Here is your ultimate guide to creating the perfect summer French capsule wardrobe. Thinking about what to wear in summer can be somewhat challenging. That is why I created this chic French capsule wardrobe you can wear for almost any summer occasion. Indeed, after much research, I’ve curated twenty-four timeless pieces that can be easily mixed, matched, and styled in casual and elevated looks. The kind of reliable clothing and accessories that can be worn over and over, in simple and effortless ways, but never boring.
This capsule has everything from sundresses and white denim to straw bags and comfortable yet chic summer footwear, plus there is an outfit for every occasion. In terms of style, this summer, we’re leaning into neutral colors (think beige, white, camel) and classic silhouettes mixed with some irresistible trend-forward pieces like oversized denim jackets, 90s-inspired jeans, or breezy silk wide-leg pants.
So, whether you’re looking to refresh your summer wardrobe entirely or just looking for something new to spruce things up, here are twenty-four essentials for French summer style. Plus, ten outfit ideas you can easily re-create using the suggested pieces.
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Shop the Summer French Capsule Wardrobe
- The blue shirt – Totême organic cotton shirt
- The Breton-style sweater – J.Crew cashmere sweater in stripe
- The white T-shirt – J.Crew linen crewneck T-shirt
- The beach sweater – J.Crew cotton-linen blend sweater
- The white blouse – Zimmermann Raie linen blouse
- The timeless white shirt – Frankie Shop Lui cotton-poplin shirt
- The one-piece swimsuit – Eres Cassiopée swimsuit
- The silk blouse – Totême striped silk blouse
Pants & Shorts
- The bermuda shorts – Totême belted cotton-twill shorts
- The 90s-inspired jeans – Agolde high-rise straight-leg jeans
- The breezy wide-leg pants – Totême striped silk wide-leg pants
- The white denim – Totême high-rise tapered jeans
- The shirt dress – By Malene Birger knitted linen shirt dress
- The linen dress – Everlane The linen bias cut dress
- The denim jacket – Sandro oversized denim jacket
- The linen blazer – J.Crew Bristol blazer in linen blend
- The espadrilles – Castaner Chiara 80 espadrilles
- The suede sandals – A Emery Jalen suede sandals
- The leather sandals – Chloe Rebecca leather sandals
- The chic slides – Roger Vivier Slidy Viv leather slides
Bags & Accessories
- The luxury straw bag – Loewe woven raffia tote
- The versatile crossbody bag – A.P.C. Grace canvas shoulder bag
- The sunglasses – Bottega Veneta Cat-eye acetate sunglasses
- The straw hat – Gucci straw-effect hat
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