Summer Capsule Wardrobe Pieces

There are some pieces that are staples in my Summer capsule wardrobe. But that doesn't mean they are basics. Now that I have reached a certain age these pieces are ones that have been carefully determined to bring me the minimum cost per wear, but the maximum pleasure. I might take a nod to the seasonal trends, but what I really want to wear are pieces that make me feel good and the best quality for the investment.

My Summer staples won't be the same as yours - it all depends on your personal style - but below are mine and where I like to shop to give you some inspiration for determining yours.

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Gold dress // Print dress // Cardigan // White top // Orange blouse // Ivory trousers // Chocolate linen trousers // Sand stripe trousers // Silk print top // Red linen top // Gold blouse // Sandals // Shoes // Earrings // Basket bag // Gold bag //

A "dressy" dress for day or evening. This gold one fits with everything about my personal style, including a touch of luxury in the colour and fabric while still being somewhat relaxed.

A printed summer dress. Something colourful that will work for day, evenings and holidays (soon please) dressed up with pretty heeled sandals or down with espadrilles.

Linen trousers in neutral or bright colours. This season this pair in my favourite neutral, Chocolate and a striped pair in Sand will go with so much that I have in my wardrobe already. I'm opting for a cropped style as a more modern but still timeless option.

A lightweight knit. For me, a longline linen knit is relaxed and elegant and suits me so much more than a waist length cardigan. A neutral like this one looks expensive and works with everything in my wardrobe.

Sleeveless/short sleeve tops. I am not a T-shirt girl, they never feel smart enough for me and the basic T-shirt shape is not flattering for my figure. My Summer tops tend to be sleeveless to work on the hottest day or to layer under my lightweight knits. Here I have chosen a white one, elevated by its embroidery and tuck details, a V neck silk that can be worn for day or evening and a red cross front, tie bottom linen one to add a pop of colour.

White, Ivory or Cream trousers. These are my evening option or dressier day option with a silk blouse. They never date, are always appropriate (except for a wedding) and look great with coloured or metallic accessories.

Silk or dressy blouses. To go with the white trousers for evenings and occasions. This season I love this orange wrap one from DVF and this floaty gold version from Vince.

For accessories, the minimum requirements for me are a pair of neutral shoes or sandals - these pointed flats are so elegant - a pair of metallic sandals, a casual day bag - baskets always work for the Summer - and a metallic dressy bag. Then I will add a few pieces of jewellery, like these new in earrings.

A few outfits created from these pieces.

What would you add to your Summer staples? If you aren't sure where to start, get personalised hep from me in the [email protected] membership, find out more here.

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