How to Build a Cool Summer Colour Palette Capsule Wardrobe

A white background with 27 pieces for building a cool summer clour palette capsule wardrobe.

Tank Top | T-shirt | Vest | Green Button Up | Blue Button Up | Wrap Sweater | Blue Blazer | Black Blazer | Shorts | Swimsuit | Purple Linen Trousers | Black Trousers | Jeans | Green Skirt | Black Dress | Green Dress | Silver Earrings | Blue Earrings | Sunglasses | Clutch | Purse | Tote | Heels | Sandals | Orange Sandals | Clogs | Sneakers

This week I put together a summer capsule wardrobe with a cool colour palette to complement last week’s post of a Warm Palette Summer Capsule Wardrobe. It is actually also two-fold though because the colour choices in this summer capsule are perfect for the True Summer Colour Palette.

Making this not only a cool palette summer capsule wardrobe but also a true summer capsule wardrobe.

When thinking of summer colours, this isn’t the first colour palette that probably comes to mind because we were led to believe that specific colours could only be worn during certain seasons.

Kind of like florals for spring.

Instead, embrace a specific colour palette all year long based on your personal colours, and that way you have a 365 day wardrobe that is complementary to you, not the current season outside.

True Summer is also known as the cool summer palette, and it is one of the twelve colour seasons in styling.

There are four seasons, and each season is broken down into a light, true, soft, or dark which equals three versions for each for a total of 12 possible options.

Everyone falls into one, but many of us also toe the line between two which broadens the list of colours that are considered complementary for our personal colouring.

I mentioned that I am light spring that veers to light summer because of my eye colour, so I usually look better in warmer tones, and gold jewellery looks better on me than silver.

But also, I feel like I may toe that line because my natural hair colour is a medium to dark ash blonde and my eyes are more grey than blue.

In all my natural glory I would actually place myself in this true summer colour palette.

Or almost because my skin tone has yellow undertones not blue.

I haven’t had that natural hair colour since I was 13, so I am going with where I am at right now because when I was in my late teens to early 20’s my hair was very white icy blonde.

A platinum colour which would have placed me perfectly in light summer.

So much information to take in, because so many small changes can make a huge difference.

It’s such an interesting topic that I could go on about for multiple posts.

This is the reason that I want to take a more in-depth colour course, which is the plan for the next semester if they offer it then.

A cool summer colour palette is like winter, but more muted if that makes sense.

There is more vibrancy in the winter palette.

I always wanted to be a winter, but it is not meant to be because I look terrible with really dark hair.

Terrible.

My grade 11 year book photo just happened to fall on the whole 3 days that I had dyed my hair black, so it is documented forever.

I looked like a pumpkin. It was bad.

That being said, in my long, convoluted way, wear the colour choices that you love and feel good in.

There are so many colours it is hard to keep track of which ones technically are your colours that wearing variations can work just as well, especially if you are one that toes the line of two seasons also.

Side note: I just bought the grey wrap sweater that I included in the summer capsule wardrobe. I also ordered the black version since they are only about $30 each.

I thought that they would also be perfect for fall.

Yes, we are thinking about fall now.

Cool Summer Outfits

A white background with 15 outfits from building a cool summer colour palette capsule wardrobe.

Easy Summer Outfit Ideas for Women

A white background with 15 outfits from building a cool summer colour palette capsule wardrobe.

Tank Top | T-shirt | Vest | Green Button Up | Blue Button Up | Wrap Sweater | Blue Blazer | Black Blazer | Shorts | Swimsuit | Purple Linen Trousers | Black Trousers | Jeans | Green Skirt | Black Dress | Green Dress | Silver Earrings | Blue Earrings | Sunglasses | Clutch | Purse | Tote | Heels | Sandals | Orange Sandals | Clogs | Sneakers

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Sara

Sara is the founder and creative behind livelovesara. A George Brown College Fashion Styling Graduate, she provides advice on finding your personal style regardless of age and budget. She is always on the hunt for the perfect wardrobe piece and is a vintage and thrifting enthusiast who can't wait to share her newest finds. She is also trying to learn French.

2 Comments

  1. I had my analysis done this weekend and learned that I’m a dark summer. Since learning this, I’ve been having a heck of a time finding resources that link to clothing options for my coloring. Do you have any recommendations?

    • I would first suggest not to completely box yourself into a dark summer mindset because you’ll end up getting frustrated trying to maintain that. I think that being aware of your colours allows you to make purchases with that in mind but not necessarily to driving force behind a purchase. First and foremost it should make you feel good and confident even if it’s not your palette. Starting with a handful of items that fit that colour palette is easier. Start small, and that way you also still wear pieces that you love but don’t necessarily match your specific colours. I would choose pieces that you wear in the upper part of your body since it’s the way it reflects in your skin tone and hair/eyes that determines your colours. Tops, blouses, and third pieces like blazers, cardigans and other toppers are all good choices. You could even do accessories like a scarf in your colours. I have about 7 pieces that completely fall in my palette, other than those I often do the less specific warm/cool. I would suggest having navy and grey as your neutrals and work from there by adding cool pinks, purples, greens, and blues.

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