Summer is in full swing, and most of us are looking for ways to stay cool while still looking fashionable. Everyone has their own style when it comes to summer wear, but there are definitely some summer staples that just about every woman can get behind. Here are 10 summer fashion essentials that you’ll want to make sure are in your closet this summer.
A casual dress makes getting ready a breeze during the summer season, and you can always dress it up or down. Cotton dresses in particular breathe well, and they are comfortable enough to be worn while engaging in a variety of summer activities.
Denim shorts look fashionable on everyone and everyone, and the beauty here is you can make a pair yourself and make them any length you want by finding a pair of jeans at your local thrift store and cutting them yourself. Denim shorts are great for low-key hikes, trips to the pool or beach, and for casual, everyday wear.
Easy breezy pants
Loose, printed pants can give you a break from skinny jeans and bermudas during the summer. Try a lightweight pair of joggers or some wide-leg palazzo pants.
Insecurities need not keep you from wearing a swimsuit in the summertime. With so many on-trend swimsuit styles to choose from—high waisted bottoms, mixed prints, rash guards, ruched one-pieces, and more—there’s a swimsuit out there that was made to flatter your body type. If it’s within your budget, consider investing in a nicer swimsuit if the occasion calls for it—anything to make you feel like an absolute goddess in the water. Stores like Anthropologie, ModCloth, and Albion Fit carry higher end swimsuits that you’ll absolutely love your body in. Just be sure that when shopping for your swimsuit, you choose something that will work for what you plan on doing, be it lounging, swimming, water aerobics, or hot tubbing.
Everyone needs a pair of sandals that they can walk around all day in without getting a ton of blisters in the process. Luckily, comfy sandals are on-trend this year, and there are a wide variety of sandals out there that were made for summer adventures. If you’re looking for sandals that will carry you miles, it’s a good idea to invest in something high quality. Birkenstocks are always a popular option, and while they run upwards of $100, you can often find new or gently used pairs on Ebay. You can also opt for Birkenstock’s more affordable label called Betula. (Tip: If you’re female, you may need to get “narrow” Birks instead of the standard ones to ensure a good fit.) Two other popular “adventure” sandal brands are Chaco and Teva, and these shoes are often made for hiking, rafting, and more.
A pair of sunglasses, of course, proves especially handy during the summer. Some of the most popular styles this year are colored plastic frames, round or geometric tortoise-shell, oversized butterfly, classic aviator, and clubmaster.
Hats are definitely in again in women’s fashion. You can opt for a classic baseball cap (some of your favorite stores are likely carrying them), or you might consider a straw or wide brim hat. Wool felt hats are in style as well, but keep in mind that these can get a little toasty when worn in hot, summer weather.
Who wants to carry around a heavy wallet all summer? A lightweight minimalist wallet lets you enjoy your favorite summer activities without having to worry about where your money and credit cards are. Companies like Thread Wallets, Tribe Wallets, and Elephant Wallet offer some great options that you can even attach your keys to.
You might as well consider a water bottle a fashion accessory at this point since there are so many stylish options out there (just ask brands like S’well and Bkr). Staying hydrated is essential for protecting your health and maintaining a bright summer glow during the warmer months, making a water bottle the perfect accessory for summer.
Sunscreen may not be an item of clothing, but you should definitely make it something you wear every day because of how it can save your skin. Sunscreen is essential for keeping you looking youthful, maintaining a bright summer complexion, and lowering your risk of developing skin cancer. This article contains more info on the importance of sunscreen for your skin.
Maurine Anderson originally hails from Washington, DC, but is now enjoying life out west in Salt Lake City. She is a professional writer and blogger who in her free time loves to create new cake recipes, travel, and practice her hand at photography. She tends to geek out over linguistics, cats, and all things Scandinavia.