Every summer I consider buying the season’s trendiest items, but usually end up sticking to updated versions of my summer wardrobe staples. White denim, neutral sandals, and woven hats are just a few items I wear all summer long.
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My classic summer wardrobe favorites are must haves for our New England summer. Temperatures vary from warm to hot days and humid to cool nights. I never pack away all of my cool weather items for summer in Connecticut because I often pull out white denim and a sweatshirt once a week! All of my favorite summer items can be worn together for a casual summer outfit or dressed up with classic accessories.
Whether its shorts or pants, white denim is one of my summer wardrobe staples. Since we all know white doesn’t stay clean for long, I usually have to buy a new pair of white denim pants and shorts every summer.
When you live in New England and have cool summer nights, it’s convenient to have more than one pair of white pants (in case they get dirty). White denim matches everything, which is why it’s one of my favorite summer wardrobe staples.
Speaking of cool summer nights, I never pack away every sweater once the warm weather rolls in. There are a few sweaters, crewneck sweatshirts from vacation spots, and Dudley Stephens fleeces I wear all summer long.
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Want to see some of my summer staples in action? Check out my 2021 Summer Wardrobe Staples Style Session on IGTV here!
I used to have strong feelings against jean shorts… but in the last couple years I’ve decided I like them again. They are easy to wear, comfortable, and come in a thousand different styles. Long, short, distressed, pleated – the options go on and on.
Hat // Shirt // Shorts (similar)// Sandals
I’ve always loved how a neutral colored sandal can elongate short legs, so I wear my favorite pair of summer sandals every other day. My Grandma-in-law bought them for me about seven years ago while on vacation in Destin and now everyone I know owns a pair. The Tory Burch Miller sandal is so versatile and compliments any outfit – it’s expensive but holds up so well summer after summer.
Beach Sweater / Drawstring Shorts (similar) / Neutral Sandals / Beach Blanket
White sneakers have become a staple in my closet, as well as these sandals and espadrilles.
Maxi Dresses & Skirts
Easy, breezy, maxis are a must have for summer. Whether you’re wearing a maxi dress or maxi skirt, they’re both staples in my wardrobe. Dudley Stephens launched a resort collection that’s perfect for warm months. I wore maternity and non-maternity maxi dresses throughout my entire summer pregnancy in 2021. One of my favorite brands for beautiful maxi dresses is Emerson Fry.
These linen pants are so comfortable, cool, and perfect for any weather. I wear them every summer! Linen shirts, dresses, pants, and shorts are a wardrobe staple in the summer for men and women alike.
Dress // SANDALS // Hat // Sunglasses
A Summer Hat
My hat collection grows every summer. There once was a time when I wanted the sun on my face all day; but now I realize the damage it causes to my skin. On most summer days you can find me in a hat from here when I’m outdoors. From woven hats to baseball caps to floppy beach hats, I bring a hat where ever I go.
Laura Barbosa says
Love all of these pieces! And I need a new hat— so I’m definitely going to take your suggestions ??????
I loved all of your selects and reasoning behind your Summer Staples!
Lisa Bernstein says
More summer staples: a great pair of sunnies (?) and a pair of sandals I can easily dress up and down!
These are all so cute for summer! I absolutely love your style. Love all those hat picks too!
All your summer outfits are so cute! You are inspiring me on my summer wardrobe!
jean shorts and maxi dresses all day!! the HOT weather is here now and it’s time to update some of my pieces. thanks for sharing your picks!
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Great post! I love white denim too but for the life of me can’t find a pair of white denim jeans that looks good on my body. I’m on the hunt again this summer and determined to find some!
All about the white shorts during summertime. These summer trends are spot on!
Sarah Lindner says
All of these pieces are so good and love how you styled them all. White denim is a summer must have for me; I just picked up a new pair because I ran my last pair to the ground! xoxo, Sarah
I feel like I’m finally starting to pick up some real summer basics. I just got my first pair of white (well, cream) pants and I love them. They’re a wide leg style that’s so cute with kitten heels and a sleeveless top! And now I need to get a hat haha!
I need some new jean shorts. Mine have seen better days!
Adaleta Avdic says
I love the neutral shoe trend, because neutral shoes seem to go with everything. I also need some white denim because I don’t have any. I have some white tailored shorts, but definitely need a little denim. Loving this compilation!
so many cute outfit ideas!
I will be living in maxi dresses all summer. Even while still hanging out at home.