10 Items, 20+ Outfits: The Ultimate Summer Capsule Wardrobe

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I’m not one to brag, but I’ve really done it this time guys. I’ve put together the ultimate 10 piece summer capsule wardrobe. And the best thing about it? You can easily build one for yourself using existing pieces in your wardrobe. This curated 10 piece capsule is one that any wardrobe would benefit from. It’s full of lightweight and breezy options that’ll see you through your work days as well as on the weekend. And if like me you’re experiencing a cooler summer than usual then I’ve got you covered there too with a lightweight jacket option to throw over on those cooler days.

My 10 piece summer capsule features in my latest YouTube video where I share 24 outfits that I’ve managed to pull together (also pictured above). I could have easily kept on going given the versatility of the capsule items. You certainly don’t need a lot of pieces – just a few hardworking wardrobe staples you can rotate and combine in different ways that will see you through the warmer months. Not only will a capsule like this keep you looking stylish, but it also makes it a lot easier to put together outfits when you’re pressed for time (or motivation) in the morning.

Here’s the formula I used for the 10 items:

  • 3 x tops
  • 2 x bottoms
  • 2 x dresses (one casual, one dressy)
  • 1 x knit
  • 2 x jackets (one casual, one dressy)

10 piece capsule rundown

Here’s a rundown of the 10 items in my capsule:

Arket white crew neck tee – let’s kick things off with a no brainer – a classic crew neck white t-shirt. My shirt of choice is this one from Arket which I discovered a few years back and it is hands down, the best classic crew neck t-shirt ever. It ticks all the boxes – a flattering boxy cut, not see-through, and there’s something magical about the organic cotton used because it has a silky sheen that makes it look and feel premium. This has been a loyal wardrobe staple – I’ve bought it in 7 different colours and I’ve even gone to the lengths of buying the tee in both the classic white and the ivory. An ordinary person might think they’re the same thing but a discerning person (ie. you) will appreciate that white and ivory are TOTALLY DIFFERENT AND IT IS NECESSARY TO HAVE BOTH. I wear this tee in a size S.

Arket grey long sleeve tee – because the weather has been a bit random as of late, the inclusion of a long sleeve tee is one that I credit to the responsible part of my brain. And boy, am I glad it’s there. I’ve relied on this almost as much as I’ve relied on my short sleeve tee. Again, this is another Arket tee because read: Arket tees reign supreme (see arguments made above). I take a size XS in Arket’s long sleeve tees.

Everlane light blue boxy shirt* – this shirt rounds up the 3 tops that form part of my capsule and thanks to the style, it has versatility in spades. It’s a boxy cropped shirt which works well if you’re petite like me, but it alooks just as stylish when worn as a jacket (as you’ll see in the outfits above). In fact, I think I’ve probably styled this more as a jacket than I have a shirt in recent days because it provides the perfect amount of warmth on those breezier days. I wear a size XS in this one.

Anine Bing black silk satin skirt – one of my favourite purchases this year and easily one of the hardest working items in my wardrobe. I used to rely quite heavily on traditional pencil skirts, particularly for work, but this style strikes the perfect balance between polished and relaxed, thanks to the bias cut shape of the skirt. It’s a midi skirt so the conservative length is still there, but the fluidity of the silk fabric means this just moves and flows in an effortless way. I’m wearing a size S here.

Nobody Denim jeans (similar pair here and here) – what complete wardrobe doesn’t have a pair of jeans! I’ve popped my favourite pair in this capsule – this pair from Nobody Denim which so happen to be the perfect straight cut jeans for petites! They tick all the boxes – classic blue wash, no rips and most importantly, no need to have these hemmed/fold these up at the ankles. I’ve settled for far too many too-long pairs of jeans for too long that these were an absolute treat to discover. Nobody Denim have expanded their petite range so there are a variety of styles to suit whatever cut strikes your fancy.

Country Road linen dress – you can’t go wrong with a classic breezy linen dress for summer. This one has been on my radar for a while because of the flattering cut, and thanks to the darker hue, it’s not see-through despite it being a linen blend. I’ve tried this style in at least 3 different colours but decided to go with the espresso. It’s one of the newer additions to my wardrobe that I picked up in the recent BFCM sales. I took a size XS in this.

Sezane polka dot dress – this is the dressier dress option in my capsule, to take into account the summer hang-outs and get togethers I’m assuming I’ll be invited too 😉. I picked this up in my most recent Sezane shopping shenanigans and it is now up there as one of my favourite Sezane pieces that I’ve ever bought! Size wise, I’m in a size EU 36.

Arket striped knit – this knit has featured a fair few times on the blog and my YouTube channel and has remained a firm favourite in my wardrobe. It’s so versatile and a great option to throw on if it’s a bit of a chillier summer day. I take a size XS in this one and it’s a stylish boxy cut.

The Curated black blazer* – another no brainer item to take your capsule wardrobe into the workwear space is a classic black blazer. This is my favourite black blazer in my wardrobe right now (and the most luxe thanks to the lush merino/silk composition. A single-breasted black blazer will see you through many a work day, or spruce up your more dressier outfits. I’m wearing a size XS in this style.

Arket short trench coat – and last but certainly not least, a proper jacket to round out your wardrobe. This short trench coat is a great lightweight option for the warmer months (though I could probably wear this year round because, Sydney) and it strikes the perfect balance between relaxed and polished because when is a trench coat not a stylish option? This style plays with more oversized proportions and has been one of my most worn jackets this year.

Accessories styled with my capsule

To complement my capsule, I chose a select few accessories from my wardrobe being:

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

P.S. 3 pairs of ugly shoes I’m embracing this summer and wardrobe items currently on sale!

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