Summer ready - your essential capsule collection
Whether it's packing for a week in the sun or simply the core of your summer wardrobe, having a collection of summer essentials which look and feel amazing, and mix and match almost endlessly, is key to a warm weather style confidence.
Knowing your best colours makes creating a flexible wardrobe much simpler (try our quiz if you haven't already identified your personal seasonal colour palette), but with so many colours available for each season, how can you be sure that your options will work well together?
My advice is to keep things simple. If you want maximum flexibility from the minimum number of items of clothing, limit your colours to a couple of neutrals and three or four brights, and make sure you have tops and bottoms in both. Throw in a couple of footwear options and you're good to go.
To show you how you can mix and match within each palette, I've put together a flexible, stylish and packable summer wardrobe for each seasonal palette. Layers and separates are the easiest way to maximise outfit combinations with the smallest number of garments, but no capsule would be complete without a stunning dress and the perfect jacket. The Lola Dress is such a hero piece (and it's 50% off at the moment!), flattering a huge range of body shapes and sizes with its forgiving neckline and ruching, and the contemporary Chloe Jacket (or the faux suede Roxy jacket) finishes off any outfit without adding too much bulk during the warmer seasons - the perfect travel companions!
Spring style notes: Summer is the time to embrace your colours! I've kept true neutrals to a minimum, basing this capsule wardrobe simply on soft shades of Soft White, Nimbus, and Light Birch, but the blues also act as anchors for the bright Tropical Pink Lola Dress and Poppy Weekend Skirt.
1 Soft White Long Camisole | 2 Hawaii Pippa Top | 3 Nimbus Cara V Neck | 4 Bright Teal Breton Boat Neck | 5 Aquagreen Pleat Stripe Skirt now 70% off | 6 Poppy Weekend Skirt | 7 Periwinkle Rosa 7/8 Trousers | 8 Light Birch Chloe Jacket | 9 Tropical Pink Lola Dress now 50% off | 10 Soft White Cashmere Gauze Stole | 11 All White Superga Canvas Trainers
Autumn style notes: Summer dressing can feel trickier as an autumn, but opting for Soft White and paler neutrals such as the Safari Maxi Skirt and the Light Birch Chloe Jacket will keep it light and airy without losing your Autumn warmth. Add in splashes of Deep Aqua and Orange for greater depth of colour.
1 Bright Teal Long Camisole | 2 Soft White Soft Square Vest | 3 Fiesta Orange Darcey Scoop | 4 Sea Blue Sweetheart Spot Top now 30% off | 5 Orange & Pebble Pleat Stripe Skirt now 70% off | 6 Safari Jersey Maxi Skirt | 7 Marine Teal Reiko Chinos | 8 Light Birch Chloe Jacket | 9 Antique Moss Lola Dress now 70% off | 10 Soft White Cashmere Gauze Stole | 11 Stone Superga Canvas Trainers
Summer style notes: I love this wardrobe combination! Classic Summer neutrals like Nimbus, Light Grey and Marine Navy are lifted by with pairing with teals, greys and violet. Don't be afraid to layer up your teals for tonal depth.
1 Soft White Long Camisole | 2 Hawaii Pippa Top | 3 Nimbus Cara V Neck| 4 Sea Blue Sweetheart Spot Top now 30% off | 5 Aquagreen Pleat Stripe Skirt now 70% off | 6 Marine Navy Jersey Maxi Skirt | 7 Light Grey Rosa 7/8 Trousers | 8 Slate Roxy Jacket | 9 Wood Violet Lola Dress now 50% off | 10 Soft White Cashmere Gauze Stole | 11 Silver Superga Metallic Trainers
Winter style notes: We've kept it sleek for you, with a base of Ice Blue and Navy, but honoured the brightness of your season with a sumptuous True Red Lola Dress for maximum va va voom and a pair of Magenta Rosa 7/8 Trousers. Opting for bright trousers means you can go for classic tees and still have that gorgeous Winter contrast and brightness.
1 White Long Camisole | 2 Ice Blue Betty Cowl | 3 Chinese Blue Cara V Neck | 4 Navy Breton Boat Neck | 5 Jewel Pleat Stripe Skirt now 70% off | 6 Navy Jersey Maxi Skirt | 7 Magenta Rosa 7/8 Trousers | 8 Dark Navy Chloe Jacket | 9 True Red Lola Dress now 50% off | 10 Silver Cashmere Gauze Stole | 11 Silver Superga Metallic Trainers