Summer holiday capsule wardrobe outfit ideas

Summer holiday capsule wardrobe outfit ideas outfit inspiration what to wear 20 items

Yesterday’s capsule wardrobe post gave you 20 fun boho bright pieces to throw into your suitcase, and today is about putting it all together. There are plenty of different ways to mix and match the clothes, so here are some outfit ideas for different occasions that show how easy it is to style your holiday wardrobe up or down to get exactly the looks you want.

Here we go with outfit number one:


Summer capsule wardrobe outfit ideas holiday 2018 reading in the sun

There’s nothing quite like lounging about and reading a book on the beach, with a hat and kaftan to hand when the sun’s at its hottest.

Summer capsule wardrobe outfit ideas beachcombing

Throw the matching top and shorts together to make a playsuit, and grab a pair of espadrilles for scrambling around the rocks on the shoreline.

Summer capsule wardrobe outfit ideas poolside cocktails beach to bar

Soak up some rays by the hotel pool, then turn a sarong into a halter neck dress, stick on some lipstick and order a drink at the bar.

Summer capsule wardrobe outfit ideas shopping flea market what to wear holiday 2018

A super easy outfit for strolling around the shops and picking up holiday souvenirs.

summer capsule wardrobe outfit ideas holiday packing 2018 casual evening wear dinner relaxed

Something for a casual evening out, with an outfit based around jeans and a simple white cami.

Summer capsule wardrobe outfit ideas holiday drinks dancing casual what to wear

Block colours for a bright look while you’re watching the sunset, and maybe some dancing later.

Summer capsule wardrobe outfit ideas holiday outfits serious swimmer sporty swimming

The tankini is for serious swimming, and you’ll need a cover up such as a t shirt for when you get out of the water.

summer capsule wardrobe ideas holiday 2018 sightseeing

Something breezy with crisp cotton and comfy shoes for going out and exploring. Throw a large scarf into your bag if you’re visiting places of worship in case you need to cover your head, shoulders or legs.

summer capsule wardrobe ideas holiday 2018 drinks in the pub casual evening wear

Outfit number nine is pretty and feminine, and the boho jeans keep it relaxed and casual.


Here’s a quick roundup to show how it all looks when you put everything together over several days:

Summer capsule wardrobe outfit ideas holiday 2018 nine what to wear

What do you think?

These are just a few ideas for different occasions, and it’s possible to make at least 25 basic outfits by combining different tops and bottoms which than then be styled even further by using the accessories. You’ll have plenty of options to choose from, but these initial nine should give you some inspiration for getting started.

The full list of clothes and accessories is here, if you’d like to have a better look at them.



Hope you’ve enjoyed looking all these options and ideas – which outfit is your favourite?

If anyone wants to see a different capsule wardrobe, perhaps with a more monochrome base for a completely different theme / flavour, then let me know. 


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  1. Thanks for that. Some interesting ideas but I wonder if you could put together something more suitable for those of us who are older and (for health and safety reasons as well as weight lol!) can’t wear skinny jeans or short skirts?

  2. Hi Susan, the beauty of a capsule wardrobe is that you can adapt it to fit your body shape, personality and lifestyle. I think the phrase ‘age appropriate’ should be put in the bin though, as long as you aren’t actually breaking the law then nobody has the right to tell you what you should or shouldn’t wear 🙂

    However, if your personal preference is for longer skirts then the makers of the above-the-knee skirt also have a midi skirt instead that you might like that’s in stock up to size 22. Discount code to use this weekend: SAVE. Alternatively, you could mix in a maxi skirt in plain blue or blue stripe.

    The jeans are a vintage fit with a straight leg, but if that’s not your thing then follow the instructions in the article to customise any old pair of jeans you already own. You might prefer a cropped cotton or linen trouser in blue or navy which could be straight leg, wide leg or slightly flared – lots of options here.

    ASOS Curve is worth a look for up to date styles in a range of sizes, and on the high street you might like to know that Evans is having a sale this weekend.

    Have fun with your wardrobe!

    Penny x

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