It’s easy to stay stylish all summer with a tall capsule wardrobe, which is a collection of versatile apparel pieces that you can mix and match to create many outfits. Here are some ideas for putting together a tall capsule wardrobe of your own:
There are many tall summer tops you can add to a women’s capsule wardrobe. As a general rule, look for classic styles and neutral colors to ensure plenty of fashion possibilities. Many tops can be dressed up or down, depending on the bottoms and accessories you wear them with.
Women’s T-shirts are a must-have for any capsule wardrobe. For maximum wear, look for tees crafted from Supima cotton. It has a long-staple fiber that imparts twice the durability of regular cotton and offers excellent color retention. Supima cotton T-shirts can be worn and washed over and over, without fading or losing shape.
When it comes to T-shirt style, a short-sleeve crewneck is always a good choice. The best T-shirt colors for a capsule wardrobe include white, black, and gray—but you can also work in blush pink and almost any shade of brown. Even olive green and navy blue can serve as a neutrals color for summer when paired with lighter colors.
Another top for the summer capsule wardrobe is the classic button-down shirt. There are cotton button-downs and those made from performance synthetic fabrics, all of which are machine-washable for easy care. The white women’s Oxford shirt is a must-have, as you can wear it with almost any other pieces. Chambray button-downs are another summer essential—they’re cool, casual, and mix well with almost any style of bottoms.
Tunics are another summer essential. Choose sleeveless or short-sleeve tunics to keep cool; they come in many styles and colors to suit your wardrobe. Look for the same hues and shades as you would in a T-shirt, such as white, black, brown, and gray. You can also grab a few patterned tunics to pair with solid-color bottoms like capris or tall skirts.
Prints aren’t prohibited when creating a summer capsule wardrobe. In fact, they can be just as versatile as solid-color apparel. Look for patterns and prints in neutral color schemes—such as black and white, for example.
Choosing bottoms for a tall summer capsule wardrobe is simple. There are many bottoms in neutral colors, including black, khaki, charcoal, and white. When it comes to style, almost anything can fit into your wardrobe. If you love a comfortable pair of jeans, pick up a few pairs of skinny jeans in dark washes and neutral colors to wear with sleeveless tunics.
If you love leggings but want something cooler, capris made from soft, stretchy fabric are a must-have. Capri pants are ideal for wearing with tunics, but you can also pair them with T-shirts and tank tops. Even a short-sleeve summer sweater works well with almost any type of cropped pants. For a semi-dressy look, pair a cashmere or cotton-modal short-sleeve sweater with tall active capris and heeled wedge sandals.
Another option for a versatile summer wardrobe is the skort. They provide the fit and modesty of shorts but look like a skirt. Skorts come in different styles and lengths, so you can find one or more to pair with all your summer tops.
Summer dresses are a versatile addition to any tall capsule wardrobe. They come in mid-length and long styles, both of which can be layered under a sweater or jacket. Jean jackets impart casual flair to any summer dress, while blazers add a formal touch. Cardigan sweaters fall somewhere in between, depending on the fabric and how you choose to accessorize. For example, even the simplest cardigan can be dressed up with a sparkly pin. There are many dress styles from which to choose. Fit-and-flare dresses are always on-trend, and they’re easy to layer with sweaters and jackets. Sheath dresses are a classic, formal dress style you can wear to the office, while shift dresses and tiered styles impart a cottagecore vibe to your look.
Shoes and accessories are another important part of any capsule wardrobe. Pair your summer outfits with white canvas sneakers, tan wedge sandals, or classic black slides. Fashion scarves can be utilized to impart color to a neutral outfit, while handbags are both fashionable and functional.
Stock your closet with these and other tall capsule wardrobe essentials, and you’ll be ready for any summer occasion. The great thing about a capsule wardrobe is that it’s easy to customize to your lifestyle and aesthetic preferences. Many of the summer pieces can be integrated into fall and winter outfits with layering. Play around with different apparel pairings to find your favorite outfits.