The 17 Summer Essentials Every Closet Needs!

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Summer Essentials

The beauty about summer is you can get away with less.

In fact, a classic summer wardrobe just needs a few key pieces – a white tee, great denim, comfy sandals!

So if you've been wanting to try a more minimalist approach to fashion (or even experiment with a capsule wardrobe) summer's the time to do it. 

Here are our must have summer wardrobe essentials for women.

 

 

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Summer Clothes for Women

 

White Dress

If there's one thing you'll wear on repeat, it's a little white dress.

They come in every length (from mini to maxi), every price point, and look appropriate for any occasion! 

For a fancier option, check out this pretty M.M.LaFleur midi dress, that has balloon sleeves and a floaty hem. It'd make the perfect graduation dress or summer party dress!

 

Shop white dresses here


 

T-Shirt Dress

T shirt dresses are the easiest thing to throw on in the humidity.

They're simple, cute and easy to dress up or down, making them a closet workhorse in the summer. 

 

Shop t-shirt dresses here

 



 

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White T-Shirt

Is there anything more evocative of summer than a classic white tee?

Our favorite thing about a basic t-shirt is simply how versatile they are. They come in every type of fabric and every type of style – from muscle tees to bodysuit tees to cropped tees – so you'll have no trouble finding the perfect white t-shirt for your style.


 

Denim Shorts

Another classic summer wardrobe staple, denim shorts are easy to style with anything you already have in your closet.

Dress them up with a girly puff sleeve top or keep it casual with a tank and flip flops. We love longer denim shorts these days and small details like criss cross waists and paperbag styles keep things interesting!

Shop denim shorts here

 



 

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White Button Down

We love white button up shirts because they're just so versatile.

Wear one to the office (and transition smoothly to your post-work dinner plans) or use one as a bikini cover-up on your summer vacation! There's endless ways to incorporate a classic white shirt into your summer closet. 

We're currently obsessed with oversized white shirts in cooling fabrics like linen.

Shop white button downs here


 

White Sneakers

We can't remember the last time white sneakers were out of style.

While the brands in vogue may change slightly from season to season, the standard white sneaker remains a classic. They're functional, they're cute and they go with everything from romantic dresses to cutoff shorts.

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Swimsuit

Everyone loves a chance to hit the water in summer.

What most people don't love?

Swimsuit shopping. We get it – finding the perfect bikini can be tough.

But there are so many great online swim options these days, from high waisted bottoms to small bust-friendly one pieces, that you're guaranteed to find the perfect summer swimsuit! 

Shop swimsuits here


 

Straw Bag

Summer is the one time of year that I switch out my bags and bring in a fundamental summer material: the straw bag.

Whether you like mini basket bags, giant wicker totes or structured rattan bags, changing out this one accessory can summer-ize your whole outfit!

Shop straw bags here

 



 

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Linen Dress

Ah linen. It took me way too many years to realize summer fabrics exist for a reason.

Linen is easy, breezy and oh so comfortable and it's not an exaggeration to say that linen should make up the bulk of your summer closet – especially if you live in a humid area.

We're partial to simple A-line linen dresses but you can find linen these days in everything from blazers to tops to one pieces!

Shop linen clothes here


 

Sun Hat

Another thing I learned too late?

Sun protection! I spent way too many years tanning and let's just say it shows. So do your skin a favor and pick up a cute sun hat to shield yourself!

 



 

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Comfortable Dad Sandals

I for one, am glad that dad sneakers have morphed into dad sandals.

Chunky, comfy sandals are my jam – and lucky for both of us they're actually in fashion. Whether your tastes lend towards designer Chanel or granola Birkenstocks, there's a comfortable ugly sandal out there for you in every price point and style.

For a good quality, not too-ugly pair, we like this UGG option!

Shop comfy sandals here

 



 

Ballet Flats

Flats are a classic that will never go out of style.

A good ballet flat works for the office and the weekend, and we're partial to a comfortable but cute Parisian style. 

Wear them with shorts and a muscle tee, or with loose paper bag pants and a corset top for a night out!

Shop ballet flats here

 



 

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Sunglasses

Sunglasses make the final statement on a summer outfit, so you can't skip these!

From oversized to itty bitty, metal framed to cat eye, sunglasses trends have spanned every possible shape and size.

At this point I think I'm done with buying overly expensive designer pairs – but this designer lookalike option is a good alternative.

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Insulated Water Bottle

I love a good water bottle.

They're great for the gym, for travel, for long walks – everyone needs an insulated water bottle. This cute slim option has a handle making it great for on the go, while a travel size option can be perfect for carry on flight situations.

Stay hydrated!

 



 

Strappy Sandals

Summer is all about barely there footwear.

Keep it cool and breathable with a pair of strappy sandals. Whether you opt for a heeled variety or a sleek flat, minimalist sandals are a summer staple.

Shop strappy sandals here

 



 

 Read More:  in our summer style series:

 

Summer Essentials

Everything You Need for a Classic Summer Wardrobe

The Best White T Shirts in Every Style

The Best Classic White Button Down Shirts

 

Summer Dresses

7 Easy, Comfortable T Shirt Dresses for Summer

The Most Chic Slip Dresses to Dress Up or Down

The Best Fit and Flare Dresses

The Best White Dresses on Amazon

25 Cute & Affordable Amazon Dresses

 

Summer Shoes

The Most Comfortable Summer Sandals

The Best Minimalist Strappy Sandals

The Best Classic White Sneakers

Review: Olukai Sandals

Review: Everlane Flats

The Best Chanel Espadrille Lookalikes

 

Summer Accessories

The Best Sun Hats that Offer Full Sun Protection

7 of the Cutest Straw Basket Bags

 

Summer Linen

The Cutest Linen Dresses for Hot Summer Nights

The Best Men's Linen Pants - Summer Casual

The Best Women's Linen Pants for Coastal Chic Style

The Best Women's White Linen Pants - Simple, Clean & Breathable!

 

Summer Swim

The Best Online Sites to Shop for Swimwear

The Best Swimwear Brands at Every Price Point

The Best Swimsuits for Small Busts

Amazon Fashion Finds: Modest Swimsuits

The Best High Waisted Bikini Bottoms to Keep Everything Tucked In

 

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