Vacation Capsule Wardrobe 2022

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Row 1: Sundress / Shirt Dress / Shirt / Bodysuit

Row 2: Scarf / Tank / Swimsuit / Bikini Top, Bottom

Row 3: Linen Pants / Skirt / Denim Shorts / Tailored Shorts

Row 4: Earrings / Necklace / Straw Bag / Shoulder Bag

Row 5: Heeled Sandals / Flat Sandals / Hat / Sunglasses

Tickets booked, itinerary organized, but what about your vacation wardrobe? If you’re traveling this summer but aren’t sure what to pack, then look no further. In this post I’m sharing how to create a vacation capsule wardrobe for summer 2022 and what to pack for effortlessly chic summer style. It’s thoughtfully curated to help you create a variety of looks that you can wear to the beach, shopping, for an evening out or whatever you’re doing on holiday. Although capsule wardrobes are often created for each season, they’re also useful when planning your wardrobe for trips.

To simplify the packing process, check out the vacation style capsule pieces below to help you put together endless outfits combinations that look simple, yet stylish. Most of the capsule items are neutral, versatile pieces that can feel casual or dressy. Along with my must-have clothing items for vacation style, I’m sharing over 20 outfit ideas that you can create using the suggested pieces.

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Color Palette

This vacation capsule wardrobe features several pieces in black and white that work as versatile basics. Beige and blue colors are incorporated to create a timeless color palette that allows for some variation.

Capsule Pieces

Shoes + Accessories

  • Sunglasses

  • Hoop earrings

  • Chain necklace

  • Silk scarf

  • Shoulder bag

  • Straw bag

  • Sun hat

  • Heeled sandals

  • Flat sandals

Extra Items

Additional pieces to consider adding to/swapping in your capsule wardrobe

  • Lightweight cardigan (for cooler weather)

  • Jeans (for cooler weather)

  • White sneakers

Clothing

  • Sundress

  • Shirt dress

  • White shirt

  • Bodysuit

  • White tank top

  • Linen pants

  • Midi skirt

  • Denim shorts

  • Tailored shorts

  • One-piece swimsuit

  • Bikini

 

Dresses

Sundress

A casual sundress is the perfect piece to pack for vacation. It’s super easy to throw on and pair with almost any footwear. This long, sleeveless sundress from Arket is a chic option that you can wear for almost any summer occasion. I also appreciate the longer length of this dress which keeps me better protected from the sun. You could also opt for a shorter version if it suits your style better.

Shirt Dress

Another versatile capsule item you’ll want to take on vacation is a lightweight shirtdress. It’s easy to dress up or down just by adding the right shoes and accessories. This shirtdress from & Other Stories is one of their most popular pieces that seems to be released each year for summer. It also comes in a variety of classic colors that make it even more perfect for a timeless summer wardrobe.

Tops

White Shirt

A must-have year-round wardrobe basic is a plain white button-up shirt. It’s one of the most versatile pieces that can be worn in a variety of ways and styles. Wear it as a cover-up over a swimsuit, layer it over a tank top, or pair it with some pants. The outfit options are endless with this vacation wardrobe piece.

Bodysuit

A neutral-colored bodysuit is one capsule wardrobe essential that you should always have in your closet. You can wear it on its own or layer it with other clothes to suit your needs. Although you can always opt for a basic tank top, I prefer the seamless look of a bodysuit. Plus you can find versions with buttons so you don’t have to completely undress in order to use the bathroom.

White Tank Top

A basic white tank top is one vacation capsule essential that you should always pack. It’s a practical item that you can wear with almost anything as easy layering piece. You can find a range of tank top styles, but a crewneck ribbed tank is one of the most classic options.

Bottoms

Linen Pants

White linen pants are a timeless summer piece that can upgrade an outfit. Wear them with a white shirt and heels for a sophisticated evening look or try them with a colorful bikini top and flat sandals for a casual day outfit. They’re a classic staple that you won’t regret packing a pair in your suitcase for your upcoming getaway.

