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Article: The Ultimate Summer Capsule Wardrobe

The Ultimate Summer Capsule Wardrobe

The Ultimate Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Indeed, it is that time of year again! The time of long days in the sun, of the perpetual smell of sun block, and of finding sand in every nook and cranny. It's the time of year when shorts, tank tops and flowy sun dresses rule the day; when flip flops and dainty little sandals replace warm winter boots, and when our chief accessories include things like sunglasses, floppy sun hats, and oversized beach bags.

When every day is good and hot, it's good to keep a steady stream of basics in your closet and also in your suitcase when you're on the road.

Today, we're going to go over the essentials - 20 crucial wardrobe items you'll need this summer. For wherever you are and wherever you're going, this list is meant for you!

Capsule Clothing

1. The Mini Sun Dress

Hollie Short Dress Tiare Hawaii

Tiare Hawaii's Hollie Short Dress is the perfect piece to kick off your summer capsule wardrobe. Wear this as a stand-alone piece during the daytime with flip flops, in the evening with a pair of heeled sandals, or as a swimsuit cover up on all your beachy adventures.

Hollie Short Dress, $ 106

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2. The Cutoff Denim Shorts

Mavi Rosie Shorts Cutoff Shorts Denim Shorts

Everyone needs that perfect pair of denim shorts, and these high rise denim cutoffs by Mavi are just the ticket! Offered in multiple washes (even tie-dye!), this is an absolute staple summer wardrobe piece!

Rosie Shorts, $78

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3. The Sexy Mini Skirt

Black Label Dakota Cord Skirt Corduroy Mini Skirt

Yes, it's also time for sexy little mini skirts, and this corduroy gem from Black Label is both a neutral and a natural addition to your wardrobe. Wear it casually or dress it up, pair it with colors or keep it neutral. You'll be looking hot and yet you'll stay cool and comfortable all day long and well into the night.

Dakota Cord Skirt, $48

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4. The Universal Bodysuit

Karuella Slinky Square Bodysuit White Bodysuit Black Bodysuit

Class things up with Kariella's Slinky Square Bodysuit in either white or black. The square neckline adds some elegance, meanwhile a tank is a tank, so wear it to the beach, to the the farmer's market, out dancing with your friends, on your trip to Mexico, or to that Mexican restaurant you and your friends love!

Slinky Square Bodysuit, $42

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5. The Satin Midi Skirt

Free People Normani Bias Skirt Black Midi Skirt Leopard Print Midi Skirt Satin Midi Skirt

Spruce up your daily routine with a flattering satin bias skirt in either black or - if you're going to be a little wild - rock the leopard print look in Free People's Normani Bias Skirt. Light and breezy, yet entirely chic, dress this midi skirt up or down or whichever way you please!

Normani Bias Skirt, $78

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6. The Classic Graphic Tee

Daydreamer T shirts Prince World Tour Tee Graphic T-Shirt

Solid tees are great and you should absolutely have them. You should also have a statement graphic tee that's just oversized and somewhat ragged enough to wear with jeans, with shorts, tucked into a skirt, thrown over a swimsuit or even worn to the gym, to the grocery store, or to good old bed! The possibilities are endless when it comes to one of these babies.

Prince World Tour Tee, $72

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7. The Breathable Summer Pants

Cello Olivia Dad Jean White Denim Distressed Denim Jeans

On those not-quite-so-scorching summer days, don a pair of adequately distressed denim jeans with a wide hem for extra flowage. This pair of white denim dad jeans by Cello will do the job nicely, don't you think?

Olivia Dad Jean, $72

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8. The Cute Romper

Kariella Romper shasta Romper Summer Romper Striped Romper

A romper is a wonderful piece to have when you're in a pinch. Just throw it on and boom! Your outfit is complete. Pick up one of these in a subtle print that can be worn any number of ways. It'll soon become a summer favorite, we guarantee!

Shasta Romper, $76

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9. The Flowing Maxi Dress

Kariella Kozumel Dress Flowy Maxi Dress Floral Maxi Dress Summer Maxi Dress

Pick up a delightfully flowing floral maxi dress, preferably with tie sleeves in a flattering fit. What you need is Kariella's Cozumel dress. Light, breathable, stuff-in-your-suitcase worthy, and absolutely stunning, you'll be wearing this summer dress on a regular basis.

