5 Ways To Wear Your Summer Basics

We all have them—wardrobe staples that we wear weekly—even daily. I'll throw something in the wash just so I can wear it again in the same week. With summer in full swing (can you believe it?!), it can be difficult to shake up your closet essentials without overheating under heavy layers. With a few made-for-summer styling tricks, you can breathe new life into these 5 summer basics using these easy outfit tips (that won’t weigh you down in the summer heat!).

Read on for five new ways to style your summer basics:

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How To Wear A Duster

‘Tis the season for air conditioning in the office! Sometimes you need a light layer so take your go-to sheer duster to the workplace—sport it during the day over a sleeveless top when you're working in the AC. Then take it past the workplace and into date night. Layer your duster over a floral tank top or spaghetti strap dress to create a flattering elongating line and transform your look for evening plans. Finish the look with dangly beaded earrings and your favorite strappy sandals.

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How To Wear Stripes

Stripes—one of my favorite prints. It’s versatile, works well during any season and is universally flattering with these strategically placed panels! Wearing it with your tried-and-true distressed jeans, pair it with some sandals and tie a lightweight layer around your waist, like a denim jacket or boyfriend button-up shirt. You'll be fit for a walk on the beach or boardwalk in this look.

Styling Tip: Stay cool this summer by opting for natural fabrics this summer—think linens, rayons, and cotton blends.

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How To Wear Leather Sandals

They're my go to and should be your go to this summer. In a world of lace-up and gladiator sandals, basic leather sandals are such a timeless wardrobe essential. Dress them up with a pretty floral  ruffle tunic or sundress this summer, and you'll be so comfortable on those days when you just don’t want to think about what to wear.

Styling Tip: The simplicity of a tan leather sandal means that it plays well with almost any trend you want to try this season!

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How To Wear White Denim

White denim just screams summer, and it effortlessly brightens up any look. From boho blouses to a basic graphic tee, these foundational bottoms give a fresh feel to any casual outfit. For brunch and beyond, wear them with a front tucked soft floral top and grab your sunglasses for an effortless warm weather look.

Styling Tip: Try a trendy bright summer color like coral or a fun whimsical print then wear it with your white denim. Everything goes with white denim and you just can't go wrong here!


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How To Wear Jean Shorts

No matter what length you prefer - short shorts, midi shorts, bermuda shorts, capris, or crops.  A long layer—like a summery kimono—can act as a great layer when you want to add some style to your look and  also add more coverage if you’re not in the mood to show off too much! Finish off the outfit with your favorite graphic tee, sunglasses and a heeled sandal.


What are your favorite summer basics? How do you like to wear them?