Updating your summer wardrobe? These are 15 key must-have basic essentials

The only investment pieces you need to have in your summer closet.

Wardrobe classics. Well, these are the two words we love to hear. Okay, yes, for some it might sound boring, but for others, this is a synonym for timeless investment staples you can wear all over again. Every year. And we have two words for that: smart and conscious.

Staples you won’t regret buying

When it comes to summer dressing, it usually includes lots of bright and neutral colours mixed with lightweight and comfy basics. Nothing says better summertime than light wash denim, bold prints and natural materials. Choose versatile styles, whether clothes or accessories – this way you can mix n’ match your daily looks, from the beach to the dinner.

So what are the ultimate summer classics that stand the test of time? Take a look. 

  1. Printed dress

Floral, stripes, gingham, animal – as long as it’s printed you are good to go. Team it up with a basket bag and nude sandals for a chic office to event look.

WHY IS IT A MUST-HAVE: Even a thin slip dress can be worn layered during the autumn-winter season, so this one is a no brainer.

Photo: @cheraleelyle
  1. Straw bag

When we say straw bag, we say wicker, rattan, rope, wood, raffia, jute bag. You know what we mean. Raw, natural materials turned into the most beautiful vacation essential. When it comes to the style, shape or colour, it’s all up to you.

WHY IS IT A MUST-HAVE: It comes back in style every summer. Every. Single. Time. It must be a must-have, doesn’t it? 

  1. Denim skirt

A mini skirt might be the first thing that crosses your mind when we say denim skirts, but the story doesn’t end there. Think midi, A-line, pencil, asymmetric, wrap… the list goes on. Denim is simply a synonym with a casual mood and summer style.

WHY IS IT A MUST-HAVE: Light washed denim is a thing every season, so make sure to find an all-around functional style you can dress up or down. 

Photo: @emmahill
  1. Strappy sandals

The most simple design sometimes gets the most attention, and that is the case with strappy sandals. If you are looking for an elegant night occasion kinda shoe, opt for a stiletto heel, but if you prefer an edgy yet modern look don’t miss a block (mid) heel strap sandals.

WHY IS IT A MUST-HAVE: Nude or black, strappy shoes are a timeless classic.

Photo: @emmahill
  1. White Tee

There’s not much to say about a simple plain white T-shirt than that you should get one. Look for a relaxed silhouette and natural fabrics such as organic cotton which is breathable and lightweight. Wear it with pretty much anything from this list for a polished-yet-casual ensemble.

WHY IS IT A MUST-HAVE: Much loved wardrobe basic with a big style reputation.

Photo: @rosieannbutcher
  1. Oversized sunnies

If there’s one thing that will get you that glam moment, it must be the oversized sunglasses. Go big, or go home should be your only mantra, because, you know, it’s summer – everything is allowed. Choose a square or oval frame if you want to make your money worth.

WHY IS IT A MUST-HAVE: UV protection and cool look? Yes, please!

Photo: @inthefrow
  1. Tailored shorts

It may sound like your office attire, but wide-leg silhouette tailored shorts are far from that. Wear them with a tucked-in blouse and sandals for day-long comfort and style.

WHY IS IT A MUST-HAVE: Did we mentioned how versatile they are?

Photo: @allchloerose
  1. Flat slider sandals

When it comes to the flat sandals there’s an option (okay, a lot of them, but let’s stick to the essentials) – you can go either with chic sliders (think style over function) or choose chunky yet sturdy dad’s sandals. Either way, you are looking at the perfect office-to-the beach footwear.

WHY IS IT A MUST-HAVE: Daytime or nighttime, slip-on style sandals always have you covered.

Photo: @tamara
  1. Huggie earrings

They might be year-round jewels, but huggies are a perfect summer no fuss earrings. Investment wise, it doesn’t get any better than buying a classic pair of close the lobe hoop huggies made of real gold.

WHY IS IT A MUST-HAVE: Barely there jewellery with a big effect.

Photo: @emily_hunt_
  1. Shirred top/puff sleeve top

Both styles have been in trend lately and they are here to stay. Invest in a shirred or puff sleeve blouse made of breathable materials such as linen and you will have a great spring-summer piece for years to come.

WHY IS IT A MUST-HAVE: Super versatile, you can wear it day-to-night.

Photo: @bartabacmode
  1. Espadrilles

Espadrille flats for a day, espadrille wedges for a night – this footwear is the ultimate summer wardrobe standard since it became widely popular in the ‘30s. Traditionally made of canvas and jute sole, style your espadrilles with muted colour for a sophisticated yet safari-inspired look.

WHY IS IT A MUST-HAVE: They work with everything from comfy dresses to denim shorts. 

Photo: @itsjustinesjournal
  1. Little white dress

What is a little black dress during the winter (okay, let’s be honest here, it’s all year long), that is LWB during the summer? If you are not sure which length will suit your style the most, opt for midi – it’s polished enough for work, yet classy enough for events.

WHY IS IT A MUST-HAVE: Whether plain, laced, embroidered or embellished, LWB never goes out of the style. 

Photo: @fiftypairsofshoes
  1. Hair accessories

Summer is the best time to spend a few extra minutes doing your hair, especially with the high temperatures around. Take your usual hairstyle to the next level by spicing it up with some playful hair pieces such as hair clips, hairband or a ’90s-style scrunchy.

WHY IS IT A MUST-HAVE: Adds an extra touch to the simplest outfit.

Photo: @lauraslittlelocket
  1. One-piece swimsuit

What is summer without beachwear, you wonder? Well, even if you are enjoying a staycation you can still wear your favourite swimwear. Pair your one-piece with linen trousers, and slider sandals to carry you from work to dinner.

WHY IS IT A MUST-HAVE: Unlike your typical bikini, the one-piece can be worn in multiple ways.

Photo: @mossonyi
  1. Straw hat or fedora

Except having that super chic vibe, summer hats have a very important role too; sun protection. Style it with a flowy dress and gold jewellery for an elegant vacation look or opt for denim and a comfy cotton tee for a casual outfit.

WHY IS IT A MUST-HAVE: No matter the trends, straw hats don’t change a lot, which makes them a perfect investment staple. 

Photo: @vikyandthekid
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Editor’s note: Feature image via India Hartford Davis for Flaunter.com