The Basic Essentials of an Effortless Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Sometimes the thought of being limited to only the 12 items in your modern capsule collection is daunting. Most of us love choices. Options. Like a salad bar. Sometimes we're in the mood for ranch, and sometimes balsamic is where it's at. Does that mean that we still don't put lettuce, cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes as the base of your salad? No. Because the basics don't change. Just what we put on top does. 

With that in mind-- for our Summer Capsule collection, we decided to mix it up! (Pun intended!) We wanted to essentially give you four basic capsule wardrobe elements for summer- and show you how to mix them together and seperate with extra "toppings." 

If you've ever stood in front of your jam-packed closet and exclaimed "I have nothing to wear!", the capsule wardrobe is calling your name, sister. Simplify your choices to make getting ready a breeze. Here's the basic four pieces a great 2018 summer capsule wardrobe can be created around. 

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What is a capsule wardrobe?

In the 1970s, Susie Faux coined the term “capsule wardrobe” and suggested a collection of 12 items that could be worn year-round. Since then the idea has been popularized by fashion giants like Donna Karan and modern-day bloggers like Caroline Rector. True capsulistas use one capsule year-round, but at Cents of Style we are moderates on the capsule spectrum. That means we mix and match in seasonal elements to compliment our capsules, and elements of them are always changing. 

How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

Clean out your closet

Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up taught us to pick up each item in our closets to see if it ‘sparks joy’. Prior to purchasing your capsule wardrobe, this may be a good idea if you have a lot of items that are taking up space in your drawers. A freshly organized closet is the perfect way to welcome these four new capsule wardrobe items that are about to become your literal go-tos for the Summer.

Go shopping

A true capsule would last you an entire season. Use the Cents of Style Summer Basic Capsule to enhance your wardrobe after you've finished that Spring Cleaning and know that your basics for Summer need a Boost!

  1. Floral Duster Kimonocos_5_4_24
  2. Basic Denim Bermuda Shortscos_5_4_28


  1. Ruffle Sleeve Tie-Topcos_5_4_12 (1)


  1. Long Lounge Maxi Dresscos_5_4_14

Bonus item:

  1. Summer Weight Panama Hat


Using just your capsule wardrobe may sound a bit daunting, but it may be easier than you think.  Set a number of days out of the month where you will pull only from your 4 key pieces from your summer capsule. It may be 7 days  or all 30. It’s ok to cheat just a little, but the goal is to see what you can live without. You'll reach for these four basic capsule pieces and add elements from there. When in doubt, start with the above four pieces and add accessories from last summer in. 

Get creative

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Pairing the items in different ways transforms the way you feel about your outfit and yourself.  Be sure to share your outfits using #mycentsofstyle - we love to see what you come up with!