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1. Maxi Dress
This great piece is my favorite to layer over. I have found so many fun and new ways to wear my maxis that I couldn't help but put this as my #1 pick.
closet fashion fix: 10 Maxi Dresses to Jump Start the Season
Different than a maxi, this dress can also go day-to-night, but in a different way. A light dress can take you from brunch, to picnics, to bbq's. It's all in how you accessorize.
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3. Floral or a Print Skirt
Either in a pencil skirt or a pleated number, this piece is a summer must. Paired with a silk cami or a tee shirt, a skirt is an easy summer piece. I'm sure you own one!
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4. Structured Tote/Carry-all Tote
Tis the season for lots-o-stuff to carry. Sunglasses, sunscreen, towels, sandals, and whateverelse you carry with you! What better to keep it all in than a summer worthy tote?
5. Summer knit sweater
You never know when the temps will fall into that chilly category, or when the AC will be cranked up to goosebump level. For this reason alone, a great summer weight knit sweater always does the trick. Plus, there are so many great options out there right now to pump up your basics for an evening chill!
6. Perfect Short
Finding the perfect short could take you all season. Keep in mind these tips when shopping:
- Length is key, shorter figures look better in shorter styles to elongate the legs.
- Think of function, where will you be wearing these shorts? Are they intended for work, casual, or dressy affairs?
- A flattering inseam for most body types is 5"
7. Flowy top/Cover up
The right one can take you from poolside to backyard bbq with little effort. Choose wisely!
An essential for any summer wardrobe. Find the right pair for you and stick with what fits and looks best. White can be a hard color to find a favorite in; even I am still searching for my favorite fitting white pants...I know they're out there somewhere!
9. Colored ankle pant
These look great with sandals and heels. Made for offices and dinners on the town.
Source: jcrew.com via Courtney on Pinterest
10. Summer flat
I like a boat shoe for the warmer months. Since you can't break them out in winter, now's the time to enjoy.
11. Grown up swimsuit
Who said that one pieces have to be frumpy? I recently invested in one in black and love the way it looks. My two piece hasn't been totally replaced, but it has some definite competition!
12. Striped Boatneck
This top will look great with your colorful ankle pants or shorts. It's the most versatile top of the season.
13. Army/Cargo Inspired Jacket
A layer that looks only as tough as you feel. Try this over a sundress or your striped shirt for a new take on mixing. Pairing feminine with a touch of rough is a great way to modernize your wardrobe this season.
14. Flat Sandal
These are the epitome of summer. Not as casual as flip flops and way more comfortable than heels. I could live in these all season long.
15. Classic Shades
With so many shapes out there to choose from, why not pick the ones that will outlast the trends? Wayfarers have been a classic shape forever. I like how these take that look and give it a more ladylike feel.
16. Light Layering Bracelets
I remember when piling on the bangles was the best thing to do. Now it's all about dainty and lightweight wrist adornments. Anything that looks like a friendship bracelet seems to be the hottest trend for the summer. Think back to your summer camp days for this one!
17. Brown Equestrian Belt
This is a classic for more than just holding up your belt loops. Look what it does for this dress!
(oh J.Crew, you always know what you're doing.)
18. Straw or Floppy Hat
Balmy weather is typically accompanied by glaring sun. To shield from the sun's rays, or just look extra chic, a hat can do just the trick.
closet fashion fix: Hats Off to Summer!
19. Neon Accent
Pump up the volume on any look with a bright accent. Be ready to be noticed and get compliments! Choose a small piece such as a clutch, belt, necklace or bracelet to be the neon focus.
20. Lightweight Scarf
Since it's not being used to keep you covered up and warm, this accessory is strictly that in the summer- an accessory. Which is why you can have some fun with a scarf. Tie it over a plain white tee to take your look up a notch. Play around, wrapping it loosely. You may just like how the extra layer looks!