With the solstice officially upon us, it's time to fully embrace the sunshine and all of it's shimmery, humid heatwaves. The truth: I'm a cold-weather person, and the summertime sends me into a panic every year because I have nothing to wear. I don't want to buy summer clothes that I won't feel comfortable in — there's just no point.
Inspired by our 2012 article about summer style, I found that the best thing about summer essentials is that they're adaptable. They can be as small as an accessory; you can wear them with all kinds of outfits; you can mix and match them to fit your mood. And if you play your cards right, they'll be classic enough to last several seasons.
Simple, breezy blouses
This summer staple has been around for a few years, and its staying power comes from its versatility. Dress it up with a pair of low heels, go casual with a pair of sneakers and, when fall rolls around, pull out ankle boots for that "is it summer? is it fall?" period Missouri loves so much.
Denim for all
An impossible-to-miss trend this year? All-denim everything. Denim jackets. Jeans of every style imaginable. Overalls. Jean shorts. No matter your taste, there's something made from denim that you'll love.
Bright statement jewelry
Take your outfit up a level. Statement accessories are the quickest way to infuse your personality into the simplest of outfits — think a white dress with bright earrings, or necklaces layered over a vintage T shirt.
Not a sandal person? Me neither. Lucky for us, someone in the upper echelons of the fashion world decreed that sneakers are in this year across the board, and more brands are branching out into the realm of sleek sneaks.