When we think of Summer, we think bright colourful pieces. Although, if you’re someone who tries to keep their wardrobe to the minimum, investing a few classics can last you throughout summer for a capsule wardrobe.

What are the basics to invest in?

T-Shirts and Tank Tops:

They should be light, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. Stick to neutral hues to rewear on multiple occasions.


Denim shorts, cargo shorts, or athletic shorts in lightweight and comfortable materials.

Dresses and Skirts

Invest in sundresses and maxi dresses or flowy skirts for a breezy feel. From Varley’s summer knit pieces to Nanushka’s maxi styles, the options are endless.


Purchase bikinis, one-pieces and light cover-ups such as sarongs or beach dresses. For the eco-conscious buyer, Hunza G has a myriad of styles that can be worn for an evening dinner too with a sarong.

Lightweight Pants

Linen pants or capris can be worn all summer from day to night without any added hassle.

Sandals and Flip-Flops

Always spend a little more and purchase comfortable footwear such as slides or espadrilles both the beach and casual wear. From Birkenstocks to comfortable Jimmy Choo’s your summer wardrobe is complete with these basics.


Invest in UV protection and stylish frames. You can always add polarized lenses for better clarity. However, pick a universal style from brands such as Vehla that complements almost every look.

From tanks to summer knits, this assortment will ensure no matter what outfit you pull together, when it’s made from these basics, without spending too much time. Be it the great white poplin dress or a classic pair of birkenstocks, paired with a raffia bag.

So, consider this your easy summer shopping list with all the Style editor-approved pieces, that you need to *add to cart* ASAP.

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