Rebuild Your Wardrobe: All the Summer Closet Staples You Need

If you’re in need of refreshing your closet staples for summer, then you might want to pin this post! Earlier this year I released my first ever year-round capsule wardrobe builder, the Closet Staples Casual Capsule Wardrobe Builder.  It’s been one of the best selling and reviewed Style Challenges® capsule wardrobes to date!

The shopping list for this year-round wardrobe builder is my free gift if you sign up for the GYPO newsletter. You also get four free outfit ideas that span all four seasons. (if you don’t have it yet, you can sign up HERE)

This list is a great place to start if you’re rebuilding your wardrobe from scratch. You can also slowly build your wardrobe over the course of a year (or more) to spread out the expense and curate your closet with pieces you love. You know what I always say, when you’re shopping, if it’s not a heck yes, it’s a no!

You can see that almost every piece on this list is used across multiple seasons so you get the most bang for your buck.

Today we’re going to focus on the 21 summer pieces!

Summer Closet Staples Shopping List

Each piece on this list is one of my closet staples that I pull out every summer, year after year. These are classic basics that won’t be going out of style anytime soon.  The best part?  You can create a multitude of mix and match outfit ideas from them!

I’ve linked up similar items to shop online below, but if you sign up for the full list you’ll get access to an entire catalog of recommended items.


  1. Gray Tee
  2. Chambray Button Down
  3. White Tank Top
  4. Floral Top
  5. White Tee
  6. Navy Tee
  7. Striped Tee


  1. Olive Shorts
  2. White Shorts
  3. Denim Shorts


  1. Solid Dress


  1. Denim Jacket (Optional)


  1. Gold Sandals and/or Sneakers
  2. Leopard Sneakers
  3. Neutral Wedges
  4. Bright Sandals


  1. Bright Purse
  2. Short Necklaces
  3. Stud Earrings
  4. Tassel or Pendant Necklace
  5. Cognac Tote
  6. Hoop Earrings


You get four free outfit ideas for signing up for the list, but here’s a BONUS summer outfit formula not included.  Try this one out with pieces from your closet!

Striped Tee + Denim Shorts + Bright Purse + Short Necklace + Leopard Sneakers

It’s Your Turn:  What are some of YOUR favorite summer closet staples?  Did they make this list?


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