Capsule style has long been touted as the most intelligent way to dress – and with very good reason. Curating a selection of items that can be mixed and matched with each other, as well as the rest of your wardrobe, means maximum wear is guaranteed. Plus, you’ll never be stuck for outfit options.
During the summer, the trick is to build up an edit that will effortlessly see you through the holiday season and will also give your existing collection a sunshine spin when back home. Versatility is essential, but it’s also important to look for those items with wow impact that make your heart sing – after all, summer style is about having fun.
While every capsule should speak to your individual aesthetic, we’ve put together a guide to the tried-and-tested categories that will never let you down.
The Thong Sandal
The more minimal the shoe, the more pieces they will go with. However, simple doesn’t mean boring. A thong sandal has a chic ’90s feel that works for both day and evening. Because the shape is so timeless, you can afford to play around with embellishments. From raffia touches to subtle logos, pick a style that speaks to you.
The Linen Staple
Breathable linen is the perfect fabric to reach for when it’s hot. What’s more, it works just as well on the beach as it does in the city. Reach for linen versions of the silhouettes you wear most over the summer, be that an easy smock or co-ord set. Neutral tones are endlessly versatile, plus tend to look more expensive.
The Luxe Sunglasses
The sunglasses that belong in your summer capsule are a style that takes every one of your resort outfits up a level. So, while classic frames are perfect for the rest of the year, now’s the time to loosen the reins and experiment with colour, shape and even print. If you look at them and think ‘holiday’ you’ve found the right ones.
The Statement Swimsuit
When you feel a million dollars in a swimsuit, you’ll love wearing it year after year. Whether you’re a bikini or one-piece person, look for styles that have something extra about them: a bow on the shoulder, a pop of colour, a beautiful print. Use them as a layering piece with high-waist palazzos and maxi skirts, too.
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The Holiday Earrings
If there’s one area to be playful with over the summer, it’s jewellery. Beads, shells, crystals, pearls – gravitate towards anything that evokes the spirit of sun-drenched adventures. An eye-catching pair of earrings is a failsafe transformer. Add them to everything in your summer box, from a little white dress to a linen shirt, and feel instantly ‘en vacances’.
The Sunshine Bag
Every capsule needs a trophy bag, and in the summer this means something beachy. Switch sleek leather for raffia, straw, canvas or crochet, keeping the overall look elevated by honing in on details such as luxe hardware and logos. A spacious style means you can fill it with essentials on holiday and everyday items for sunny days at home.
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