This summer’s sizzling temperatures have certainly spiced up my travels! From the cultural heart of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico to the vibrant streets of Austin, Texas, my recent trips required a versatile and functional summer travel capsule that could keep up with the heat while ensuring I remained stylish and confident. And even as we edge closer to the tail-end of the summer, I squeezed in a last minute jaunt to the charming city of Santa Fe.
So, let’s dive into creating the ultimate last-minute summer travel capsule that promises to keep you chic, comfortable, and effortlessly stylish, regardless of your destination. If you want to see this minimal capsule in action, check out my Travelista TikTok video HERE. If you are on TikTok I would love for you to FOLLOW me there!
Linen or Gauzy Cotton Clothing
Don’t let the late summer heat intimidate you. Now is the perfect time to pack breezy, lightweight fabrics and silhouettes. Look to linen items for your summer travel capsule. Linen, derived from the flax plant, is highly breathable. Its weave allows air to flow freely, making it perfect for hot summer days. Whether you’re exploring bustling markets or relaxing on a sunny beach, linen will keep you cool and comfortable all day long. A linen two piece set instantly pulls you together with the added travel wardrobe advantage of wearing each piece combined with other items in your capsule.
If you want to minimize wrinkles of your linen travel clothing roll instead of folding. Also hang up items once you’ve arrived at your destination. If necessary, bring a travel steamer or use one that’s available at your destination. If linen isn’t your thing, loose, thin gauzy cotton clothing can provide similar benefits.
A lightweight sundress is a must for your summer capsule wardrobe. A breezy sundress can easily transition from a day at the beach to an evening of exploring city streets. Opt for fun patterns or versatile colors like white or black or bright summery patterns that can be paired with different accessories for a fresh look each time.
Comfortable walking shoes
Regardless of your travel destination, comfortable walking shoes are a non-negotiable essential. Consider investing in trendy yet comfortable sneakers or versatile sandals that will complement any outfit. My go-to summer shoe trio consists of reliable sneakers, comfortable walking sandals, and a chic yet comfortable choice for dressier occasions – a good example would be an espadrille or a walk-able wedge sandal. For those of you who are planning to hit the beach or lounge by the pool, don’t forget to include a sleek and lightweight pair of flip-flops in your packing list.
Pack a mix of tops – think lightweight blouses, stylish tank tops, and basic tees. These can be easily mixed and matched with different bottoms for a variety of looks. A classic white shirt is also a wardrobe essential – you can pair it with shorts or tied at your waist with a skirt. I often use it as a lightweight swimsuit cover-up (shown below). For this capsule, I’ve relied on versatile tank tops and a blouse for multiple travel outfit options.
Another versatile staple for your summer travel capsule wardrobe is a pair of breezy pants. Perfect for those warm summer days when you want to stay cool without sacrificing style. Opt for a pair in a breathable fabric like linen or cotton, and in a neutral shade such as beige, navy, or black to ensure maximum mix-and-match potential.
With their loose fit and airy material, breezy pants will keep you cool while offering a chic, relaxed look. Pair them with a fitted tank top for exploring city streets during the day, or dress them up with a stylish blouse for a more refined evening look. The added bonus? Their loose fit allows for comfort during long travel days, and they can be easily rolled to save suitcase space.
A pair of sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, a functional yet fashionable bag, and some minimalist jewelry can elevate your summer travel outfits and provide extra functionality. During summer travel especially to high altitude destinations I always pack a hat. On my recent trip to San Miguel de Allende Mexico I used a magnetic hat clip to help me transport my hat and it worked out great. I also used it during my travel day when I was in a restaurant and didn’t need the hat anymore.
While I love chunky statement necklaces, this summer I’ve been turning towards dainty necklaces or mid scale necklaces. I layer the necklaces to change up the look. Earrings can also dress up simple summer outfits.
Sunglasses are an easy way to change up your look! Classic Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses (I like the folding version) keep it chic and cool, a retro style add an Italian 70’s vibe and a square shape keeps it modern. Check out my tik-tok video showing pieces inspired by this capsule to see more.
Summer travel capsule
This minimal Summer Travel Capsule will get you through most travel scenarios but remember these are suggestions to help you create your own travel capsule wardrobe. Base your own travel capsule on your personal style, your destination, the weather and your travel activities. If your summer travel involves a beach or pool, I’ve included a mini-capsule that’s got you covered.
- Tank Top 1, Tank Top 2, Tank Top 3
- Midi Dress
- Wide leg pant 1, Wide leg pant 2
- White Shirt Cover up
- Sneakers, Sandal 1, Sandal 2
- Small Crossbody, Clutch, Tote
- Aviator Sunglasses
- Layered Necklace
If you want to see all the outfit possibilities with items inspired by this capsule click on the image below!
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