It’s finally starting to feel like summer, even if the real dog days are still months away. It’s time to switch out your closet, exchange those cashmere and wool sweaters for lightweight summer tanks and put wintry boots away in favor of summer sandals and flats. The following summer staples offer a way to incorporate timeless
elements and new trends.
Cropped camisole: A cropped cami in a light- or sheer weight fabric helps beat the heat, but the look can be a bit skimpy on its own. For casual weekend wear, pair the top with cropped jeans and a summer cardigan. Take this look to work with a swingy A-line skirt and oversized pendant necklace.
Maxi dress:The maxi dress goes the distance for summer: Wear it to work for a cozy, chic look; pair it with a shawl and sandals for a beach trip or accessorize with a long necklace and metallic flats for a summer date.
Windbreaker: A windbreaker helps keep you warm on breezy summer nights and makes a perfect alternative to the heavier trench coat or denim jacket. Throw one over graphic tees and high-waisted skirts or lightweight blouses and shorts to transition a day look to evening.
Platform shoes: These throwback shoes add height and maintain that sense of lightness that’s perfect for summertime work and play. Try platforms with sheath dresses or pencils skirts.
Jeans: White jeans are truly a summer look. Try white capri jeans with a lightweight color blocked blouse and sandals for a perfect casual chic outfit. Dress the jeans up with a silk blouse and heels for a summer date. Can’t stand white jeans? Try a boyfriend-style jean with rolled hems. This jean stands up to long weekends spent camping, beaching or barbecuing. Pair with a flowy tank or ruffle top to maintain a feminine style.
Open tote: Who wants to carry around a heavy leather handbag in the summertime? Swap your go-to purse for a lightweight canvas open tote with a printed pattern. This tote might have been out of place with your winter parka, but pairs just fine with summer blouses and tees.
Shorts: When it comes to shorts, short and tapered are on trend. Keep this look classy by wearing a linen blouse and strappy heels with denim or khaki shorts. Printed shorts add visual interest to an outfit and can replace skirts in the summer office. Another option would be to pair printed or graphic shorts with a summer sweater or a plain tee and flats or booties.
Summer scarf: The summer scarf adds a lightweight layer over dresses, tees and other tanks. Look for a cotton or linen scarf with pastels or bright colors. Patterns like chevron, paisley or floral print add color and visual appeal, while plain scarves provide another option too.
Update your summer closet with these staples to keep your cool during every summer occasion. Revamp your color palette and work in trends through accessories, shoes, tanks and tees to modernize these basic looks. What are your favorite summertime staple pieces?
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