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How to build a summer capsule wardrobe you'll actually want to wear

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Summer dressing shouldn’t be stressful. Embrace the rising temperatures with a curation of items you’ll want to wear on repeat…

At last, the sunshine is here, which means it’s time to pack away those woolly layers and look to outfits perfect for scorching days and balmy evenings. 

But what to wear? As temperatures rise and humidity sets in, it can be a tricky balance to stay cool and look it, too.

It’s exactly the conundrum that capsule collections were made for. Arm yourself with an adaptable range of items that won’t cause you to overheat and they’ll become pillars of your wardrobe. 

Re-wear them, remix them, add a statement piece, and just like that, getting dressed in the morning got a whole lot easier.

This streamlined edit not only results in outfits that are both stylish and practical, but it’s also far more economical. 

So, take your pick of these key pieces and get ready for a wealth of wardrobe opportunities.

1. The print dress

Single-item outfits are what us Brits rely on all summer long and you can’t go wrong with a throw-it-on dress. 

Whether you’re heading for tropical climes or staying put in an air-con office, pull on a perky print (we’re loving OTT florals, stripes and polka dots), while statement puffed sleeves will ensure you nail 2019’s silhouette.

2. The flat sandal

It goes without saying that the everyday sandal is the hero shoe of summer. 

If you’re a fan of warm weather strolls, forget hard-to-walk-in heels and stick to simple yet stylish flats. 

Pop them in your bag for the commute, wear them to brunch, pack them for holiday — it’s a no-brainer. 

Leather sliders are the current designer go-to, and there are plenty of options out there to achieve the same elegant, luxurious vibe.

Thanks to The Outnet, you can shop them all in the same place at prices as appealing as the contents of your shopping bag.

3. The wide-leg trouser

The last thing you want to be wearing on a scorching sunny day is a pair of tight trousers. 

Slouchy strides, however, are a winner. 

Both statement-making yet wearable, the high-waisted, wide-leg trouser is a great choice for days spent at your desk, in the park or on a city break. 

Opt for light fabrics, such as cotton and linen, then loosely tuck a T-shirt in at the front for a clean silhouette. 

4. The leather tote

One easy way to switch up your everyday style when the higher temperatures hit is with a leather tote. 

Save your dark accessories for cold days and opt for a bag that can still carry your laptop, beach reads and running shoes, but is more in keeping with summer’s lighter colour palette. 

5. The hoop earrings

On an eternal quest to find the perfect gold hoops? We feel you. 

This is one accessory that will never go out of style, especially as the options have never been so plentiful and chic. 

What makes hoop earrings so mighty are their ability to add impact without effort, dressing up your outfit thanks to a flash of gold. Invest in a quality pair now and you’ll love them not just all summer, but forever. 

6. The white shirt

Elizabeth Taylor once proclaimed that “every woman should have a great white shirt in her wardrobe” and her words still ring true in 2019.

Smart enough for the office, but casual enough for the weekend, a white shirt is fresh, sophisticated and a little bit French. 

Interpret the style staple your way by dressing it up with a full skirt, wearing it as a beach cover-up, or tying it at the waist with high-rise jeans and heels. The options really are limitless.

7. The statement sunglasses

Is there a summer accessory more essential than sunglasses? We think not. 

A small addition with a big impact, they’re proven to lend an extra dose of cool to any outfit (and hide dark circles, too).

So, it’s worth finding the perfect pair to see you through the season ahead.

Luckily, there are plenty of options on offer, from classic cat-eye shades to micro-frames. Go forth and throw some shade.

Find your summer must-haves and build your own capsule wardrobe on The Outnet