The Top 10 Summer Essentials All Women Need

What I love most about a summer wardrobe is that you really only need a handful of items to create it. It’s hot enough already outside without adding layers to it! During the summer, I rotate through about 10 items non-stop, and I wanted to share what my top 10 essential summer wardrobe pieces are with you today!

1. White Dress

When I think about summer fashion, the little white dress is the first thing that comes to mind. Easy, effortless, and essential for the season. Make sure you have a few hanging in your closet, because if you're like me, you'll be reaching for them more times than not!

Fashion Jackson Wearing Amazon Fashion White Ruffle Dress Tan Sandals

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Fashion Jackson Wearing White Pintuck Summer Dress

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Fashion Jackson Wearing Banana Republic White Midi Dress Tan Sandals 2

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2. Sandals

It’s hot outside and the only places we’re really going this summer are our backyards, pools, or living room. Having an easy and versatile slide-on sandal that goes with everything and is easy to slip your feet into is important, and I love these sandals for that very reason.

3. Jean Shorts

A must, obviously. That’s why I created this denim shorts guide to help you find your perfect jean short whether it’s super short, somewhere in the middle, or more coverage. During the summer, I wear denim shorts 5 out of 7 days a week, so they’re absolutely essential in my book.

4. White T-Shirt

When it gets really hot, like unbearably, the only option is a plain white t-shirt. White t-shirts don’t show sweat, go with literally any bottoms and are low maintenance. Just be sure it’s a high quality white tee that will last you season after season.

Fashion Jackson Wearing White Tshirt Raw Hem Denim Shorts Tan Sandals Beige Chanel Handbag White Hat

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Fashion Jackson Wearing ATM White T-Shirt

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5. Black Dress

You can’t have too many easy, breezy sundresses when it’s summertime. If I can offer any style advice, secure a great black summer dress and a great white summer dress first, then add to your collection with fun prints and patterns over the summer!

Fashion Jackson Wearing Amazon Fashion Black Ruffle Mini Dress

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6. Sunglasses

This is a no-brainer. If you haven’t added to your sunnies collection, consider treating yourself to a new pair of shades this summer since we wear them just about every single day!

7. White Jeans

For those days you couldn’t be bothered to shave your legs or if you live in a place that tends to get cooler at night, white jeans are absolutely a summer wardrobe staple. This pair by Everlane are some of the most flattering ones I’ve found and aren’t see-through, which is a huge plus!

Fashion Jackson Wearing Everlane Black Short Sleeve Top Everlane White High Rise Skinny Jeans Chanel Slingbacks Chanel Beige Handbag

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Fashion Jackson Wearing Everlane White Puff Sleeve Top Everlane White Skinny Jeans Beige Sandals

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Fashion Jackson Wearing Black Cami Everlane White Skinny Jeans Denim Jacket Beige Sandals

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8. Non-Denim Shorts

When you need a break from your denim shorts, having a flattering, versatile pair of non-denim shorts in your summer wardrobe is essential. I’ve been loving the paper bag waist style this year, as well as the sailor button-front style! A drawstring option doesn’t hurt either.

Fashion Jackson Wearing Express Black Tee Tan Paperbag Shorts

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Fashion Jackson Wearing Black Tshirt Beige Linen Shorts Hermes Sandals White Hat Summer Outfit

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9. T-Shirt Dress

You guys know how much I love a t-shirt dress. When I don’t have the energy to think of a full look, being able to throw on a t-shirt dress is a life saver!

Fashion Jackson Wearing Midi Black T-Shirt Dress

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Fashion Jackson Wearing Amazon Fashion Grey Spacedye Short T-Shirt Dress

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Fashion Jackson Wearing Beige T-Shirt Midi Dress Golden Goose Sneakers

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10. Summery Blouse

I rely heavily on easy, breezy, adorable summertime blouses. Tops that are easy to slide on over your head but offer some attention-grabbing detail are ideal for summertime temperatures and style!

Fashion Jackson Wearing White Eyelet Top Ripped Jeans

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Fashion Jackson Wearing Amazon Fashion White Button Front Top

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Those are my top 10 summer essential wardrobe pieces. What are yours? Leave a comment!

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  1. carrie said:
    Posted 6.3.16 · Reply

    Great list, Amy!