Hello there style seeker! Let’s talk about summer wardrobe essentials. Also known as the pieces you’ll be wearing (and loving) all summer long.
The chances are, if you’re here, you get the idea behind the capsule wardrobe. You throw out all the stuff you never wear and revamp your POV with core pieces that just go well with everything you’ve bought in this life (or at least over the past few years). The post you are reading right now is the very concrete and helpful summer edition of all mentioned above.
The summer wardrobe philosophy is so simple and yet complicated. All pieces in your closet have to be breathable, allowing you to look and feel marvelous, no matter if you’re on the go or staying in. They should be versatile, so you can create outfits without having to wake up six hours earlier to put in the hard work. And bonus points if they are eco-friendly because you know, the planet.
It took me some time, but I’ve managed to round up all summer clothing essentials that are going to become your new BFFs when the nights get longer and the drinks get colder.
Scroll down to find out how to build a summer wardrobe that’s fun, comfortable, and sustainable altogether. All items in this edit can be mixed and matched for countless outfit combinations. They can be the perfect base for any capsule summer wardrobe. Oh, wait a minute, they already are.
10 SUMMER WARDROBE ESSENTIALS YOU MUST OWN IN SUMMER 2023:
1. Effortless Linen Dress
We can’t start a must-have summer wardrobe essentials checklist without a high-quality, timeless linen dress. When it comes to summer fabrics, linen is your best friend. Why? A) Because it’s breathable. B) Because it’s highly absorbent. And C) because it’s hypoallergenic. This makes it the best choice for people with sensitive skin. Now, back to the main topic – the high-quality linen dress. If you’re ready to invest in one, I highly recommend this gorgeous piece from MagicLinen. This brand is specifically focused on producing handcrafted sustainable garments made of ethically sourced linen. All of their products are Oeko-Tex certified, meaning they don’t contain ANY harmful substances or chemicals. Don’t you just love that? I know I do, because, trust me, finding slow fashion brands that are actually good, and with affordable prices is mission impossible. Well, not anymore. Do yourself a favor and add this classic piece to your cart. Come back and thank me later!
2. Oversized Cotton Shirt
If you think the oversized cotton shirt does not belong in every wardrobe basics checklist, then we can’t be friends. Well, I guess we could, but I’ll definitely keep an eye on you. Of course, white shirts are a must-have piece, so get them on your must-haves list right now.
Made from an eco-friendly cotton blend, this long-sleeve shirt is one of the summer staples you’ll be wearing from early June through late September. Either with light-washed denim to the office or with a swimsuit underneath for the moments you just have to throw something on and head to the beach in a shirt dress.
Add a casual belt to give shape. Can’t believe how much I’m craving summer right now! More than chocolate. And that’s a lot.
3. Plain Cami Top
What makes this perfectly plain crop top such a great choice is its versatility. Is it one of the perfect summer capsule wardrobe essentials? Yes. Is it made from a super soft material? Of course, it is. What can you put it together with? Pretty much everything apart from other crop tops. Let’s face it, the plain white t-shirts aren’t going anywhere as the white tee is timeless.
It’s perfect for the fall as well! Imagine a camel coat, high-waist white jeans, and chunky boots. But since we are still talking (read: dreaming) about the summer season and do not want to shift the focus, opt for denim shorts and nice vintage accessories. It’s how supermodels wear it. Hailey Bieber can confirm.
4. White Linen Blazer
Summer is all about feeling carefree, comfortable, and in general, just the way you are, as Bruno Mars would say. Most of the time this means white, just like last year, and every year before. A light jacket is a wardrobe staple for summer evenings when you just need a light layer to cover up.
The fit of this white button blazer levels up your style game immediately. It doesn’t have to be a white outfit for Memorial Day. Whether it’s date night, a formal business cocktail party, or exploring the hot spots downtown, it will make you look confident, stylish, and sexy in your own skin.
If it’s boiling hot in the summer heat, avoid restrictive clothing and don’t put anything under it. A pair of earrings and a couple of rings are more than enough. This is summer fashion, after all. Switch out for a white denim jacket for more casual wear. Whatever your personal preference is.
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5. Linen Wide Leg Culotte
Alright. If ‘skinny jeans’ is written right next to your name in the fashion history book, I bet you are rolling your eyes right now. Since Rihanna (yes, RIHANNA) and Kate Middleton are loving them, I suggest you take a closer look at these white culottes too. Black pants are the wrong choice this season. While white pants or a light color can make the overall look of an outfit.
