As I’ve mentioned in the past, I absolutely despise summer fashion. I much prefer tall boots, tights, scarves, and wool skirts. However, this is the first summer I’ve made a concerted effort to purchase versatile and stylish summer pieces — I used to basically schlep my way through summer in black jeans and black tops and then, once fall arrived, block summer from my memory altogether (those moments spent suffocating in a non-airconditioned subway car…I don’t need to remember that when I’m 80 years old).
The above Polyvore collage is a sampling of solid classic summer wardrobe workhorses, with some accessories for flair. I was literally too lazy to upload pictures of my own clothes (yup), so I found comparable pieces. I’ve provided links below to my own clothes, if they are still available online.
Little Black Dress: You need a little black dress for every season. I recommend purchasing an inexpensive lightweight dress for the summer. I would normally recommend investing in such a classic, but summer is different. Summer is evil. You will probably get sweaty and get dripped on by overhead air conditioners. You will probably want to sit on the grass and frolic around. Take this into account when you buy your summer lbd. I bought a really classic cotton jersey dress from H&M. The fit and flare cut is universally flattering. Just type “black jersey dress” in H&M’s search bar, and you will find a feast of inexpensive options.
Sundress: Summer wouldn’t be complete without a sundress. I recently purchased this dress from Old Navy in four different colors. This is the best summer sundress I have ever found, and I will continue to stalk Old Navy’s website for new colors. The only problem with this dress is that EVERYONE ELSE has one, too. I’ve already seen another girl with the pink, and the white with black diamonds. It’s a problem.
Safari Dress: A Safari dress (as I like to call it) is a really great way to get dressed up for work in the summer. I got mine on Tuckernuck for a fair price (it sold out, sorry!) and it is just so snazzy and beautiful. Olive green or khaki is the way to go (mine is khaki). It is also a great piece to showcase your belts with.
White Tee: This is another piece that can be used throughout all four seasons. I very highly recommend a white tee from Topshop. The quality is wonderful and they usually sell for about $20.
Striped Tee: You can probably use your winter summer tee in the summer — I purchased a light knit tee for this exact reason. A striped tee goes wonderfully with white jeans, or black jeans, or any type of basic skirt. I got mine from J Crew Factory.
Loose Pants: I try to avoid wearing pants in the summer unless they are loose and airy, or white jeans (I learned the hard way from all my black jean debacles). I just recently ordered these cotton-blend pants from H&M, and I really hope they fit!
White Jeans: I’m actually still on the hunt for white jeans. In the meantime, I have these amazingly comfortable white legging jeans from Uniqlo, which I usually wear with tunics or long flowy tops.
Shoes: I love wearing luggage/cognac colored shoes in the summer. Right now I only have two pairs on summer shoes (this needs to be remedied asap): sandals and nude flats. For flats, please do yourself a favor and get these flats from Tory Burch. They are easily the most comfortable shoe I have ever owned. I wear them at least four times a week.
Accessories: Any capsule wardrobe would be boring without accessories. I usually like to keep it pretty simple (I very rarely ever wear jewelry) but I always like to throw in an accessory maybe once or twice a week to keep things interesting. A braided leather belt always feels nice and summery, along with a neutral silk scarf, tortoiseshell sunglasses, and a rattan/straw bag.
Thanks for reading!