My Summer Capsule Wardrobe for the 2024 Season

Although I love a trend, when I'm putting together an everyday outfit I'm always reaching for my staple pieces first. I've realized that trends only really carry my wardrobe so far and it's the wardrobe essentials that I truly get my money's worth with. I've worn my basic tanks, classic jeans and linen shirts ragged and for good reason!

In today's post, I'm sharing 20+ Summer wardrobe essentials you need in your closet. These are the pieces I wear over and over again, and great foundations for building any Summer outfit.

What about summery pops of color?

That’s the beauty of Summer wardrobe staples! Consider these essentials as the foundation that can start or complete any outfit. With the basics covered, incorporating a colorful heel or a bolder color becomes effortless.

Looking for other seasonal staples? See my Spring staplesFall staples + Winter Staples

Summer Capsule Wardrobe 2024

White T-ShirtBasic TankTube TopButton-Up VestMaxi DressStriped ShirtWhite Button-UpDenim Shirt JacketTailored PantLinen PantClassic DenimWhite DenimWhite Maxi SkirtDenim ShortsTailored ShortsClassic SwimsuitBallet FlatsStrappy SandalsFlat SandalsSneakersGold Hoops (code DANIELLE20), Layering Necklace (code DANIELLE20), Skinny BeltStraw Hat, Staple Sunnies 1 / 2 / 3Straw ClutchEveryday Tote



Staple Tops

Basic Tee - You can't go wrong with a simple white tee! It's so versatile and can be dressed up or down. I have the Abercrombie Essential Easy Tee in almost every color -perfect fit and only $25.

Basic Tank - Of course you can always swap this with any type of tank, but I love a cami for Summer. These basic camis from Boden are so comfy.

Basic Strapless - Even if it's a simple cotton material, I feel a strapless always elevates an outfit. This one from Aritzia comes in a ton of colors.

Button-up Vest - This has to be my favorite trend this Summer, although I think it fits perfectly into the staple category because there are so many ways to style a button-up vest!

Striped Shirt - For a long time I was never really a stripes girl, but I've come to love a classic stripe for beach days and casual Summer outfits.

White Button-Up - One of those spring staples that's just a non-negotiable. Abercrombie is one of my go-to places to shop for good quality button-ups that also won't break the bank.

Denim Shirt/Jacket - This oversized denim shirt from Aritzia is so soft with a lived-in feel. Perfect if you need something light to layer with.




Staple Bottoms

Sundress - You can't beat the ease of dresses in the Summer. I've actually been loving black for Summer this year. Abercrombie has my favorite finds!

White Maxi Skirt - Another staple that's effortlessly easy to dress up or down. This linen-blend maxi is my favorite of the season.

Tailored Pant - The Abercrombie Harper pant is my current favorite tailored style. They are a slightly wider fit than the Sloane and they're a great workwear option that can also be styled casually.

Linen Pant - What even is Summer without a linen pant? Aritzia's Lodge pant has been my go-to — the quality is amazing.

Classic Denim - Jeans are my love language, and you know my love for AGOLDE, in particular, runs deep. If you're not quite ready to splurge on a pair of jeans, try Abercrombie Denim, which is another favorite!

Denim Shorts - I'm not big on denim shorts, and really only have 1-2 pairs I swear by. My all-time favorite pair is the AGOLDE Parker Long in Swapmeet.

Tailored Short - A great choice if you want to wear a short, but need a step up from denim.

→ Check out this post all-things AGOLDE: my favorites, fit guide & more





Staple Shoes

Ballet Flats - They're comfy, they're effortless and they are, in fact, officially back. This pair from Dolce Vita goes with everything and runs true to size.

Flat Sandals - These square-toe Havianas are a great everyday pick. Linked a few more options below if you need something a bit more elevated!

Strappy Sandals - A must-have for workwear, date nights, etc.

Sneakers - If I'm wearing a sneaker, I'm wearing my Adidas Samba. Linked current in-stock retailers below!




Staple Accessories

Everyday Jewelry - I'm loving all of the beach-inspired jewelry making an appearance this Summer! Most worn pieces are from Electric Picks. You can use code DANIELLE 20 for 20% off sitewide, always.

Straw Hat - Love that you can bring a straw hat from the pool to dinner and drinks or a daytime event. This LOC find is a little pricey, but I get so much use out of it.

Belt - I love a skinny belt for a simple yet elevated look. This 2-pack from Amazon is great.

Staple Sunglasses - Sunglasses are the one thing I never really invest in because I'm always throwing them around, always misplacing them in a bottom of a bag, etc. Enter, sunglasses gold mine. My current favorite is this Celine lookalike for under $20.

Straw Clutch/Bag - Whether it's a beach bag or something you're styling for everyday, I love a woven or raffia fabric for Summer.

Everyday Tote - This Amazon woven tote is a great larger size that fits a ton.


Staple Swimwear

Classic One Piece or Bikini - Whatever your style is, always have a classic black swimsuit on rotation. My go-to swimwear brands are Aerie & L*Space.



How to Style Your Summer Wardrobe Essentials

My favorite thing about staples is that you can use them to build a simple outfit on their own, or use them as your foundation around a trending or statement piece. Here are a few styling ideas!

Summer Capsule Wardrobe 2024


And that's your guide to Summer wardrobe essentials! The great thing about staples is that if you don't already have them in your closet, the ones you purchase will remain in your closet for years to come.