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The Summer Capsule Wardrobe I'll Be Living In For The Next 5 Months

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We’ve extolled the benefits of a capsule wardrobe here at TZR, but anyone who’s tried to pare down their closet to six essential pieces knows it’s much easier said than done. Not only does it take a sharp eye to edit your closet down to a highlight reel, but also a solid amount of discipline to keep outfits feeling fresh with a limited amount of options. Still, I know it’ll save me time and energy to cut back to a handful of styles to focus on every morning, so in the spirit of spring cleaning, I put together my dream summer capsule wardrobe: a 12-piece closet full of seasonally appropriate must-haves that are perfect for mixing and matching.

Of course, I’m not packing away the rest of my wardrobe any time soon, but these are the items that’ll take up prime real estate in my closet and enjoy heavy rotation, especially on the days that I don’t have time to plan my outfit in advance.

As should be the case with all capsule wardrobes, its items toe the time between trendy and timeless. Ahead, the 12 summertime mainstays I fall back on time and time again, plus how to style them.

Romantic Dress

Romantic midi dresses, like the ones I saw at Erdem, Self Portrait, and Jonathan Simkhai, feel particularly fresh for spring. This Doen iteration is deceivingly breezy, despite the high collar, and looks just a fresh on its own as it does with a pair of Bermuda shorts, like the Tibi ones I highlight below.

Georgia Lace-Trimmed Pintucked Ramie Mini Dress

$245

DÔEN

Easy Slip Dress

The slip dress is a classic mainstay in any summer wardrobe. Wear it on its own for brunch, or layered below a blazer with heels for a night out.

90s Silk Slip Dress

$168

Silk Laundry

Side-Slit Midi Skirt

I consider a midi skirt, especially one with a side slit, my secret style weapon for summer days. It offers enough ventilation to keep you cool, but couldn’t be easier to dress up or down depending on your plans. On truly horrid summer days, pair yours with a square-neck bathing suit top, like the one below.

High-Waisted Wrap Style Midi Skirt

$456

Rejina Pyo

Flowy White Top

This white puff-sleeve top from Mr. Larkin is just begging to be paired with everything from white jeans to bike shorts this summer.

Penelope Top

$378

Mr. Larkin

Simple T-Shirt

While a tie-dye tee would be *very* of-the-moment, this printed white T-shirt pairs just as nicely with the lavender slip dress as it does with the midi skirt.

Frances Costelloe Reclining Nude Tee White

$58

Veda

Modern Shorts Suit

Swap out last year’s shorts suit: This season, the freshest take on the menswear trend features Bermuda shorts instead. As a bonus, these Tibi separates totally pull their own weight separately, too.

Oversized Twill Blazer

$850

Tibi

Tibi

$395

Wool-Blend Shorts

Throw-And-Go Mini Bag

If you’re paring down your wardrobe, you might as well pare down your handbag too, right? This mini iteration from Loewe is super on-trend for 2019, but feels timeless enough to invest in for the next decade. (And, if paring down *this* much scares you, know the bag comes in a medium size as well.)

Hammock Mini Leather Bag

$2,890

Loewe

Neutral Bikini

When the weather heats up, I incorporate bathing suits into my wardrobe the way I would a barely there top; not only does this Reina Olga suit offer a bit more air flow than a tee, but it also looks totally at home under a shorts suit.

Ginny Scrunch Bikini Set

$144

Reina Olga

White Jeans

No summer wardrobe is complete without some rigid white denim. I like to wear mine with chunky sandals and a flowy top, like the Mr. Larkin style above, and pray that I don't spill my coffee all over myself.

Kirby Vintage Straight Leg Jeans

$148

Boyish

Naked Sandal

A “naked” sandal in a neutral tone ups the ante on any simple summer outfit. The thong silhouette feels *very* 2019.

Brown Beep 45 Patent Leather Thong Sandals

$370

Simon Miller

Chunky Sport Sandal

Aesthetically, these leather sandals from The Row are a great entry point into the chunky sport sandal trend. Dress them up with a midi skirt and a flowy top, or down with a pair of bike shorts.

Egon Leather Sandals

$690

The Row