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Be Super Stylish This Summer With This Gorgeous Capsule Wardrobe!

Summer Capsule Wardrobe

IF you are a newsletter subscriber, you know that we have seasonal capsule wardrobe graphics we release every couple of months. This resource is so helpful visually when it comes to putting together the perfect capsule wardrobe where everything works seamlessly together. Below, you’ll find an updated, simplified Summer Capsule Wardrobe in case you still need some of your basics.  For those of you who don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is…it’s a collection of essential items that flawlessly integrate together. That means you can mix and match and wear all of these pieces in a bunch of different ways to get the most versatility out of your wardrobe.
There are a couple of keys to getting your capsule wardrobe right:

How To Build A Summer Capsule Wardrobe

1) Pick a Color Story:

In this case (below) I chose neutrals like black, white, ivory, beige, and tan. Then I threw in a few fun blue pieces. These colors work well for women of all ages and are very versatile. If you remember the Spring Capsule Wardrobe from a few months ago, I shared even more neutral pieces…If you shopped that capsule wardrobe, all of these new pieces will work well with those too!

2) Choose Basics Wisely:

There’s a reason this graphic takes me so long 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 women at all ages feel more confident.

Shop Our Summer Capsule Wardrobe

I tried to include pieces that are versatile so that you can wear them over and over again. This wardrobe is for summer, but it could easily transition to fall and beyond! Another thing I want to point out is that you do NOT have to buy new pieces every season. This capsule wardrobe is a springboard for you to create outfits and glean inspiration. You probably already have some similar items in your closet! But, if you’re interested in sprucing up a few of the basics, you can find all of the links to these items below!

Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Summer Capsule Wardrobe Essentials

Tops

I either own all of these tops or own tops by the same brand and love them. The white Rails button-down is my go-to every summer. I have it in my regular size to wear normally and in one size up to wear as a coverup (perfect for travel!). The white Nation LTD tee is a great basic with a twist. And I love both the blue and red Farm Rio tops. A quick note about the red printed Farm Rio top…this orangey-red color is difficult for someone with my complexation to wear but I know it would look wonderful on many of you!

Bottoms

If you’re looking for an affordable pair of denim shorts, this pair by Pistola is a great option! If you’re looking for a casual pair of cotton shorts, I have the pants version of these black shorts and love them…the material is SO good for summer (and travel).
These white jeans by Pistola have been a #1 best seller for months…if you haven’t grabbed them already, I highly recommend them!

Dresses

I recommend having a black dress, a white dress, and a printed dress for summer that can all be dressed up or down. Any of the three options linked below would be perfect. I love all the flattering details on the white dress and that I could wear it with sneakers for a casual day of lunch and errands, or throw on heels and wear it to dinner!

Outerwear

If you already have your classic black blazer covered, considering adding a white blazer to your wardrobe for summer. This one by Cinq a Sept has a more relaxed fit and cool ruched sleeves. Looking for something more casual? Try this chic cropped jacket by Paige! It’s super lightweight and a beautiful neutral color that will go with everything.

Accessories & Jewelry

I choose everyday, but impactful gold jewelry that elevates a look without overpowering it.

Shoes

These are ALL neutral-toned, comfortable shoes and fit true to size. Remember to consider your lifestyle and preferences…I love wearing heeled sandals, but I know many of you prefer flats. All choices are completely up to you!

Swim

Have you tried Hunza G swimsuits? They are one size fits all and made of the most stretchy, comfy fabric. This black Hunza G one-piece comes in a few colors and would be a great addition to your swim collection. And of course, don’t forget a coverup and hat! By the way, you can find more of my favorite swimsuits here if you’re interested.

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32 thoughts on “Be Super Stylish This Summer With This Gorgeous Capsule Wardrobe!

  1. Where is the other gauze blouse and the other white jeans you showed with the royal blue top and white with gold belt? Can you give me designer please?

  2. I love all the pieces in the capsule wardrobe, but I never know how to build an outfit that makes me look as polished and pulled together as Erin does. Is it possible to create boards of individual outfits (using the pieces shown here), in addition to the seasonal capsule wardrobe? It would be most helpful! If not for the spring/summer, perhaps for the fall?

    1. Thanks for reaching out! We did create an amazing Lookbook, where we take the spring capsule pieces and create several outfits to take all the guesswork out of ways to style each piece. You’ll have access with this if you have signed up for the newsletter. If you haven’t signed up yet, here’s the link to sign up… https://mailing.busbeestyle.com/Newsletter_Landing_Page If you have already signed up, just reach out to us at info@busbeestyle.com and we will send you the direct link to download the lookbook! ~Team Busbee

  3. What’s up friends, its fantastic piece of writing on the topic of cultureand fully
    explained, keep it up all the time.

  4. Please tell me wear I may buy a great quality white spring/summer skirt. In the past I have always purchased in the Caribbean . A recommendation would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you
    Kathryn

    1. Hi Kathryn! We’re putting a few suggestions below. We haven’t personally tried these, but Erin loves the first two brands for their high-quality, stylish pieces. If you can share what length you’re looking for and your price range, we’d be happy to find you more options. Thanks so much for your support! ~Team Busbee
      White tiered midi skirt: https://rstyle.me/+hP3yNk2JxL4ngPJtmONaFw
      Another midi skirt option: https://rstyle.me/+oy8pQIuEJsOI0scKToDQXA
      For less option: https://rstyle.me/+dknf3nYNLikskDtb-roRMQ

    1. You can shop all of the items in this post just below the graphic. They’re linked under their respective categories (Tops & Sweaters, Dresses & Bottoms, etc.). Please let us know if you have any other questions! Thanks for stopping by, Sue! ~Team Busbee xo

  5. I appreciate all the time and effort you put into this capsule wardrobe. However, some of us, including myself, are in a financial category that would never allow for these prices. I was very disappointed to click on the links and discover many items cost 100+ and even 1000+. Maybe sometime you could find similar links where the majority of the items are below $50. I know that may sound unreasonable, but that’s where many of us are. Again, I do appreciate your time, because at the very least it gives us examples to search for within our own budgets.

    1. Thanks so much for the feedback, Shannon! We’ll work on featuring more affordable pieces in the future. Is there anything specific on the capsule wardrobe you’d like us to find you a more affordable option for? We’d love to help! Thanks again for the support! ~Team Busbee xo

  6. 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

  7. 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.

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

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