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Conquer Any Summer Event With These 9 Items Of Clothing

The ultimate capsule closet.

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Summer can welcome a real mishmash of events: between the weddings and work, prepare for various forms of alfresco dining (read: BBQs, picnics) and a generally more-packed social calendar. Something about the warm weather just makes people want to get outside the house – even if that ultimately means and into the bar

While we might dream about being able to pull together a brand new outfit for each engagement, not all of us have the bank balance – let alone closet space – to actually manage it. Enter: the capsule closet. 

For those uninitiated, the capsule closet is a streamlined selection of staples that all work with each other, thus allowing you to create a number of looks far greater than the amount of items used to create them. We’ve challenged ourself to a nine-piece summer uniform (excluding accessories), but a realistic selection could count as many as 30 items of clothing. 

Step one to creating your capsule collection is picking a color scheme and sticking to it. There is no harm in including a few carefully selected prints, too, but there is no exception when it comes to the palette: everything must go with everything. For our selection, we’ve chosen black as our base (because we work in fashion), with khaki greens, creams and peach tones to add a little seasonal zest. 

To account for all possible summer activities, it’s best to keep your options on the smart-casual side, that way they can be dressed up or down depending on your accessories. For example, our green wrap dress from Réalisation Par works just as well for a wedding as it does for a picnic – it’s all in the shoes. Ditto the lace-trim cami from Uterqüe: because of its luxe, satin texture, it can be dressed up by adding metallics to bring out its glossy qualities, or paired with tough denim and soft cotton for a more casual day look. 

Whether you’re going to watch a tennis match or celebrate a friends’ birthday, you will have absolutely no trouble creating countless different styles using a limited selection of well-thought-out pieces. Just remember to wash them regularly. 

Here’s everything we selected for our capsule closet, and scroll down to see just 7 possible ways to wear it for different occasions throughout summer: 
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Mango Floral Print Blouse - $100
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Uterque Lace Top - £65
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H&M Jersey Top - $10
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Realisation Par The Violette Summer Loving Green - $225
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Boohoo Plus Kelly Strappy Detail Plunge Wide Leg Jumpsuit - $35
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Style Mafia Ruffle Hem Trousers - $161
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Topshop MOTO Midi Denim Skirt - $65
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Zara Golden Sandals With Fruit Detail - $70
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& Other Stories Suede Platform Espadrilles - $85
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work


1) Mango Floral Print Blouse - $100 2) Style Mafia Ruffle Hem Trousers - $161 3) & Other Stories Suede Platform Espadrilles - $85

running errands


1) H&M Jersey Top - $10 2) Boohoo Plus Kelly Strappy Detail Plunge Wide Leg Jumpsuit - $35 3) & Other Stories Suede Platform Espadrilles - $85

wedding


1) Realisation Par The Violette Summer Loving Green - $225 2) Zara Golden Sandals With Fruit Detail - $70

BBQ


1) H&M Jersey Top - $10 2) Uterque Lace Top - £65 3) Topshop MOTO Midi Denim Skirt - $65 4) & Other Stories Suede Platform Espadrilles - $85

Picnic


1) Realisation Par The Violette Summer Loving Green - $225 2) & Other Stories Suede Platform Espadrilles - $85

date


1) Uterque Lace Top - £65 2) Style Mafia Ruffle Hem Trousers - $161 3) Zara Golden Sandals With Fruit Detail - $70

drinks


1) Mango Floral Print Blouse - $100 2) Topshop MOTO Midi Denim Skirt - $65 3) Zara Golden Sandals With Fruit Detail - $70
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