Midi Skirt

A midi skirt is the perfect piece for warmer days when you want to look chic and stay cool. Wear it with a bodysuit and flat sandals for an afternoon lunch date or a white shirt and heeled sandals for an evening out. Although I chose a midi skirt for this wardrobe, a shorter option would also make a great addition to your vacation capsule.

Denim Shorts

A well-fitting pair of denim shorts a great piece to add to your vacation capsule wardrobe. They’ll instantly add a casual feel to any outfit, which is perfect while you’re relaxing on vacation. Even the chicest fashion gals can be seen sporting a pair of denim shorts. Choose a classic style or try a pair with subtle distressing for more relaxed look.

Tailored Shorts

Tailored shorts can easily make any outfit look more sophisticated. Add a black or neutral pair to your vacation wardrobe and wear them for any occasion. Even when I’m not on vacation, I wear mine all summer with basic tops and flat sandals. Try them also with a pair of heels and a white shirt for an easy evening look.

Swimwear

One-Piece Swimsuit

Your vacation packing list isn’t complete without a swimsuit or two. I always bring a one-piece swimsuit since it’s the most practical for swimming. There are so many elegant options that are modest and functional, but that don’t look bland. I’m loving this one-piece from Arket that’s perfect for a day at the beach.

Bikini

A bikini is another must-have piece of swimwear that is ideal for lounging at the beach or poolside (especially if you like to tan). Since most of this vacation wardrobe features neutral-colored items, I like to add some brighter hues. This bold blue bikini from Mango is a fun option that will liven up your summer vacation style.

Shoes

Heeled Sandals

A pair of heeled sandals are a must-have shoe to wear during your summer getaway. They’re perfect for evenings out when you want to look more dressed up but still cool and casual. A neutral pair will go great with several of the clothing items in this capsule wardrobe and they’re the most versatile option.

Flat Sandals

Another vacation wardrobe essential is a pair of comfortable flat sandals. They’re perfect for everyday whether you’re shopping, relaxing at the spa, or sitting poolside. For this capsule wardrobe, consider picking up a pair of black or neutral sandals in a classic style.

Accessories

Silk Scarf

Brighten up your vacation capsule with a silk scarf. It’s an easy way to add some pattern and color to your neutral summer outfits. Although I picked a black and cream one for this wardrobe, you could opt for one with bolder colors.  Tie it around your bag, your hair, or your neck; there are so many unique ways to utilize this simple accessory.

Sunhat

Protect your face from the sun with a comfortable, wide-brimmed sun hat. Not only is it a practical piece to wear on sunny days, but it can also make a chic accessory if you find one that suits your face shape and personal style.

Sunglasses

One must-have accessory that you can’t forget to take is a pair of sunglasses. I always recommend to try out different shapes, sizes and colors to find a pair that works best with your facial features and your wardrobe. For me, a pair of black or brown sunnies in a classic shape is my favorite to sport with my summer looks.

Hoop Earrings

A pair of simple hoop earrings are jewelry staple in any woman’s wardrobe. They’re an easy way to accessorize without overdoing your look. If you want to learn more about building a simple jewelry collection, check out my post on how to curate your own jewelry capsule.

Chain Necklace

Don’t underestimate the power of jewelry to instantly upgrade your outfit. A simple chain necklace is a timeless option that can be worn with almost anything. Although I prefer gold jewelry, choose a metal that looks best with your complexion. 

Shoulder Bag

Every woman needs a classic shoulder bag in her year-round closet, and it’s a great piece to have in your vacation wardrobe.Wear it day or night to elevate your look while you carry your essentials. It’s a simple staple, but it’s a great one to invest in.

Straw Bag

A straw bag is a practical accessory for toting around all your essentials on vacation. It’s particularly useful for beach days when you need a more functional bag that you can take on the sand.

Extras

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