I am not a big fan of the Arizona hot summers (LOL). However, I get so excited about all of the summer fun, lots of pool time, and most importantly wearing bright colors and bold patterns! So of course I had to write about my top summer fashion essentials! When it comes to summer must-have accessories, you get to have all the fun with mixing and matching the different essentials to create new looks. Whether you are going out to have fun in the sun or wish to stay indoors and sip on your iced tea, these are the pieces that every summer closet must-have.
I am a HUGE fan of “loose-fitting” summer dresses! My closet is full of these kinds of dresses these days! Haha! I honestly think, your best bet to stay cool in summer is to have lots of loose-fitting dresses, tops, and shorts! Your summer closet should ideally have the following items: A summer white dress (mini, midi, or maxi), a midi skirt, a shirt dress, a white T-shirt, a denim jacket, two-strap sandals, and so on…
These trendy and versatile items will allow you to look and feel your best no matter where you go. Traveling to the beach or plan a breezy, summer outdoor trip in the city, these clothes will help you look effortlessly chic. And that’s why I have compiled a list of top summer fashion essentials for your wardrobe that will make you feel your best no matter where you go!
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Top Summer Fashion Essentials
1- White Dress
A midi dress is the perfect go-too attire to dress up for a cocktail party, wedding, or even a weekend brunch. It is THAT versatile and that is why it is #1 in my top summer fashion essentials. You can work out many outfits centered around a midi dress. A white midi dress is not seasonal and classic for all times. If you are not a fan of “midi dresses”, you can get mini or maxi white dresses! They are all perfect for the summer wardrobe! If you live in a place that your summer is “cooler” than our summer in Arizona, I suggest throwing in a pair of knee-high boots! I LOVE that look! Check out the BEST White Summer Dresses in 2021!
Here are a few perfect white dresses for this summer:
2- Chain-Embellished + Woven Design Sandals
These strappy gladiator white heels will get you places! Hahaha! I also love this Cali ankle tie sandal (by the same designer). They are simply gorgeous! If you want to keep it more formal for a night out, and looking for designer thick chains heels, you could always opt for these stunning Bottega Veneta Dot chain-trimmed leather sandals. I love the “thick chains” look! There are also other beautiful designs that are more affordable!
You don’t need to only wear summer white heels or summer wedge sandals. These braided woven flat sandals are SO cute!!! The braided woven flat sandals and some Knotted Sandals just have that summery “beachy” vibe to them. Also, if you are heading to the beach this summer, I recommend getting one of these cushiony flip-flops. I bought them for our beach trip to Cabo a couple of months ago and loved them!
Here are a few pairs of cute sandals, heels, and flats for this summer:
3- Fashionable Head Scarves, Headbands & Headwraps
I honestly do not know why I do not wear a lot of headscarves! I am more of a “hat” type girl! However, I love fashionable headscarves! Tie your hair up with these satin silk scarfs. Keep it all cool and chic with these colorful headwraps. What I love about them is not only they are so cute and colorful, but also, they keep the hair off the face. You could even use these scarves to double up as head wraps. That’s two uses from the same accessory. Headbands are one of the most underrated fashion accessories. I’ve found headbands make it easy for me to take my look from “casual” to “dress-up” in minutes.
Here are some of my favorite headbands
4- Stylish Summer Hats
I am always in search of a new hat! Hahaha! Matt jokes with me about why I don’t start a hat store! Hahaha! Because I LOVE hats (both for Summer and Fall). Here are my top summer fashion essentials when it comes to hats!
These summer hats are must-haves and a great addition to your summer wardrobe
5- Statement Sunglasses
When it comes to sunglasses, you can choose to splurge on designer sunglasses or go lowkey and get nonbranded ones. These designer sunglasses elevate your look to a whole new level. To get the perfect pair of sunglasses, you want to find a pair that complements your face shape. The general rule is the that shape of your sunglasses should be opposite of your face shape. I recently read this in InStyle magazine and it made sense! If you have a square face, the curvy rounded shape frames would suit you.
Here are some of my favorite statement sunglasses
6- Flowy and Floral Dresses
If you are a fan of florals, you are in luck because florals aren’t going out of fashion this summer. Stock up on these dresses and complete your summer capsule wardrobe. Check out “The Best Midi & Maxi Dresses this Spring/Summer”!
Here are some of my favorite flowy and floral dresses this summer
7- High Waist Belt for Dresses
I have been always a fan of high waist belts for dresses and skirts. They are such a cute and EASY accessory that can tie the outfit together! Whether you get designer belts or non-designer ones, both are going to rock your look. I love “stretchy belts”! For those who love to wear dresses but have a hard time juggling the waistline and hips, a stretchy high waist belt is an easy fix!!!
Here are some of my favorite high waist belts
8- Tote Bag
Tote bags are so popular these days and it’s not just because they’re a great way to carry your things. They’ve become the go-to accessory for any occasion! You can dress up a casual outfit with one, wear them as your purse, or use them when you travel. What makes totes such an amazing investment is that they never get old! There are so many beautiful designers and non-designer Tote bags out there!
To be honest with you, I’m not a big fan of “labels” showing all over the bags! When it comes to buying designer handbags or shoes, I always try to avoid buying styles that show off so much of the brand name. However, there is nothing wrong with it, if you are the type that likes the logo to show on the products.
Here are some designer and non-designer Tote bags (with or without the logo)
9- Stylish Swimsuit and Coverup
One of my FAVORITE things to add to my summer wardrobe is at least a couple of new swimsuits each year! Swimsuits are another summer Must-Have accessory. I LOVE one-piece swimsuits and I don’t think they will be going out of style for a while!
Here are some of my favorite one-piece swimsuits & bikinis for this summer
Whether you want to stay cool and comfortable or dress up in style, these top summer fashion essentials are perfect for every occasion. From a breezy maxi skirt that keeps your legs covered on the hottest day of summer to an airy sundress, there’s something for everyone! There are so many hot trends this summer, but what about your favorite? Is it espadrilles with a maxi dress or sandals and a jumpsuit? Whatever your preferences, I hope you can find something from my top picks in this post!
Have fun shopping!