The summer season can be a difficult one to dress for. It’s just too hot to care about what your are wearing. Staying cool becomes the focus over fashion. But when you have to go to work in the summer, you have to get dressed whether you want to or not. Here’s a summer work capsule wardrobe that will make getting dressed for work in the summer just a little easier.
The ten pieces that form the basis of this summer work capsule are all from Macy’s. It consists of three pairs of neutral pants, a pencil skirt in a pastel pink, two jackets, and four tops. A few of the pieces are already low in stock or sold out but I have included links to similar pieces that would build a mix and match summer work wear capsule.
It’s frustrating to put these together with supply being what it is now days. Things sell out before I can photograph, edit, and put together a post, but I wanted to share anyway. You may already have pieces in your closet that you can pull together to make a work capsule.
The 10 Pieces
This top has a ruffle detail at the sleeve making it a little more acceptable to be worn without a jacket in some office settings. The pastel pink with greys and hints of black coordinate with the grey, black and pink bottoms in this capsule.
This top has a punch of bright blue for some color but also has neutrals like black and grey. It sold out but this one has the same colors on a white background. This one would also be a good substitute. A sleeveless top is a must have piece for a professional capsule for layering under jackets.
A camisole makes a great lighweight layering piece for summer work wear and can be a go to piece in a summer work wear capsule wardrobe.
This piece is kind of a wildcard for this capsule at first glance, but you will see that it coordinates well with the other pieces. Having a wildcard piece keeps a capsule from being too boring.
This beautiful blue is perfect for summer and coordinates with everything in the capsule.
If your office doesn’t require a jacket for its dress code, you may still want to consider having a couple of jackets as completer pieces in your work capsule to make outfits look more polished. If your dress code is business or professional, a jacket is usually required, regardless of the temperatures outside. You will need jackets in a professional capsule wardrobe.
I chose three-quarter sleeve jackets for the capsule wardrobe workwear featured here. Three-quarter sleeves are flattering and feel a little less hot and stuffy in the summer.
If you have issues with skinny ankle pants that are too tight in the calves (raising my hand) give these boot cut trousers a try. They flow beautifully and are also a good choice for those with wider hips and pear shape bodies.
Also a good choice for pants that skim the leg and aren’t too tight in the calves. They are featured in both black and grey in the capsule.
This pencil skirt comes in petite and regular sizes.
Shoes and Accessories for a Work Capsule
Shoe and accessories are not inlcuded in the ten pieces. Different shoes and accessories can really stretch a capsule wardrobe when not included in the final number. They can help change the vibe and look of an outfit so I didn’t want to limit this summer work wear capsule with shoes and accessories.
To save time, I didn’t change accessories much for photos but I recommend switching them up to make each outfit more unique.
Open toe dress sandals are included in the outfits but if your office doesn’t allow these (mine doesn’t!), stick to pumps, dress flats, or loafers for all outfits.
Here are some recommended items to include as shoes and accessories in your summer work wear capsule:
- Nude pumps
- Black pumps
- Nude dress sandal
- Black dress sandal
- Simple pearl earring
- Simple pendant
- Pearl or faux pearl necklace
- Tote bag
- Neutral handbag
- Gold Hoop earrings
Summer Work Wear Capsule Outfits
Kasper Open Front Blazer + Calvin Klein sleevelees top + Alfani straight leg pant in black + pearl hoop earring/ black pumps
Calvin Klein Roll Sleeve Blazer+ Alfani Straight Leg Pants+ Calvin Klein floral sleeveless top+block heel single strap sandal
Calvin Klein Tie Neck Top (option) + Alfani Straight Leg Pants (grey) + black pumps
Calvin Klein Roll Sleeve Jacket (option) (option) + Calvin Klein Tie Neck Top (option) (option) + Alfani Straight Leg Pants (black) + heeled sandals
Kasper Open Front Jacket + Bar III cami + Alfani Boot Cut Pants (navy)+ Nude Pumps
Kasper Open Front Blazer + Calvin Klein floral top/ option + Alfani Boot Cut Pants (Navy) + Nude Pumps
JM Print Top option + Alfani Boots Cut Pants + Nude Heeled Sandals
Kasper Open Front Blazer + JM Print Top option Alfani Boot Cut Pants + Nude Pumps
JM Print Top option+ Alfani Straight Leg Pants (grey) + black pumps
Kasper Open Front Blazer + JM Print Top option Alfani Straight Leg Pants+ Nude Heeled Sandals
Calvin Klein Roll Sleeve Jacket option + Calvin Klein Tie Neck Top option + Kasper Pencil Skirt + Black Pumps
Calvin Klein Roll Sleeve Jacket + JM Print Top option + Alfani Boot Leg Pants + Nude Pumps
Kasper Open Front Blazer + JM Print Top option + Kasper Pencil Skirt + Nude Pumps
Be inspired to put together your summer work capsule wardrobe with these or similar pieces.
For more summer work wear outfits, check out 20 Hot Pink Blazer Outfit Ideas.
For casual work outfits, check out these colorful outfits for work.
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