Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer Wardrobe Must Haves

Today I'm posting something a little different. It's officially summertime now and I thought it would be fun to make a list of summer wardrobe essentials! These items are some of my favorites and I wear them on repeat all summer long! My 'must have' list is merely a suggestion and is different for everyone depending on your career, summertime activities, personal style, etc. 

Summer Wardrobe Must Haves


You can't go wrong with a basic white tee! You can wear it with anything and it can be dressed up or down. White tees work for every body type and come in scoop neck, v-neck, or crew neck. I prefer v-neck tees, but you want to choose the neckline that works best for you. White tees are great to wear alone in the summer, or layered on chilly evenings. I love wearing a denim jacket over mine. 

Sonoma V-Neck Tee, $8.99 // Kohl's 

Caslon U-Neck Tee, $25 // Nordstrom


Shorts are definitely a summer essential, especially if you live in hot areas! There are a wide variety of shorts out there- denim, cargo, bermuda, etc. Shorts can be tricky to shop for and everyone has a style they feel the most comfortable in. I always have to try on a lot of shorts before finding the right one! I don't own a lot of shorts, but I rotate through denim, white denim, and colored/patterned pairs. I highly recommend LOFT if you're looking for a variety of colors and styles. 


STS Blue Denim Boyfriend Shorts, $26.40 // Nordstrom 

White Denim

AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie, $26.97 // American Eagle

Hinge Cotton Blend Cargo Shorts, $48 // Nordstrom

Oasis Riviera Shorts, $49.50 // LOFT
LOFT has so many adorable printed and colored shorts. These go on sale often, so keep an eye out!

Chevron Stripe Short, $35.94 // Express


Each summer, I have a pair of 'go to' sandals that are stylish, comfy, and go with everything. I usually go for a neutral color like tan or nude. This year, lace up and gladiator styles are all the rage! Other types, like slip in and thong sandals are always in style. I also love wedges in the summer for dressing up an outfit, dinners out, summer parties, etc. Wedges are everywhere this season and there are so many cute styles to choose from. They look great with jeans, shorts, dresses and skirts! 

Zoey Ghillie Low Wedge, $29.99 // Payless
I have these and have worn them in a few recent posts! They are trendy and comfortable.

AEO Fringe Sandal, $29.99 // American Eagle
Love the fringe detail!

Strappy Thong Sandals, On Sale For $20 // LOFT
Yellow is so pretty in the summer!

Sonoma Braided Thong Sandals, $24.99 // Kohl's
Come in 5 colors!


BP Springs Wedge Sandal, $39.90 // Nordstrom
Have these and love them! They are so versatile and pretty comfy for the height (great price too!).

Noah High Wedge Sandal, $29.99 // Payless

Candie's Wedge Sandals, $34.99 // Kohl's


I love a good maxi dress or skirt in the summer months. They are easy to throw on and really comfortable. Depending on the event or activity, I style mine with sandals or wedges and add fun accessories to complete the look. I like how you can easily dress up or down maxi dresses. They are so versatile! There are so many maxi styles out right now...from tank top to spaghetti strap to strapless and even short sleeves. And lets not forget the off the shoulder trend that is so popular this season! 


Forest Beauty Maxi Dress, $16.99 // Charming Charlie
This off the shoulder dress is so pretty and an awesome price! FYI, I tried it on in stores and it runs big. 

Abstract Blouson Maxi Dress, on sale for $47.70 // LOFT

 Heather Maxi Dress, $25 // Charming Charlie
Comes in coral and mint, too.

Mudd Layered Maxi Dress, $23.99 // Kohl's
This dress comes in several colors/patterns!


White jeans work during any season, but I especially love them in the spring and summer months. I find that I wear my jeans all summer long, particularly on cooler evenings. In the summer, I wear a lot of bright and vibrant colors like coral, hot pink, turquoise, etc. These colors look amazing with white! You can't go wrong with a crisp white on white look, either. I get so much wear out of my white jeans...definitely a wardrobe essential! They are everywhere and can be easily found in any price range. Here are a few I like...

Modern Skinny Jeans, $69.50 // LOFT
I have these and wear them all the time! They go on sale often, so keep an eye out.

Articles of Society 'Sarah' Skinny Jeans, $54 // Nordstrom


A summer bag is a must have! Totes are stylish, roomy and functional...perfect for summertime activities like vacationing, pool days, and day trips, and more. Straw totes are particularly popular this year and come in lots of styles and colors! Many bags have cute details like tassels and pom poms, too. Here are a few I like at various price ranges, styles and sizes...

Beach Striped Straw Bag, $29.50 // LOFT

Also comes in coral/tan and black/white.

Sole Society Straw Beach Tote, $49.50 // Nordstrom
 This is sooo cute- love the pom poms!

I love monogrammed accessories! This bag is perfect for vacations.

Thanks for reading and I hope you've found some summer style inspiration! Remember, this 'must have' list is a suggestion and depends on your personal style, budget, and day to day summer activities. 

           Have a great Tuesday!