Last Minute Summer Capsule Wardrobe

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If you are looking to round out a summer capsule wardrobe, it isn’t too late. There are still a lot of cute options available. You do need to hurry because they will sell out.

To help you, I rounded up some classic summer staples. They will be easy to mix and match with each other and other core pieces in your closet. And because everyone deserves a nice wardrobe, I’ve made sure to pick as many size-inclusive options as possible.

Summer Capsule Wardrobe Picks


Who here has 50 shirts but only wears a handful of them? For this capsule, I wanted to add both basics and tops with pretty details. But since I believe in making the most out of your wardrobe, you’ll be able to pair these tops with other layers when the weather gets a bit cooler.

I stuck to blues, whites, and blacks to make sure everything went together. You can pick any colors you would like. I do recommend sticking to two or three colors that work well together.

Whisper Cotton Tank for Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Tank

Pair this tank with shorts for a relaxed summer vibe. During the fall and winter, this tank will be great for layering.

Available in sizes XXS-3X

15 colors available

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J.Crew Vintage Stripe

If you don’t own a classic striped shirt yet, what are you waiting for? Buy it now and wear it all year.

Available in sizes XXS-3X

2 colors available

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Jcrew Gauze Top

J.Crew Smocked Ruffle Gauze Top

This lightweight top will keep you cool on the hottest of days this summer.

Available in sizes XXS-3X

6 colors available

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Eyelet Top for Summer Capsule Wardrobe

J.Crew Eyelet Camisole

Pair this pretty eyelet camisole with jeans or linen pants for an effortlessly chic summer look.

Available in sizes XXS-3X

3 colors available

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Shorts and Pants

For shorts and pants, I wanted to keep things simple. Make sure you have a go-to pair of jean shorts plus some lightweight bottoms. Mix in jeans or cropped pants from your core wardrobe as needed.

JCrew Shorts for Summer Capsule Wardrobe

J.Crew Mid Rise Shorts

This staple can literally be worn with everything.

Available in sizes 23-37

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Linen Shorts

Athleta Cabo Linen Shorts

Linen shorts are cool and comfy, making them perfect for summer.

Available in sizes 0-26

3 colors available

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Athleta Cabo Linen Pants

Linen pants can be casual or dressed up depending on the top they are paired with.

Available in sizes 00-26

3 colors available

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Normally, I would include at least two dresses in a capsule. I only opted to share this dress because it is super popular. It sells out every time I share it.

Modcloth Dress for Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Modcloth Midi Dress

This midi dress has been popular for the last two seasons and for good reason.

Available in sizes 0-28

3 colors available

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Swimsuit and Cover Up

If you are looking for a swimsuit still, you should be able to find some great prices. I really recommend investing in a classic style that you can wear for years. If you are looking for something a bit more fun, check out this year’s swimsuit shopping guide.

Swimsuit for Summer

Swimsuits For All One Piece

You will wear this classic black swimsuit for years.

Available in sizes 4-34

4 colors available

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Summer Capsule Wardrobe Swimsuit Cover Up

Button Front Cover Up

You will bring this cover up with you every time you hit the pool or beach.

Available in sizes 6-24

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Shoes and Accessories

During the summer months, I tend to reach for the same shoes and accessories over and over. For the capsule, I kept things just as simple. Pick a pair of shoes, grab your sunnies, and you’re done.


Madewell Packable Hat

Even if you aren’t a hat person, grab one to protect yourself (and your balayage) from the sun.

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Madewell The Dayna Lugsole Slide

These slides are comfortable and go with almost everything.

2 colors available

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Espadrille Platform

Target Espadrille Platform

These shoes look expensive but are super affordable.

2 colors available

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Veja Sneaker

Veja Sneaker

White sneakers give everything a casual vibe without looking like you’re going to the gym.

3 colors available

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Retro Round Sunglasses

Get the Leonard Sunglasses look for less with these affordable sunnies.

5 colors available

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Diff Polarized Sunglasses

Polarized sunglasses reduce glare and keep your eyes protected while out in the sun.

2 colors available

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