It’s a philosophy we embrace year-round, but the old adage “less is more” is never more applicable than in the context of summertime style. Heat and humidity force even the most adorned of us of strip back, focusing solely on pieces that serve a single purpose: Keeping cool. While we’re clearly fans of this minimalist approach, the challenge with summer dressing is to still look chic, not over-exposed. Ahead, we’re sharing our six summer wardrobe staples that prove style can be synonymous with simple.
Black One-Piece Swimsuit
Classic, essential, and effortlessly cool: The black or charcoal malloit never goes out of style. While it’s obviously a flattering poolside staple, we think its real appeal lies in its versatility: Throw on a pair of shorts and you’re good to transition from the beach to a casual lunch or shopping excursion. When selecting our one-piece, we opt for clean, simple lines – like this one from Solid & Striped – but the options are truly limitless.
Flat Leather Sandals
Heels feel so cumbersome in the summer – we can actually feel our feet swelling as we think about them – but wearing beat-up flip-flops isn’t going to cut it, either. Invest in a pair of flat, high-quality leather sandals in a color you’ll wear often – a black or a neutral – and you’ll be cool in multiple ways throughout the season’s hottest months. We love this design from Ancient Greek Sandals.
White Linen Shirt
Linen is one of our all-time favorite feels, so of course our summer wardrobe needs to encompass this moisture-wicking, perpetually chic material. We opt for the ever-classic white linen button-down: One that’s roomy enough to be a comfortable beach cover-up but tailored appropriately to be suitable for the office. Everlane makes our dream version.
It’s not summer if there isn’t a sundress in rotation – it’s the singular solution to the vexing question of what to wear when it’s 85 degrees out. The beauty of the sundress is that there are a million cuts, fabrics, patterns, and styles that work for all body types; find your perfect match and keep it on call at all times. We absolutely love this billowy, gorgeous halter created by Elizabeth Suzann.
Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that a straw tote is strictly for the farmer’s market – it’s a timeless, versatile, sexy accessory come the summer months. Think of the straw tote as a blank canvas that can be dressed up or down according to what you’re wearing and embrace using it day or night. We’re dreaming about this one from Sensi Studio.
Yes, sunglasses are must-haves in the summertime. But a good hat is an indispensable fashion investment for this time of year: It protects your face, hides humidity-weary hair, and is just about the chicest thing ever. Opt for a wider brim to reap its shade-bearing benefits and be ready to feel like the coolest woman at the pool. Our pick? This Janessa Leone beauty.