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How to Create a Summer Capsule Wardrobe

May 6 2021

Velvet Heart Summer Wardrobe Essentials

A capsule wardrobe is such a convenient creation for so many reasons! Whether you’re traveling this summer or you just plan to keep yourself super busy, you don’t agonize over what to wear every morning. Eliminate decision fatigue when you develop a summer capsule wardrobe that’s full of versatile and classic basics you can mix and match to wear again and again!

Stop standing in front of a packed closet asking yourself what you should wear! Check out our must-have summer wardrobe essentials and get inspired to build your own!

1. Minimalist Tunic Tops

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Mickey Snow White Sleeveless Raw Edge Tank Top ($42)

A minimalist tank made of soft fabric is a perfect choice for your summer capsule wardrobe. It’s so comfortable and easy to modify with a knot in the front or a half-tuck into your pants. Pair with pants, shorts or any other bottoms!

2. Cropped Pants

Cropped pants are casual but elevated while keeping you cool during the heat of the summer. These pants say that you didn’t try too hard to look put-together, but you managed to create a chic outfit. Wear your pants with a button-up shirt and sneakers!

3. High-Waisted Shorts

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Dijon Khaki Paper-Bag Shorts ($68)

We love high-waisted shorts because they help you feel more confident and comfortable by accentuating your waist. They also add a touch of sophistication! We would match a flowy pair of these shorts with a plain tee or patterned blouse.

4. Midi & Maxi Dress

Finding a midi or maxi dress that you can wear anywhere is the perfect fit for a summer capsule wardrobe. Find a dress that looks just as good with heels as it does with flats for a piece that can take you from day to night with ease!

5. Chic Dress

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Luiza Tomato Button-Up Midi Dress ($92)

A button-up dress with pockets is the ideal complement to the other dress in your summer capsule wardrobe. Balance the more neutral option by choosing something that has a subtle print or unique color to brighten up your entire wardrobe.

6. Denim Shorts

Everyone needs a good pair of denim shorts. Regardless of what else is in your summer capsule wardrobe, you cannot forget a pair of jean shorts. Go casual with a tee or tank or elevate your look with a blouse or buttoned shirt.

7. Button-Up Shirts

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Riley White Lattice Trim Button-Up Shirt ($88)

Button-up shirts are versatile as a light cover-up jacket or as a shirt for going out during summer nights. These pieces are also great for layering. Linen button-ups make for an ideal material to wear during the warmer months of the year as it will keep you cool and comfortable.

8. V-Neck Tees

Having several high-quality v-neck tees is great for any summer capsule wardrobe. They allow you to mix and match with nearly any style of bottom depending on your mood, the occasion, and your accessories.


With these summer wardrobe essentials, you’ll be ready for anything! Build your capsule wardrobe today and share your style with Velvet Heart using #VHMYWAY!