I’m changing it up with my Capsule Wardrobe posts this time around!! I’ve officially done all 4 seasons (Summer, Fall, Winter & Spring) H&M Capsule Wardrobes and while I have no plan on stopping sharing my H&M favorites every season (this year’s Summer one should be live soon!), I got a lot of requests to do a Madewell one, but instead of doing one with a larger amount of items I thought it would be great to do a 15 item Madewell SUMMER VACATION Capsule Wardrobe!
Madewell Summer Vacation Capsule Wardrobe
I’m sure the travel bug has bitten all of you just as it’s bitten me and you’re currently planning a summer vacation (or vacations!). So I thought it would be great to share how versatile these 15 Madewell pieces really are. I created 24 outfits from these 2 dresses, 2 tops, 1 sweatshirt, 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of pants, 1 denim jacket, 2 swimsuits, 1 hat, 2 bags & 2 pairs of sandals, and I’m sure there’s a bunch more combinations that I missed!
Traveling is stressful enough so I figured I’d make packing REALLY easy for you! I’m actually the WORSE vacation packer ever. I over plan and overpack and just panic that I don’t have enough. When in reality I don’t wear half of the things that end up in my suitcase on the actual trip. So creating this Summer Vacation Capsule Wardrobe actually was a good exercise for me and hopefully, fingers crossed, I’ll do better packing for my next trip! And I hope this guide helps you shop for vacation and summer in general and can be something for you to reference when you have “nothing to wear”.
Happy Shopping & Vacationing!
Affordable Summer Vacation Capsule Items:
1. Linen Smocked Tank Mini Dress ($128.00)
A mini dress is a must for any summer trip! This smocked one is extra perfect given the seashell print and not only can you wear it out during the day or night, but it can double as a swimsuit coverup!
2. Silk Tiered Midi Dress ($188.00)
Something about a blue and white dress just screams vacation to me so this one immediately caught my eye! I also always pack something midi or maxi length on a trip because if you’re vacationing by the water it tends to cool down at night and I hate being cold after spending the day in the sun!
3. Brightside Crop Tank ($35.00)
A basic tank is a no brainer when it comes to packing for vacation and this citrusy olive colored one works perfectly with the color palette of this capsule wardrobe and is a fun pop of color.
4. Linen Meriden Top in Tropicale Floral ($68.00)
When the print of a piece has the name “tropicale” in it you know it’s meant to be for vacation! I love the muted chartreuse color and that it’s available in a matching maxi skirt in case you needed one extra piece to add to your suitcase.
A sweatshirt is a must for vacation and this chic white printed one is perfect to wear traveling to your destination and then with pants, shorts or even over your dresses to keep you warm if it gets chilly.
6. Pleated Shorts in Travel Linen ($84.50)
Pleated, tailored shorts are IN this year and this bright white pair is perfection! I love the fun button detail and that this fabric is suitcase friendly and has all the airiness of linen, but is far less prone to wrinkles, making it the ultimate getaway essential!
7. Cotton-Linen Pleated Wide Leg Pants ($98.00)
I didn’t intend to include white shorts & white pants in this post, but these wide leg pants were so perfectly slouchy and classic at the same time I couldn’t not include them! They would look perfect over your swimsuit, with a crop top or just a basic tank!
8. The Jean Jacket ($128.00)
A denim jacket is another no brainer for me when it comes to packing for vacation. I usually wear it layered over a sweatshirt for traveling and then always keep it on hand to throw over everything at night or for extra air conditioned restaurants!
9. Madewell x Jade Swim Contour One-Piece Swimsuit ($198.00)
HOW GOOD is the color of this one-piece swimsuit?!? I fell in love with it while browsing the Madewell New Arrivals section and knew I had to include it in this summer post! Not only is it one of the chicest swimsuits I’ve seen these season, it can easily double as a bodysuit and be wore out during (and after) your trip.
10. Madewell Second Wave Bikini in Palm Leaves (Balconette Bikini Top $49.50 & High Cut Cheeky Bikini Bottom $45.00)
A vacation ready printed bikini should be the first thing in your suitcase and this palm leave one checks all the boxes! Also Madewell’s Second Wave Collection is sustainable and comes in feel good recycled fabric!
11. Straw Riviera Wide Brimmed Hat ($115.00)
If you’ve ever seen a vacation photo of me then you know that I literally don’t travel without a wide brimmed hat. This hand woven one is a beautiful color and will be the perfect accessory to all of your beachy looks!
12. The Boardwalk Fisherman Slide Sandal ($65.00)
Fisherman sandals are ALL THE RAGE this year and while I can’t get on board with the ultra chunky styles, this sleek slide is right up my alley. They’re available in 3 colors (nude, brown and black) and will go with every outfit you packed! I loved them so much I even included them in my Chic Summer Sandals post from last month!
13. The Loli Ankle-Strap Sandal ($138.00)
And just incase you have a few fancier dinners planned for your trip I included a neutral block heel sandal that can be dressed up, but is also super wearable.
14. The Transport Tote: Straw Edition ($110.00)
Madewell’s signature tote bag got a summertime makeover in an airy natural straw and it’s perfect for vacation! The sturdy lining will make sure that nothing will slip through and the strap will keep in comfortable on your shoulder all day while you explore.
15. The Transport Camera Bag: Woven Leather Edition ($148.00)
I literally can’t travel without a crossbody bag that has a zipper and this one is the PERFECT size that will comfortably hold your keys, wallet, phone, sunglasses and anything else you need on hand while you’re out and about. This one will even fit my travel camera which earns it MAJOR points in my book!