The wide-leg shape fulfills three roles more than well. 1, making the trousers airy, 2, elegant, and 3, easy to coordinate. Save that pair of chino for next season. Think of a small clutch, striped blouse, and your hair down. Add a pair to the cart and become a duchess or diva of your own.
6. Beige Organic Cotton Cropped Tee
This organic cotton cropped tee is going to fit seamlessly into your IG account. Let me tell you why. It’s made from organic cotton, so you can talk about sustainability all you want. Cotton is our BFF during the hotter season. Cotton tees, cotton pants, cotton everything!
This basic t-shirt comes in a neutral tone, so you can create many different outfit reels with it. Plus, it’s going to match your iced lattes in the morning. Above all that, it’s a comfortable and eco-friendly choice. Even though we try to minimize all redundant purchases, we can never have enough beige clothes around us. Easily one of our spring summer essentials.
7. Flat Black Sandals
As I have recently realized, finding a comfortable flat sandal is no joke at all. TBH, this is why I consider a pair of black sandals essential for your summer-style game. I love this option from Alohas! Their maxi double-layered sole promises comfort, while the straps offer additional fashion points to this neutral sandal.
FYI, they would look great with a straw bag and a floral shirt for a cute casual look. If you are feeling extra on any particular day, keep in mind that they are offered in 13 additional brighter colors and patterns to go with that patterned skirt you’ve been wanting to try. Different colors to suit different tastes. OMG, right!?
8. White Linen Cropped Shirt
Since the beach and the leisure time have pretty much been the point up until now, maybe it’s time to think about some summer work wardrobe essentials. I know, I know, but I feel like we have to.
The Everlane’s white cropped shirt is a great option. Its notched collar looks stunning, while the short sleeve cut makes the piece elegant and casual at the same time. Most of us love the home office, but when you have to go to the actual one, what would you be wearing, if not a classic white shirt? Surely not a simple tank top. It’s worth the money. Plus it’s one of those versatile pieces, you can style it with everything else on this list, making it super easy to make gorgeous summer outfits.
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9. Black Swimsuit
I’m not sure if someone could have predicted the grand return of one-piece swimsuits when it happened a couple of years ago, but jumping on the trend train here is for a good reason. Definitely a summer wardrobe essential for moms and those who prefer covering up in the scorching sun.
Just like black dresses, black swimsuits complement all body types and needs. Yes, it can hide or outline certain areas of your body while giving you a confidence boost for the first pool party of the season. Coordinate this gorgeous swimsuit with an oversized linen shirt, midi skirt, and black sunglasses above to be the person everyone wants to talk to in the summer months. It’s really that simple.
If you prefer a more fun color then maybe a light blue or different shade could be what you need. P.S Maxi dresses also make a good cover-all when switching between land and water. Or that little white dress you’ve been saving for summer events.
10. Tailored Linen Shorts
Look up spring summer wardrobe essentials in any search engine and prepare to be amazed. Tailored linen shorts are in all of them! This pair from & Other Stories is detailed with press creases and duo slanted pockets for ease of use and comfort. You can easily dress them up or down depending on what you pair them with. 100% versatile and 0 regrets.
BONUS! — Timeless Sunglasses
No, no, no. No! It’s not possible to give the summer wardrobe essentials 2023 what it needs without a pair of timeless sunglasses. Black sunglasses, in particular, are absolute essentials. Everyone from Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour to Zendaya and Sydney Sweeney have been fascinated with both their simplicity and sophisticated elegance. Easily turn a casual outfit into a style icon. Find a classic design that is the perfect choice to suit your face shape, and you’re good to go.
While you may use a good pair of sunglasses to hide from the sun, they are also great for covering your face when an awkward social encounter is about to happen. The same applies to the moment when you realize the bartender didn’t quite understand your cocktail order. And especially when you’ve made too many orders at that specific beach bar during happy hour. Perhaps adding a straw hat would be a good idea.
I don’t think you need any more convincing than that. This list has it all. Complete your wardrobe basics checklist and get your summer mood ON. Remember, different materials are better at different times of the year, so look closely at what you’re getting before you get it.
If you’re picking up some new pieces to add to your favorite things, show me what you got on socials @SavinaOfficial. The hottest outfits come out on the hottest days, and that classic pair of white sneakers aren’t going to style themselves. Now you just need a woven tote to put in all those beach essentials.
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This post was updated on 20/06/2023.