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5 Summer Essentials You’ll Want To Have for a Chic Look

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Nothing screams summer quite like a wardrobe refresh! But a wardrobe refresh doesn’t have to mean aimlessly shopping. In fact, when you invest in the summer essentials, not only do you get a warm-weather wardrobe refresh, but you also have new pieces to style for all seasons. It’s a win-win, really. And whether you’re headed to the beach, on vacation, or just need an everyday look, having a few go-to essential outfits in your closet is a must. Here’s a look at some of the best essentials for your outfits for creating a chic summer look!

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1. Comfortable White Jeans

Though one of the go-to associations for summer fashion is denim shorts, white jeans are also an essential item in your summer wardrobe. And dare I say, even more versatile!

Denim shorts are a great option for a casual day, whereas white jeans are versatile enough to create a casual yet chic outfit for any occasion! Whether it’s with a tank top, white t-shirt, or linen button-down, white jeans can easily be dressed up (or down) and are perfect for creating a stylish, minimalist look. 

The best part about white jeans (besides the neutral color) is that they are great transitional pieces that can be worn from spring through summer, and even into the winter months.

In the warmer seasons, they keep you much cooler than darker-colored jeans, making them a good idea for those hot summer days. And then when the time of year changes, you can throw on a leather jacket or denim jacket and wear them effortlessly into the new season. 

So what should you look for when jean shopping? This piece (as well as everything else on this list) is worth investing in because you’ll wear them for years to come. So first, look for quality.

​I love this pair from Frank & Eileen because they are comfortable and have some stretch, all without losing their shape. Truly the perfect combo! With no distressing (besides a subtle frayed hem), they look polished and put together too.

And though Frank & Eileen is at a higher price point, you’re paying for quality as well as an ethical mission that feels good to support. Their mission as a women-owned and women-led company is to change the world through slow fashion and sustainability. Not only that, but they use some of the finest fabrics produced in Italy and partner with local artisans.

2. Midi or Maxi Dress

One of the best ways to keep cool during the summer while still looking stylish is by wearing a midi or maxi dress. Not only are they breezy and comfortable, but they leave a lot of room for your personal style to shine!

When you think of a summer maxi dress you may think of something flowy and floral – and that’s a great option! But if you want to try a different style, you can opt for something more casual, like a denim shirt dress.

Dress it down for a casual brunch or concert in the park or dress it up for a summer wedding or resort beach vacation. One of the best ways to style a midi or maxi dress is to pair it with comfortable sandals or wedges. This will give you a relaxed and chic look that’s perfect for the summer. You can also accessorize with minimalistic jewelry and a cute crossbody bag to complete the outfit!

3. Linen-Button Down

We can’t talk about summer essentials outfits without mentioning linen! As temperatures start to rise, it’s important to incorporate pieces into your summer wardrobe that are both stylish and breathable. That’s where the linen button-down comes in.

The fabric makes it a must-have piece and is the perfect choice for the season, while the button-down style gives it a sophisticated and polished look. Though some people may steer clear of this fabric because of the wrinkles, that only adds to the charm. Plus, linen only gets softer and more comfortable with each wear.

This linen button-down from Frank & Eileen is a very lightweight and airy versatile piece that can be worn tucked into high-waisted shorts for a casual day look or paired with tailored trousers for a dressier outfit. The neutral color makes it easy to pair with any bottom and accessories.

Other styling ideas: You can wear it open with a tank top underneath or tucked into white jeans. It pairs well with both slides and sneakers for a casual day look. If you’re going for a more sophisticated look, you can wear it with linen pants and block-heel sandals for a breezy yet polished outfit!

4. Stripes

Stripes are my favorite timeless classic, especially when it comes to summer outfits. Stripes also have a nautical feel, which makes them perfect for beach trips and poolside lounging! A striped swimsuit or cover-up is the perfect way to add some interest to your swimwear collection. And a striped dress can be styled with wedges and a clutch for a summer wedding or dinner date.

But for an everyday look, a striped shirt paired with jeans and sandals is the perfect casual outfit for a day out running errands. Complete the look with dainty jewelry and you’re good to go!

5. Romper (or Jumpsuit)

If you’re looking for an outfit that is both stylish and comfortable, a romper is the way to go. These one-piece wonders are perfect for summer as they are light and airy, allowing you to move around with ease. Plus, when you don’t have the mental space to put together a full look, a romper does all the thinking for you.

Because one of the great things about rompers is that they require minimal styling. All you need is a pair of sandals or sneakers, some simple jewelry, and voilà! These playsuits are especially great for going on an ice cream run with the kids, working in the garden, or grabbing brunch with friends.

They also look great with a denim or leather jacket for those cooler summer evenings or transition into fall.

With summer finally here and summer activities in full swing, it’s tempting to splurge on trendy items that may not be practical or wearable for the rest of the year. However, focusing on building a wardrobe with summer essentials can help you create versatile outfits that will keep you stylish and comfortable throughout the season – and the future ones to come!

Trench coats, ballet flats, crewneck sweaters, oh my! There are more classic styles that require minimal effort to style but end up looking effortlessly chic. Keep building your wardrobe: Everything You Need To Get Started With Your 2023 Capsule Wardrobe


Founder and editor of My Chic Obsession, Carolyn is your trusted fashion maven. Carolyn's drive to help others achieve a classic and timeless wardrobe fuels her posts, making a go-to resource for style seekers worldwide. Beyond the wardrobe, she resides in the heartland of the Midwest, dreaming up new ideas and raising her two lively boys - her biggest fashion critics.