Summer has officially arrived! You’ve shed the last of your winter layers, perfected your self-tanning technique and pared down your beauty routine to accentuate your summer glow. Now it’s time for a wardrobe revamp to carry you from backyard barbecues to oceanside cocktails without putting a crimp in your vacation budget. The key to a flawless summer look? Think classic, breezy comfort and supreme versatility.
Tanks for layering: Tank tops are a summer essential: spaghetti strap, built-in bra, racer-back, basic white or every color of the rainbow—you can never have too many and they go with everything. Slip one on under a strappy sundress for a touch more modesty, or add a pop of color under a sharp white blazer. And believe it or not, two strategically layered tanks work wonders to minimize a muffin top. Target and Old Navy have tons of options for under $10.
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Maxi dress: A flowy maxi in a fun, Hawaiian print ($69.95) or a strapless stripe ($88) is the perfect day-to-night staple. Throw it on over your swimsuit with a pair of sandals for a day at the beach, or dress it up with platforms and bangles for evening.
Bermuda shorts: Keep cool at the office without showing too much skin in beautifully tailored MICHAEL Michael Kors Bermudas ($69.50). With a pair of flats they’re sporty for daytime, or go for understated glam with stiletto sandals.
Pastel blazer: Ward off cool summer nights or frosty office air conditioning with a lightweight pastel jacket like this aqua ASOS Premium Blazer ($93.34).
Breton tee: Indulge in the stripe trend with a nautical and fabulously affordable Breton striped tee ($10.80).
White sneakers: Not only are a pair of totally on-trend, crisp white sneakers incredibly comfy, they will instantly and effortlessly pull your look together. You can’t go wrong with a trusty pair of Converse ($55) but if you can’t live without heels try these CHISM Wedges ($80).
Espadrilles: This traditional and perennially stylish footwear is the ultimate in casual chic. Get girly glam with Lola ($79) ribbon tied wedges or keep it low-key in colorful, stripey Rodriga ($29.50) flats.
Roomy tote: Finally, you need a bag with plenty of room for sunscreen, beach reads and other summer essentials. This neutral Gilt beach bag ($68) goes with everything and keeps it interesting with a touch of metallic sparkle.