Summer Wardrobe Staples

Ok, I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but here in Denver it went from beautiful spring weather to BLAZING HOT basically overnight. This past week has been consistently in the mid-90s, and it’s only June! So needless to say, my summer clothes have come out of storage early.

Although trends change and styles and colors go in and out of season, there are some classic pieces that always make it into the summer rotation and see a ton of wear. Everyone will probably have a different take on these, but here are mine!

Summer flat lay

A straw hat: Shading your face and keeping your head covered is essential when the sun is unrelentingly shining down on you. I personally love a good straw hat – it’s cute, chic, and goes with everything. I’ve gone through tons of different straw hat styles over the years – wide brimmed, hot pink, safari – but this simple one from American Eagle has been my standby for years.

Alternatives: a classic ballcap, a visor.

A pair of denim shorts: This is probably my most worn piece of clothing in the summer. I have denim shorts in all the colors of the rainbow, but a classic blue jean pair can be worn with basically anything you want and is so low-maintenance. Jump into a pool or the ocean with no worries about ruining them!

Alternatives: a nice pair of linen knee-length shorts, a structured pair of high-waisted shorts.

black summer sandals

A pair of comfortable sandals: I am still looking for a great pair of comfortable, cute, mid-heel sandals. I’ve basically been living in Converse and espadrilles, but I really want a pair of sandals with a little bit of height to them (but not too high, because I want to be comfortable too!). I bought this promising basic black pair at Nordstrom Rack last weekend, but they tore up my foot the first time I wore them. Hoping that they will get better after being broken in.

Alternatives: Simple flip flops, summery flats.

summer sundress

A lightweight sundress: My go-to when it’s too hot to think about putting together a full outfit and/or I’m feeling lazy is just a simple cotton sundress. This blue one is from H&M and has held up surprisingly well. It’s the easiest thing in the world to throw on, no zippers or ties or fuss of any sort, and it’s so breezy and comfortable. The key here is to find a dress made of a lightweight, breathable fabric, preferably that you can just pull on. A heavy or fussy dress is not your friend in the heat, no matter how cute it is.

I got the flat blue sandals in the photo above on sale from Tory Burch for like $40, they were a great purchase! I just wish they had a tiny bit of a heel…

Alternatives: a romper or jumpsuit.

marc by marc jacobs sunglasses

Sunglasses: A pair of sunglasses is so important to keep your eyes protected from UV rays. Did you know that UV ray exposure has been linked to developing cataracts later in life?? Luckily, a great pair of sunglasses basically always looks chic and stylish. Grab a pair with UV protection that’s big enough to block light from all directions.

There are no alternatives to a good pair of sunglasses!