How to Create a Summer Capsule Wardrobe

If you find yourself struggling to find something to wear or you’re more environmentally conscious about the world of fast fashion, knowing how to build a summer capsule wardrobe can help you make changes to your shopping habits.

A summer wardrobe will include classics that you revisit every year, including men’s summer shirts and women’s white statement tops. All you need is a little Joe Browns’ know-how to help you find the pieces that make you feel fabulous!

So why not build your ultimate capsule wardrobe for the summer season? Here are some top tips and recommended statement pieces from our team at Joe Browns.

What is a Summer Capsule Wardrobe?

Overall, the idea of a summer capsule wardrobe is pretty simple. It entails a limited amount of clothes, shoes and accessories that can be mixed and matched for multiple occasions and looks, that you also never get tired of wearing. Capsule wardrobes usually change each season but some pieces are versatile enough to be worn all year round.


Depending on your style, your summer capsule wardrobe could range from as little as 10 pieces to as high as 60. However, it is best to focus on quality over quantity — you’ll want to love every single piece!

For the Person Who Wants to Save Money

A summer capsule wardrobe is perfect if you want to fight the urge to buy more clothes — especially those trend-led pieces that will end up at the back of your wardrobe, the tag still on!


A summer capsule wardrobe of high-quality pieces that you love and will wear regularly will stop you from going out and buying something new for every occasion. Think of the money you will save! Changing your spending habits with a capsule wardrobe is more environmentally friendly, too, as you are more likely to keep your clothes for longer.

For the Person Who Wants to Save Time

Do you find yourself stressing over what to wear each morning? Do you always say you have nothing to wear yet have a wardrobe stuffed full of clothes? It's easy to grab the same pieces each day because they are comfy, but having a capsule wardrobe for each season will help you find the perfect outfit for any occasion quickly and without stress…


Creating a summer capsule wardrobe of pieces that all work well together for a range of situations will allow you to wake up, grab an outfit and be ready for your day in the sun in no time. Getting dressed in a morning has never been easier!

How to Build a Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Starting a summer capsule wardrobe can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The best way to start is to go through your wardrobe and donate or recycle any items you haven’t worn for a long period of time. Next, you should start by building up some basic, statement pieces, from white t-shirts to the classic denim jean. A top tip is to make sure each piece is high quality and fits you perfectly so it will last you for years.


The team at Joe Browns have put together six classic pieces that should be in everyone's summer capsule wardrobe.

6 Summer Pieces for Every Woman's Wardrobe

1. Patterned Maxi Skirts

The first summer capsule wardrobe must-have is a classic, floaty maxi skirt. On those days that are just too hot to wear jeans, you can slip on a colourful, unique maxi skirt with a basic white or black vest and sandals. This stylish, fun outfit will keep you cool whilst giving you a standout look for brunch dates and day drinks.

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2. Floral Dresses

You can’t go wrong with having a summer floral dress in your capsule wardrobe! It’s the perfect morning pick-me-up piece that every woman needs. Whether it’s a maxi or a midi, a floaty floral dress will become your ideal day to night dress for all outdoor summer events. Styled with sandals or heels, or paired with a leather jacket for cooler evenings, a floral dress is a truly  timeless piece for your wardrobe.

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3. White Summer Tops

In your summer capsule wardrobe we recommend you have a couple of basic white tunics and tops. These are easy to throw on in the morning with your denim shorts or maxi skirts. It's best to grab a couple of these in white and even in various colours, such as black, blush and navy. These can be paired with so many looks ready for idyllic sunny beach walks and evening strolls.

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4. Swimwear

It’s summer, so of course you need a statement piece of swimwear ready for spa breaks, long swims and splashes in the sea! Every year there are always many different swimwear trends and dozens of patterns to choose from. When building your summer capsule wardrobe, it’s best to have a simple bikini or one-piece that goes with everything and never goes out of style.

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5. Denim Shorts

A statement in every capsule wardrobe is a pair of denim shorts, ideal to throw on when popping to the shops or over your swimwear when heading down to the beach. Denim shorts can be paired with just about anything, from basic white tees and sandals to a funky floral shirt and trainers. The options with denim shorts are endless so they should be a staple item in your summer capsule wardrobe.

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6. Summer Jackets

A jacket is one of the most stylish ways to layer up on a breezy summer evening. From unique leather jackets to funky floral prints, you really can add the wow factor to your capsule wardrobe. Pair a stand out jacket with classic jeans or a summer dress and watch the compliments roll in.

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6 Summer Pieces for Every Man's Wardrobe

1. Polo Shirt

To start off your men’s summer capsule wardrobe we recommend you grab some super versatile polo shirts. From black, white and navy blue, every man needs some basic-coloured polos. Polo shirts are ideal for every summer occasion, dining out, strolls on the beach and Sunday brunches. They will end up being your most worn pieces for years to come and you will never tire of wearing them. 

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2. Swimming Trunks

These are a summer necessity. Get out and grab yourself a couple of pairs of swim shorts, whether they are a simple black or blue pair or even a vibrant patterned pair, swimming trunks are great for taking a dip in the pool or lounging on the beach.


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3. Graphic Tees

There’s certainly a place for plain t-shirts but, to step up your style, consider adding a unique graphic tee to your summer capsule collection. Unusual designs give you the platform to showcase your personality. Whether you’re into animals, biking, music or exploring the great outdoors, you’re bound to find a graphic t-shirt that suits your style.


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4. Light Pair Of Chinos

For those summer nights dining out or for semi-formal outdoor events, chinos should be a staple in every man's summer capsule wardrobe. They look great paired with a linen button up shirt and a belt as they look a little smarter when compared to your everyday denim shorts or jeans. Here at Joe Browns, we think chinos are the ultimate summer capsule wardrobe must-have!


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5. Summer Floral Shirt

Finally, every man needs a patterned floral shirt this summer. Adding a bit of colour to your summer capsule wardrobe, floral shirts are light and comfortable to throw on at any time of the day. Whether it's a long or short sleeve floral shirt, paired with some simple denim shorts, you are sure to look cool this summer.


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6. Stylish Shorts

Men’s shorts are a summer essential, keeping you comfortable during the warmer months. Shorts can be so much more than a necessity, though - they can be a real fashion statement. Denim, cargo or printed shorts look effortlessly stylish. Enjoy strolling along the sand or through the city streets looking and feeling cool.

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