10 Essentials To Build Your Perfect Summer Capsule Wardrobe

The season just got better!

Yeah, we know a capsule wardrobe is just a fancy way of limiting the number of items we have in our closet. And summer, my friends, is the perfect time to create that summer capsule wardrobe checklist you’ve always wanted! So, treat yourself to a minimalist wardrobe that doesn’t need to change from season to season. And when done right, these super-cool essentials can help you go a long way.

What is a capsule wardrobe?

Emily Lightly

You might be curious as to what a capsule wardrobe actually is. It is simply a limited number of interchangeable wardrobe pieces that work well with one another.  From a white tee to a pair of blue jeans that are perfect for all seasons and reasons, these outfit ideas are often classics that never go out of style.

How to build a capsule wardrobe

So, this summer, you can create a summer capsule wardrobe checklist and check off all the boxes, since this list has them all!

1. Summery dress

summer dress for summer capsule wardrobe

Pact is a sustainable clothing brand that is obsessed with the best summer-style essentials! It has been our go-to brand for all of our sustainable clothing; this time is no exception when it comes to a season-friendly minimalist wardrobe. Yes, we’re referring to the brand’s flare dress, which comes in more than ten other prints and is the perfect fit for your summer capsule wardrobe. It is that dress you can throw on when it’s boiling outside and still look cool with a white pair of sneakers from your summer capsule closet.

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2. Comfy crop top

sustainable crop top for summer

If there’s one thing we cannot imagine our summers without, it’s a comfy crop top! And is a summer capsule wardrobe even a wardrobe if it doesn’t include at least one crop top? We don’t think so! So here’s one of our favorite sustainable clothing pieces from a brand we absolutely love: MATE! Like all the other summer-style essentials in your minimalist wardrobe, this top is versatile and can be paired with anything and everything. In addition, it has a modern shape with a cropped length and a loose fit, making it ideal for a summer getaway with flip-flops and denims.

3. Casual flip-flops

sustainable white flip flops

If you don’t already own a pair of good, comfy flip-flops, this is your cue to buy one. However, as much as we endorse not purchasing anything new for your summer capsule wardrobe, these flip-flops can go a long way. It’s a modern twist on summer style with a footbed you’ll love and want to keep wearing long after the season. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor adventures, grab this slip-resistant, vegan, and cruelty-free footwear to tick off your capsule wardrive checklist.

Related: 7 Planet Approved Flip-Flops To Walk The Sustainable Journey

4. Plain white tee

basic white tee for summer capsule wardrobe

White tees make us go yay, and this tee from The Classic Tshirt Company is no exception! Made in LA from 100% pre-shrunk organic cotton and GOTS certified, it is one of those luxurious materials your skin will love. If this tee will add anything to your summer capsule wardrobe, it is purely chic with its classic, timeless fit. We promise you won’t regret adding it to your capsule wardrobe checklist if you pair it with a pair of blue jeans and white shoes!

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5. Versatile pair of sunglasses

sustainable sunglasses for summer capsule wardrobe

Those who thought a perfect summer capsule wardrobe was only about sustainable clothing, think again. The best summer capsule closet contains everything chic, timeless, and flattering, just like these sunglasses from Sunski. So, get ready to take the cat-eye trend for a spin this summer with these polarized lenses and super-light recycled frames. What makes these even more fascinating for a summer capsule checklist is that they come in plastic-free packaging!

Related: 10 Eco-Friendly Sunglasses That Are Just Stunning

6. Comfy pair of shorts

sustainable shorts

Shorts can be the best summer essential when you know it’s time to add something to your minimalist wardrobe. They’re so versatile that you can use them with a pair of white tees, sneakers, and a tote to nail your summer style! Keeping our personal choices aside, Eileen Fisher is that brand that has almost everything right for your summer capsule wardrobe. But for us, these summer essentials stand out! So even if you don’t typically wear shorts, what better way to stay calm and stylish in the sweltering sun than with these organic linen shorts?

7. Cool tote bag

black tote bag for summer capsule wardrobe

What could be more essential for the best capsule wardrobe than a black tote bag that practically matches everything? You can round up your summer capsule wardrobe with this Nisolo bag that you just can’t go wrong with. In terms of its functionality, versatility, and color, this tote bag will always be on your capsule wardrobe checklist, much beyond summer. So, the next time you head out in your white tee and shorts this season, don’t forget to get this new favorite everyday tote made of cotton canvas and vegetable-tanned leather straps.

Related: 10 Sustainable Handbags For The Modern Fashionista

8. Summer-style swimsuit

summer bodysuit

Never underestimate the power of a one-piece swimsuit in the summer! This minimalist wardrobe essential is not just best for the summer but also throughout the year, whenever you’re ready to take a dip. So, talking about making a summer capsule wardrobe checklist, we knew we had to include our favorite swimwear brand, SummerSalt, here. This swimsuit comes in pretty floral prints with the brand’s signature sidestroke silhouette. The sleek style of this one-piece is so versatile that you can see yourself wearing it all year round, don’t you?

Related: 10 Ethical Swimwear Brands For Beach Days And Sunny Getaways

9. A pair of blue denims

sustainable blue denims

You honestly thought we would make this list of summer capsule wardrobe essentials without mentioning a sustainable pair of jeans? So get ready to get your butt into something sustainable this summer with these slim-fitting flared-leg blue denim. Get your summer capsule wardrobe game up by pairing this denim from Reformation with a white tee or a crop top. They’re made of slightly stretchy material, so they will fit you just right without stretching out too much.

Related: 8 Golden Tips To Make Your Jeans Last Longer

10. White sneakers

white sneakers for summer capsule wardrobe

White sneakers are what most of us live for, and these sustainable shoes from Madewell will tick all the boxes on your summer capsule wardrobe checklist. So, add these super cool timeless white lace-ups in canvas and suede to your summer capsule closet, and you can pair them with almost everything! The best part about these sneakers is that they’re unisex and have a man-made sole. So, get ready to walk through your summer in style with these sustainable beauties?

Related: 10 Best Vegan Sneakers To Up Your Styling Game!

What to wear in summer?

So, this summer, pair up your favorite summer capsule wardrobe pieces from the list above, to make a fashion statement like never before! From combining your white tee with denim to pairing that crop top with a skirt and flip-flops, we hope we’re able to cross everything off your summer capsule wardrobe checklist this season!

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