Switching up your winter wardrobe to lightweight summer outfits can be daunting, especially if your wardrobe is filled with chunky knits and heavy duty trousers to cover in the colder months. But styling effortless summer outfits does not have to mean that you need to go out and buy yourself an entire new wardrobe. What you need are your basic summer staples that you can mix and match to create different summer looks for any occasion. We have put together a list of the absolute must-have summer staples to add to your wardrobe to make your everyday summer styling a bit easier.
A shirt is a classic and a staple item in your wardrobe any season, but for the summer you want to invest in a lightweight shirt crafted from a breezy cotton or linen that you can style even on the hottest of days. The great thing about a good classic shirt is also that you can wear it with almost anything for an instant put together look. Casually tuck it into high waisted jeans or shorts or go for a flirty printed skirt, you can’t go wrong.
Wide leg trousers
Wide leg trousers are a great choice for any summer occasion. Not only do they look great, flattering but they’re great for summer as you can get them in thinner and breezier fabrics to keep cool on hotter days. Invest in some great staple high waisted wide leg trousers in a couple different colours to mix and match with t-shirts, collared shirts and thin knits to look effortlessly put together any day of the week.
Timeless shirt dress
Any dress is really a summer staple, but it is always a great investment piece to have a shirt dress that you can easily wear from the office to an evening out with easy changes to your accessories. Style the dress with white trainers and a summery straw bag for a day out and switch them up for a heel and a clutch to be instantly ready for a night out with friends.
A classic wardrobe staple for any season is a classic blazer. Throwing on anything tailored adds structure and polished look for even the most casual outfits. Layer the blazer over jeans and white tees, a midi skirt or a summer dress for added sophistication and to add an extra layer on the colder summer days. This season we are seeing a lot of fun blazer colours with prints and pastels to add a touch of soft detail to your tailored looks.
The best thing about a flirty, flowy summer skirt is that it is the perfect style to dress up and down for truly any occasion. Going out for a casual day of shopping? Style a floral midi skirt with white trainers and a tee for a casual but cute look. Going for a nice dinner out at your favourite restaurant? Throw on your flowy midi dress with a silk blouse and some sandals. Attending a summer wedding? Style your flowy skirt with some heels, clutch and a silk top for an easy guest look.
Classic White Tee
The classic white tee is of course a staple item any season in any wardrobe. But in the summer it also is one of the most versatile of your staple items. You can style it with almost anything in your closet from your tucking it into your favourite high waisted jeans or wide leg trousers to styling it casually with skirts or even layering it under jumpsuits or strappy dresses and tops. The list truly goes on and on...
It would be impossible to create a list of summer staples without including white trainers. These are probably the most versatile - and definitely the most comfortable - footwear option in the summer, as they are easy to style with almost any outfit. Throw on any summer dress or jeans and a white tee and the look is instantly finished with a casual flare of the classic white trainer.
Another simple wardrobe building block is the ultimate blue jeans. For the summer you want to switch up your dark indigo jeans to some light wash denim for fresh summer looks. Style your favourite light coloured jeans with anything from your breezy cotton button down shirts to silk tops and heels. Investing in a good pair of blue jeans for the summer is an investment that won't go to waste. You will style them over and over again for years to come.