Rebuild your summer wardrobe: the capsule edition

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With the change in season, it’s an excellent time to peek into your closet and make some edits. Bring some clarity to your wardrobe with versatile items that work for day and night, and invest in quality pieces that won’t wear quickly on a seasonal cycle. Here are six wardrobe staples to get you started – and don’t forget to thank your old clothes when you donate them, Marie Kondo-style!

White tee

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A plain white tee lays the foundation for any outfit. For an elevated touch, opt for one with a graphic print – we’ve got our eye on the Ioannes collaboration with Vogue. Its loose-fitting silhouette allows you to play with proportions, from a French tuck to baggy attire, in seconds.

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Coco Chanel revolutionised the little black dress and it remains a staple in all women’s closets. We picked out this rendition from Alexander Wang with silver-tone zippered vents on the front and back, exuding rocker chic. Feeling a bit exposed at work? Add a cape or a blazer. As for the evening, let loose and style your hair in messy beach waves for added volume. 

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Midi dress

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Working from home doesn’t mean you should live in sweatpants, tracksuits and jumpers. Freshen things up so you can join your Zoom chats and stay-at-home dates in style. We’re particularly drawn to this luxurious ivory-linen dress, as its square neckline lets you appear taller. 

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Lightweight cardigan

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Even in the summer heat, you’ll find yourself in situations where it can get a bit chilly. A lightweight cardigan serves as a layering piece on breezy nights but looks equally stylish on its own. This V-neck number by Wilfred Free with two tie-front closures allows you to show off skin in a tasteful manner.

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Floral blouse

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Don’t be afraid to introduce a colourful print into your wardrobe, but opt for small floral motifs that won’t overpower your entire outfit. This lightweight blouse with ruffle details gives us total summer vibes – it’s great with stonewashed denim shorts or a pair of black cigarette trousers.

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Wide-legged trousers

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Feeling bored wearing jeans all week long? Invest in a pair of crisp wide-leggers. We chose this cotton-blend drill version by Ganni with a detachable D-ring belt that helps create a slimmer shape. 

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See also: Holiday mood: 7 statement accessories for summer

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