Five Summer Wardrobe Essentials

I know, it seems like we’ve talked a lot about summer lately, but I’m ready for it! Monday’s post inspired me to talk more about summer pieces that I think are worth having in your closet. Today I’m sharing five summer wardrobe essentials. These are all versatile pieces that can make your life a little easier, because let’s face it, getting dressed in the summer shouldn’t be easy. I’d love to hear what your summer wardrobe essentials are!

Rebecca Minkoff MAB Mini Tote in Quartz

1. Handbag for the essentials

Maybe it’s just me, but I tend to prefer a smaller bag in the summer, especially for evenings out. It’s important to have one that can carry everything you need. Opt for a pop of color or stick with a neutral. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Tory Burch Miller Sandals

2. Quality, versatile sandals

It’s super important to have a pair of flip flops/sandals that can be dressed up or down. I love the design of these and the intricate gold. This will be my third summer with these Tory Burch Miller sandals, and they have held up well. I’m looking forward to another summer with these, and hopefully adding another pair to my collection!

3. Swimsuit coverup (that looks like a dress)

Sometimes I’ll wear a t-shirt as a coverup, but most of the time I prefer to have a coverup that looks like a dress or tunic. By the way, many can work as both. I like a coverup that I can throw on for lunch at the pool cabana or if I need a break from the sun. This is the one I picked up this year.

J.Crew Panama Hat

4. Panama hat

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, this J.Crew panama hat will definitely be a summer staple for me. They add a fun touch to any outfit. Can’t forget about the added sun protection for your face!

5. Colorful dress

If you’ve read this blog at all, you probably know that I’m mildly completely obsessed with Lilly Pulitzer. It’s always fun at add a colorful dress from there each summer. A colorful dress is perfect for the season. Be sure to look for one that can be worn for almost any occasion so you can get a lot of use out of it. Play around with different shoes or accessories to see if it can easily be dressed up or down. I also like to think about how well I can add an extra layer to a dress. For example, if it’s a sleeveless shift, do I have a cardigan that I can bring for chilly nights or air conditioned restaurants?

All photos by Connor Hollinger Photography

  • allie provost
    May 5, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    yes to all of this!! i’m also obsessed with boater hats…they are too freaking adorable!


    • Ellen
      May 8, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks, Allie! A hat is a definite must for summer. Hope you had a great weekend!