A 9-piece summer capsule wardrobe infused with the year's biggest trends
Building blocks with a 2019 twist
Investing in a spring/summer capsule collection makes sense. When you buy only a few key pieces that are both trendy and super wearable, you end up with a base wardrobe that can be mixed and matched together with the pieces you already have. So before adding anything to your cart this season, think about shopping for fashion building blocks. Each piece should work with at least seven separates in your closet and should be something that you'll love to wear in regular rotation. These pieces don't have to cost a ton, but quality here does matter — they have to stand up to the care, wear and tear that comes with being go-to items. If that all sounds like a lot, don't stress. We've rounded-up 9 seasonal essentials to shop now, and wear on repeat.
One of this season's breakout trends, the silk skirt has the versatility to be dressed up with kitten heels or dressed down with sneakers. In a print that's equally 'now', this pick brings a little something extra without being overwhelming.
The Naomi in Wild Things, $242 (approx.), realisationpar.com
The white tee
Sure, there are millions of white tees on the market, but finding one that's just right has been an unexpectedly difficult task — until now. This affordable and perfectly fitted, cropped version is super-soft and a classic that you can wear on its own or layered under anything and everything.
Essential Crew Neck Tee, $10, joefresh.com
It might not be the easiest trend to pull off, but if you do it right, these knee grazing shorts look so good. While denim may be an obvious choice here, leather-like styles are especially edgy and look cool with baggier tops and blazers to balance proportions.
Spanx Faux Leather Bike Shorts, $91.45, shopbop.com
Oversized pastel blazer
Consider the oversized blazer this spring and summer's essential layering piece, and wear it over any dress, 'jeans and a top', or matching set combo to instantly pull together a full look. With a menswear cut, it has an edgy feel that strikes a balance with the more feminine shade.
Siena Boyfriend Blazer in Candy Color, $185, storets.com
White linen button down
Don't have a white linen top in your closet? You might be missing out on your most versatile piece. This loose and breezy button down, looks just perfect tied at the waist with straight leg jeans, tucked into probably any other bottom you'd throw on for summer, loose and open over a high-waisted bikini… see what I mean?
Boyfriend Shirt in Linen, $45, gapcanada.ca
Straight leg jeans
There's no denying that the straight leg cut is reigning supreme in denim, and for me, this pair is a great choice. A baggier cut, light-wash and an asymmetric fly closure make this pair a statement while remaining the everyday choice — you'll want to wear them again and again.
Agolde Criss Cross Upsized Jean, $238.14, revolve.com
The leather jacket
A great leather jacket can and should serve you for years if not decades, so keep craftsmanship, a tailored cut and cool hardware in mind. Rudsak's moto jacket delivers on all fronts. Wear it to infuse any day or night outfit with a hint of edge.
Magno Leather Biker Jacket with Belt, $695, rudsak.ca
If you're looking for a silky-soft tank that falls perfectly on the body, look no further than here. This ruffled style is perfect for days when you "have nothing to wear"; it's the easiest thing to throw on with denim or a silk skirt — pastel blazer optional.
Wilfred Wera Camisole, $68, aritzia.com
The denim jacket, now and always
It's official: there's no fashion girl wardrobe that's complete without a Levi's jacket. And while the iterations from vintage to new are endless, a slightly oversized, light-wash with a worn-in feel will forever be just as stylish as it is comfy.
Original Trucker Jacket, $108, levis.com