Be Super Stylish This Summer With This EPIC, Gorgeous Capsule Wardrobe!

IF you are a newsletter subscriber, you know that we have EPIC capsule wardrobe graphics seasonally. These handouts that you can download and print are so helpful visually when it comes to putting together the perfect capsule wardrobe where everything works seamlessly together.

There are a couple of keys to getting your capsule wardrobe right:

1) Pick a Color Story:

In this case (below) I chose neutrals like black, white, ivory, beige, and tan. These colors work well for women of all ages and are very versatile.

2) Choose Basics Wisely:

There’s a reason this graphic takes me 10+ hours to put together… I choose each piece very carefully, weighing fit and versatility as well as quality. You want to spend the majority of your wardrobe budget on basics. 80% on basics. 20% on trends. You can find more really helpful style tips here. Additionally, I’m thinking about sleeves, hemlines, and all of the things that help us ladies over 40 feel more confident. (If you want more summer dressing ideas, specifically for covering up your arms, be sure to check out this post. Plus, we have a ton of helpful posts here.)
For those of you who don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is…it’s basically a collection of essential items that seamlessly integrate together. That means that you can mix and match and wear all of these pieces in a bunch of different ways.

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I tried to include pieces that are versatile so that you can wear them over and over again. This wardrobe is for summer but I think it could easily transition to fall and beyond! Find all of the links to these items below!

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Tops & Sweaters

Dresses & Bottoms

For a slightly more relaxed fit, size up on Moussy Vintage. I have a mix of 26 and 27.


The Retrofete jean jacket runs small. Be sure to size UP. The Veronica Beard blazers run true to size. I bought size 2 in the scuba blazer. L’agence also runs true to size. Consider swapping the white blazer for a leather jacket if that feels more like your edgy style.

Accessories & Jewelry

I choose every day, but impactful gold jewelry. That mixed metal choker is definitely something I plan to order!


Elan is one of my favorite brands for glam and affordable swim cover-ups. I LOVE Robin Piccone and Becca swimwear for women over 40. Both brands create sexy suits with more modest coverage (but not too modest). Vix is another great brand for a sexier swim look.


I picked ALL neutral-toned, comfortable shoes.

Which piece is your favorite?? Did you find any holes in your own wardrobe? You can subscribe to my exclusive weekly newsletter to get some freebies! Thank you so much for stopping by.

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How To Manifest Anything, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing an orange and blue Staud Ina dress with white sunglasses walking around in Telluride, Colorado
Erin Busbee
After a decade in TV news, a desire to help women "look pretty" sparked a career pivot. I started my own wardrobe consulting business, styling "real" women for many years. In 2014, I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We are now a community of nearly 700,000 dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40... who know that age isn't something you need to hide from. For us, life is just getting started!!
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10 thoughts on “Be Super Stylish This Summer With This EPIC, Gorgeous Capsule Wardrobe!

  1. Thank you for “making” me buy a straw hat for summer! I thought it would make me too hot…however, not only do I look cool, but I feel cooler when I’m wearing the straw hat!

    I couldn’t get the one you featured bc it was sold out…but I got another one Nordstrom offered as an alternative…do you still get credit for that…or do I have to purchase the exact one that you linked on you Tube?

    1. Thank you SO much for thinking of me. If you accessed Nordstrom through our links we do get credit, but more importantly… I’m thrilled you love your hat! Such a great summer accessory. So happy you wrote to tell me. Have an amazing end of your summer. xo

  2. I got the Steve Madden sandals last week after seeing them here. I absolutely love them. They are not something I would usually pick up. I stepped outside of my comfort zone. Thanks for suggesting them.

  3. What is a link to the tie-waist shorts in the capsule? To the puff sleeve short sleeve blouse? TY

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