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Fashion 2 years ago

summer capsule wardrobe essentials


This is one of my most highly requested posts that I’ve been putting off for months now haha because of how much WORK goes into putting together my capsule wardrobe essentials! A capsule wardrobe is essentially the best basics in your wardrobe that you can mix and match and style lots of different ways. For my summer wardrobe those items include:

  • T-shirt dress
  • White denim
  • Denim shorts
  • Basic tee
  • Basic tank
  • Denim jacket
  • light to medium wash denim
  • + shoes: slide sandals + white sneakers


So today I wanted to share with you guys the 10 items that make up my summer capsule wardrobe! No matter what type of outfit I’m wearing, I can guarantee you that one of these items is included in almost any outfit that I wear. Most of these items are tried + true faves that I’ve had for YEARS and still wear all the time! So, the price point is high on some of these products but the point is that you can do MORE with less – you can style each of these items SO many different ways and they will last you years to come.

10 capsule wardrobe essentials

Make sure to check out my instagram today as I’ll be showing a reel of each one of these products in action!

This Madewell tee is the perfect basic everyday tee, especially if you prefer your t-shirts to fit a little loose. It's flattering on its own, not too tight, doesn't show any weird lines underneath, but also layers really well underneath jackets so you can definitely wear year round. I'm wearing the size XS!

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These jeans are unfortunately sold out at the moment but I linked some similar options above. I love these white jeans because of the relaxed fit and I think the distressing is so cute. I have them dressed down here with slide sandals but they're also perfect with heels and a body suit for a more dressed up look! They fit TTS (I'm wearing the size 25).

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I can't stress enough how important a good oversized denim jacket is to have in your wardrobe - year round! I legit wear mine every single season - with denim and dresses and especially one I travel! I love this oversized one because it also looks so cute with athleisure outfits as well!

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I splurged on these slides at the beginning of the summer and have ZERO regrets about the decision! I LOVE how they look with denim, shorts, and dresses! They are bold and make a statement while being super versatile all at the same time! They're also so comfortable!

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Having a good t-shirt dress in your summer wardrobe is KEY because you will get so much use out of it. When it's super hot I love having something easy to 'throw on and go' and the little ruffle at the bottom adds just a little feminine touch! You can wear with sandals or sneakers and also looks so cute with a denim jacket. I'm wearing the size XS!

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Another madewell item in my summer wardrobe collection - I have this tank in at least 5 colors and wear it ALL the time. So cute on its own with denim shorts for an easy summer outfit but you can also layer underneath cardigans and jackets into the fall. I like that it's a v-neck without being too low cut! Fit is slightly oversized - I'm wearing the XS!

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These jeans are definitely a splurge but I think having a pair of distressed denim in your wardrobe is a must and this pair fits like a DREAM. Every time I wear them I get so many compliments. They have a relaxed fit but still so flattering. They run a little big - I'm wearing the size 25.

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My first pair of high top sneakers and I can't believe I waited this long !!! These shoes make me SO happy! They instantly elevate any outfit while still being very classic, versatile, and comfortable. They go great with denim and dresses and fit true to size.

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A classic white button down shirt is a must for your summer wardrobe. You can dress it up for the office or dress it down for everyday / weekend wear. I love this one from Madewell because the quality is incredible, it's not see through, and I love the oversized fit of it. I'm wearing the size XS.

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IYKYK. I've been raving about these denim shorts for probably 4 years now. They are hands down the best denim shorts I've ever purchased - the quality will last you for years, they are the perfect length (not too long, not too short) and so flattering. They fit TTS - I'm wearing size 25. You will get SO much use out of these denim shorts, not just this summer but for many summers to come!

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What are some items in your summer capsule wardrobe?! I got all of these from Shopbop and love that i can find all of my favorite brands in one place, and get free fast shipping and super easy returns too!

Thanks for reading!

This post is created in collaboration with Shopbop. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


xo Lauren

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