Tips For Creating A Capsule Summer Wardrobe

Summer is well and truly here. The days are getting longer and the sun is shining brighter and, after a long winter of wrapping up in thick jumpers, chunky boots and scarves and gloves, it’s going to be good to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin again. But, it can be tricky to figure out how best to dress during those warm summer days after being used to the cold for so long. 

One of the best things you can do is create a capsule summer wardrobe, filled with essential items that you mix and match to create the perfect wardrobe for summer. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some top tips for creating a capsule summer wardrobe. 

Make Space

As you’ll be creating a summer wardrobe, it’s time to clear and store your winter essentials. These are much bulkier than summer pieces and tend to take up more room, so have a good sort through and make space for your summer capsule wardrobe. If you come across items that you haven’t worn in a while, why not sell them to make some extra money to buy some new summer pieces, or donate to charity.

Find The Best Materials, Colours and Fits For You

There are no rules when it comes to creating a summer capsule wardrobe, but there is one thing that is certain – when that warm summer weather hits, you need to ensure that the clothes you wear are lightweight and made of breathable materials, in colours that are easy to style with one another. 

The summer heat can be stifling sometimes, so choose clothes with breathable fabrics, such as cotton and linen, that feel comfortable against the skin. Neutral colours, such as black, white and grey, are the most versatile and effortless to style with clothes in a more summery colour. 

You also want to ensure that the clothes you wear during the summer are comfortable and flattering for your body type. The point of building a capsule wardrobe is to avoid extra spending, so take a look through your current summer wardrobe and see if you can recycle any bits for this year, too. 

Decide What Pieces Should Be In Your Capsule Wardrobe 

It’s all well and good to say that you should have some many pieces of smart clothing and a select number of plain tees when it comes to creating your summer capsule wardrobe, but only you can gauge what pieces you need in there and how many of them there should be. A capsule wardrobe has anything from 15-30 different pieces of clothing, but this can be smaller or bigger depending on your preferences. 

If you need to wear smart/casual wear for the office, then you’re going to need more pieces that you can style together to create different looks, whereas if you work from home, then your requirements will be different. Evaluate your wardrobe with your lifestyle to figure out what pieces you need and decide what needs to be part of your capsule collection. If you love going out with your friends at the weekend then you need a good selection of night out dresses, or if you love nothing more than throwing on a pair of mum-fit jeans and classic tee and heading out for a lazy Sunday brunch, you need to ensure you have a few options.