As excited as I am for all things fall, I’m not quite ready to trade my tees and sandals for knits and flannels just yet.
Summer is, after all, my favorite season and I’m still enjoying all its delights, even as it begins to wind down: the warmth of the sun on my skin, swimming in a pool, bare feet in soft grass, watching the clouds pass by, fresh fruit, and appreciating the flowering plants in the backyard. These last few weeks of summer are sweet and I want to be fully present with them.
So today I’m sharing my mini end-of-summer capsule wardrobe!
I actually didn’t set out to create a capsule wardrobe — there was no planning, no color palette-ing, no wish listing, etc. Instead, I’ve just been noticing that I’ve been reaching for the same few items throughout July and August. So, in that sense, this is a retrospective capsule — a capsule approach based on observation instead of planning.
This little collection of clothes is exceptionally laid-back and heat-friendly, since that’s what fits my needs best right now. I’ve got errand-running clothes, work-from-home clothes, walking clothes, pool clothes, and a couple of items I can dress up if need be. My style tends to get verrrry casual and repetitive at the end of summer, and I enjoy this phase thoroughly. It’s a nice reprieve before the flurry of fall fashion.
Have a look!
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Here are a few notes on each piece and how I style them:
Poplin Button Down Shirt
I often wear mine open over a swimsuit when I’m headed to the pool, or I tuck it into my denim cutoffs for a classic look. Even though it’s hot outside, it’s nice to be able to throw on a lightweight long sleeve for a little extra sun protection.
This was the summer of the black tee — I wore one almost every other day. In fact, I’m wearing one right now as I type! I love the look of a black tee tucked into denim cutoffs, paired with Birkenstocks and some gold earrings — that’s been my uniform this summer.
Grey Muscle Tank
In the summer, evening walks are my ritual. No matter how hot it may be, I’m out walking at sunset. And my walking uniform consists of a loose cotton muscle tank, Nike tempo shorts, Adidas Ultraboosts, and a belt bag.
Nike Tempo Shorts
These are my favorite walking shorts. I’m so glad I picked up a couple of pairs at the beginning of the summer because I wear them almost every day, either for my evening walks or just to keep cool while running errands in the heat of the day.
To me, no summer wardrobe is complete without a pair of denim cutoffs. They are effortless and classic.
These shorts are my around-the-house staple. If I’m at home, I’m probably wearing sweat shorts. Perfect for lounging and hanging out.
I love a good white sneaker, and have several in my rotation, but when it comes to functionality and comfort, my Adidas Ultraboosts are my go-to. They’ve been my chosen work out shoe for years now, and they particularly shine in the summer since they are lightweight and breathable for outdoor walks.
Birkenstock Arizona Sandals
I’ve fallen hard for Birkenstocks this summer and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Comfort all the way! Fall Preview Moment: I may have already picked up a pair of Birkenstock Boston clogs for the fall. They are a little hard to find in stock right now, but I found some here.
I’m trying to soak up every last minute of pool time that I can before the season really begins to shift into fall. But not only do I wear these by the pool, they also make for great backyard/gardening shoes when it’s time to water the plants.
Easy Black Dress
A lightweight black dress is essential in the summer. I’m convinced that dresses in the summer are nothing short of a miracle. You mean I don’t have to wear pants or a bra and I can still give the impression that I tried? I’m all in for that!
I’ve been a big fan of the canvas tote this summer. In the heat, the last thing I want to carry is a heavy leather bag that’s going to get hot and possibly stick to my sweaty arms. I also just love the ultra-casual vibe it gives off. Couldn’t be bothered to carry a real bag, thanks.
Gold Huggie Earrings
I rarely feel drawn to jewelry, and it’s even less appealing to me on a hot summer day, but I do like to keep a small pair of gold huggie hoops on rotation. They can elevate a casual summer outfit with ease.
Black One Piece Swimsuit
A black one piece is so low-key and it just always works, no matter the crowd or location. Mine is the Tulum Ribbed One Piece from Andie Swim — I got it in 2018 and it’s still going strong. An absolute classic!
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And there you have it!
Soon we’ll be entering fall and enjoying all the sartorial excitement that comes with it, but in the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying the last few weeks of summer and the simplicity of summer dressing.
Take good care of yourself today. Thanks for being here!