Summer Capsule Wardorbe
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. For those of you who don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is…it’s basically a collection of essential items that flawlessly integrate together. That means that you can mix and match and wear all of these pieces in a bunch of different ways.
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.
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.
Shop Our Summer and Spring 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! If you want to see more ways to wear these items, make sure you subscribe to the newsletter to get the free Lookbook with over 30 outfits styling some of these pieces.
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Summer Capsule Wardrobe Essentials
Tops & Sweaters
Dresses & Bottoms
For a slightly more relaxed fit, size up on Moussy Vintage. I have a mix of 26 and 27. I also linked my favorite Agolde denim shorts that run TTS. When it comes to dresses, think about your personal summer style and what works best in your wardrobe. Your dresses for summer could include a maxi, midi, or mini dresses, a shirt dress, a floral dress, or whatever calls to you…just make sure it works seamlessly with the rest of your summer capsule so that you build a summer wardrobe that’s cohesive.
If you live in a hot climate, you only really need one lightweight jacket for those cold buildings with the AC pumping. I’d highly recommend this Cinq a Sept white blazer (I have it in two colors)! The trench isn’t something you’ll use for summer but would definitely transition to fall, winter, and spring. All of these pieces run true to size. You might want to size up in the Balmain blazer if you have broad shoulders.
Accessories & Jewelry
I choose every day, but impactful gold jewelry that elevates a look without overpowering it.
Elan is one of my favorite brands for affordable swim cover-ups. I LOVE Becca swimwear for women over 40 with flattering fits and great coverage. Johanna Ortiz makes beautiful swimsuits if you’re looking for something a little glam. Find more of my favorite swimsuits here.
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!
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