Summer Capsule Wardrobe

The summer capsule wardrobe is here and I’m pretty pumped because that can only mean one thing, summer is coming! There have been two days of sun (that’s a lot at this point given how much rain we’ve had) and everyone and everything is buzzing with excitement.

When I started creating this capsule I wanted to focus on a few things: wearability, sustainability, quality and price point. I recently committed to stop buying this list of fabrics and started the #cleanswapchallenge so it took some time to curate this capsule but I love how it turned out. My goal was to pull together pieces that can be worn together multiple ways and for a variety of occasions. There may be a few things that aren’t on this list (a denim jacket for example) because I’ve already included them in my main capsule wardrobe.

I’m excited to hear what you think of the capsule and I’ll of course be sharing how to style these pieces on my Youtube channel, IGTV and here on the blog. Here’s to a summer of looking effortlessly chic no matter the occasion and focusing more on the moments than worrying about what to wear.

Jess Ann Kirby picks her summer capsule wardrobe picks for the season, including denim, linen and lots of blue.


Summer Jeans: I’ve got a few favorite summer jeans but my latest obsession is Boyish Denim. Not only are they a great price point but they are made using sustainable fabrics in an environmentally-friendly, cruelty-free process. Free People has lots of great style options and washes from Boyish.

Silk Cami: You can’t go wrong with this slinky 100% silk sustainably made cami. So effortless with jeans, a linen skirt or denim shorts. Everlane also has a clean silk line with a really cute cami in five colors. If you’re looking for something work appropriate this silk shell is chic and simple.

Linen Skirt: This fitted linen skirt is probably one of my favorite things in the capsule, and I’m normally not even a skirt kind of girl. The lightweight eco-friendly fabric and button detail are perfect for summer to dress up or down. These linen shorts from & Other Stories sustainable collection are really cute too.

Leather Sandals: I did a lot of research before I chose sandals for this capsule and ultimately landed on these leather wrap sandals by beek because of their quality, construction and classic style. The sandals are handmade and I can attest since I ordered them, are incredibly comfortable (fit tts, I got a 7). Truly they needed no breaking in and molded to my feet almost instantly. They also donate 5 meals to children in need for every pair of shoes sold. For more styles check out their collab with Anthro.

Linen Button Down: Stay cool in the heat of summer in a chic and lightweight linen button down. Everlane has a classic long sleeve version too and Reformation has a ton of cute linen tops for summer.

Jean Shorts: These denim shorts are so good they’re not in one capsule wardrobe but two (yes included in my regular full capsule). They’re super flattering, insanely comfortable and provide just the right amount of coverage (fit tts). I also really love this style from Everlane, it’s the closest thing I’ve found to the AGolde Dee (fit tts, I have the Worn-In Blue)

Swimsuit: I really love a good one piece and even better when it’s sustainably made. I recommend sizing up with Vitamin A, I typically wear a size 6. Another sustainable swimwear brand with inclusive sizing is Summersalt. I just ordered this one piece.

Straw Hat: This UPF 50+ straw hat is the perfect summer accessory to make any outfit effortlessly chic AND protect your skin from the sun. It also comes with a white band. I’ve had this super affordable style from Brixton for years and it still holds up.

Linen/Cotton Dress: A chic, breezy linen dress made from flax so it’s eco-friendly and sustainably made. The slit and sweetheart neckline made it the ideal summer silhouette. I also love this shorter more fitted version. If you’re more of a jumpsuit kinda gal Everlane just came out with one in three colors and this style from Sezane is so chic.

Straw Tote: From the beach to the farmer’s market and everything in between I love using a straw tote in the summer. This one is super affordable. For something a little more dressed up this style from Clare V. is gorgeous.

Organic Cotton Tee: I have been living in this organic cotton tee. It’s the perfect neutral, super soft, affordable, and an eco-friendly fabric. Mate the Label is another favorite sustainable brand for tees and this organic cotton tee from Sezane looks comfortable and chic.

Sneakers: These take a little breaking in but they are 100% worth the effort. A sustainably made sneaker brand, Veja makes leather and vegan sneakers in tons of cool colors and styles.

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16 Comments

  1. Love the pieces in your capsule wardrobe Jess!

    I hope you have a great Wednesday,
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.com

    5.22.19 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Thanks so much Michael same to you.

      5.22.19 | Reply
  2. Mar wrote:

    I love the pieces you have chosen. So nice!
      I have also bought a linen/Cotton dress, at http://www.rame-ethicalwear.com , and I am delighted with the fabric and its price.

    5.22.19 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Oh cool I have to check that out thank for sharing.

      5.22.19 | Reply
  3. Lindsay Kennedy wrote:

    Thank you for doing these capsule posts. Actually, appreciate the direction around sustainability, clean products, etc. I know how much work it is to research and find products. Because of your posts, I am now checking labels when making purchases, trying to buy less, focusing on sustainability, etc.
    One brand that you should check out is Athleta. They are a certified B corporation and although not everything is sustainable in their product line, they are taking great strides to get there. They have sustainable swimsuits, organic cotton tanks (amazing), recycled polyester pants, etc. Keep up the good work.

    5.22.19 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Thanks for sharing I definitely need to check out Athleta!

      5.22.19 | Reply
  4. Holly wrote:

    Great picks. Are you still using the korkease sandals you had gotten?

    5.23.19 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Yup still have those too!

      5.23.19 | Reply
  5. Brinn wrote:

    Hey Jess! I love that you do capsule wardrobes for every season! I absolutely love all of the clothing that bloggers share, but that’s the problem, lol! I definitely can’t buy it all, so I love getting a few staple pieces from capsule wardrobes, so I can transition the pieces into whatever season we’re in.
    I think my two favorite pieces are either the plain ol’ tee or the summer jean. Love the summer jean because jeans are like my yoga pants. A pair of fitting soft denim makes you feel like a million bucks, and you can wear jeans with literally everything. Also, you can never have too many tee shirts. Dress ‘em up, dress ‘em down.

    5.23.19 | Reply
  6. Carla wrote:

    Really love the linen skirt

    5.24.19 | Reply
  7. Lanae Bond wrote:

    You chosen some excellent staples that can be worn in more than one season!

    5.25.19 | Reply
  8. Elaine wrote:

    Can you tell me the brand and size zing of your high waist white pants. So hard to find good ones! Thank you.

    5.27.19 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      They’re Everlane size 00

      5.27.19 | Reply
  9. Nancy wrote:

    Hi Jess! I basically used your capsule to build my vacation wardrobe, so thank you for the great pieces! The only thing I’m missing is a light jacket. I feel like a blazer is too structured and heavy, but a knit cardigan throws it off. What are your thoughts and recommendations on a good jacket for those cooler nights to match this capsule?

    6.20.19 | Reply
  10. lynn wrote:

    I don’t know what it is, but I’m obsessed with capsule wardrobes. This is a really good one btw. I think it’s the efficiency of it all…? I’m always trying to pack less and the whole capsule idea makes sense to me…if you choose well you can make more out of less…right? Have a wonderful day!

    6.24.19 | Reply