Your summer capsule wardrobe in 10 pieces

If you’re searching for a way to dress decisively and shop more economically, or maybe you’re just in need of a way to make your baggage allowance go further, the capsule wardrobe could be your summer sartorial saviour. The ideal 2019 summer capsule wardrobe should include the classics you revisit every year and can throw together easily - think tailored shorts, simple sliders and a chic one-piece swimsuit. Take a scroll of these editor-approved essentials that will see you through the summer’s heat wave and beyond.



1. Tan sliders


This is the sandal that will go with every outfit this summer - tan works equally well with other neutrals as it does with bright hues. Slip on with anything from silky slip dresses to denim and you'll be comfy, cool and effortlessly stylish. 

Kurt Geiger, Deliah Sandals, £69


2. Simple swimsuit

Sunseeker High Leg Swimsuit


There are plenty of swimwear trends around this season, but when it comes to capsule summer wardrobes, it pays to opt for a simple one-piece that goes with everything. It can even double as a top you can throw on with some linen trousers or a midi skirt.

Sunseeker, Sunseeker High Leg Swimsuit, £69


3. Tailored shorts

Oasis Formal Shorts


The grown-up alternative to denim cut-offs, tailored shorts are best paired with a simple tank top and flat sandals during the day. Dress them up for evenings with strappy heels, a lightweight blazer and layered necklaces.

Oasis, Formal Shorts, £34


4. Strappy sandals

Jiji Knotted Block Heels


We’re calling it, the strappy sandal is the ‘90s revival piece we are most happy to see the heroic return of. A one-stop ticket to making every outfit you throw on look like something Carrie Bradshaw herself would strut out in? Count us in.

Head Over Heels, Jiji Knotted Block Heels, £48


5. Basket bag

Natural Weaved Bag With Stripe Lining


If you’re looking for an easy way to inject some carefree holiday vibes into your closet, then a basket bag is the answer. No longer just a beach-bound style, a wicker accessory will cut it in a city setting too.

Yumi, Natural Weaved Bag With Stripe Lining, £24


6. Cover-up

Gant Linen Shirt


When it comes to poolside chic, nothing makes a statement like wafting around in a floaty cover-up. The kaftan will never lose its status, but a linen dress or oversized shirt are great options that will work for your extended summer wardrobe too.


Gant, Linen Shirt, £95


7. Floaty trousers

Warehouse Stripe Linen Wide Leg Trousers


Forever a warm-weather classic, a pair of easy and breezy trousers will ensure you stay cool while looking smart. Pair with a simple racer vest, gold jewellery and sliders, or dress up with a slinky cami and a clutch bag.

Warehouse, Stripe Linen Wide Leg Trousers, £42


8. Chic sunglasses

Mulberry Kate Acetate Sunglasses


Classic with a hint of cat eye and inspired by iconic it girl Kate Moss, the Mulberry Kate sunglasses were made to channel some serious Riviera glamour. We love the tortoiseshell iteration, but an all-black pair is equally chic.

Mulberry, Kate Acetate Sunglasses, £190


9. Sundress

Whistles Digital Daisy Zelena Dress


A statement midi is a must for any summer wardrobe. Choose wisely and the right midi will see you through just about any sartorial situation. Dress up with wedges for warm evenings and with plimsolls for city breaks. 

Whistles, Digital Daisy Zelena Dress, £179


10. Straw hat

Oasis Lurex Floppy Straw Hat


A straw hat is perfect for holidays spent on the beach, perusing the local shops, or really anywhere you want to look chic and sun-soaked. If you think you can't wear a straw hat unless you're beach bound, think again - it will be a godsend come the next heat wave.

Oasis, Lurex Floppy Straw Hat, £18