The season of sunshine, socialising and sangria is nearly here! So we thought we’d turn our attention to our summer fashion range and how you can use it to create a capsule wardrobe.
The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to choose a few versatile quality pieces that you can mix and match to your heart’s content. This premise works especially well for summertime, when we’d all rather be spending long evenings outdoors rather than frantically trying to put together an outfit that matches for the next day. With tips from QVC Stylist, Laura Johnson, and some of our favourite fashion finds, we’ll have you creating a capsule summer wardrobe like a pro.
Pick a printed skirt
First up, Laura tells us, “printed skirts are a must this summer and can be worn casually with a pair of pumps or with a pair of mules for an evening out”. You can see this trend popping up from many of the fashion brands here at QVC right now, with the likes of this eye-catching floral print skirt by Kim & Co and the gorgeous sunflower print Auriel skirt from Joules recently arriving.
We’re going to put this printed skort from Cuddl Dudds in the mix here too, as an excellent alternative for those wanting the comfort and security of shorts but with all the style of a chic summer skirt. They’re a good choice for those more active days too, teamed with a pair of trainers and any casual tee.
Grab a go-to pair of bottoms
Seeing as we don’t live in what anyone would describe as a tropical climate, there’s a good chance we can wear trousers (or even jeans) year-round. But what you can do for summer is to swap the classic blue or black hue for something a little brighter! Laura recommends, “a neutral white pair of trousers or jeans – they’re an essential summer must-have to freshen up any look.”
These cropped jeans from Joules are a good go-to for lunches out, strolls along the seaside and more. Try pairing them with navy for a nautical nod. We’re also loving these wide leg palazzo trousers from Badgley Mischka and the matching cropped blouse for laid-back, relaxed looks.
Welcome a white shirt
Our next staple is something everyone should have in their wardrobe – a white shirt! Such a versatile piece useful for any time of the year. For summer, Laura suggests… “toning your outfits back down with a fresh white shirt. Wear it as a cover up unbuttoned over your favourite summer dress or button it back up and wear with some jeans and sandals for an easy stylish look. A white shirt is such a great styling piece to have in your wardrobe for dressing up or down!”
Jump into a jacket
Okay, maybe not literally, but having one to hand to grab on your way out the door is a must. After all, it is a British summer and with that comes rain, sun, wind and more… often all in one day. Our Stylist Laura has you covered here too, with her suggestion of a Ruth Langsford denim jacket, saying “it’s the perfect cover up to see you through those sunny days and slightly chillier evenings.”
There are a few options to pick from in Ruth’s range, including this semi-fitted denim jacket. It comes in a classic Dark Indigo colour, but we’re leaning towards the lighter Mid Wash for the brighter months.
Adding those key accessories
A capsule wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without the perfect accessories. Picture yourself sightseeing in these sporty wedge sandals from Skechers. Whether you’re wearing a top and casual trousers combo or you’re in your favourite maxi dress, they’ll go! Now, add a statement necklace like the Buddy Heart semi-precious stone necklace from Lola Rose.
Looks good right? Especially as Laura’s final tip is to “go bold and add bright pops of colour to your wardrobe. Hot pinks and lime greens are the summer colour must-haves this season.” This Sweet Pink Quartzite option is the one to go for then!
We hope our selection will help you find the capsule wardrobe staples you need for the long-awaited sunny season. Head over to our Summer Fashion Collection to see even more tempting styles.