How to Create a Summer Capsule Wardrobe

August 02, 2021 · by Anyssa Hessler

Looking to stay on budget or simply to keep the clutter to a minimum? We’re right there with you, girl! Creating a capsule wardrobe – a handful of versatile staples that you can mix and match a millions ways – is a wonderful solution for style savvy ladies who are looking to get organized!

Now, if you’re new to creating a capsule wardrobe you might be thinking to yourself, “Yikes, I can’t live with only 4 outfits!” or “Won’t it look like I’m wearing the same thing every day?” But we’re here to calm your fears and show you how a capsule wardrobe can work for you and be anything but boring!

A capsule wardrobe can contain roughly 12-18 pieces, including accessories, for a given season. It’s vital that these pieces are high quality – otherwise they’ll wear down before the season is even over. Which is why we source the BEST fabrics here at Dainty Jewell’s to make sure your items last season after season! Another key factor in making a capsule wardrobe work is creativity. You have to think of new ways to wear the same pieces, otherwise it will look like you’re cycling through the same outfits over and over! Layer a top over one of the dresses and tie it in a knot for a cute layered look or swap your sandals for wedges and add a denim jacket to your swim dress to go from day to night effortlessly. Challenge your creativity and test out new styling trends – or create your own!

Here are the pieces we believe are essential when creating a summer capsule wardrobe:

A swim dress (Sailing into the Sunset Swimdress

A layering dress (Your Favorite Dress in Solids)

A good denim jacket (Perfect Denim Jacket)

A comfy maxi (Picnic at Tiffany's Dress

A little white dress (Petals & Pleats Dress)

A pop of color (Strawberry Fields Dress

A printed piece (Sidewalk Sorbet Dress

Two skirts (Shades of Summer Skirt & Scalloped Pencil Skirt

Two tops (Original Layering Top)

White tennis shoes

Slides or sandals

Neutral wedges or heels

A cute basket purse

An ascot scarf

A sun hat

Summer is probably the busiest season of the year - it feels like we're always on the go! Here are a few ways to style these versatile pieces for all that you're doing this season: 

Do not underestimate the importance of a little white dress! The Petals & Pleats Dress is the newest white dress to our collection, and we can't get enough of the darling details! Pleats & petal-like scallops make this sweet dress anything but boring. Perfect for church, summer parties and so much more! 

We can't say enough good things about the Picnic at Tiffany's Dress. A flowy skirt that sways with each step and lightweight fabric that is wonderful for those hot summer days. The playful polka dots will add a fun flair to our outfit combinations! 

Rightfully named "Your Favorite Dress" this comfy swing dress will win you over in a heartbeat! Buttery soft and so versatile - there are literally a million ways to wear this adorable dress. We just added 3 new solids colors and we can hardly pick a favorite! 

A swimdress is essential for the season! Our swimwear is made for so much more than swimming, and the Sailing into the Sunset Swimdress has been a bestseller this season. These comfy, yet chic, pieces double as athleticwear and also make great loungewear and running-errands-outfits. Plus, with a quick change of accessories you're ready to go out, and no one would know you're wearing a "swimdress."

Make your capsule wardrobe fun with a pop of color! Our new Strawberry Fields Dress fits the bill and is so wonderful for summer. Not only is it bright and beautiful, the eyelet detail adds texture and flair. 

How would you style these pieces? Let us know on social media, or better yet – show us! Style your own Dainty Jewell’s pieces and tag us and use the hashtag #DaintyJewellsStyle. Happy styling!

Anyssa Hessler

About Anyssa Hessler

Anyssa Hessler is Dainty Jewell's' marketing & social media manager. She lives in a small town and old home in Indiana with her husband, Alec and children Reyna & Everett. She and her husband serve as youth leaders at The House of Prayer. She enjoys making a mess in the kitchen, treasure hunting in thrift stores, and testing her green thumb. Find her on Instagram @anyssa.hessler.