There are summer people and not-summer people. This summer, after years of pretending to be something I’m not, I’ve come down firmly on the side of being a “not summer” person. And this is at the tail end of an amazing summer, where we spent time with family and stayed in a castle in Scotland and all the things. A beautiful and blessed summer. But still, summer. So still hot, loosey-goosey (schedule-wise), and generally a lot of work as a mom of teens. The only thing I do love about summer is the style. It’s pretty-dress season, and I’m definitely here for that!
The other thing I enjoy about summer is the shopping. From pre-fall sales like the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to end-of-summer steals, this is a great time to grab some of those items you meant to buy but somehow never got around to… Here, 7 summer essentials to buy now. These items will help you end the season in style, and you’ll be glad to have them next spring.
These are not exclusively a summertime staple, because there’s never a bad time to protect your eyes and look glamorous, but there is definitely more of a focus on sunglasses in warm months. Whether you snap up a sale style from Quay or splurge on the designer pair you’ve always wanted, there’s no better time to grab a new pair of sunnies.
A linen blazer is the perfect summery layering piece, chicer than a cardigan and more polished than a denim or utility jacket. And they’re available in lengths to flatter everyone, from boxy boyfriend styles to cropped versions, and in every color.
Classic Bathing Suit
A beautiful flattering bathing suit is always a good investment, so if your current fave has seen better days, consider upgrading to one of these chic styles. I love the collabs between designers and swimsuit brands, because the prints they’ve come up with are so pretty, or try a sleek solid suit instead.
Like sunglasses, a straw hat is part protection and part glamour. They are such a chic way of disguising a bad hair day, staying comfortable, and shielding your face and scalp from the rays. I love Wallaroo, an affordable, eco-friendly, and packable hat line with several stylish options.
Neutral Strappy Sandals
A pair of strappy sandals in a color close to your skin tone, or a medium to dark brown, is a summery go-with-everything style that is always flattering.
This summery style is reminiscent of 50s movie stars, and is an iconic way to accessorize a warm weather look. Whether you go for the classic wedge style or a flat style, you’ll find them so versatile. I’m excited that Viscata sent me a pair of their classic espadrilles, handmaid in Barcelona, to try. They are so comfortable and so well made! Here are a few to consider.
Crisp White Shorts
Shorts are wildly underrated in dressier outfits, and a pair of crisp tailored white shorts can be the perfect polished partner for all of your pretty summer tops, from camis to bardots.
Which of these summer essentials is still missing from your wardrobe? And which will you consider buying this year? Let me know in the comments!