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Craft the Chicest Summer Capsule Wardrobe–All for Under $300 by Laura Jackson

Thanks to those high-street heroes we know and love, like Mango, Cos, and Everlane, crafting a perfectly uninformed look doesn’t have to break the bank. Even contemporary brands—think Staud, Reformation, and Ganni—offer up fabulous fashion finds for under $300. With temperatures on the rise, relying on a strong (and affordable!) foundation of style staples is one fail-proof way to tackle the season seamlessly–sartorially speaking, of course. 

This summer, our affordable capsule wardrobe begins and ends with the basics—and what is more basic than a delightful pair of denim or a breezy button-up? When it comes to sleek jeans, nothing achieves understated elegance quite like a white jean. Serving as the fashion foundation to any and all summer outfits to come, style yours from Agolde to Frame with the aforementioned button-ups, like those from Anine Bing and Vince. Similarly versatile to your warm weather wardrobe are crisp pairs of linen trousers. For workwear or beachwear, this is one essential to invest in all summer long. Meanwhile, lightweight, striped sweaters from La Ligne and The Frankie Shop are notably nautical, best worn with a pair of not-so-short shorts or even draped over a cheerful sundress. Speaking of dresses, flowy frocks from Dôen, Faithfull The Brand, and Polo Ralph Lauren are easy and most importantly, effortless. 

No summer capsule wardrobe is complete without a statement swimsuit or two, whether it’s Everlane’s little black bikini or Tory Burch’s perfect one-piece. And finally, to finish off any look, carry a festive beachy bag from Dragon Diffusion to DeMellier and step into simple sandals from A.Emery to ATP Atelier. 

All for under $300, these affordable capsule wardrobe pieces are as high-quality and chic as ever. Shop our edit, below.   

The Striped, Lightweight Sweater

Layering essentials that can easily be added in and out of a summer outfit are ideal for an affordable capsule wardrobe. Enter the striped sweater. Worn all on its own or atop a simple white dress, the nautical style thrives during the summer months. Get the look courtesy of La Ligne, Zara, Kule, and more. 

Kule The Betty sweater