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Essential Capsule Wardrobe Staples That Work Every Summer


A capsule wardrobe is a collection of basic clothing items that can be paired and mixed in countless ways so that you will have plenty of alternatives to wear throughout the season. They are composed of the most elementary pieces anyone should have, and they are the first choice when you don’t know what to wear, so this will save you a lot of time.

The last thing you want during the summer is to wear something made from a non-breathable material, it is very important what type of fabric you choose for your clothing, so always keep this aspect in mind. Plus, a capsule wardrobe is made up from staple clothing pieces that never go out of style and that you can wear many times – year after year.

Creating a capsule wardrobe saves time, money and energy, reduces stress, and makes life easier. And if you begin to see your wardrobe as a long-term investment, you will pick staples you know you will wear more than once and prioritise quality over quantity. 

That sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? So, let’s get you started to finally create that summer capsule wardrobe you keep postponing. 

Seamless Sundresses

What is better to wear on a hot sunny day than a seamless sundress? And for many people, the most important clothing item that is part of a summer capsule wardrobe is represented especially by a simple and easy day dress. A dress that doesn’t cling to your body and looks very put together, it will surely become your favourite choice when you prepare your outfit for the day. It will also save you time, as you will not need to think a lot about what you will wear and how to style clothing items, the right dress will have you ready in an instant. Plus, this type of dress works very well for both casual and formal occasions, so you will surely wear it multiple times during summer. Choose what works with your body shape and personal preference, popular styles are maxi, midi, mini, empire line, smock and shift dresses.

The most versatile dress is the midi one, as it looks fantastic, and you will never go wrong with it. The colour depends on your taste, and you can choose something natural that will look very fresh and clean, or you can add a pop of colour that is perfect for the warmer seasons. If you opt for the second alternative, you need to keep in mind the African print, as it is very trendy, versatile and unique in style and will surely succeed in lifting a low mood and energy because of the vibrant colours. AfricanFabs is a site that provides some of the best African fabrics, and you will surely find a print you like so that you will finally have that breezy and summerish dress you wanted for a long time. 


Swimwear trends come and go, but if you choose a classic style made from a fabric that compliments your body, you will have something to wear for years to come. You can select a one-piece swimsuit that will look amazing on its own or mixed with a pair of denim shorts and worn as a top. Try on a few different cuts so you can see what works best for you. Or you can opt for the high-waisted two-piece bikini, there are plenty of options on the market from strapless to underwired, that come in fun colours and prints and will look amazing on you when you are at the beach or a pool. Plus, if you want to tan, this second alternative will help you, as you will be more exposed to the sun. If you plan to travel to a breathtaking beach destination pack two swimwear options and be prepared to have a relaxed time hearing the waves hit the shores while being as stylish as possible. 

Lightweight pants

Lightweight pants are also a summer essential as they are very easy to pair, mix them with a simple top and you will look fabulous, elegant and chic. Wear them to the office, and you will be fashionable and receive several compliments, or on the beach with a swimsuit to have a great time without being too hot. Again, the fabric is very important, and you need to opt for natural, breathable fabrics to feel comfortable. Ankara fabric is a good alternative for summer trousers, as it is made from 100% cotton, is very lightweight and comes in bold designs and bright colours, which is perfect for the hot season. 


As simple and basic as they are, tops are a must in a summer capsule wardrobe. And as long as you have ones made from good fabric, you will elevate the look of an outfit without putting in too much effort. A good choice will be a white tank top, as they will not attract the sun rays and you will be comfortable, without sweating too much. Plus, you will see that when you have an item that goes well with everything from your wardrobe, you will save a lot of time and not need to search for hours for something to match the other clothing pieces. Choose block colours and simple shapes that can work with a variety of clothing items, if you want to dress up just accessorise with some statement jewellery items.

Summer Sandals

Every season has a signature shoe style, and in the summer, this is represented by sandals. You have various options on the market, from slides, wedges and flip flops, so you will surely find a pair to feel comfortable that can work with any outfit. Make sure you look for something comfy and versatile to be ready to rock this season. Of course, it is incredible to have a pair of heeled sandals to wear with that floaty summer dress that looks divine on you, but, on a more practical note flat sandals provide the most comfortable solution.

5 wardrobe essentials for that summer capsule wardrobe, how many do you have?

Images courtesy of Belles of London

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