How to build the perfect capsule wardrobe to keep you stylishly cool this summer

Jan 05, 2022
Keep cool, comfortable, and fashionable this summer with these 5 staple items to build the perfect capsule wardrobe. Source: Getty

Deciding what to wear can often be a struggle, we tend to be overloaded for choice but at the same time seemingly have nothing to wear, and as the temperature starts to rise, looking stylish can take a back seat to staying cool.

However, it doesn’t have to be that way.

With summer well and truly here in the Southern Hemisphere, now’s the time to chill and relax. You want to spend time with family and friends and you want to do it comfortably.

To make choosing your summer outfits easier, we’ve compiled our best staples to begin building the perfect summer capsule wardrobe.

1. Linen shirt

Linen clothing items are perfect for keeping you cool during the hot summer days. Source: Getty

A linen button-up shirt is the most versatile summer essential, that can be worn year after year. Perfect with shorts, thrown over swimmers as a beach cover-up, or worn over a dress as it cools down in the evening. No piece will work harder in your summer wardrobe.

  • Pick one that is 100 per cent linen to ensure you stay cool all-day
  • No need to iron a linen shirt, it looks great just as it is (amen!)
  • Choose a colour that works well with the rest of your wardrobe, white is a safe choice, and perfect to highlight your sun-kissed skin.

2. Linen pants

Cool, loose, and comfy, linen pants are an iconic staple item. Source: @grome_design

Whether you’re going to an event, running errands or just lounging around, linen pants are the perfect wardrobe staple for any occasion! The never-ending popularity of linen pants make them an absolute must-have for a capsule wardrobe, especially when it comes to staying cool in the summer heat.

3. Espadrilles

Espadrilles are both fashionable and comfortable. Source: Getty

A great footwear style for summer, an elevated take on the white sneaker that can be paired back with everything from denim shorts to a maxi dress. These are perfect for busy days and lazy weekends and will effortlessly add a touch of style to your outfit.

4. A crossbody bag

Crossbody bags can also be worn all year sound. Source: Getty

When the weather starts to warm up, days can blend into nights. So, you’ll need versatile accessories that you can be dressed up for the night and dressed down by day. A crossbody bag is an effortless way to carry all your summer essentials no matter the time of day.

5. Cotton or linen dress

A flowy or breezy dress makes staying cool and comfortable super easy. Source: Getty

A throw-on-and-go dress is the essence of summer style. You want to choose a dress in a lightweight natural fabric to keep you cool. A midi or maxi is such an easy-to-wear and versatile style for all ages.

6. A hat

Hats are a great statement accessory. Source: Getty

In Australia, we can’t afford to be complacent about skin care. Being sun-smart and stylish aren’t mutually exclusive. A straw hat is a great way to add a chic finish touch to any outfit while protecting yourself from the harsh rays that come with the delights of summer.

These pieces will keep you cool all summer long and the classic colours and cuts are styles you can wear for many summers to come.

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