10 Summer essentials you need in your wardrobe right now
Time to switch up those coats and boots to summer dresses and slides
The best season is here and, no matter how much we love our chic camel coats and knee-high boots, we cannot wait to put them back in the farthest corner of our closets to make room for summer dresses, barely-there sandals, and cute straw bags. With a lavish flow of summer trends from bike shorts to designer flip flops, it might seem a daunting task to put together a Summer 2020 capsule wardrobe that’s easy, breezy, and fits our styles and personalities. So, we thought we’d step in and put together a list of lust-worthy must-have pieces to help you with your shopping to-do’s.
Behold, the 10 summer essentials you never know you needed in your closet right now.
What is summer fashion without an airy cotton dress? It’s a classic piece that stayed relevant through decades and trends. The cotton dress comes in a smorgasbord of forms, cuts, and styles that will definitely suit anyone’s personal fashion taste. It can be worn as a work dress or casual dress, depending on how you style it!
How to style it: Dress it up with a pair of kitten heels and you’re ready for brunch with the ladies. Or, perhaps style it with a pair of thongs and you’re dressed for a day at the beach.
Just like the cotton dress, the crisp white shirt defines summer. It’s a classic clothing piece that comes in a wide variation of chic styles such as poplin, sheer, with balloon sleeves, or with enlarged cuffs - the possibilities are endless.
How to style it: It looks smashing when paired with white jeans, high-waisted tailored shorts, flowy midi skirt, maxi skirt, or as a swimsuit cover-up.
Have it in basic shades such as navy blue, black, white, or camel; or perhaps, experiment with candy colors like hot pink, mint green, or sunny yellow. The tailored blazer is a good item to have for windy summer evenings when the temperature starts to drop. It’ll keep you warm while looking head to toe smart and sophisticated.
How to style it: It’s a good addition to a white tee and denim shorts combo, over dressy tops, or an eyelet midi dress.
Jumpsuits are our all-around glamorous piece that’s ideal for both casual and formal affairs. Wear it at the poolside for a weekend barbecue with the family, or at a cocktail event with your colleagues, and take home ‘the most stylish’ title that evening. It looks phenomenal for all body types, from plus size evening wear to petite casual wear.
How to style it: For casual occasions, pair it with a ‘barely there’ flat sandal-of-the-moment that’s taking over our Instagram feeds now; while a dressier event calls for some pointed toe heels. Finish the look with an oversized cloud clutch bag.
Who said summer needs to be casual at all times? Summer outfits consisting of kaftans, tunics, and flowy maxis are the definition of all-out glamour without sacrificing comfort. Hit two birds with one stone with the tunic that doubles as a swimsuit cover-up and a casual dress that’s ideal for running errands in the city.
How to style it: At the sea, it makes for a stylish bikini cover-up. Finish the look with a wide-brimmed hat, and you’re ready for a day at the beach. When you’re out on town, wear the tunic as a top and pair it with culottes or denim shorts.
We’ve seen a lot of popular summer prints, such as nautical stripes, cute polka dots, and bohemian paisleys. But, there’s nothing wrong with expanding your sartorial selections and trying new prints every new season. This hand-painted and intricately-done floaty kimono piece in a fascinating ikat print can be your introduction to less mainstream patterns.
How to style it: Jazz up your skinny jeans and plain tee looks by throwing this over your shoulders. You can also work this head-turner on the poolside with your solid-colored maillots or two-piece swimsuits.
Another summer favorite, the printed maxi dress makes for a sophisticated yet easy number that’s good for both lounging around the house or hosting a dinner get-together with family and friends post-quarantine. It has a forgiving silhouette, making it a popular choice as a petite maxi dress for small-framed ladies, or a plus size maxi dress for curvy women.
How to style it: Posh it up with bejeweled flats for a stylish gathering at a friend’s house or during a weekend date with your beau. When the temperature starts dropping, throw on a biker leather jacket to cut and toughen up its otherwise ultra-feminine form.
Swimsuits have come a long way since its introduction in 1913. However, certain styles prove to stand the test of time and forever-evolving style trends. The low back and high-cut swimsuits are back and they’re here to stay. What we love most about this style is its simple yet stylish charm. Comes in an abundance of colors and prints, we’d say our favorites are the classic black, red, and jewel-tone solid-colored variants.
How to style it: Low back swimsuits aren’t necessarily needed to be worn at the beach. Wear it as a top with your high-waisted jeans or paper bag shorts for casual weekend strolls. Finish the look with a pair of sneakers or leather loafers.
From strolling in the park with a protective mask on to visiting the farmer’s market for a week’s worth of fresh produce, summer is loaded with activities that require us to have a sizeable bag on hand for our essentials (hello, disinfecting alcohol!). The sunny weather calls for pretty tote bags that hold our protective masks and wet wipes while maintaining stylish.
How to style it: Tote bags go well with everything in your wardrobe - from jeans and tailored trousers to stunning maxi skirts and swimsuits. Personalize it by tying a silk scarf around one of its handles.
Summer calls for lower necklines and showing more skin in a discreet and tasteful way. Spruce up your white tees, fit and flare dresses,, or a solid-colored ensemble with layers and layers of gold necklaces in varying lengths. These hammered gold coin necklaces with constellation forms is a perfect gift idea to your fashionable loved ones.
How to style it: Don’t be afraid to mix and match your jewelry pieces with different metals. Yellow gold, silver, platinum, and rose gold look great when worn all together. Jewelry is personal so go crazy with your combinations.