Wardrobe essentials are the grounding pieces we build our wardrobe around. They’re the workhorses we reach for again and again to anchor our outfits. Each woman has unique essentials and they will change over time.
My style is ever evolving so my wardrobe changes with it. Today I’m sharing the seven pieces that have stood the test of time and are my summer wardrobe essentials.
Great Fitting White Jeans
A great pair of white jeans might seem like an oxymoron but they do exist for every woman’s shape and size. Here are some tips to help you find yours. White pants or chinos may be more your style and are just as fresh for summer.
Cardigans are a wardrobe staple for me year round. During the summer the knit gets lighter weight, and there are often no buttons. They’re perfect to pop over a summer dress or sleeveless tank on cool evenings or when air conditioners are cranked up. They cover your upper arms without all the bulk and weight of a jacket. I’m fond linen duster length cardigans which cover a summer dress or tank top and jeans.
A good pair of sunglasses is important all year, but essential during the summer. We spend more time outdoors and the sun is stronger this time of year so it’s essential to protect your eyes.UV rays can lead to macular degeneration which is a leading cause of vision loss for older women. Here’s a guide to help you choose a flattering shape for your face. Look for polarized and/or dark lenses which offer more relief from squinting.
I love to toss a denim jacket over just about anything and summer is no exception. White denim looks crisp over everything. Colored ones are a fresh addition to your neutral basics. Picture a yellow denim jacket topping a striped cotton dress and flat sandals for a casual day around town.
Crisp White Shirt
A crisp white shirt is indispensable in many women’s wardrobe and summertime is no different. Try it worn open over a tank top and shorts. Roll the sleeves and wear it over a pair of chinos or cotton pants. Tie at the waist over your favorite maxi dress. Tunic length white shirts even double as a bathing suit coverup. I love to pop the collar on my white shirts, here’s how. I don’t detest ironing but prefer no-iron white shirts because they stay crisper looking throughout the day. Some of my favorites are here, here and here.
When the weather heats up there’s nothing cooler than sandals. A well-rounded summer wardrobe should include comfy flats with varying levels of formality which take you from the pool to a summer wedding. A nude or metallic summer sandal is the most versatile no matter it’s style. Espadrille sandals are a fun option as are the new sport sandal. Here’s how to wear them without looking bulky.
A casual summer dress makes getting dressed fast and easy. They’re a one and done option that bypasses the troublesome tummy section and feel cool on hot summer days. Many are sleeveless and if this bothers you, add a cardigan. I prefer short sleeved dresses but when it’s blistering hot, I don’t care who sees my upper arms, I just want to be comfy.
What are some of your summer essentials?