16 Summer Capsule Wardrobe Essentials for 2022

by Sara Wennerstrom / Aug 16, 2022

Trends come and go, but classic clothing and accessories stand the test of time and won’t go out of style from year to year. This mindful approach to your closet is called a capsule wardrobe — a curated collection of easily mixed and matched staples, typically in neutral hues.


When implementing this approach to your wardrobe, it’s best to break down your wardrobe based on the necessities of each season. This is especially true if you live in a climate that has radical changes in temperatures. Let’s explore which pieces are a must for your summer capsule wardrobe.


16 summer capsule wardrobe essentials


The summer capsule wardrobe is built upon light layers paired with comfortable, flowy fits. From summer dresses to jean jackets and white sneakers, the color palette is lively with an occasional brilliant tint for a pop against a toned-down saturation. Shop these 16 essentials to start out your summer capsule wardrobe.


  1. White dress

Though there’s no need to follow the dated rule of no white clothes after Labor Day, the summer heat does favor a breezy white dress for a host of occasions. From backyard BBQs to walks on the beach and picnics in the park — a casual white dress in a breathable fabric like cotton, silk, or linen is a summer capsule wardrobe essential. It pairs well with a Senreve Women of the World scarf holding back your effortless messy bun or tied loosely around your neck.


SENREVE model in white maxi dress holding top handle bag

The Midi Maestra in Pebbled Mauve


  1. Tan Sandals

When you think of summer, you probably think of the freedom of an open-toed shoe that shows off your latest pedicure. And an iconic choice is the neutral-colored tan sandal, seamlessly styled for various outfits and outings. They belong in your seasonal capsule collection because of their adaptability. Plus, they come in diverse fashions, so you can find the perfect pair to match your personal style.  


  1. Classic sunglasses

With the sun shining down on you as you explore that latest outdoor art exhibition or play host to another fabulous garden party, you’ll need sunglasses in a classic shape and black or brown color to shield your eyes in style. But regardless of the summer activity, be sure to have a  Lunettes Case on hand to keep them safe when they’re off duty. Made of supple vegan cactus leather with snap closure, it also features a clip-on ring to attach to any Senreve bags, so you never lose sight of your valuables on the go.


  1. Tank tops

Having a few neutral-colored tank tops in your capsule can help you beat the summer heat in style. Easily layered with long-sleeved shirts or light jackets, tank tops are the perfect multi-faceted approach to unpredictable weather. Include a selection or two with a higher neckline or a unique cut for more options throughout the season.


  1. Floral dress

Even though floral for spring or summer may not be “groundbreaking,” there are a few reasons why we can never seem to shake this cheery botanical pattern. It’s ideal for the months when we linger outside longer, just like the sun shines for a few more hours every day. And a floral dress brings color to your ensemble that you can play around with in a brightly-colored Midi Maestra lavender tote for a splash of violet.


  1. Bucket bag

Now, while you’re traversing foreign lands or going on an adventure in your own backyard, you’ll need something to store your necessities, like your phone, keys, wallet, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Worn as a crossbody or shoulder bag, the Fiore Bucket bag has just the right mixture of texture and structure to elevate any look with function and beauty. It’s roomy enough without being too cumbersome, so there’s no limit to where the wind will take you.


  1. Swimwear

In a season filled with oceans, pools, and lakes — it’s important to have several swimsuits in your wardrobe. But for the sake of a capsule closet, don’t buy into the trends of the season; instead, keep it classic with a single-color one-piece or a straightforward two-piece with just the right amount of flair.


  1. Basic tees in white and black

You can’t go wrong with this classic short-sleeve garment. Having two basic tees, one in white and the other in black, supplies you with endless outfit possibilities. The beauty of a fitted tee is that it acts as a base for different accessories and combinations. Going for a casual daytime lunch look, wear a white tee with the perfect vintage denim jeans and a strappy sandal. You can also dress up the short-sleeve piece with a blazer and statement necklace for a night out.


  1. Denim shorts

Jean shorts; they’re a summer staple because of their comfort, durability, and timeless style. When shopping for denim shorts for your summer capsule wardrobe, go for a longer length to maximize your comfort and options. Pair yours with the Mini Armonica belt in the color chestnut, which can help break up your outfit and add a put-together touch to a casual and easy outfit.


  1. Jeans

Your denim collection is part of your overall capsule wardrobe because jean pants go beyond the confines of seasonal limitations like other pieces. Sure, you might store your down coat away at the first sign of spring or ditch the flowery dress for autumnal hues, but jeans, like diamonds, are forever. So have a few pairs in your collection; good denim can last you decades, and it never goes out of style. Elevate your outfit with a Gemelli belt looped around your waist in the color midnight.


  1. Hat

Sun protection and style are the name of the game this season. And a straw hat in your collection with a wide brim will have you feeling sheltered and fabulous as you lounge about by the pool reading that new mystery novel. You can wear straw hats with a bathing suit or your white dress and sunglasses for a picture-perfect vacation moment.


SENREVE model with bucket bag slung over shoulder

The Mini Fiore Bucket Bag in Pebbled Merlot


  1. Top handle bag

When you think of a traditional purse donned by old Hollywood icons or British royalty, you likely envision a top-handle bag. It’s demure and understated, and it’s witnessed many variations similar to other classic pieces like the LBD. So it makes sense that a reliable top-handle in a neutral-colored green like Strati Sporta should be your summer sidekick.


And the Strati Strap is the ultimate add-on to your elegant bag. This lightweight, adjustable strap clips right onto your Strati silhouettes to seamlessly convert them into a crossbody or shoulder bag.


  1. Sneakers

Along with a pair of sandals, sneakers are your other go-to shoe for the season. Summer is a time of the great outdoors, so it’s important to keep up with your activities in comfortable shoes. Plus, with so many styles and colors to choose from, you don’t have to forgo fashion when venturing out for your next hike or stroll around town.


  1. Denim jacket

Though we associate summer with rising temperatures and layer-less outfits, there is still a place for a light jacket, especially by the breezy ocean or a dinner under the stars. A denim jacket is a great addition to your summer capsule wardrobe that can also transition seamlessly into the colder months of fall. It works well with a basic tee or any of your favorite summer dresses. Sling the Cadence Crossbody in the color arctic over your shoulder for the perfect finishing touch.


  1. Cardigan

For breezy evenings or the occasional overcast day where temperatures drop below the high 70s and 80s, incorporate a neutral-colored cardigan into your wardrobe. Easily layered over tank tops or basic tees for added warmth, cardigans are a closet staple that again works well for a variety of seasons.


  1. Backpack

A backpack is a fantastic hands-free approach to carrying everything you’ll need on a day or night out in the summertime. The Armonica bag is an updated twist on your favorite everyday bag. And you’ve got options — wear it as a crossbody, shoulder bag, backpack, or handheld. On the outside, two pockets (a slip pocket and a hidden back pocket) ensure easy access to your essentials. Plus, a zipper closure makes sure your belongings are always secure.


three shoulder bags in various colors

Discover the Strati Sporta shoulder bag


Keep it cool this summer with a capsule wardrobe


When you put thought into your wardrobe and mindfully cultivate a closet with versatile pieces that work for you, there’s no stopping you from conquering a season and relaxing on the porch in style. This summer take stock of your closet; you probably already have a few of these basics in your current collection, so consider possible updates or returns to old favorites. And regardless of your style or the weather, there’s a Senreve bag out there for you that can carry everything you need to live your best life.