Summer Wardrobe Staples

15 wardrobe staples to get you through summer

Over a year ago, my sisters and I did a post about our wardrobe staples.

Of course, when we did that, it was January, and what I wear in January looks a lot different than what I wear in the summer, especially when that summer is being spent in Las Vegas.

Since I only have the clothing I could fit into a suitcase, this really is my staple wardrobe and I’m wearing one of these items daily (which is why I had to photograph these in my pajamas because if I’m dressed, I’m wearing a couple of these items).

Also, I’ve noticed I kind of cycle through colors. Obviously this summer, I’m all about pink, blue, black/gray, and white. Makes it easy to all match, happily.

15 wardrobe staples to get you through summer

Denim Shorts: These are basically the most common summer item ever, but I swear, every single time I wear them, I have at least two people ask me where they are from. Apparently it’s incredibly difficult to find knee-length jean shorts that don’t look like mom shorts. Old Navy to the rescue. I bought these last year and have gotten so so so much wear out of them. And obviously, a pair of regular jeans is never out of my rotation.

White Jeans: I’ve mentioned before that I bought a pair last year and basically never wore them (saggy knees, too long, etc), but this year’s pair from Aeropostale is basically my favorite thing on earth. I wear them constantly. I also took the pair from last year and cut them off into shorts so that I can wear white on my bottom half as much as possible.

Stretchy Pencil Skirt: I have a couple of these and they all get worn a lot. They’re nice for hot days and they are easy to dress up and down.

Chambray Button-Down: I know; the staple of every woman in America. Popular for a reason.

Exposed Zipper Top: I love this top because it dresses up or down really well, has a nice heft to it, and has the fun zipper on the back.

Striped Tee: This is an old one I bought at Old Navy a couple of years, but a striped shirt is super easy to find.

Solid Tee: I’ve meant for months to order another Pickwick & Weller shirt and when I went to their site this morning, I saw that they are taking an extended vacation (whatever that means). So. . . I’m only just nursing a broken heart over here. Where am I going to find a shirt that doesn’t pill?

Maxi Dress: I’ve finally gotten on the maxi dress train, some five years late. This one is actually a maternity one that Merrick passed on to me. There’s nothing about it, though, that screams maternity, so I’ll just wear it non-pregnant.

T-shirt Dress: I can wear this dress every which way, so of course it’s my favorite. And it’s so lightweight.

Light Jacket: It’s never going to be cool enough to wear a jacket in Las Vegas this summer, but I also know after growing up here, that the extreme heat means every indoor place is air-conditioned to about 5 degrees. I’d never go out to dinner or to a movie with a jacket.

White Converse Shoes: When we got married, I had three pairs of Converse shoes and Bart hated them all, so I got rid of them. Now, nine years later, I’ve finally bought a new pair. Apparently they are less offensive in white than they are in blue to him. I’m wearing them constantly.

Casual Black Sandals: I don’t really do flip-flops – I need a sandal that has a backstrap. These have been staples since I bought them on clearance at American Eagle a couple of years ago.

Braided Sandals: These are new to me and I’m still breaking them in a bit, but I really love them – they quickly dress up shorts or a skirt, and the wedge is so low it’s super easy to walk in.

White and Leather Wedges: These are a little fancy for going to the park, but they’re perfect for quickly dressing up jeans or a stretchy skirt.

(And, to be honest, I’m basically living in a swimsuit, what with my parents’ having a pool, so I’ll share my swimsuit situation later, since I finally have a decent set-up for the first time in. . . .forever).

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  • Reply Ailyn Koay June 11, 2014 at 11:55 am

    these are pretty good staples

  • Reply Nina @ Flowers in my Hair June 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Those are great. I love all those sandals.

  • Reply runtspickins June 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    This makes me want to shop. Bad influence!

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  • Reply Melissa@Julias Bookbag June 11, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Girlfriend! I don't know how/why we didn't know about each others' blogs, but we need to be pals, stat! LOVE your site! It's everything I love, books, food and fun cool stuff. I'll be back to chat with you again….:)

  • Reply Tracy June 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Great list!

  • Reply Kylie Pond June 12, 2014 at 12:09 am

    I had hoped to try a P&W tee. I found this article though, and it looks like they're not coming back: Have you tried Everlane?

    I love the shoes!

  • Reply Brynn June 12, 2014 at 1:51 am

    I really loved this post, Janssen! I agree with so many of these staples, and since I'm all about remixing the heck out of my clothes, posts like this are so helpful. Are these the only items you brought for the summer, or do you have a few other tops/skirts/etc. that you're rotating in your outfits as well?

    PS. That last sentence made me start singing "For the First Time in Forever" from Frozen. My husband is now super annoyed with me, hahaha.

    • Reply Janssen June 12, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      No, I have a couple of other t-shirts and a couple more pencil skirts and pants, but this is the bulk of it.

  • Reply Justine June 12, 2014 at 3:29 am

    Based on news articles dated May 15 and later, Pickwick and Weller had officially closed. This is the third blog post I've read that wondering what happened to P&W, so obviously nobody bothered to tell its customers.

  • Reply Iris June 12, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Thank you for this great post! Would love to see your favorite remixes on you!

  • Reply NGS June 12, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Ha ha ha!! I own no shorts and no chambray shirts. I apparently need to get more current with my trends!

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