Cozumel Dress, $148

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10. The Light Summer Jacket

Kariella jackets Desert Plains Jacket Leather Jacket

When the nights get chilly and your outdoor dinner turns into a twilight stroll down the avenues, make sure you come prepared with a light jacket such as Kariella's Desert Plains faux leather jacket. It's just warm enough to keep those goosebumps at bay while also maintaining its place as a fashionable neutral piece that goes with any outfit.

Desert Plains Jacket, $118

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Capsule Accessories

11. The Oversized Tote Handbag

Leather Tote Bag Oversized Handbag Leather Purse Leather Handbag

When you're off to the nearest beach, pool, lake or what-have-you, stuff all your summer accessories into something that's both sturdy and stylish. With shoulder straps and a crossbody strap, carry this with you wherever your summer goings take you.

Leather Tote, $196

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12. The Woven Flat Shoes

Espiritu Sunset Huarache Flat Shoes woven Flats

When you need something breathable, yet that holds surely to your feet, these woven flats from Espiritu are your instant go-to. Made with real leather that molds to your feet, coming in three different colors, it's the ideal investment for your capsule wardrobe.

Sunset Huarache Flat, $106+

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13. The Woven Straw Sun Hat

Keep those lovely features protected under Wyeth's wide-brimmed straw Frankie Hat, your practical and fashionable must-have for all your wardrobe needs!

Frankie Hat, $92

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 14. The Retro Sunglasses

Diff Eyewear Levi Sunglasses Retro Sunglasses summer Sunglasses

The key to finding a good pair of sunglasses is ensuring that they look great with every outfit in your summer capsule wardrobe. Take the Levi Sunglasses from Diff Charitable Eyewear, for example. Their classic, retro-inspired shape makes them the ideal add-on to any ensemble on any given day.

Levi Sunglasses, $98

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15. The Gold Hoops

Desert Moon Design Sierra Hoops Gold Hoops Hammered Metal Hoops Designer Earrings Gold Earrings

The ultimate accessory, the Sierra Hoop earrings from Desert Moon Designs are a unique take on the classic gold hoop earrings. There is literally no outfit on this planet that doesn't look good with them.

Sierra Hoops, $42

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16. The Everyday Sandal

Malvados Slaya Sandal Flat Sandal Classic Slip On Sandal Black Sandal Flats

All those times you're in a rush and you need to slip on something fast, the Slaya Sandals from Malvados won't let you down. Sleek, comfortable, and available in two colors, you really can't go wrong.

Slaya Sandal, $46

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Capsule Swimwear

17. The Not-So-Average Bikini

Frankies Bikinis Ali Top Ali Bottom Floral Bikini

Of the dozens (and we really mean DOZENS) of bikinis offered at Kariella by brands like Frankies Bikinis, Vitamin A, Montce and more, you're bound to find at least 15 or so that you can't live without. Check Frankies Bikinis' Birdie top and Ali Bottom, a flirty duo that's sure to turn some heads.

Birdie Top, $112

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Ali Bottom, $84

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18. The High-Waisted Bikini

Poema Swim Erika Top Erika Bottom High Waist Bikini Classy Bikini

Pick yourself up a chic high-waisted swimsuit for a fun and fabulous change from your classic bikini. Poema's Erika Top & Abby Bottom combo bathing suit comes highly recommended for it's elegant striped design, it's comfortable, breathable material, and the fact that it's just so darn cute! But the best part? it's convertible to black, making this a 2-in-1!

Erika Top, $104

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Abby Bottom, $98

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19. The One Piece Swimsuit

Sol One-Piece Ris-K Swimwear One Piece Swimsuit

Ris-K's Sol One-Piece Swimsuit takes your simple one-piece to the next level. Boasting a flattering waist tie, high leg cuts, and sexy back cutouts, featured also in two colors, this flattering piece will rival any bikini.

Sol One-Piece, $68

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20. The Beach Coverup

Aratta Fantasia Kimono Beach coverup Swimsuit Coverup Pool Coverup Summer Coverup Summer Kimono Flowy Kimono

The Fantasia Kimono by Aratta passes both as a swimsuit coverup and an outfit add-on. Its flowy, semi-sheer material will keep you cool and covered during the day, and pleasantly warm at night.

Fantasia Kimono, $158

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 So there you have it!

 Everything you need this summer is now available at Kariella, plus so much more! Check out the full collection at and sign up for our emails so you can stay in the loop as new arrivals hit the floor!

Until next time Bellas,

Happy Summer!

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