breezy, it’s great to be dressed up or down depending on needs. Wear it all buttoned up and with a pair of flats if you’re heading to the office, or lose it up and play with sandals or high heels if a dinner party is on the menu. We particularly love its flattering power: that waist-defining feminine shape is a hit.

Breton Top

French girls know better: a Breton top is forever. The famous striped top is a must of any capsule closet, and lets you replicate the cool riviera style no matter if you are near or far from the seaside.

Midi Skirt

When it’s too hot to handle trousers but you still need a certain skin coverage, a midi skirt is your best option. Have fun with colors and prints (hey, it’s summer!), but pair it with a basic top to keep things balanced.

Basket Bag

No summer wardrobe would be such without a straw basket bag. It has the power to inject a carefree twist to any look, and it’s roomy enough to carry all the essentials for a day out. Water bottle and SPF included.

Straw Hat

The ultimate cool girl accessory, a straw hat keeps you away from annoying sunstrokes, while also adding great personality to your look. Shapes and styles are endless, so you just have to pick your favorite and channel your inner diva.


When it comes to summer shoes, having comfortable and breathable options should be a priority. Equip your capsule wardrobe with a pair of slides or flats: they go well with dresses and trousers alike, can work for both day and evening, and most importantly they’ll take you where you need with no pain or extra sweat.

Bold Crossbody Bag

If straw bags are perfect for the day, a good capsule wardrobe also has to include a valid bag option for the evening. Opt for a bold crossbody bag with an interesting shape or color, great to make a style statement. It will be the fancy item on your capsule wardrobe list: the invigorating glue that keeps all the other essentials together.

White Shirt

There must be a reason why we all own a white shirt. Timeless, clean, and crisp, it’s a versatile wardrobe staple to easily play with. Tucked inside your office trousers, knotted around the waist, or worn oversized for a causal effect, it will save all of your summer last-minute looks.

Denim Jacket

Comfortable, functional, and with an irresistible vintage vibe, the denim jacket is our preferred summer cover-up. For a modern twist on the classic, opt for a stretched denim blazer or an oversized denim top: they will work just as well as the jacket, but with a more unexpected take.

Silk Foulard

The silk foulard is a little extra in our summer wardrobe capsule checklist: the fun add-on to shake things up. In fact, we suggest you to dare on this, choosing prints and colors you love and accessorizing your looks in unpredictable ways. You can wear the foulard around the neck or as a hair accessory, wrap it around the bag’s handles or around your wrist instead. We also have an entire article on how to wear a silk scarf, if you need some inspiration.