Summer Capsule Wardrobe With Walmart

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This classic summer capsule wardrobe features black, white, and denim. The pieces are casual, simple, and comfortable. They all mix and match to create a collection of different looks. The pieces can be dressed up or down, and it’s all very easy on the budget!

*I’m proud to be collaborating with Walmart to bring you these fashion favorites. As always, all selections and ideas are my own. Affiliate links included. See my disclosure statement.

What Is A Capsule Wardrobe?

The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to collect specific clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits. The term “capsule” refers to a condensed selection, usually consisting of around 20 – 25 items, including clothing, shoes, and accessories. The goal for a capsule wardrobe is to streamline your closet, and eliminate the need for guesswork.

Key Principles Of A Capsule Wardrobe

  1. Essential Pieces: A capsule wardrobe is built with classic, and versatile pieces that can be worn in many different combinations. These include items in coordinating colors such as tops, bottoms, jackets, and dresses that can be easily paired together. Every capsule wardrobe needs a basic white top or two. Feminine & fun, a crisp white eyelet t-shirt is the perfect piece to add style to a basic summer outfit.
  2. Minimalism: The emphasis is on owning fewer items, rather than having a closet full of clothes you don’t wear. A capsule wardrobe lets you design your own intentional and simplified style.
  3. Versatility: The pieces in a capsule wardrobe are carefully selected to ensure they can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. Each piece should complement one another and be appropriate for a variety of occasions, while maintaining your own signature style.

Benefits Of A Summer Capsule Wardrobe

  • Reduces the decisions that need to be made when getting dressed for the day.
  • It’s much more efficient and more sustainable.
  • It helps you avoid buying items you don’t need.
  • A capsule wardrobe helps you develop your own personal style, and enables you to focus on what actually suits you and your current stage in life.

One of my favorite ways to shop is on, but I know that shopping online can be overwhelming. The good thing about shopping on Walmart is that their generous return policy allows you to try things in the privacy of your own home, and without being rushed. That’s definitely a win-win!

One of my preferred brands exclusive to Walmart is Time and Tru. The pieces are well-made, they run true-to-size, and they make it very easy to build a fun and classic capsule wardrobe. The checked shorts pictured above are so comfortable, and the fit is great. They can be dressed up or down, and the fabric weight is perfect.

Every effort has been made to provide current links to the items found in this post. If an item is sold out, but may be restocked, I left it on the list.

Embracing the capsule wardrobe idea can transform the way we approach fashion, emphasizing simplicity and style. By carefully selecting just the right pieces, we can streamline our daily routine, and as a result, make our lives so much easier!


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  1. Hi, I hate those shorts and shoes …ugly and old fashioned. I feel you need and update to how women dress . Most of your choices are good but this is an atrocious outfit! So sorry!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Sandi…I’m sorry you feel that way! I actually really like the whole outfit and felt good in it. I definitely didn’t feel ugly or old fashioned…but thanks for voicing your opinion! ~Ann

  2. I would love to build a capsule wardrobe as you have. The older I get the less I like deciding what to wear. A capsule wardrobe would make life much simpler. Thank you for all the tips and ideas! Have a happy summer Ann.

  3. Hi Ann
    I love your wardrobe choices
    Thanks for another great post

  4. Ann, thank you so much for sharing your collaboration with WalMart with us. I am a fan of capsule wardrobes, and I follow a couple of other ladies who share their ideas and purchases as well, but the clothing lines they recommend are sometimes out of my price range. I appreciate ALL of your your ideas on the blog. Thank you!

  5. I also have a closet full of clothes I don’t wear but am getting better at editing items.Love all your pics for the capsule wardrobe, it’s like Garanimals for adults! I have some items from the Time and Tru line that I like very much.Thanks for putting together all the great clothes.

  6. Great ideas for a capsule wardrobe for summer. Now if I could just clean out my closet that is so crowded with clothes I never wear!

  7. Mary Alice Kenley says:

    Ann! This is so timely. We’ve just downsized for retirement, and we love the new place. However, downsizing means everything if you’re going to not be crowded…including the stuff in the closet! One of my goals this year is to halve the content of my closet; this will certainly help. Assuming we’ll be seeing other seasons?

  8. Oh, wow – one of the best posts ever!!! After 30+ years working in a very conservative office and wearing suits and high heels, I have totally revamped my wardrobe these past several years. My summer capsule wardrobe is in the exact same colors that you featured. Several weeks ago I purchased black/white check shorts from J. Crew! Also, last week my daughter took me into her walk in closet to show me all her new capsule wardrobe purchases. They are the same as mine, so I must be doing something right. I have put 4 of your featured items in my cart and will be ordering them as soon as I finish reading the post.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Lyn…thank you so much for the lovely comment!

  9. Thank you! A great wardrobe for reasonable prices! Just what I needed for summer! Great job!