The Summer Travel Capsule Wardrobe You Need (Courtesy of Cool Girls)

Any last-minute packer knows the agony of standing in front of your closet with no idea what to pack for your trip. Unless you're one of those ultra-organized people who plans outfits weeks in advance, it's likely you'll throw a ton of your favorite clothes in your luggage without really knowing when or where you'll actually wear any of it. Once at your destination, you might end up throwing on the same outfit most days and wearing 10% of what you packed in your suitcase. Sound familiar?

We've been there too. But here's a trick that we've found really helpful lately: a travel capsule wardrobe to match every activity we might get ourselves into while on vacation. It makes it easier to mix and match a few basics with more standout pieces to get you through your vacation days. To help us achieve the ultimate summer travel capsule wardrobe, we turned to our favorite cool girls for inspiration. 

For Breakfast: Try a Silk Scarf and Espadrille Slides

Travel Capsule Wardrobe

Let's be real: No one wants to do their hair and makeup before heading out to breakfast on vacation. A simple solution: Tie a silk scarf or a turban in your hair to give it an instantly polished look. Pair this with a white dress or jumpsuit and espadrille slides.

Tiger-print silk scarf
Valentino Tiger-Print Silk Scarf $445
Women's Rella Leather Embellished Platform Wedge Espadrille Sandals
Marc Fisher Rella Leather Embellished Platform Wedge Espadrille Sandals $96

Available in sizes 8.5 to 9.

For Exploring: Try White Jeans and a Gingham Crop Top

Summer Travel Capsule Wardrobe

Everyone needs at least one pair of jeans in their travel suitcase—and summer is the perfect time to bust out the white high-waisted cropped jeans. For a day of exploring around town, pair these with a cute cropped cami, a straw crossbody bag, and comfortable sneakers.

Forever 21 Gingham Crop Cami $18

Available in sizes S to L.

Originals High-rise Ankle Crop Frayed Skinny Jeans
Re/Done Originals High-Rise Ankle Crop Frayed Skinny Jeans $195

Available in sizes 24 to 30.

For the Beach: Try a Black Bikini and a Basket Bag

Summer Travel Capsule

You really only need two things to head to the beach: a classic black swimsuit and a basket bag. A black bikini will easily pair with anything in your suitcase, from leopard-print pants to a summer dress or cover-up.

Les Essentiels Show Bandeau Bikini Top
Eres Les Essentiels Show Bandeau Bikini Top $205

Available in sizes FR38 to FR44.

Zara Raffia Basket With Bow $20

For Day to Night: a White Frilly Top and Embellished Mules

Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Everyone needs a good day-to-night outfit while on vacation in case you decide to grab dinner on the go. Try simple trousers paired with a frilly white summer top and a pair of comfortable embellished mules.

Embroidered Linen Top
Innika Choo Embroidered Linen Top $225

One size.

Maisie Cord-trimmed Raffia And Leather Mules
Malone Souliers Maisie Cord-tTimmed Raffia and Leather Mules $298

Available in sizes IT36 to IT42.

For the Resort: Try a Straw Hat and a Summer Dress

Summer Travel Wardrobe

If all you plan on doing one day is to sit around the resort with your nose buried in a book, slip on your swimsuit and top it with a floral summer dress and an oversize straw hat (for sun protection). It's simple, comfortable, and chic.

Frayed Straw Hat
Clyde Frayed Straw Hat $260
Faithfull the Brand Afternoon Floral Print Ischia Dress $149

Available in sizes XS to XL.

For the Museum: Try a Silk Skirt and Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Summer Travel Outfits

Want to elevate your daytime look in case you visit a museum or stop for a more formal lunch? Try a simple white top with a silk skirt paired with white cat-eye sunglasses. It's classic and beautiful.

Crap Eyewear Wild Gift Sunglasses $79
Réalisation The Naomi Skirt $180

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

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