If there’s one question I’ve gotten asked a lot recently, it’s how to create a summer capsule wardrobe. So today, I’m sharing one with you full of great Amazon basics that should take you from spring right through summer!
If you’re new to creating capsule wardrobes, this little shopping list and style guide is a great place to start. You can create SO many outfits from these mix and match pieces, which makes getting dressed in the morning that much easier.
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How to Start a Summer Capsule Wardrobe
If you’re new to the concept of a capsule wardrobe, don’t fret. It doesn’t mean you need to toss everything in your closet and live this crazy minimalist lifestyle.
Instead, think of this as an easy way to focus on staple pieces that you can mix and match in different ways to get you through the summer season in style.
Curating your own summer capsule wardrobe can help make getting dressed in the morning SO much easier! Since everything is in a coordinated color palette, there really is no guesswork involved.
And yes, you can still incorporate your favorite trendy pieces to express your personal style, too.
Here are some great affordable options from Amazon Prime for your summer capsule wardrobe.
Capsule Item #1: Cute Denim shorts
Denim shorts are a summer wardrobe basic. They can be styled with so many different outfits and really become essential when the summer heat hits.
From flat sandals to white sneakers and even heels, there are so many ways to wear denim. These Levi’s 501 shorts are a good bet and come in a number of different washes. I love that they’re high waist and have tons of excellent reviews.
Capsule Item #2: The Flirty Skirt
I live in Arizona, which means triple-digit temps for our summer months. So there is absolutely no jeans in the summer over here.
What I do gravitate toward, however, are cute flirty skirts. They’re feminine, breathable and incredibly easy to style. Plus, they look great no matter your body type.
This pretty floral-print skirt is a favorite piece from my own closet that can be worn so many ways! It also comes in several different colors; just remember to stick to the same color scheme so it works with the other pieces in your summer capsule.
Dress it down with a basic tank top and flat sandals or try some heeled sandals with a crop top. If you live somewhere cooler, you can easily add a denim jacket to this look. Either way, it’s definitely another summer capsule wardrobe must-have.
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Summer Capsule Wardrobe Must-Have: Midi and Maxi Dresses
There are two essential wardrobe basics every summer wardrobe should have: a little white dress and a great maxi or midi dress.
This white maxi dress from Amazon is perfect for summer travels, pool days and more. It has an elastic waist so it’s sure to be comfortable and the spaghetti strap style will keep you cool.
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If you’re wanting to add a pop of color to your summer capsule wardrobe, try this flattering print midi dress.
It comes in solid colors and prints as well and features a smocked waist, flutter sleeves and a ruffled hem.
Stock is low so if you’re not seeing your preferred size and color, try this wrap dress. It’s versatile, stylish and flattering on most body types. I own it in blush pink!
Summer Wardrobe Basic: Slip-on Shorts
A pair of comfortable, slip-on shorts are an absolute summer staple for any wardrobe. They’re comfortable, feature an elastic waistband and perfect for feeling stylish in the summer heat.
Try a simple top for an easy way to style these shorts. As soon as that warm weather hits, you’ll be thankful you have a pair of these in your closet.
More Summer Amazon Capsule Wardrobe Essentials
To round out your capsule wardrobe with the best basics from Amazon, don’t forget to stock up on a few of these essentials!
I’m loving these simple tank tops from the new Amazon Aware line. They are sustainably made and are 100% organic. The fabric is incredibly soft to the touch as well.
The Halter Crop
This halter crop top from Amazon is a bestseller and Amazon viral find! I own it in three colors as it really is that good. The halter itself is a really great fabric and is lined so you don’t have to wear a bra with it.
If you’re busty, I recommend sizing up for a slightly more comfortable fit. And if you don’t like the crop top, this halter comes in a bodysuit version.
The Linen Button Down
A linen button down is an absolute summer classic staple piece. They’re breathable and can be styled so many different ways!
This lightweight button down would look great tied and worn with denim shorts; you can layer a tank top underneath it or even wear it tucked into a pair of skinny jeans. You could even use this as a swim coverup!
It’s an incredibly versatile piece every summer capsule wardrobe needs.
A Light Cardigan
I know we’re focusing on warm weather looks, but even in the summer you’ll likely need a layering piece. Whether it’s stormy or you need to cover up from the frigid summer a/c a good cardigan is a must!
Just like basic tanks are a summer wardrobe must-have, so too are lace camisoles. These can be worn on their own or layered under so many pieces.
I personally love wearing cute lace camis with flirty print skirts.
Shoes for Your Summer Capsule Wardrobe
The beauty of a capsule wardobe is the simplicity of it all. And realizing that less is definitely more!
Case in point: the idea that you can surely get through the summer with just three pairs of shoes. Yes, three.
You’ll need some slide sandals (or other flat sandals); a pair of heeled sandals for events and a cute pair of white sneakers.
Summer Capsule Wardrobe Accessories
This wouldn’t be an Amazon capsule wardrobe post for summer if I didn’t include some must-have accessories! After all, these round out any outfit and can be a great way to add a trendy update to otherwise timeless pieces.
The Straw Hat
Add this Brixton straw hat to your wish list—stat! I’ve had this hat for several years and highly recommend it. It’s incredibly stylish, great quality and can be worn with everything from casual shorts to your bathing suit.
A Woven Tote
Nothing screams summer style like a woven tote. It gives off vacation vibes but can absolutely be worn even if you aren’t beach bound. This accessory can also be worn with both casual outfits to dressier summer dresses.
Speaking of woven styles, this set of boho earrings features 4 cute rattan earrings that you can wear with all of your favorite summer outfits.
A few other things you should consider adding to your summer capsule wardrobe:
- A T-shirt dress, this one is a bestseller
- A black jumpsuit, I like this one
- Active wear if you use it a lot. These sets are cute and affordable
- A midi skirt if you go to the office. This one is a fave and bestseller
I hope you enjoyed this sample summer Amazon capsule wardrobe and all of the different outfit combinations you can make! Hopefully this serves as a starting point when you’re planning your summer outfits.
A capsule wardrobe is also a great way to stay on budget over the summer and focus more on building a wardrobe full of classic pieces rather than following fashion trends.
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