Despite having quite an extensive summer wardrobe, I find myself reaching for the same things over and over again. They are my summer essentials, and they allow me to quickly throw together an outfit that looks great and keeps me cool on the hottest, stickiest day.
Summer Essential #1: Kimono
I have a large kimono collection now (both printed and plain), and wear them all the time. Whether you’re wanting to cover up in the sun (without melting under heavy layers!), prefer not to show off your upper arms or you just want a great addition to your outfit, kimonos are a staple. Check out my kimono styling tips here.
Summer Essential #2: Maxi Dress
Maxi dresses are another of my summer staples – they’re super simple to style and can be worn for almost every occasion in summer, from beaches to BBQs to slightly more dressy occasions like weddings.
Summer Essential #3: Tee
Sloganed, printed, patterned or plain, the humble tee is a must-have in any wardrobe. Around home I’ve pretty much been wearing an ever changing combination of t-shirts and shorts – comfortable, practical and cool in this hot, humid weather!
Summer Essential #4: Sandals
Whether it’s a BBQ with friends, a date, or just generally going about your fabulous life, summer is all about sandals! The perfect accompaniment to a maxi dress.
Summer Essential #5: Accessories
Two of my absolute summer essentials are hats and sunglasses, because sun safety is really important. I usually opt for a wide brimmed hat purely because it offers more shade for my face and neck (this is the one I’m wearing in the picture at the top) and never leave home without my sunnies. A canvas bag is also necessary to carry all of your things when you hit the beach – cute and practical!