The 5 Most Versatile Pieces for Your Summer Wardrobe


In every wardrobe, there are a few key pieces from which you can build upon. Without them, you’re lacking a strong foundation to mix and match so you don’t fall victim to fast fashion and nonstop shopping. Outside of the obvious—like a good pair of denim or shorts—we’ve rounded up five summer must-haves to build your wardrobe foundation.

1. The Solid White T-Shirt

Why so versatile?
Tucked into skirts, paired with denim or shorts, or layered over a fun printed pant, a great fitting t-shirt is a wardrobe workhorse. I recommend something that fits a bit loose—not oversized—but certainly not too tight. We love these t-shirts from Truly Madly Deeply because they’re oh-so-soft and come in a variety of necklines.

How to style it

I love the way Jessi from The Darling Detail rocks this chic and sexy look. She knots her white shirt so it pops against the nude tones she is wearing.

Dressed up with a great platform (as seen here) or paired with your favorite white sneakers, dark denim and a fresh white t-shirt could just be our favorite fashion combo, ever.

A simple t-shirt takes the stuffiness out of a prim and proper floral skirt and fancy heels, creating a gorgeously playful look for daytime.

2. The Button-Down

Why so versatile?
A well fitting button-down is a fantastic option, not only as a stand-alone piece, but also for adding light layers and visual interest to an outfit. Want to try the crop top trend without showing belly? Throw on a button-down underneath! Want to get that cool, classic weekend look? Pair yours with a checkered shirt and shorts (see below).

How to style it:

Checks, denim, and a great sandal make for our new weekend wardrobe.

3. The Lightweight Jacket 

Why so versatile?
While we’re all for tank tops and off-the-shoulder silhouettes all season long, having a lightweight jacket is a must—especially when you need shoulder coverage on chilly summer nights. Consider wearing a fun color that pops against neutrals, like this gorgeous dusty rose perforated option. You’ll be surprised how this rosy shade complements so many other colors!

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4. The Cotton Dress

Lightweight, breathable, and worn dressed up or down—opt for a dress in a fun pattern or print that can be worn both with flats or a wedge heel, depending on the look you’re going for. We love this striped midi option that can go from the beach to cocktails in an instant.

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5. The Flat Leather Sandal 

Why so versatile?
In the summer, it’s all about enjoying the beautiful weather! While we love a great pair of heels, we want be sure footwear still looks cute and works with a variety of outfits—even running around outdoors. This lace-up option is an absolutely perfect budget-friendly find that goes with everything.

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