Parties, get-togethers, grill-outs — summer brings endless opportunities for fashionistas to show off their great style. There’s a good chance you’ve made a ton of plans to fill your summer days, meaning it may be time to pick up some great summer staples to wear to all of your events. These stylish items are versatile, fashionable, and functional, so you can wear them wherever you’re headed to. What should you pick up for your closet? Here are 10 must-have items to add to your summer wardrobe.
1. A White Tank
This is a must-have for summer! It goes with everything, making it perfect for every occasion. Keep it casual during the day by pairing it with a pair of shorts, or dress it up at night with skinny jeans and a cute pair of heels. If you want to spice up the simple tank a bit, look for some details and designs, such as a cute pocket or a few embellishments.
A cute pair of wedges is a great look to rock during the summer. It’s both dressy and casual at the same time, making it a perfect pair of shoes for almost any outfit. Cosmopolitan recommends opting for a floral wedge during the warmer months. It’s guaranteed to add a pop of color and pizzazz to any outfit. Looking for outfit recommendations? Try pairing your wedges with a white sundress, or a cute crop top and bright pants.
3. Pastel Colored Pants
Pretty pastel pants never get old. The great colors will feel bright and summery, putting you in a great mood every time you slip them on. Look for material that is cool and breathable, so they’ll be comfortable enough to wear even on a hot summer day. “If you’re a pear-shaped belle nervous about how to work this trend, try this — wear a longer shirt, possibly asymmetric, and preferably in a darker color to offset the pastel. This will flatter voluptuous hips and thighs. If you’ve got it, flaunt it! This trend pairs well with a pair of cute wedges, chunky, edgy neckpieces, earrings, bangles, or rings,” writes That’s so Gloss!
4. Bright Jewelry
This is one of the easiest ways to freshen up your wardrobe. You’d be amazed at how new an outfit can feel after pairing it with some fun new accessories. Suddenly, your white tank top will seem brighter with a pop of color added to it, and that old dress you’ve had forever? It will feel brand new after you pair it with some funky bangles and an eclectic necklace. Looking for something that will make a statement? InStyle recommends a bold cuff paired with short or three-fourths length sleeves.
5. Pleated Skirt
Go for a pleated skirt to spice up your bottom half. If you can find something with a drop-waist silhouette, be sure to get it! It’s by far the most flattering look for your waistline. Look for a skirt that cuts off just above your calves too; it’ll show off your legs. Looking for style suggestions? Try it with a t-shirt or tank in white, gray, or black, and add a denim jacket on a cool day or when you’re headed to a late-night party.
6. Maxi Dress
Maxi dresses are easy, breezy, and just really comfortable pieces to wear during the summer. It’s casual enough to wear when you’re out and about, but dressy enough to wear to a fun party. If you want to dress it up, pair a darker colored dress with fun accessories and dress shoes. If you want to keep it casual, stick with a bright colored maxi and add a few fun bangles to go with it.
7. The Perfect T-Shirt
Wondering what exactly qualifies as the perfect t-shirt? It just needs to be comfortable (and look great.) Look for a shirt that has the right amount of stretch, and fits you like a glove; this is definitely an item you should take time to look around for and try on. It shouldn’t be too loose, either. You want it tight enough so that it looks feminine. This way, it (like many other items on this list) can be dressed up or down depending on your plans.
8. Fun Shades
Sunglasses are a must-have for any summer wardrobe. They can spice up any look, so aim for a pair with a pop of color. If you really want to stand out, pick up a fun pair of cat-eyed sunglasses — they’re stylish and elegant all at the same time. Looking for some styles for 2014? Check out made eyewear cat power sunglasses, or Tom Ford sunglasses, which come in a funky white cat-eyed style.
Summer is a great time to invest in a one-size-fits-all tote. Look for a large tote that goes over the shoulder, and you’ll be able fit everything you need in it, no matter the occasion. A trip to the beach? No problem. A day trip out of town? It’s got you covered. Since you’ll be dragging this tote with you wherever you go, look for a great neutral color that will fit in well with all of your clothing items. Or, perhaps you’d rather make a statement. In that case, opt for a fun, bright color that’ll make your outfits pop.
10. White Jeans
Perfect to pair with a dressy blouse or a basic tee, white jeans look great with almost anything. Keep it casual with flip flops or pair with a great pair of wedges, depending on the occasion. If you pick up one pair of straight leg white jeans, which should end at your ankle bone, you can pair any type of shoes with it. A straight leg or boot cut is typically a flattering cut for many people, but make sure to try on a few differently styles to ensure you’re getting your best fit.